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