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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series travel to Darlington Raceway this week on the heels of two thrilling races at Talladega Superspeedway.

The egg-shaped oval at Darlington, though, will present a different kind of challenge under the lights.

The Cup's Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET (FOX, MRN). Nationwide action will take place the day prior, with the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, MRN).

Check back here for the latest coverage on NASCAR.com.

Sprint Cup Series qualifying order

Danica Patrick is first on the list for Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Darlington Raceway. Matt Kenseth, who was pleased with his appeals process, is the penultimate driver. See the full order here. " Read the full story

Nationwide Series qualifying order

By virtue of having the best time during practice, Brian Vickers will be last in line to qualifying for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. See the full order here. " Read the full story

Nationwide Series practice

Series regulars Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne were fastest in the only NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at Darlington Raceway for Friday night's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. " Read the full story

Looped In

Not only will Jeff Gordon become the 14th driver to make his 700th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Saturday's Bojangles' Southern 500 (6:45 p.m. ET, FOX) at Darlington Raceway, he also has a good shot to become the fourth driver in NASCAR history to earn a 300th top-five finish." Read the full blog

Weekend Preview

The four most recent top-10s for the No. 43 have come in the past four races with current driver Aric Almirola, who finds himself in eighth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, his highest position ever. Almirola will be looking to continue his hot streak during Saturday's Bojangles' Southern 500 (6:45 p.m. ET, FOX) at Darlington Raceway." Read the full story

Pit box shuffle

Even though both Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing saw recent penalties by NASCAR softened, the teams are still without their crew chiefs this weekend. Find out who will be sitting atop the pit boxes for the cars of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. " Read the full story

A finish to remember

Ten years after Ricky Craven stole a win from Kurt Busch at Darlington Raceway, the finish is still remembered as the most exciting in NASCAR history. It also marks the closest finish since the start of electronic timing. " Read the full story

Viewer's guide

Whether you're watching this weekends Bojangles' Southern 500 and VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 from home or at the track, we've got you covered. Here are all your options for keeping up with the latest. " Explore the viewer's guide

Power Rankings

Each week, NASCAR.com writers vote on who they think should be at the top of the fantasy standings. This week, Matt Kenseth took a jump to the highest spot he's seen in the our rankings so far this season. " See the full rankings

Paint scheme preview

Some colorful cars are taking to the track at Darlington this weekend, including Jimmie Johnson's #Emerald48. Get a glimpse of this weekend's paint schemes before the cars are unloaded at the track. " See the paint schemes

Driver Reports

Check out NASCAR.com's weekly Driver Reports feature, which gives news and notes on the top 12 drivers, plus five in the rearview mirror. Recap last week's action while reading about which drivers are most likely to succeed this week. " Read the full story

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