This week NASCAR travels “The Track Too Tough to Tame” which is at the Darlington Raceway. One common theme over the years is that wrecks are common and tire issues are likely at this oval-shaped track which is measured at 1.366 miles per lap. Don’t be afraid to look for a decent choice of drivers that are starting near the back of the pack. With all the wrecks they can many times wind their way to the front. This race is 367 laps and actually 501 miles long. This event will be televised on NBCSN.

Let’s preview some of the drivers then make a few predictions.

Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the final four in ten of his previous fourteen races and won this race in 2016. In his career at Darlington, he has an average of sixth place. This is a track he can work with and come out of his slump.

Kevin Harvick is consistent. He has been in the Top 10 seventeen times in his prior nineteen races and has won two of them. He has the track record but his odds aren’t great for making much money. At this track, he has had six races in the top 10 in his last eight traces.

I always like to seek out an underdog and for this event, it will be Ryan Newman who has finished in top fifteen in six of his last eight races and has a very good record when racing at Darlington Raceway. It is time to make some money and we will look to Newman for the win.

Here are my Top 4 Picks:

1) #11 Denny Hamlin (8/1)
2) #42 Kyle Larson (8/1)
4) #78 Martin Truex Jr. (7/2)
4) #4 Kevin Harvick (5/2)

Here are the current odds:

  • Kevin Harvick 5/2
  • Kyle Busch 13/4
  • Martin Truex Jr. 7/2
  • Denny Hamlin 6/1
  • Kyle Larson 6/1
  • Ryan Blaney 16/1
  • Brad Keselowski 16/1
  • Erik Jones 16/1
  • Clint Bowyer 18/1
  • Kurt Busch 18/1
  • Joey Logano 25/1
  • Chase Elliott 25/1
  • Aric Almirola 40/1
  • Jimmie Johnson 66/1
  • Daniel Suarez 100/1
  • Ryan Newman 100/1
  • Alex Bowman 100/1
  • Jamie McMurray 150/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 150/1
  • Paul Menard 150/1
  • William Byron 150/1
  • Austin Dillon 150/1

Check the Weather

Before placing your bet, pay particularly close attention to the weather in South Carolina. On the weekend, they are calling for rain at 60% along with high temperatures in the low 90’s at race time.

 

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TV Schedule

Here is the remaining TV schedule for all NASCAR events for the rest of the year.

Bojangles’ Southern 500
Darlington Raceway – Darlington, SC
Sun, Sep 2
6: 00p ET (NBCSN)

Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN
Sun, Sep 9
2: 00p ET (NBCSN)

South Point 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV
Sun, Sep 16
3: 00p ET (NBCSN)

Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond Raceway – Richmond, VA
Sat, Sep 22
7: 30p ET (NBCSN)

Bank of America Roval 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Concord, NC
Sun, Sep 30
2: 00p ET (NBC)

Dover 400
Dover International Speedway – Dover, DE
Sun, Oct 7
2: 00p ET (NBCSN)

1000Bulbs.com 500
Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, AL
Sun, Oct 14
2: 00p ET (NBC)

Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
Sun, Oct 21
2: 00p ET (NBC)

First Data 500
Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
Sun, Oct 28
2: 30p ET (NBCSN)

AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX
Sun, Nov 4
3: 00p ET (NBCSN)

Can-Am 500
ISM Raceway – Avondale, AZ
Sun, Nov 11
2: 30p ET (NBC)

Ford Ecoboost 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, FL
Sun, Nov 18
2: 30p ET (NBC)

History of Track

This NASCAR race has been through several name changes over the years, first as the Rebel 500 and then a series of Dodge names, including the Dodge Charger 500, Dodge Avenger 500, and Dodge Challenger 500. After that, it was changed to Showtime Southern 500 and then was replaced by the Bojangles’ Southern 500.