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Race Day Need to Know: Darlington

NASCAR goes back in time this weekend with throwback paint schemes and much more for the 66th annual Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 7:20 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 367 laps, 501.322 miles around the 1.366 egg-shaped oval

National Anthem: Tanya Tucker

Grand Marshal: Terry Labonte

Honorary Starter: TBD

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC … the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider

Competition Caution: None

To The Rear: Danica Patrick (backup car)

One Year Ago: Kevin Harvick dominated early and then had to charge late to win his first Southern 500 at Darlington. Harvick took the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. off a restart with two laps to go for his second win of the season. The race featured 11 cautions for 50 laps and 22 lead changes.

Misc.: Seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon makes his final Southern 500 start … Chase Elliott makes his final start of the season before becoming a full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2016 … The Southern 500 returns to Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003 … Ryan Blaney makes his first Sprint Cup start at Darlington in the Wood Brothers No. 21

Starting Lineup:

  1. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 178.874 mph.
  2. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 177.588 mph.
  3. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 177.415 mph.
  4. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 177.319 mph.
  5. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 177.192 mph.
  6. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 176.905 mph.
  7. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 176.848 mph.
  8. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 176.670 mph.
  9. (21)  Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 176.195 mph.
  10. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 176.075 mph.
  11. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 175.962 mph.
  12. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 175.297 mph.
  13. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 177.511 mph.
  14. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 177.217 mph.
  15. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 177.204 mph.
  16. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 177.134 mph.
  17. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 177.045 mph.
  18. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 177.013 mph.
  19. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 176.860 mph.
  20. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 176.568 mph.
  21. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 176.264 mph.
  22. (25)  Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 176.119 mph.
  23. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 175.943 mph.
  24. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 153.498 mph.
  25. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 177.339 mph.
  26. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 177.000 mph.
  27. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 177.000 mph.
  28. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 176.714 mph.
  29. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 176.682 mph.
  30. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 176.613 mph.
  31. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 176.594 mph.
  32. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 176.511 mph.
  33. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 176.372 mph.
  34. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 176.144 mph.
  35. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 176.025 mph.
  36. (26)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 175.981 mph.
  37. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
  38. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
  39. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  40. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, Owner Points
  41. (23)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
  42. (33)  Mike Bliss(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
  43. (98)  TJ Bell, Ford, Owner Points

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