Each week, seven of our esteemed B/R NASCAR writers discuss their picks for the upcoming race. Each week, the writer receives the total number of points their selected driver gets.
At the end of the 26-race regular season, writers will receive 10 bonus points for each win they had during the season and the Chase field will be set, just as the Cup stars do it.
S.M. Napier jumped back over Kelly Crandall after correctly picking the winner of Saturday night's race in Richmond.
Napier picked Kyle Busch to visit Victory Lane and collected his second win of the season.
Napier is now tied with fellow writer Adam Heasley at two wins a piece.
The wins will come in handy once the Chase starts, as the points will be reset and each writer will get 10 points for each win the collect.
Here are this week's picks:
Ben Bomberger—Jeff Gordon
Gordon has just been phenomenal at the Lady in Black.
In 28 starts, Gordon has seven wins, 16 top-fives, and 19 top-10 finishes. He has also sat on the pole three times and has an average finish of 11.5.
M.J. Buchanan—Jeff Gordon
Darlington is full of history and tradition. It's a track where drivers race the track more than each other. You either know your way around it, or you don't, and then the stripe becomes your middle name.
I'm going with someone with experience and even a touch of gray around the temples. This is a driver with seven wins at this track.
In his last starts there, he has finished third, second, second, first and third. Even though his crew chief does not like the alterations that were done to the track in 2007, his driver still gets around the Lady pretty well.
So, my pick is my favorite driver who I'm sticking with this week, Jeff Gordon.
L.J. Burgess—Kurt Busch
In memory of the 2003 race at Darlington, Kurt Busch.
Kelly Crandall—Jimmie Johnson
Johnson is coming off a tough weekend at Richmond but we all know that you cannot keep a good team down.
Johnson and his No. 48 Lowe's team have visited Victory Lane twice at Darlington and in his 10 starts he has eight top-10s and five top fives. Johnson is very solid when it comes to this track with an average finish of 7.4. He's also led 407 laps.
Adam Heasley—Greg Biffle
S.M. Napier—Kyle Busch
This week I'm staying on the Kyle Busch express, going to be picking him to win the Southern 500. He won last year, sure if he takes care of the car like he did at Richmond, and then in the latter stages of the race just battles for the win.
David Phillips—Greg Biffle
Standings and finishes last week (wins in parenthesis)
MJ Buchanan, 1503 (Tony Stewart finished second). (0)
Adam Heasley, 1474 (Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 27th). (2)
S.M. Napier, 1407 (Kyle Busch won the race). (2)
Kelly Crandall, 1400 (Stewart finished second). (1)
Ben Bomberger, 1327 (Brian Vickers finished 15th). (0)
David Phillips, 1226 (Mark Martin finished fifth). (1)
LJ Burgess, 931 (No pick recorded for Richmond). (0)