NASCAR Sprint Cup: Drivers in the Mix at Darlington's Southern 500

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Drivers in the Mix at Darlington's Southern 500
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NASCAR's premier series makes its annual pilgrimage to the track deemed, "Too Tough To Tame." It's a track few have truly mastered, and those who don't can face devastating results at the wicked track.

It's normally hot at the South Carolina track, and by the end of the race many of the drivers are even hotter after a night of fender banging and encounters that result in the famous Darlington stripe.

The egg-shaped, 1.366-mile track with as much as 25 degrees of banking is challenging for teams to get a car to handle well in turns one and two, which are very different from turns three and four.

Danica Patrick will once again make an appearance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with her No. 10 Chevrolet.

It should be quite the learning experience for Patrick.

Regan Smith was the surprise winner last year, but it's likely that lightning won't strike twice for the Furniture Row racer.

In this slideshow, the drivers most apt to mix it up in the lead pack and contend for the win will be highlighted.

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