NASCAR's original superspeedway at 1.361 miles opened in 1950 with Johnny Mantz winning the Southern 300 in a field with 75 starters. Even more than a half-century later, "The Track Too Tough to Tame" still produces wild, unpredictable finishes with five different drivers taking the checkers in the last five Cup races.
But who will we be watching when the green flag flies for Saturday night's showdown?
Coming off his best finish of the season, a second at Richmond,
Hamlin's second at Richmond relieved pressure and added confidence, both necessary for him to start a turnaround to his season. He'll have a fast car and he'll put his new mindset to use to take a second-straight victory at Darlington.