Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing riding high after Darlington win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Darlington
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500.</p>

The Southern 500, while no longer held on Labor Day is still looked at as one of NASCAR’s biggest races. Darlington remains the place where, in 1950, an egg-shaped, awkward-looking asphalt track gave birth to superspeedway competition. Thirty-five years later, a million-dollar Chase by a man named Awesome Bill was another notch in the sport’s belt that wrapped the racetrack into our national consciousness. Like golf’s Masters, purists regard it as one of the sport’s crown jewels.

Denny Hamlin makes NASCAR return at Darlington Raceway

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Darlington
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles' Southern 500.</p>

1. Darlington celebrates a pair of 10-year milestones, good and bad
Darlington Raceway is the first place NASCAR ever raced on pavement, all the way back on Sept. 4, 1950. That event, the first Labor Day Weekend Southern 500, saw Johnny Mantz win his only NASCAR race as he beat Fireball Roberts and 73 other competitors by at least nine laps.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Southern 500 at Darlington

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Darlington so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to venerable Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday evening. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Darlington Raceway

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Southern 500
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.</p>

Denny Hamlin’s much-discussed return to the seat of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry became an afterthought at Talladega once Brian Vickers climbed into the seat and provided Hamlin with a paltry 10 points thanks to a crash-caused 34th-place result. Ouch.