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.
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.
Trevor Bayne logged only 20 laps in the first practice session for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. His top speed of 172.336 mph was only 31st on the speed chart.
Jeb Burton may face his toughest challenge in the NASCAR Cup series as he attempts to qualify for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. To comfortably make the field, he needs to qualify among the top 36, but he was only 44th in the first practice session.
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.
Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro) has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
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).
Tony Stewart was third fastest in the first practice session for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 175.710 mph. He landed between teammates Kurt Busch (175.842) and Kevin Harvick (175.654).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmie Johnson enters the Bojangles' Southern 500 with three consecutive top-fives at Darlington. He was third last year and fourth in 2013, but his crowning moment was in 2012 when he scored his third victory with the Lady in Black.
Greg Biffle should be a solid mid-cap pick this week at Darlington Raceway. He enters the weekend with four consecutive top-15s on this track, all of which ended on the lead lap.
All of the Chase contending drivers lacking wins need to be careful this week at Darlington Raceway. One bad finish, coupled with a victory by a unique winner, could knock them out of contention and Paul Menard was scored 41st in last year’s Bojangles' Southern 500 after suffering crash damage.
JJ Yeley probably will not make too many rosters this week, but he could be a provisionally good value. In his last two starts on this track, he started last both times before finishing 37th in 2012 and 35th last year.
Ryan Truex will make his return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for three races this season with Richard Petty Motorsports and will pilot the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi DenBeste Racing.
Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota and all-time series leader with 80 victories, is set to hit another major milestone with his historic 500th ARCA career start Labor Day afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds’ "Magic Mile" in the Southern Illinois 100.
Dakoda Armstrong has just one start at Darlington Raceway in the XFINITY Series race in 2014 where he scored a Top-20 finish.