Weekend schedule for Darlington

All three national series will compete at Darlington Raceway Saturday and Sunday for the annual “Throwback Weekend.” It marks the first race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the top 16 drivers begin the competition for the 2020 championship trophy.

The Xfinity Series will take on “The Track Too Tough to Tame” Saturday while the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series is set to race Sunday prior to the Southern 500. It’s the first time the Truck Series has competed at Darlington since 2011.

All times are Eastern.

Saturday, Sept. 5
12:30 p.m.: Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race (Stages 45/90/147 Laps = 200.1 Miles) NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
2019 Winner: Cole Custer
Pole: Justin Haley

Sunday, Sept. 6
2 p.m.: Truck Series South Carolina Education Lottery 200 race (Stages 45/90/147 Laps = 200.1 Miles) FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Pole: Brett Moffitt

6 p.m.: Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 race (Stages 115/230/367 Laps = 501.3 Miles) NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
2019 Winner: Erik Jones
Pole: Chase Elliott


A non-Playoff driver has never won the opening race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Trevor Bayne (Niece Motorsports), Greg Biffle and David Ragan are scheduled to compete in the Truck Series race at Darlington.

This will be Bayne’s first start in the series and his first time back on the track since the end of the 2018 season when he was released from Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle will pilot the GMS Racing No. 24 Chevrolet while David Ragan will team up with DGR-Crosley for his first start in the series since 2006.

The formula to set the starting lineup has been updated and is based on the following: 15% of fastest lap position in the previous race, 25% of the driver’s finish in the previous race, 25% of the car owners finish in the previous race and 35% of the owner points position.

Cup Series Playoff Contenders:


1Kevin Harvick2057
2Denny Hamlin2047
3Brad Keselowski2029
4Joey Logano2022
5Chase Elliott2020
6Martin Truex Jr.2014
7Ryan Blaney2013
8Alex Bowman2009
9William Byron2007
10Austin Dillon2005
11Cole Custer #2005
12Aric Almirola2005
13Clint Bowyer2004
14Kyle Busch2003
15Kurt Busch2001
16Matt DiBenedetto2000

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com.

Angela Campbell
Angela Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.


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