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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington, S.C.: Southern 500 at a glance

Kevin Harvick won last year’s Southern 500  at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C.
Kevin Harvick won last year’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. AP

Distance: 367 laps or 501 miles.

Where: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped paved track.

When: 7 p.m., Sept. 6.

TV: NBC.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick.

This week: Road America 180, Xfinity Series, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 3 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Network; Chevrolet Silverado 250, Truck Series, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Low-drag aerodynamic package will be tested at Darlington, similar to the one used at Kentucky in July.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Hot

Joey Logano: Holding off Kevin Harvick at Bristol, Tenn., was one of the top performances of the season.

Kyle Busch: Seems like he’s winning at least one race each week, whether it’s Cup, Xfinity or Truck. This time it was Bristol’s Xfinity race.

Ryan Blaney: Won Bristol Truck race – coming from a lap down to do it.

Not

Michael Waltrip Racing: Tough times at this shop, which won’t run full-time in 2016 and released Clint Bowyer. Then teammates Bowyer and David Ragan involved in same wreck at Bristol while both were among top five.

Matt Kenseth: After excellent run recently, had to leave Bristol early with broken engine.

Matt Crafton: Led Truck race at Bristol but was beaten on restart by Blaney before green-white-checkered finish and ended up seventh.

David Scott

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