NASCAR at Darlington 2015: Race Schedule, Live Stream Info and Drivers to Watch

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2015

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

NASCAR goes for the throwback look this weekend as Darlington Raceway moves back into its rightful slot for the Bojangles' Southern 500.

Other than the obvious leaderboard battles between Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and others, the event promises to entertain fans with legends, paint schemes, suits and more.

Fox Sports' Tom Jensen detailed some of the things NASCAR has planned for fans:

Around the track, you'll see old-school signage, like the gold Budweiser advertising that harkens back to the mid-1930s. A total of 14 members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be at Darlington for the weekend, and they'll ride around the track with current drivers during the introductions before Sunday night's race. Even the old Darlington Southern 500 parade is coming back.

With the Chase for the Sprint Cup on approach, there's no better time to hit Darlington Raceway and honor the past. Here's a look at everything to know about the event.

Viewing Details

Where: Darlington Raceway

When: Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Live Extra

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

Sprint Cup Standings

1Kevin Harvick908
2Joey Logano865
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.819
4Brad Keselowski793
5Jimmie Johnson792
6Martin Truex Jr.771
7Matt Kenseth753
8Kurt Busch713
9Denny Hamlin712
10Jamie McMurray696

Drivers to Watch

Clint Bowyer

Aug 21, 2015; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) during qualifying for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

It's now-or-never time for Clint Bowyer, who sits right on the Chase bubble with a 35-point advantage over Aric Almirola.

Bowyer has turned things around in a big way over the course of the past month and change, compiling four top-10 finishes in his last five outings. While clutch, he's the definition of what could happen if a driver slips up down the stretch.ย 

As an aside, he will go all out with the throwback theme Sunday, per NASCAR:


๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ‘€ FIRST LOOK: Even @ClintBowyer's fire suit will be #NASCARthrowback themed this weekend! http://t.co/Qmtb6NQ9Dn

Bowyer gets the attention despite the presence of others on the bubble because he took a serious stumble last year, falling out of the top 10 down the stretch and missing the extended 16-driver field altogether. Now it's time to see if he can take what he learned and apply it to ensure he doesn't make the same mistake twice. He's one of the top drivers to watch by a landslide.

Jeff Gordon

Aug 22, 2015; Bristol, TN, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) during the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, same questionโ€”is this the week Jeff Gordon finally breaks through?ย 

Gordon has yet to notch a win on his farewell tour. Like many of the prior tracks this season, Darlington seems like a natural place to think he can make it happen.

Not only is he the winningest driver at Darlington with seven wins, but he also has 19 top-five finishes, 23 top-10 finishes and three poles.

Unlike many of the high-profile drivers, though, Gordon won't be getting in on the throwback action:

Jeff Gordon @JeffGordonWeb

I understand everyone's bummed #24 won't have a throwback design @TooToughToTame. Timing & right scheme didn't work out for this weekend.

Despite the degree of difficulty, Darlington stands as one of Gordon's best tracks. If he can grab win No. 8 and the first of the year, it would save his final season and lock him into the Chase.

Rainbow ride or not, Gordon and his quest for a poetic entry into the Chase isn't something to ignore.

Kyle Busch

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 22:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Before Logano started stealing the spotlight over the last month or so, all the talk centered on Kyle Busch. For good reason, too, considering he broke his leg at Daytona and needed a medical exemption just to compete for a Chase berth. He's more than upheld his end of the bargain, though, winning four races over the course of his past nine outings.

Busch likes Darlington, too, where in 10 starts he has a win, two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes. Should he leave Sunday with a 48-point advantage on the 31st spot on the leaderboard, he'll clinch a spot in the Chase.

Last year, Busch wound up sixth at the track, although the event came much earlier in the year. This time around, he's on the hunt to slam the door on a wild ride to the Chase. If he manages things well, as he has the past few weeks, he might not gun for the checkered flag, but he'll at least remain on track for the bigger goal.

Stats and info courtesy of ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.

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