There are just two weeks left until NASCAR's playoffs start and there are still plenty of automatic forecasts left for the taking. Denny Hamlin must be thrilled the tour is headed back to Darlington Raceway.
The defending champion of the Bojangles Southern 500, Hamlin is second among active drivers with 2 wins in the 1.366-mile track and he has seven top 5s and 10 top 10s to go with it in 12 career races at the track. He has finished in the top 3 of the past six races at Darlington and 4 at five of his final six on this track.
The 38-year-old has to be thrilled to make his way to South Carolina this week because he looks for his first victory of the year as well as an automatic berth to the playoffs. However, with only 3 finishes inside the top 10 in his past six races, he is not performing at his absolute best.
The Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are doing Exactly That. All three have wins on the course in their careers and have combined for 11 top 5s and 24 top 10s in Darlington Raceway. Busch is second among active drivers in motorist evaluation in the South Carolina track (105.1) and he is our pick to win the Bojangles Southern 500.
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