RELATED: Kenseth wins at Michigan " Chase Grid standings BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski had to repeat pre-race inspection after their splitters didn't pass the first time through before Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR announced it asked the teams to switch splitters and that the original splitters would be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for inspection early next week. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell discussed that decision on Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive." "On the 2 (of Keselowski) and the 22 (of Logano), in that case, they're so close on all the splitters and we thought the issue that we looked at was really close to the spec that we have so in that case we elected to take both of those, bring them back to the R&D Center and just take a closer look. "I don't think we'll find anything in this case. It was just one of those areas of a car that, like we do from time to time, we take a look at. See what we may be able to learn if there's anything there, and then have dialogue with the team and the industry if we do see anything. But more of a procedural thing on our end this weekend when it comes to the 2 and 22." Neither driver lost their qualifying spot due to the change in splitters. Logano qualified 10th while Keselowski was 14th. Logano finished seventh, while Keselowski finished ninth in the Pure Michigan 400 . "We do everything to our race cars," Todd Gordon, crew chief of the No. 22, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Sunday before the race. "We clean everything up. We don't bring nasty, dirty race cars through inspection. We clean everything we can and make it as close to what we left the shop with. We cleaned it up, and we replaced it." Logano won last week's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, his second victory of the season, and he is now fifth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with four races to go until the postseason. Keselowski, who has never won at his home track in Michigan, has one victory this season and is ninth in the Chase standings.
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell talks about the confiscation of the front splitters from both Team Penske cars at Michigan International Speedway.
RELATED: Full practice results Piloting his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 175.880 mph, Brad Keselowski slid into the top position on the leaderboard with less than 10 minutes remaining Friday's final practice session at Darlington Raceway . Opening practice leader Greg Biffle found speed in the final minutes of Friday's final practice, propelling his No. 16 Ford around the South Carolina speedway at 175.729 mph for the second position. Like many of the other drivers in the field, third-fastest Kurt Busch -- who was second on the leaderboard in the opening session -- used the final minutes of the 115-minute practice to make a mock qualifying run in his No. 41 Chevrolet (175.723 mph). A late run also benefited Paul Menard , who inherited the fourth position on the leaderboard with the help of a fast lap of 175.484 mph from his No. 27 Richard Childress Racing car. His teammate Austin Dillon rounded out the top five, getting a top speed of 175.453 mph out of his No. 3 ride. Denny Hamlin remained atop the leaderboard for the majority of the final session. However, when drivers switched to qualifying trim in the final laps, he ended up 14th by the time the red flag waved to the signal the end of practice. "The Track Too Tough to Tame" lived up to its name in the final minutes for reigning race winner Kevin Harvick , who smacked the wall off Turn 2 late in the session in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Harvick ranked 21st on the leaderboard. After making contact with the wall midway through the second practice session, Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team deferred to a back-up car. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota came up 35th on the leaderboard after the 115-minute session. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday at 1:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN. RELATED: Full practice results Greg Biffle topped the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Darlington Raceway for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Biffle paced the 115-minute practice with a fast lap of 176.201 mph at the 1.366-mile track in South Carolina. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has two wins in 14 starts at the "Lady in Black" and is currently on the outside of the Chase Grid with two races left in the regular season. Stewart-Haas Racing dominated the leaderboard behind Biffle with Kurt Busch (175.842 mph), Tony Stewart (175.710 mph) and Kevin Harvick (175.654 mph) coming in second through fourth in the session. Harvick is the defending race winner at Darlington. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Carl Edwards (175.647 mph) rounded out the top five. Friday's practice sessions provided the drivers with significant time with the low downforce package. This is the second race of the season to use that particular rules package as it was also used at Kentucky in July. Austin Dillon "earned" a Darlington stripe early in opening practice when he hit the wall off of Turn 2 and had significant damage to the right side of his No. 3 Chevrolet. The team worked to fix the damage on his car instead of bringing out the backup and got him back out on track toward the end of the session. Brett Moffitt also got a Darlington stripe early in the practice session. Chase Elliott , who will be attempting to make his fifth Sprint Cup start of the season, brushed the wall about a half hour into practice. Trevor Bayne also got into the wall during the practice session. RELATED: See Darlington's greatest hits
Practice 2 recap " Results Joey Logano led the final XFINITY Series practice at Darlington Raceway on Friday, posting a top speed of 166.676 mph on Lap 2 of 28. The Team Penske driver was fourth-fastest in the series' opening practice earlier in the day. Kyle Busch , who was fastest in the first XFINITY Series practice at Darlington, came in second-fastest behind Logano (166.642 mph). Ty Dillon (165.643 mph), Kyle Larson (164.556 mph) and Daniel Suarez (164.457 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest on the practice leaderboard. Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is the final race in the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash program and Suarez, Dillon, Brian Scott and Chase Elliott will compete for the final $100,000 cash prize. Elliott was ninth-fastest while Scott was 11th-fastest in Friday's final practice. Practice 1 recap " Results Kyle Busch led opening practice for Saturday's XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway . The Joe Gibbs Racing driver completed his fastest time on Lap 2 of 19 at a speed of 167.379 mph. Closing in on Busch was JGR teammate Denny Hamlin who came in as second-fastest (167.015 mph). Paul Menard (166.304 mph), Joey Logano (166.034 mph) and Ty Dillon (165.788 mph) round out the top-five fastest drivers at the "Too Tough to Tame" track. Piloting the No. 9 Chevrolet, defending race winner and XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott was 11th-fastest in the first session (165.009 mph). The XFINITY Series returns to the track at 3 p.m. ET for the final practice before Saturday's race at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
RELATED: Answers on multiple packages " Darlington's throwback gallery Perhaps somewhat overshadowed by all the talk about Darlington Raceway 's "throwback" platform this weekend is the return of NASCAR's low downforce package, incorporating aerodynamic changes first unveiled at Kentucky Speedway earlier this year. Three significant changes have been incorporated into the Sprint Cup Series package for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) that differs from the package used in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky in July. The Darlington spoiler will be 3-1/2 inches (instead of 3 inches) and the splitter will feature a 1/4-inch leading edge. Also, the tires to be used at Darlington were built specifically for this particular low downforce package. The build was determined after a one-day test in July with drivers Matt Kenseth ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ) and Tony Stewart ( Stewart-Haas Racing ). There is no change in the size of the splitter extension panel, which was set at 25 inches for the Kentucky event. Driver feedback, for the most part, was positive following Kentucky. But Jason Ratcliff, crew chief for Kenseth, noted that differences in the two tracks and other considerations would have an impact this weekend at Darlington. "It's going to be a lot different … because we haven't run at Darlington at this time of year in a while," he said. "… Darlington is unique anyway -- you run right around the fence, which makes it difficult to pass, but I thought the aero package was good and we were able to work on the car and find some speed and nothing negative with it." Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards said he's looking forward to putting the low downforce package back on the track. "The way we've been running lately and the way this package drove at Kentucky, I mean to me Darlington is going to be like Christmas in September. I'm pumped," he said. So About Those Tires The tire combination selected by Goodyear will feature the same left-side tire code used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year with a right-side tire code that was run at Kentucky. "We had a very minimal change in grip at Kentucky from what we raced there in 2014," Greg Stucker, Director of Race Tire Sales for Goodyear, told SiriusXM NASCAR on Wednesday. "Just a little bit more grip on the left-side tire, and the results of that particular event I think were very, very positive. "I think the low-downforce package showed a lot of potential. I think a lot of people walked out of there thinking that was a really nice package. It certainly reduced grip, put a lot of control back into the drivers' hands. Did a lot of things that I think people were looking for." Stucker said a "considerable amount of grip" has been added to the Darlington tires, with hopefully will offset some of the aerodynamic grip lost with the aero changes on the cars. "The reduction in downforce going from the standard 2015 (package) to the low-downforce package increased lap times by about three-quarters of a second, 7/10ths to 8/10ths, something like that," he said. "That much slower. When we put the grippier setup on, it gave us about that same 7/10ths to 8/10ths back." A December test at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2014 actually provided some of the initial data for the low downforce tire build. "We went back there again in March of this year to confirm that tire package for a low-downforce setup that at the time was thought to be run in the (Sprint) All-Star Race," Stucker said. "So we had a lot of work done in a similar configuration. Historically Darlington and Charlotte are similar. We run the same right-side tire there, slightly different left. But it gave us a real good starting point for where to go back to Darlington so we did that." Riding a Blue Streak The teams and track officials aren't the only ones on board with this year's "throwback" theme for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . Even Goodyear is going retro, returning to a logo design used in the 1970s. At that time, the logos and markings on each tire were hand-painted -- that won't be the case this weekend -- "but they'll definitely have the looks of what we ran back in the '70s," Stucker said. "We had not yet gone to Eagle on our race tires. They were still called Blue Streak Specials." The yellow Goodyear lettering seen on today's Goodyear Eagle tires came into use in 1992.
Three Sprint Cup Series teams will lose 15 minutes of on-track time this weekend as a result of recent minor infractions. According to NASCAR, the Nos. 27, 32 and 88 teams will serve 15-minute practice time deduction penalties during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, site of Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). The No. 88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr . failed race inspection three times at Michigan International Speedway, leading to a warning and time penalty, while both the No. 27 team of Paul Menard and the No. 32 team of Josh Wise were late to qualifying, resulting in their penalties. The splitter was confiscated from Brad Keselowski 's No. 2 Team Penske Ford -- along with his teammate, Joey Logano 's No. 22 -- but no penalties were issued for that. However, the No. 2 team was warned for failing race inspection twice, as was the No. 47 team of AJ Allmendinger . RELATED: NASCAR confiscates Penske splitters First practice is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday with coverage on NBCSN.
Winningnest owner at IMS yet to have driver win Brickyard 400 SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- There are very few racing achievements still left on Roger Penske's to-do list. But Sunday's Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard represents a rare opportunity for Penske to accomplish one of the greatest feats in auto racing. A victory by one of his drivers Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano would give the legendary team owner the motorsports "triple crown" -- also counting wins in the Daytona 500 (Logano) and Indianapolis 500 ( Juan Pablo Montoya ) earlier this year. Of course a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be special, triple crown or not. Penske is the winningest Indianapolis Motor Speedway team owner (16 Indy 500 victories) in history but has amazingly been 0-fer at the track when it comes to NASCAR's Brickyard 400. Three times Penske was a runner-up with Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace (1995, 2000 and 2002), but the closest he's been lately is Logano's fifth place last season. "Anytime we hear Indy coming up we start getting the calls from Roger," Logano said Friday between practice sessions at Indy. "We really want to win this race. This is the one on his bucket list that he hasn’t gotten yet and we talk about it a lot. It would be very special to give him a Brickyard 400, along with the Indy 500 he won earlier this year up here and the Daytona 500 we won earlier, too. So this could be quite the trifecta if we could make it happen." Keselowski actually delivered Penske his first NASCAR win on the famed Indy 2.5-miler -- a 1-2 finish with then teammate Sam Hornish Jr . -- in the inaugural XFINITY Series race in 2012. Ironically, Penske was travelling and unable to attend the event -- something Keselowski vowed to tease him about at the time. The significance of Keselowski's day was not lost on him. "The Brickyard means so much to all of us as race car drivers and to the sport in general, and it transcends three different forms of auto racing, whether it's IndyCar in the United States, F1 and their history here, and then obviously with stock cars and their initial time here to the current date, from '94 on, it transcends into a special victory or a special place to race I should probably say," Keselowski said during his winner's press conference. Racing's "triple crown" has only been achieved one time -- in 2010 by Chip Ganassi, Penske's longtime and well-respected rival in both NASCAR and IndyCar series. And it's obviously very seldom even a possibility with the difficulty of winning both the Daytona and Indy 500-mile races. Keselowski's No. 2 Miller Lite Ford was second fastest in Friday's second practice -- the most promising of the two cars. Logano's No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford finished 14th in the final practice, preparing for Saturday's pole qualifying. Both drivers were optimistic about their chances on Sunday. Motivation won't be a problem. "I don't think you need any more incentive besides giving Roger Penske another win at Indy," Logano said. "You want to add your name to the list of guys that have won here for him. Every time I walk into the shop the first thing you see is all these Indy 500 trophies and the helmets that they wore when they won that race and the picture. "We all want to come up here and give our best effort and try to execute the race the best we know how to and build the fastest cars we know how to before we get there, but we do that every week. We do that for every single race track, but there's just a little bit added for this one. It's like going down to Daytona. You really wan to win the Daytona 500 because it's one of the biggest races of the year. This is the same story, but it's even a little bit more special I think for Team Penske than it is for everyone else." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Organizations have combined to win last four Cup races at New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. -- The past two weeks, we've seen a Joe Gibbs Racing -- in both cases, Kyle Busch -- and Team Penske one-two finish. Both organizations manhandled New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend across the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series with a JGR sweep of both Coors Light Pole Awards and victories in the Lakes Region 200 and 5-hour ENERGY 301 , so are we set for a battle for the ages between the six drivers when the sport returns north in September during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ? If July 18 and 19 were any indication, yes. Between the two races, JGR and Penske cars led a whopping 414 of 501 laps with an average finishing position of 4.7 among the 10 cars entered ( Denny Hamlin , Brad Keselowski , Busch and Daniel Suarez in the XFINITY race; Hamlin, Busch, Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards , Keselowski and Joey Logano in the Cup race). Needless to say, both teams know their way around the "Magic Mile." With every trophy since September 2013 residing in one of their shops, it's a near certainty that a JGR or Penske car will wind up in Sunoco Victory Lane after the Sylvania 300 (Sep. 27, 2 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, PRN, SiriusXM) -- and onto the Contender 12 round of the Chase. The six Cup drivers all have wins that practically put them in the Chase, although Busch has some work left to do to meet the top-30 in the point standings requirement. "I look at the cars that are in front of us," Joey Logano said on pit road after placing fourth. "Those are our competition. I look at the Gibbs cars. "Gibbs definitely got fast (overall) the last three or four weeks. They've got a lot of speed in their stuff and they figured something out on both sides; their XFINITY cars are super fast, too. They figured out something that's giving them a lot of speed." Penske and Gibbs cars have always seemed to run especially well at New Hampshire -- Brian Vickers ' 2013 win is the only thing standing between six straight victories, since Busch finished second in that one -- but it seems they've turned up the dial even further since last season. One of the most dominant performances the sport has seen the past few seasons came during the 2012 Chase when Hamlin "called his shot" a la Babe Ruth and tweeted that he would win at New Hampshire. He backed it up by leading 193 of 300 laps en route to victory. RELATED: Hamlin calls shot, takes New Hampshire Somehow, these teams look even stronger than that right now. "As of late, we've really put some good finishes together and had some strong runs with (crew chief) Darian Grubb coming over and helping on the 11 car," said Kyle Busch . "I feel like maybe that was a little bit of (why we're so good at New Hampshire.) "But Dave (Rogers, crew chief) also. We just kind of completely revamped what our thought process was for this place. When we did that, it seemed to really help us." This season's Chase is already shaping up to be something special. The oncoming battle between two of the sport's premier organizations less than 70 days from now guarantees it will be. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Team's race shop suffered major damage from last week's fire Photo credit: Leavine Family Racing For at least the next two weeks, Leavine Family Racing will operate out of the Team Penske facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, according to an official with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization. LFR, which fields the No. 95 Ford for driver Michael McDowell , has been forced to relocate due to damage from a fire last week that destroyed much of the back portion of the team's shop, including four of its race cars. Employees discovered the blaze upon their arrival at the shop, which is located behind Charlotte Motor Speedway , Friday morning and immediately notified authorities. The bulk of the race team had already arrived in Kansas City for this past Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway , where McDowell finished 36th. "We are working out of the Porsche shop at Penske for the short term," Jeremy Lange, LFR vice president, said Monday. "They provided the space for us and it's been very nice of them to come through in a pinch and offer their help. "It's not a long-term solution but it's a short-term fix." Team Penske is housed in a 400,000-plus square foot complex that currently serves as the base of operations for its Sprint Cup , XFINITY Series and IndyCar teams. Lange said that the four vehicles destroyed were the team's back-up cars. Those in the process of preparation for upcoming events at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- this weekend's Sprint Showdown and next week's Coca-Cola 600 -- were among those in the front of the building and were not damaged. "Luckily enough our cars for Charlotte were already put together and wrapped," Lange said. "Now it's going to come down to set-up and dyno and K-rig and getting the car ready for a race, not assembly. Which is a positive. If this had been weeks ago, it might be a different story. "It's never a good time … but we can work out of that shop with (our) resources. Basically what we have working out of there are our guys and the hauler, all the tools and parts and pieces that were in the hauler." Crew chief Wally Rogers' approach to the situation has been, "if we can do it at the race track we can do it in the shop," Lange said. "If we need something, we'll get it (from our shop). We are doing what we can and taking what we need to get the job done for the Showdown and the 600." Lange said a best-case scenario would be for the team to be able to return to its facility the week following the 600. LFR does not run the full 36-race Sprint Cup schedule and isn't slated to compete at the next three races (Dover, Pocono and Michigan) following the Charlotte events. With an off-weekend in the mix, the break should give the team four weeks to prepare for consecutive stops at Sonoma, Daytona and Kentucky. "We were strategic in our approach with the schedule," Lange said. "We knew having those three races off allows Wally and the guys to get Sonoma, Daytona and Kentucky ready, which are three different cars for three different tracks. It's not like we're going to three mile-and-a-half tracks. It's still a challenge but one that as a team … we're not going to bow down to." As news of the fire spread through the garage at Kansas Friday morning, LFR personnel began getting texts from other teams. Fellow owners and crewmen stopped by to personally offer assistance and ask about employees. And it didn't cease when the race was completed and teams headed back to their own headquarters. The entire NASCAR community, Lange said, has reached out to the team . Sponsorship partners K-Love and Thrivent Financial have offered support as well. "It's been tremendous," he said. "Other teams, drivers, just friends in the sport all reaching out, texting, asking a) 'is everyone OK and b) what can we do to help you?' "As a small team , it's nice to know that we still get the same respect and love as the big teams, because as a small team , you're kind of on your own little island in a sense. We don't shy away from that, we like that. We like being under the radar. We also like that underdog role. I think this is no different than not making a race. We will overcome it and get better. "This incident will not define our race team . We're not missing a beat. We could have easily said, 'hey, we're not going to the Showdown.' Wally doesn't want to bow down from the challenge and we're also committed to our partners. We said we're going and we're going to go." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: Vote for your favorite paint scheme May 6: Harvick unveils paint scheme, talks schedule adjustment NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick was the first of many drivers to unveil his Darlington throwback paint scheme. His No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet will feature a nostalgic Budweiser look. " Read the full story May 27: SHR reveals Stewart's throwback Darlington Look Tony Stewart was the second SHR driver to reveal his car's paint scheme for the throwback weekend at Darlington. The No. 14 Chevrolet will have a retro look to it for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . " Read the full story June 9: SHR unveils Busch's Darlington paint scheme SHR continued to unveil its drivers' throwback looks, this time with Kurt Busch 's car being on display. His No. 41 Chevrolet will pay tribute to past Haas-Automation schemes run at "The Lady in Black." " Read the full story July 8: RCR reveals Newman's Darlington throwback look See Ryan Newman 's paint scheme set for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . Newman's No. 31 Chevrolet honors Caterpillar's history. " Read the full story July 21: Danica's Darlington paint scheme revealed NASCAR's leading lady, Danica Patrick , will appropriately honor the track nicknamed "The Lady in Black" with black livery for her No. 10 Chevrolet. " Read the full story Aug 4: Wood Bros. reveals Blaney's Darlington throwback scheme The No. 21 Ford of Ryan Blaney has quite a historic throwback look as it includes more than 2,000 photos of the Wood Brothers team's history, dating back 60 years. " Read the full story Aug 15: Jimmie Johnson 's Darlington scheme revealed Jimmie's No. 48 Chevrolet is one of the many cars set to rock a vintage look for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . The three-time Darlington winner will have a Lowe's Home Improvement logo on his car that was used throughout the 1940s and '50s. " See Jimmie's paint preview Aug 18: Stenhouse Jr. reveals Darlington throwback look Ricky Stenhouse Jr .'s No. 17 Ford is getting a new (or rather old) paint scheme. The look will honor David Pearson, 105-time winner in NASCAR's premier series and Darlington's all-time winner with a total of 10 wins. " See Stenhouse Jr.'s paint scheme Aug 18: Ragan's Darlington look to honor his father David Ragan is taking the opportunity to honor his father, Ken Ragan, during the Bojangles' Southern 500 . His No. 55 MWR Toyota will feature a paint scheme that his father often featured on his cars. " Read the full story Aug 18: Gallery: Darlington's throwback paint schemes With drivers fully embracing the throwback theme that Darlington has to offer, NASCAR.com made it easy and put all the paint schemes in one place. " See the full gallery Aug 24: Bowyer's Darlington throwback look unveiled Clint Bowyer is one of many to be rocking an old-school look to his car. The No. 15 Toyota will sport a dedication to two NASCAR greats -- Bud Moore and the late Buddy Baker. " Read the full story Aug 25: BK Racing unveils Jeb Burton throwback, driver swap In this driver swap, Burton will be taking over the No. 23 of J.J. Yeley, who will be driving Burton's No. 26 Toyota. The No. 23 will honor Jeb's father, Ward Burton. " Read the full story Aug 27: Two JGR teams to serve practice penalties at Darlington Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will serve penalties for the practice rounds at Darlington due to failed pre-qualifying and pre-race inspections at Bristol. " Read the full story Aug 27: Aric Almirola 's throwback paint scheme for Darlington revealed Aric Almirola 's No. 43 Ford is the latest to get a vintage makeover before the throwback weekend begins. The No. 43 will be sporting a Richard Petty-inspired look. " Read the full story Aug 27: Terry Labonte to be Southern 500 grand marshal Two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte will serve as grand marshal for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . Labonte won at Darlington when the race was last held during Labor Day weekend. " Read the full story Aug 27: Darlington Paint Scheme: Brad Keselowski Take a look at the paint scheme Brad Keselowski 's No. 2 Team Penske Ford will be sporting, paying homage to the Darlington throwback weekend. " Watch the video Aug 27: Darlington Paint Scheme: Denny Hamlin Glimpse Denny Hamlin 's retro scheme that is paying tribute to NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough. " Watch the video Aug 27: Darlington Paint Scheme: Chase Elliott Check out the original paint scheme that Chase Elliott will be honoring at Darlington Raceway . " Watch the video Aug 27: Darlington Paint Scheme: Austin Dillon Keeping it in the family, Austin Dillon will be honoring his grandfather and will be using a paint scheme patterned after Richard Childress's No. 3. " Watch the video Aug 30: Complete schedule for Darlington Don't miss any of the exciting action. Check out the complete schedule to find out when on-track action begins. " Read more Aug 31: Drivers, officials, fans pumped for Darlington throwback weekend Everyone is geared up and ready for the throwback weekend at Darlington for the Bojangles' Southern 500 . " Read more Sept. 1: Not a typical throwback NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce explains why Darlington is different, with help from legends like Cale Yarborough. " Read more Sept. 2: Kahne's look revealed The scheme for Kasey Kahne 's No. 5 gives a nod to Geoff Bodine and Hendrick Motorsports ' beginnings. " Read more Sept. 2: How Darlington's distinctive design was made Darlington Raceway was designed back in 1949, preparing for the first 500-mile NASCAR race to be held at "The Lady in Black" in 1950. " Read more Sept. 2: Behind-the-scenes at the Mello Yello shoot Kyle Larson and Kyle Petty team up for the Mello Yello shoot where Larson gets a pretty interesting makeover. Do you like his new look? " See more Sept. 2: 1970 Southern 500 Promo The throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is bringing back a lot of retro looks with the abundance of paint schemes. Take a look into our archive and see what the 1970 Southern 500 race was all about. " Watch the video Sept. 2: Chase-clinching scenarios at Darlington With two races away before the Chase, drivers who have yet to clinch a spot are in panic mode. See how drivers need to perform at Darlington if they want to be on the Chase Grid. " Read more Sept. 3: What if Darlington race included throwback drivers? Darlington is all about the throwback theme, with most of the drivers sporting a retro paint scheme for the weekend. But what if the race included throwback drivers? See who some of the NASCAR community would pick. " Read more Sept. 3: @nascarcasm presents: Rejected Darlington throwback ideas @nascarcasm drafts up some rejected ideas for throwback weekend at Darlington. " Read more Sept. 3: Darlington most talked about race since Daytona 500 The Bojangles' Southern 500 is all the NASCAR community can talk about, and for good reason with drivers honoring throwback paint schemes from some NASCAR legends. " Read more Sept. 3: Driver reports: Previewing Darlington See how all the drivers currently on the Chase Grid fare at "The Lady in Black." Will they maintain their spot or will they go? " See more