DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The Bojangles' Southern 500 is this Sunday, and WMBF News will be bringing you complete in-depth coverage in the hours leading up to the race during Race Day Live, our exclusive pre-race special.
Learn more about the drivers racing in this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 who are in the Race for the Chase in the Sprint Cup Series:
1. Brad Keselowski – Keselowski has four wins on the season, finishing first at Las Vegas, Talladega, Daytona and Kentucky. He has led at least one lap in 15 of the 24 races this season. Brad's best run at Darlington was last year's second place finish after he won the pole.
2. Kyle Busch – Busch is a four-time winner in 2016. His top finishes happened at Martinsville, Fort Worth, Kansas and Indianapolis. Busch has crashed out of four races this year, most recently at Bristol two weeks ago. Busch won the Southern 500 in 2008.
3. Kevin Harvick – Harvick has notched two wins this season, and is the Sprint Cup Series points leader. His wins came in Phoenix and Bristol. Kevin won the 2014 Southern 500, his only win in 19 races at Darlington.
4. Carl Edwards – The defending Southern 500 champion won back to back races at Bristol and Richmond earlier this season. He enters the week with seven top ten finishes in the last 11 races. Last year's win was Carl's first at Darlington.
5. Denny Hamlin – Hamlin has two wins this year, including the season-opening Daytona 500. He has climbed back into the top ten in points thanks to six straight top ten finishes. Denny won the 2010 Southern 500.
6. Jimmie Johnson – Johnson's two wins this season happened in the year's first five races. He won at Atlanta and Fontana. Jimmie is a three-time winner at Darlington Raceway, including the season sweep in 2004. That was the last time the track hosted two races in a single season.
7. Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has two victories on the season, Dover and Loudon. He has finished out of the top ten in 14 races, despite leading at least one lap nine of those races. Matt won the 2013 Southern 500.
8. Kurt Busch – Busch is in the chase thanks to a win at Pocono. He has finished in the top ten 16 times in 24 races, good enough for fourth in points. Kurt has never won at Darlington, but he has finished in the top ten six times in 19 starts. He was sixth in 2015.
9. Joey Logano – Logano's 2016 win came in Michigan back in June. He won the race from the pole position. He has ten top ten finishes in the last 12 races. Joey has never won at Darlington. Last year's fourth place finish was his best on the Sprint Cup Series.
10. Martin Truex Jr. – Truex Jr.'s win at Charlotte locked up his position in the Chase. He sits eighth in points, despite just three top five finishes in 2016. He has won three poles this year. Martin's best finish at Darlington was in 2012 when he finished fifth.
11. Kyle Larson – Larson solidified a Chase spot at Michigan last weekend. It was his fifth top five finish of the year, he's 15th in points. Kyle has raced at Darlington twice, finishing eighth and tenth in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
12. Tony Stewart – Stewart will make the Chase as long as he stays in the top 30 in points thanks to a win at Sonoma. He's 26th right now, after missing the first eight races of the season. Tony will be looking for his first win at Darlington in his final season as a full-time driver. He has two third place finishes, most recently in 2012.
13. Chris Buescher – Buescher sits in 30th in the points standings. He won at Pocono. He'll make the chase as long as he doesn't drop a spot over the next two races. This will be Chris's first Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington.
14. Chase Elliott – Elliott is the top point scorer in the series to not win a race this year. He has finished in the top ten in half of the 2016 races, including two runner-up finishes. They both happened at Michigan. Chase crashed in last year's Southern 500 and finished 41st. That's his only Sprint Cup race at Darlington.
15. Austin Dillon – Dillon has ten top ten finishes in 2016, including a fourth place finish at Bristol two weeks ago. He has stayed between seventh and 14th in the points through the entire season. Austin has raced in two Southern 500's, his best finish was 11th in 2014.
16. Jamie McMurray – McMurray is squarely on the bubble for the Chase right now, 15 points ahead of Ryan Newman with two races to go. Not only is he looking for his first win of the season, he has yet to lead a single lap in a race this year. Jamie has never won in Darlington, but did win the pole and finish second in 2010.