Darlington To Undergo Facelift

Darlington Raceway announced Wednesday that the track will receive a significant investment for a capital improvement project, slated to begin immediately. “Darlington Raceway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, are committed to providing a best in class guest experience for our fans when they attend our NASCAR events,” said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway President. “This investment in our facility further achieves that goal and solidifies our place as the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.” The project, coined A Better Darlington…The Tradition Continues, will feature a renovation of the track’s Tyler,…

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NASCAR Fans Robbed After Darlington Penalties

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. NASCAR is on the right track with encumbered wins, but I think they need to go a little bit further. For the fourth time in 2017, we have an encumbered race winner. Unfortunately, it happened in both races of the same race weekend at the same track. What does that mean? You saw Denny Hamlin sweep the weekend at Darlington Raceway, but it was a figment of your imagination. Both wins were encumbered meaning they don’t count. But,…

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Due To Loose Lugnuts at Darlington, Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Be Without Greg Ives This Weekend at Richmond

NASCAR announced three big penalties from Darlington, but a fourth one revealed wasn’t as surprising as the others. After the completion of last Sunday’s Southern 500, NASCAR found two loose lugnuts on Dale Earnhardt Jr’s No. 88 Chevrolet. In return, NASCAR announced penalties on Wednesday and that the Hendrick Motorsports team was handed a safety violation for lug nuts not properly installed following Earnhardt’s 22nd-place finish. Because of that, crew chief Greg Ives was fined $20,000 and suspended from the next race. That means that Earnhardt Jr. won’t have his…

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Both Of Hamlin’s Win at Darlington Encumbered, Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Lose Crew Chief For Richmond

Huge NASCAR news came out of Charlotte on Wednesday as both of Denny Hamlin’s victories last weekend at the Darlington Raceway are now deemed “encumbered.” That’s the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race to have an encumbered race winner (Joey Logano at Richmond in April) and the second NASCAR XFINITY Series encumbered race winner too. Unfortunately, Hamlin was on the wrong end of both XFINITY Series encumbered race winners. His photo finish at Michigan was deemed encumbered for him failing post race inspection. It was a huge slap in…

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Hamlin Wins Thrilling XFINITY Series Race at Darlington

Who said you can’t have Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race? Yes, last week’s story of Jeremy Clements winning the XFINITY Series race at Road America will pull far more weight than a Cup regular winning in the feeder series. But, as far as racing action goes, the finish of Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at the Darlington Raceway was just as good as last weekend’s race on the Wisconsin road course. Kevin Harvick got by Joey Logano for the lead with 31 laps-to-go in…

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Harvick Earns Southern 500 Pole (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Darlington

Kevin Harvick captured his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season and his third at Darlington Raceway when he traveled around the 1.366-mile oval in 177.730 mph in the last of three qualifying rounds Saturday. Harvick, whose only win in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 came in 2014, will lead the field to the green flag Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

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5 Favorites For Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Darlington

The annual Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) is finally upon us. With that being said, the Darlington Raceway is no easier now than it was in its heyday. Normally, this is a race that rewards the veterans of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Furthermore, we’ve had 11 straight different winners at the “Lady In Black.” Will we see a 12th on Sunday night?

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“Kyles” Lead Cup Practices at Darlington, Friday’s Southern 500 Practice Report

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had two practice sessions on Friday to tame the “Tough Tough To Tame” at the Darlington Raceway. In the first practice, Kyle Larson led the way with a speed of 172.786 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet. It shouldn’t be surprising though, as Larson love to run the high line at most race tracks and with the 1.366-mile South Carolina oval being run up top, Larson was there on top of the leaderboard after the first session. Larson, has made three previous Cup starts…

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Hamlin Leads XFINITY Series Practices at Darlington, Friday’s Practice Report

Friday at Darlington Raceway was Fast Friday. Both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the NASCAR XFINTY Series drivers took to the “Lady in Black” for two practice sessions this afternoon. Both were the only two times the drivers will be on the 1.366-mile South Carolina track other than qualifying and racing. As far as XFINITY Series action goes, Denny Hamlin led the way in the first session with a speed of 170.608 mph in his No. 18 Toyota. Hamlin, is a four-time XFINITY Series winner at…

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Denny Hamlin A Strong Contender In Sunday’s Southern 500

It’s no secret, Toyota is on a roll this season. Over the last seven races, Toyota has by far been the most superior team in NASCAR. Combined, they’ve led 1,397 of 1,694 overall laps since the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway. To save you from the math, that’s 82-percent of the laps. In July, Toyota drivers led 264 of the 274 laps at Kentucky, 290 of the 301 at New Hampshire. They then led 126 of the 167 at Indy and 136 of the 160 at Pocono.

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