Come from Behind Finish in Darlington on Throwback Weekend

On this throwback weekend, the Monster Energy Cup Series comes to Darlington for some night racing. Taking on the Lady in Black, the drivers run paint schemes from days gone by as they try not to earn a Darlington stripe – scraping the wall.

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After three rounds of qualifying Kevin Harvick will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.

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The starting line up for the Darlington 500:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Jamie McMurray
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Paul Menard
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kasey Kahne
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
AJ Allmendinger
Michael McDowell
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
Danica Patrick
Cole Whitt
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Derrike Cope
Cody Ware
Carl Long

Country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys perform the National Anthem for tonight’s race.

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Ray Evernham, Robert Yates, Ron Hornaday and Ken Squire give the command to start the engines.

Driving his iconic STP car, Richard Petty is pacing the field along with the pace car. NASCAR has added an extra pace lap because Petty does not want to leave the track.

Stages one and two of the race are 100 laps each with stage three lasting 167 laps for a total of 367 laps – 500 miles.

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race as the drivers try to tackle the track too tough to tame – the Lady in Black. Kevin Harvick gets out in front of Martin Truex Jr to lead the race.

Ryan Blaney makes an unscheduled pit stop on lap six after making contact with the wall.

Lap eight Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch is in third. Ryan Blaney is one lap down.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 16 when Trevor Bayne blows a tire and hits the wall. AJ Allmendinger was also involved. Bayne’s team is also having radio issues, they cannot hear Trevor.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer’s car stalls out getting on to pit road and has his car pushed to the garage.

Again Kevin Harvick’s team has an issue on pit road. He restarts the race in tenth place.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 but it is Kyle Larson who takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 28 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two second lead on Kyle Busch.

Clint Bowyer’s team reports a broken valve and are out of the race.

Lap 33 Kyle Larson continues to lead the race and is pulling away.

The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 41 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets loose and hits the outside wall.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 with Kyle Larson taking the lead of the race from the outside.

Lap 50 Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap 58 Kyle Larson has a two second lead over Kevin Harvick who has moved back through the field after pit road issues put him back in the pack.

Lap 65, Driving it like he stole it, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to four seconds on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 72 Kevin Harvick has cut Kyle Larson’s lead in half and is now just two seconds behind the leader.

Lap 83 Kyle Larson encounters lapped traffic and has his lead cut to under two seconds over Kevin Harvick.

A little after 7pm the setting sun is proving to be a major issue for the drivers.

Lap 87 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kevin Harvick. Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick to take over second place.

Lap 92 Kevin Harvick is reporting that the tires are gone and is trying to hold on until the end of the stage in eight laps.

With only five laps remaining in the stage, Kyle Larson has less than a half a second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr edges out Kyle Larson to win stage one for his 16th stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

As a part of throwback weekend, Hall of Fame broadcasters Ken Squire, Ned Jarrett, and Dale Jarrett take over the broadcast of the race.

Lap 107 Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 115 Kyle Larson has a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 123 Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Martine Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin in third.

After making a pit stop, Cody Ware is charged with a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 125 Daniel Suarez brings out the fourth caution flag after hitting the wall, causing heavy damage to his car.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 131 and pulls out in front to hold on to the lead of the race.

Lap 142 Daniel Suarez is out of the race with crash damage.

Lap 148 Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Larson to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 154 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

AJ Allmendinger, Matt DiBenedetto, and Cody Ware bring out the caution flag when they mix it up and get into a wreck.

Deny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 160 as the regular broadcast crew takes over.

Lap 165 Ryan Blaney reports possible engine issues.

Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race but is less than half second in front of second place driver Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 172 Martin Truex Jr has caught Denny Hamlin as they battle for the lead of the race.

Lap 178 Cody Ware is officially out of the race after crashing on lap 155.

Lap 179 Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 185 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 192 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third.

Gray Gaulding brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall on lap 196.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage number 17 when the stage ends under yellow flag conditions. By sweeping the first two stages of the race, Martin Truex Jr has ensured his position as the winner of the regular season title with one more race left before the playoffs begin.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Jamie McMurray
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Martin Truex Jr lost four spots with his pit stop.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 205 with Hamlin jumping out in front of the field.

David Ragan brings out the caution flag when he spins out.

Choosing the inside line, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap211 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 214 Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 224 Denny Hamlin holds on to his half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 226 Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 229 David Ragan comes down pit road with a tire issue.

Lap 233 Ryan Blaney remains on pit road under the five minute clock. He returns to the track before the clock expires.

Lap 239 Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Kyle Busch.

Lap 240 Gray Gaulding is out of the race.

Lap 248 Joey Logano becomes the first driver to come down pit road for service and begins the cycle of green flag pit stops. Denny Hamlin gave up a lead of over two seconds when he made his pit stop.

Lap 255, Once green flag pit stops have cycled through Martin Truex Jr takes over the lead of the race with Denny Hamlin in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 260 for debris on the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 266 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Kyle Larson is still reporting tire rub issues.

Lap 273 Denny Hamlin is leading the race with Kurt Busch in second and Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 280 Kurt Busch challenges Denny Hamlin for the lead of the race but so far Hamlin holds on to the lead.

Lap 289 Kevin Harvick is reporting a loose wheel but with he is going to try and hold on until the next cycle of pit stops.

Lap 290 Kurt Busch brushes the wall allowing leader Denny Hamlin to pull his lead out a bit more.

Lap 295 Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 297 Kevin Harvick comes down pi road for service beginning another cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 308 Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are the only drivers who have not come down pit road for a green flag pit stop. Hamlin has a lead of over seven seconds.

Lap 314 Denny Hamlin is ready to come down pit road but misses pit road entry and has to make another lap before he can pit.

Lap 315 when Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch come down pit road, Kevin Harvick takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 318 Kurt Busch passes Kevin Harvick to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 325 Martin Truex Jr passes Kurt Busch to become the new leader of the race.

Lap 334 Matt Kenseth an Brad Keselowski come down pit road road to begin the last cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 341 leader Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over four seconds on Kurt Busch.

Lap 342 Dale Earnhardt Jr comes down pit road with a a possible loose tire.

Lap 348 Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch to take over second place with Martin Truex Jr still out in front of the field.

Lap 351 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly six seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 354 Denny Hamlin has pulled up to four seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 359 Denny Hamlin has cut Martin Truex Jr’s lead down to less than two seconds.

Lap 361 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now down to less than a second on Denny Hamlin.

With only four laps remaining in the race, leader Martin Truex Jr hits the wall and has a tire going down. Denny Hamlin takes over the lead of the race.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

After missing pit road entry, Denny Hamlin wins the Souther 500 for his second win of the season and the Darlington sweep this weekend.

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The unofficial results of the Bojangles Southern 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Jamie McMurray
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Landon Cassill
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Cole Whitt
Kasey Kahne
David Ragan
Danica Patrick
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ryan Blaney
Derrike Cope
Carl Long
AJ Allmendinger
Trevor Bayne
Cody Ware
Daniel Suarez
Reed Sorenson
Clint Bowyer


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