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