Last year, when NASCAR moved the Bojangles' 500 back to its rightful place on Labor Day weekend and added the throwback theme, one of the sportâs oldest races once again became one of its crown jewels. This weekend isn't just all about retro paint schemes and crew uniforms; it's a race that every team wants to win and win badly. Here are the five drivers with the best shot at taking home the trophy on throwback weekend.
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The 2012 Cup champion led 196 laps here en route to a second-place finish in last year's Bojangles' Southern 500. You can bet he's itching to seal the deal this time around.
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The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas are all fast and have been all season long. Edwards won this race last year with a lightning fast last pit stop. At a track where passing is at a premium, having a great pit crew is a critical advantage.
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How about a throwback driver winning on throwback weekend. Yes, Gordon has struggled subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, but he has seven victories at Darlington, including a record four Southern 500s in a row.
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Although he has just one Darlington victory, the younger Busch is always stout here. In his last four starts at The Lady In Black, Busch has led 312 laps and posted an average finish of 5.75.
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Two years ago, in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick scored a dominating victory at Darlington, leading 238 of 367 laps. Last year, he finished fifth. He will be awfully tough again under the lights on Sunday night.