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NASCAR X-Finity Series:
Saturday 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 3pm, MRN

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 6pm, MRN


Monday: Fast Talk, 7-8pm

Tuesday: NASCAR Live, 7-8pm

Wednesday: The Pit Reporters, 7-8pm

Monday-Friday: NASCAR Today, 6:50pm

Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm

NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)

With just two races remaining in the regular season, this year’s list of Sprint Cup Series race winners shows eleven drivers – two fewer than in 2014 – heading into Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the series lead in wins with four apiece. Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth are right behind at three each. With a maximum of thirteen race winners now possible, the remaining spots in the sixteen-driver post-season field will be filled based on regular-season point standings … The five highest-placed non-winning drivers in the standings today are Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer – who leads Aric Almirola by thirty-five points for what would be the final spot on The Chase Grid with Kasey Kahne just two points further back.

There are forty-six drivers on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 led by defending race winner and 2015 regular-season points leader Kevin Harvick. Of the seven drivers currently scrapping for the final five Chase berths, Jeff Gordon is the only one with a Darlington victory. In fact, he has seven – tops among active drivers. Of the six others in the post-season mix, Ryan Newman had the best finish in last year’s race on the famed South Carolina oval – tenth place. Bowyer finished twelfth, McMurray sixteenth, Almirola twenty-fourth, Kahne thirty-seventh and Menard forty-first … Harvick is looking to become the first driver with back-to-back Darlington victories since Greg Biffle in 2005 and 2006.

Erik Jones of Kyle Busch Motorsports had the highest finish among rookies in either of NASCAR’s two top series that competed this past weekend, winning Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park … In qualifying, Alex Tagliani broke his one-year-old track record with a lap of 110.539 miles per hour around the two-point-five-mile road course. Tagliani’s fast lap was nearly a half-second quicker than his record trip last summer. He finished fifth in Sunday’s race … The Camping World Truck Series is now idle until the American Ethanol
E-15 225 on Friday night, September 18th, at Chicagoland Speedway … The X-FINITY Series will share the spotlight at Darlington Raceway this coming weekend with Saturday’s V-F-W Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. There are thirty-eight drivers on the early entry list led by points leader Chris Buescher.

September 1st, 1980: Terry Labonte claimed his first career Cup Series victory, winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Labonte took the lead when the three drivers at the front of the field – David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and Benny Parsons – all spun with just two laps remaining. The race ended under caution with Labonte picking up the win in his fifty-ninth start. Twenty-three years later … almost to the day – on August 31st, 2003 … Labonte was back in Victory Lane at Darlington with another Southern 500 win. The two-time Cup Series champion will serve as Grand Marshal of this Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, the first time since Labonte’s victory in 2003 that the race will be run on Labor Day weekend. Labonte will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame early next year as a member of the Class of 2016.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

SAT 9/12, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30 PM, MRN

SUN 9/20, Chicagoland Speedway, MyAFibStory.com 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 9/27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 1:00 PM, PRN

SUN 10/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 10/18, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN

SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN

FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN

NASCAR X-Finity Series

SAT 9/19, Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300, 3:00 PM, MRN

SAT 9/26, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN

SAT 10/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/17, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:00 PM, MRN

SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

FRI 9/18, Chicagoland Speedway, Lucas Oil 225, 8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 9/26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN

SAT 10/3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rhino Linings 350, 9:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/24, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN

Indy Car Series