There are only two weeks left before NASCAR’s playoffs start and there are still lots of automatic bids left to the taking. Denny Hamlin has to be thrilled the tour is headed back to Darlington Raceway.
The defending champion of this Bojangles Southern 500, Hamlin is second among active drivers with 2 wins at the 1.366-mile track and he’s seven top 5s and 10 top 10s to proceed with it at 12 career races at the monitor. He has finished in the top 3 of the last six races at Darlington and 4 at five of his final six on that track.
The 38-year-old needs to be thrilled to make his way to South Carolina this week because he looks for his first victory of the year in addition to an automatic berth into the playoffs. But with only 3 finishes inside the top 10 in his last six races, he isn’t performing his absolute best.
The Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are doing Exactly That. All three’ve wins on the course in their professions and have combined for 11 top 5s and 24 top 10s at Darlington Raceway. Busch is second among active drivers in motorist evaluation at the South Carolina track (105.1) and he is our pick to win the Bojangles Southern 500.