The wealthy southern history of NASCAR will be revived this weekend using throwback paint schemes, particular memorabilia and nostalgia since the circuit heads to historic Darlington Raceway for the famous Southern 500, unofficially one of NASCAR’s four major races.

Sunday night’s race marks the second-to-last race of the season prior to the 16-driver playoffs begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-79 points from cutoff), Ryan Newman (-91), Daniel Suarez (-93) and Paul Menard (-99) are drivers currently with a slim chance to make the playoffs with no win while the rest of the area requires a victory at Darlington or Indianapolis to punch their ticket into the playoffs.

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With»The Lady in Black» prepared to paint a Darlington stripe on anyone who gets too near her wall, drivers will have to be at their best as the trail changes when the sexy South Carolina sun starts to set at the 1.366-mile asphalt trail. Among the most unique tracks in NASCAR features 25 levels of banking in Turns 1 and 2, and 23 degrees in Turns 3 and 4 as the trail narrows by 17 feet since the vehicle rounds the oblong oblong.

There’s no other track like Darlington making it tough to handicap however, the track is very abrasive like similar tracks in length in Atlanta and Chicagoland. Sunday’s race-favorite Kevin Harvick will use his winning Atlanta chassis which led 181 of 325 laps in February while Kyle Busch seeks another 50+ lap-leading win at Darlington like he did at Chicago this summer. The last member of the»Big 3,» Martin Truex Jr. is the 2016 Darlington winner that has a series of three top-10 finishes in the monitor.

Entering Sunday’s race with the fourth-shortest odds is a driver who has mastered Darlington and needs a good showing to secure a spot in the playoffs: Denny Hamlin.

The No. 11 Toyota driver is a two-time Darlington winner and defending race winner. Hamlin boasts the top driver evaluation (110.3 — well over the next statistical finest of Kyle Busch in 105.1), the very best average running place (7.8) and tops among the fastest laps run (272) in this race. Hamlin also offers 10 top-10 finishes in 12 career starts including seven.

Odds to acquire Southern 500

Kevin Harvick 5/2
Kyle Busch 7/2
Martin Truex Jr 7/2
Denny Hamlin 6/1
Kyle Larson 6/1
Erik Jones 18/1
Ryan Blaney 18/1
Brad Keselowski 18/1
Kurt Busch 18/1
Clint Bowyer 18/1
Chase Elliott 25/1
Joey Logano 25/1
Aric Almirola 50/1
Jimmie Johnson 100/1
Ryan Newman 100/1
Daniel Suarez 100/1
Alex Bowman 100/1
Austin Dillon 200/1
Jamie McMurray 200/1
Paul Menard 200/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr 300/1
Matt Kenseth 300/1
William Byron 300/1
Kasey Kahne 1000/1
Chris Buescher 1000/1
Darrell Wallace Jr 1000/1
AJ Allmendinger 1000/1
Ty Dillon 5000/1
Michael McDowell 5000/1
Field (All Others) 1000/1

Notable Southern 500 betting matchups

Kyle Busch -110
Martin Truex Jr. -110

Denny Hamlin -110
Kyle Larson -110

Kevin Harvick -145
Martin Truex Jr. +125

Erik Jones -110
Brad Keselowski -110

Brad Keselowski -110
Clint Bowyer -110

Kyle Busch -115
Denny Hamlin +135

Chase Elliott -110
Joey Logano -110

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