NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 20 Sprint Cup Drivers Coming Out of Darlington

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 20 Sprint Cup Drivers Coming Out of Darlington
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Well that was fun, wasn't it? The Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was a throwback to everything that made NASCAR exciting in the 1980s. Regan Smith, with a low-budget, single-car team, scored the huge upset win over the big boys, outracing Carl Edwards on the final restart to steal his first career victory (Officially, that is. Don't talk to me about Talladega.).

After the checkers flew, though, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick got into a scuffle, as Harvick wouldn't let Busch pull his car into the garage. Harvick parked his car in front of Busch's, got out, and tried to swing at his new enemy, as Busch pushed the unmanned car out of his way and dangerously into the pit wall.

There were fireworks, all right. Fireworks that have set up what could be a hell of an All-Star race in two weeks. We're going to see a lot of scores settled in Charlotte.

So who's hot and who's not heading into Dover? Let's go through the power rankings:

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