Bojangles Southerns 500
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The Sprint Cup Series heads to Darlington Raceway this weekend, and with just two races left in the regular season, it would be easy to assume most drivers and teams are focused solely on the impending Chase for the Sprint Cup.
However, Darlington is a special track, and the Southern 500 is a race steeped in tradition. Known by many as "The Lady in Black," the egg-shaped oval is one of the original high-speed tracks. Its sandpaper-like surface isn't as abrasive as it once was, but the history surrounding Darlington puts the track high on the list of places any driver wants to win at.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that several big names have enjoyed a lot of success at the track. That's to say you can't find a few solid sleepers, but when the stakes are high, the cream tends to rise to the top. Don't be afraid to be aggressive with your lineup and load up on the top options in each driver tier in the Yahoo game.
1. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Harvick has three straight top five finishes at Darlington, including an impressive showing in 2014 when he led 238 laps and won the race. In two starts here since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, he has a 3.0 average finish and has led a combined 282 laps.
2. DENNY HAMLIN, #11 FEDEX, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Over the last 10 races at Darlington, Hamlin leads all drivers with eight top 10s finishes and a 6.5 average finish. He has five finishes of third or better during the same stretch, including four in his last six starts. Don't hesitate to use him as an A-List play.
3. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
The former Darlington winner has seven top 10s in his last 10 starts at Darlington, and during the same stretch, no driver has led more laps at the track. He has finished seventh or better in his last four starts here, and he has the safe floor and high ceiling you look for in an A-List pick.
4. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
He has had a couple strong runs at Darlington, but Keselowski had a true breakout performance last year. He led a race-high 196 laps on his way to a career-best second-place finish. Overall, he has five top 15s in seven starts here, including a pair of top three efforts.
5. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]
His 9.1 average finish at Darlington is the second best among active drivers, and he is a three-time winner here for his career. He has a series-best six top five finishes over the last 10 races at the track, including three in his last four starts.