Wood Brothers To Honor 1968 Cale Yarborough Car In September’s Southern 500

For this year’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Paul Menard’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will carry a red-and-white paint scheme reminiscent of the Wood Brothers’ 1968 Mercury Cyclone that Cale Yarborough drove to victory in the 1968 Southern 500. The paint scheme honoring Yarborough is part of the track’s fourth-annual throwback weekend. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Seven Decades of NASCAR” and few drivers and teams have as much history at Darlington as Yarborough and the Wood Brothers. Yarborough is from Timmonsville, S.C., which is…

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Strong Southern 500 For Richard Childress Racing, They Show They Won’t Be an Easy Out in Playoffs

I don’t think anyone is giving Richard Childress Racing much hope for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. With four drivers being eliminated from playoff contention after the first three races in the playoffs, most thought both Richard Childress Racing drivers that are eligible right now would be among two of the first four drivers that are eliminated. But, the last few weeks show that maybe RCR will be a tougher out than most think. 

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2nd Straight Top 5 Finish For Kurt Busch in Sunday Night’s Southern 500

Maybe we should came him “Big Race Kurt” now. Kurt Busch won the season opening Daytona 500 back in February. In the next crown jewel on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, he finished sixth in May’s Coca-Cola 600. Then, in the Bristol night race two weeks ago, Busch brought his No. 41 Ford home fifth. In tonight’s Southern 500, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver would finish third. Yes, that’s four top sixes in the four annual crown jewels on the NASCAR schedule. 

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Another Top 5 For Erik Jones, He’s Close to Winning

At some point this season, Erik Jones is going to pull his No. 77 Toyota to victory lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Now, he has to hope that comes next Saturday night at the Richmond Raceway. Jones, brought his Furniture Row Racing entry home fifth on Sunday night in the Southern 500, as it was his third straight top five finish on the season. It was also his fifth straight top 10 effort and seventh top 10 finish over the last nine races. 

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Martin Truex Jr. Clinches Regular Season Title, Nearly Wins Southern 500

Martin Truex Jr. could be toasting his way to his motorhome tonight after clinching the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship. Instead, he’s as frustrated as ever. Truex, was nine left hand turns away from his second straight Southern 500 victory. Instead, he got into the Turn 3 SAFER barrier with three laps-to-go and had to limp his No. 78 Toyota home eighth on Sunday night at the Darlington Raceway. 

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Denny Hamlin Wins The Southern 500

“The Flying 11” was certainly flying on Sunday night at Darlington, as Denny Hamlin went from a pit road entry mistake to coming back to win the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend. Hamlin’s throwback paint scheme was a tribute to Ray Hendrick and his “flying No. 11” colors and it was fitting for how tonight’s race went for him too. Hamlin, was really in control of his own destiny in the closing stages of the race, but he entered pit road way too hot on his final stop and…

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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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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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