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Denny Hamlin wins opening race of Cup Series Playoffs at Darlington

Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Cup Series Southern 500 in a thrilling finish at Darlington Raceway to capture the first victory of the series Playoffs.

Larson to make 250th Cup career start at Darlington

The Elk Grove, California, native is set to reach a milestone start in his seventh full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Blaney awarded pole position for Cup Playoff opener at Darlington

The High Point, North Carolina, native was awarded the pole position for the 2021 Cup Playoff opener at the track deemed Too Tough to Tame.

Harvick wins the 2020 Cup Playoff opener at Darlington Raceway

The 2014 Cup champion benefitted from a late incident involving Elliott and Truex to win the 2020 Cup Playoff opener at Darlington Raceway in dramatic fashion.

Darlington to feature limited fans for Southern 500

NASCAR's return to Darlington for the Playoffs in September is clear to feature limited fans in attendance.

Southern 500 delivers some of NASCAR’s biggest moments

It goes without saying that the Bojangles’ Southern 500 is one of NASCAR’s biggest Crown Jewel events, ranking up there with the Coca-Cola 600...

The Final Word – Bristol, we have a problem

Bristol is not Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Worth or Charlotte. There are reasons to go to the Virginia-Tennessee border. The country is beautiful. On Sunday, it appears a lot of people were taking in the scenery. They sure in hell were not at the race track.

The Final Word – Is it a big swing and a miss as NASCAR makes big changes for 2020?

Some of the changes are interesting. Moving the season-ending event matters not, as Homestead has never become an iconic event in most minds anyway. Adding a third short track is good. Keeping the roval in Charlotte as part of the mix is fine. Adding some tradition with the Southern 500 becoming even more meaningful actually comes across as a fine idea.

Hot 20 – If viewership tanked for Talladega, imagine what the ratings for Kansas will be

Talladega was a ratings bust. Talladega. For fans who follow the sport, those four Stewart-Haas cars up front, doing what they had to do all day long, was something to behold. For those who simply tune in to watch incredible action, they had to wait for the final 20 laps for the payoff. However, they had to have tuned in to witness either. They did not even bother. That is troublesome.

The Final Word – The first race of the playoffs in Las Vegas damaged the hopes of some

Now it gets real. There is no argument as to whom the contenders are, and who are the pretenders. Say what you will, but even though there might be forty cars on the track, only 16 matter.

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