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Regan Smith is returning to Sprint Cup Series racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

He's hopping behind the wheel of the No. 51 Hendrickcars.com Chevy fielded by Phoenix Racing for Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500. It will mark his first Cup Series start since the Daytona 500, when he piloted the No. 51 car to a seventh-place finish. He has eight Cup starts at the half-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. He's finished inside the top 20 three times and scored top-15s in two events. His best finish is 13th place, which he achieved in 2011.-Breaking Limits
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Brad Keselowski jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the closing minutes of final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. His top speed was 175.880 mph.

Keselowski was also fast in regard to single laps last year at Darlington. He qualified fifth but lost 12 positions before the end of the race. In nearly half of his starts on this track, Keselowski lost ground in the race.
Sep 4 - 6:30 PM

Kevin Harvick can be added to the list of drivers with Darlington Stripes. His contact was relatively light and should not require a backup.

Harvick’s contact came in the final few minutes of final practice. To find the edge, drivers have to step over it on occasion and Harvick should still be a good bet to finish in the top five.
Sep 4 - 6:26 PM

Just past the halfway point of final practice, Kyle Busch became the latest driver to get a Darlington Stripe. His damage was significant enough that he will roll out a backup.

Busch cannot afford a bad run because he can still fall out of the top 30 in the points. He will have to come from the back of the pack and needs to race conservatively. Conventionality is not really in Busch’s wheel house, however, and fantasy owners should be a little nervous about starting him.
Sep 4 - 5:39 PM

Chase Elliott slapped the Darlington Raceway wall halfway through final practice. He sustained significant damage to the right side of his car and the team will need to evaluate whether a backup is needed. He hit the turn four wall.

Elliott also scrapped the wall in the first session. If a fantasy owner is trying to decide between the part time Ryan Blaney or Elliott, the edge goes to the No. 21 driver based on speed and reliability.
Sep 4 - 5:25 PM

Ryan Blaney is one of the drivers needing to qualify on time if he wants to race in the Bojangles' Southern 500 and he seems to be in pretty good shape. At the end of the first practice session, he wound up eighth on the chart wedged between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

As a part time driver, Blaney could be one of the best dark horses of the weekend. He was 14th on the final practice charts 30 minutes into the session.
Sep 4 - 4:52 PM

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.

The lap of 167.379 mph in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota was best of the 35 cars out on the track for this session. No. 20 Denny Hamlin, No. 33 Paul Menard, No. 22 Joey Logano and No. 3 Ty Dillon are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Harrison Rhodes in the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Sep 4 - 3:01 PM

Kevin Harvick was fourth fastest in the first practice session for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 175.654 mph. He landed behind teammates Kurt Busch (175.842) and Tony Stewart (175.710).

When an organization shows consistent speed across all of their members, that is generally a good sign that the lead drivers will run well. Expect top-five battles from Busch and Harvick.
Sep 4 - 1:39 PM

Kurt Busch landed second on the speed chart behind Greg Biffle in the first round of practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500. His top speed was 175.842 mph.

Perhaps the most notable fact was that Busch lined up just ahead of Tony Stewart in third (175.710) and Kevin Harvick in fourth (175.654). When an organization shows consistent speed across all of their members, that is generally a good sign that the lead drivers will run well. Expect top-five battles from Busch and Harvick.
Sep 4 - 1:33 PM

Greg Biffle posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. His top speed was 176.201 mph, which was 0.359 mph faster than second-place Kurt Busch.

Biffle enters the weekend with a four-race, top-15 streak, but he needs to win if he wants to advance into the Chase. That is not completely impossible because Biffle scored his third career Darlington top-five on this track last year.
Sep 4 - 1:05 PM

Austin Dillon got the first Darlington Stripe early in practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500. He slapped the wall hard enough to do significant damage and might have to go to a backup. The team is attempting to repair first.

Dillon got off to a strong start last year with an 11th in his rookie season. He should be able to rebound, but players looking for a strong sophomore might want to turn their attention to Kyle Larson.
Sep 4 - 11:17 AM

A top-five is all but certain for Kevin Harvick this week. He enters the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington as the defending winner from 2014, finished fifth there in 2013, and has five top-fives in the last six races of this season.

In addition, Harvick has finished on the lead lap in his last six Darlington starts, which suggests he will finish strong even if he stumbles. There is no such thing as firm certainly in NASCAR and Harvick has four crash-induced results in 18 starts, but he should be a safe pick.
Sep 3 - 4:21 PM




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