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 2 wins in the 1.366-mile monitor and he has seven top 5s and 10 top 10s to proceed with it in 12 career races at the monitor. He’s finished in the top 3 in four of the past six races at Darlington and top 4 in five of his last six on that track.
The 38-year-old needs to be thrilled to make his way to South Carolina this week as he looks for his first victory of the season in addition to an automatic berth into the playoffs. However, with just three finishes within the top 10 in his last six races, he is not performing at 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 careers and have combined for 11 top 5s and 24 top 10s at Darlington Raceway. Busch is second among active drivers at driver evaluation in the South Carolina track (105.1) and he’s our choice to win the Bojangles Southern 500.