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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Denny Hamlin Delivers Darlington Victory

Denny Hamlin celebrates his win in the 2021 Southern 500 at Darlington. Photo: NKP

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Darlington Raceway has always been unique. From its humble beginnings, way back in 1950, it had a unique length (1.366 miles) and egg-like shape all its own. Now, on a schedule peppered with wide tracks that allow full throttle cornering, its narrow surface and unforgiving walls are about as different as anything you’ll see in …

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Stock Car Scoop: Which Playoff Drivers Are in the Most Trouble Leaving Darlington?

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With the playoffs in full swing and Denny Hamlin claiming his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season at Darlington Raceway on Sunday (Sept. 5), Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen break down the Cook Out Southern 500 and all the misfortune that befell postseason competitors. The duo discuss Hamlin’s title threat status despite just …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Cook Out Southern 500

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson battle in the closing laps of the 2021 Southern 500. (Photo: NKP)

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Who… should you be talking about after the Cook Out Southern 500? With the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season winding down, many wondered if we would ever talk about a Denny Hamlin victory this year. At times during the summer, his postseason bid was in jeopardy despite leading the points for several months. In the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington

Denny Hamlin celebrates his win in the 2021 Southern 500 at Darlington. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Denny Hamlin won the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington on Sunday night (Sept. 5) after narrowly holding off Kyle Larson in the final corner. Larson, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @DennyHamlin on his #Southern500 win at @TooToughToTame! What a final corner …

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Denny Hamlin Emerges From Darlington Chaos to Score 1st Win of Season

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

More than four hours after the green flag dropped on the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin emerged the winner amid from what was essentially a war of attrition between the 16 playoff drivers. Hamlin also survived a last-corner charge from Kyle Larson, who in his words tried to “video game it” in a …

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Best Seat at the Track: Zach Sturniolo Joins From Darlington

Zach Sturniolo joins Jared Haas for the latest edition of Best Seat at the Track from Darlington Raceway.

Graphic: Jared Haas

On this Labor Day race weekend, Jared Haas is joined by senior correspondent and editor Zach Sturniolo, who is on-site at Darlington Raceway. The pair discuss the possibility of Denny Hamlin getting a fresh start in the playoffs after not winning in the regular season, as well as the repave of turn 2 and how …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Gragson Ends Winless Drought at Darlington, Playoff Cutline Tightens

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The 49-race winless streak for Noah Gragson was snapped in Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Gragson was chasing Denny Hamlin for the lead before a caution with nine laps to go. The Xfinity Series field pitted, but Hamlin was penalized and sent to the rear of the field …

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Noah Gragson Scores 1st Xfinity Win of 2021 at Darlington

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 4) afternoon. Denny Hamlin dominated for most of the afternoon and looked to have things well in hand, at least until he was sent to the rear on a late restart …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Cook Out Southern 500

Martin Truex Jr. 2021 Darlington 1

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The NASCAR Cup Series begins its 2021 playoff chase with the Round of 16 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 5. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for the Cook Out Southern 500. It’s the second year in a row Darlington kicks off the Cup playoffs and boy, 2020’s race did not …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’ll Be Eliminated in Each Cup Playoff Round?

2021 regular season Cup champion Kyle Larson with trophy

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Who will be eliminated in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs’ Round of 16? Michael McDowell has been disappointing in the second half of the regular season. He had a strong start to the season in addition to his Daytona 500 win, but he’s 28th in total points in the past 10 races among all Cup …

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