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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No One Has Been as Dominate In Southern 500 Lately as Kevin Harvick, Can He Win Sunday

There are annually a ton of storylines surrounding the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Darlington Raceway. After all, it’s the Southern 500. From the throwback paint schemes, to the prestige, to the rich history of the track, this is just a marquee event. But, while we celebrate all those past great races, one driver is quietly dominating – Kevin Harvick. Over the last four races at Darlington, Harvick has finished inside the top five in each one.

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Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Get 1st Darlington Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Triumph

It’s becoming a weekly storyline now, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is making his final start at “x” track and can he win at that track in order to make this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. One of those storylines is going to end one way or the other here soon and that’s Earnhardt’s playoff chances. The playoffs start in two weeks and Earnhardt Jr. currently is well on the outside looking in. He’s 287 points out of it, as he mathematically can’t make it in on points alone anymore.…

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Top 5 Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Races of All-Time

Since 1953, the Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) has annually been a part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. From then until 2003, the race was always contested on Labor Day weekend. It was an annual tradition. But, from 2004 through 2014, the race was moved around from it’s rightful spot. But, in 2015, NASCAR moved it back to where it should have always been. With that being said, we’ve seen some signature moments and races at the famed Darlington Raceway. Here are the top five races in…

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Top 5 Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Storylines at Darlington

This weekend is the annual Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at the Darlington Raceway. It’s always been a major staple on the NASCAR schedule, but now that it’s recently been moved back to Labor Day weekend, it’s an even bigger story. Also add to the fact that this is the second to last race before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin, and there’s reason to see why this year’s race is ramped up even more. Here are the five storylines to watch. 

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Seeing All Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Throwback Schemes For 2017 Labor Day Weekend

We’ve seen a ton of NASCAR throwback weekend paint schemes revealed recently, as there’s now to my count 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series throwback colors for this year’s Southern 500 (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at the Darlington Raceway. Three years ago, this weekend took off as the race returned to its rightful place on the NASCAR calendar for Labor Day weekend. Every year from 1950 to 2003, the Southern 500 was annually held on Labor Day weekend. But, from 2004 to 2014, it was moved from Darlington to Fontana then…

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Danica’s Darlington Throwback Scheme Honors Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick will honor 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Robert Yates with a throwback paint scheme on her No. 10 Ford Fusion during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway next month. “The throwback race at Darlington is such a cool event,” said Patrick, in a team release. “The track has done such a great job of getting the teams and drivers involved. I’m excited to run a true throwback scheme this year. It’s great that we’re able to honor Robert…

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Byron’s Darlington Car To Honor Ricky Hendrick

William Byron is part of the future of JR Motorsports, and someday, he will be part of the future of Hendrick Motorsports. A month from now, at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Byron and his No. 9 Liberty University team from JRM will honor the memory of Ricky Hendrick with a special throwback paint scheme. That scheme was unveiled today at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C. Ricky Hendrick, son of JRM co-owner Rick and his wife Linda, was among those lost in the tragic plane crash on Oct.…

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RPM To Honor Petty’s 200th Victory With Darlington Throwback

Richard Petty Motorsports had a bunch of information revealed on Wednesday, the first came this morning when they announced that after eight weeks, Aric Almirola will be able to return to his seat with the team this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola, injured his vertebrae in a scary crash at the Kansas Speedway back on May 13. His original timetable of being out was 8-12 weeks. This is the eighth week. Luckily, the team said after his test on Tuesday, he was cleared by both NASCAR and…

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Bill Elliott, Richard Petty to Pace the Field Before the Southern 500 in September

Two legendary NASCAR Hall of Famers, Richard Petty and Bill Elliott, will pace the field for the 68th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 3 at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Petty will lead the field in his 1967 Plymouth, followed by Elliott, who will serve as the honorary pace car driver, piloting a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pace car, as the field goes green for the iconic race. Darlington Raceway will be honoring Petty…

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