NASCAR Sprint Cup Southern 500 Preview

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dodge Challenger 500 on May 8, 2008 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
dave darbySenior Analyst IMay 8, 2009

NASCAR Sprint Cup celebrates 60 years at Darlington this weekend. As part of the celebration, the walls of the track have been given the retro white with red stripe look from the early days.

Kyle Busch outlasted Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon in last year's race. The race included eight cautions and 15 different drivers in the lead. Greg Biffle won last year's pole, but did not finish the race due to engine issues. Biffle is a two time winner of this race.

Here are our top three picks for this week's race.


Jeff Gordon

Gordon has not only won this race twice, but he also has finished in second place position twice, and, last year, he took third. This is a driver's track and Gordon is one of the best.


Dale Earnhardt Jr.

This is one of his favorite tracks. Earnhardt has finished in the top 10 in the last seven races here.


Ryan Newman

He is the long shot pick for this week. Throw out last year's disappointing finish and Newman has a solid history at Darlington.


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