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What: 65th annual Bojangles' Southern 500
Where
: Darlington Raceway
When
: Saturday, April 12
TV/Radio
: FOX Sports; MRN
Distance
: 367 laps; 501.3 miles
Time
: 6:30 p.m. ET

Pit road speed: 45 mph
Caution car speed
: 50 mph

On the front row
1. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (183.479 mph)
2. Joey Logano, Team Penske No. 22 Ford (183.049 mph)

Failed to qualify
David Reutimann, Front Row Motorsports No. 35 Ford

Eight for eight: Harvick became the eighth different pole winner through eight races. It is his seventh pole in 474 races.

Fastest in practice
First practice: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (177.665 mph)
Final practice: Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet (179.167 mph)

Too Tough to Tame? Two drivers, rookies Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson, earned their first "Darlington stripe" Friday, bouncing off the wall during the opening practice. Dillon's car was repaired; Larson was forced to go to a backup.

 It's crowded out here: The 1951 Cup race at Darlington, won by Herb Thomas, featured a field of 82 cars.

Week-off blues: "We've sucked at Richmond lately. Is that where we show back up to after vacation? Great." -- Six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson

Defending Bojangles' Southern 500 Champion
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota

Former Darlington winners in field
Jeff Gordon (7), Jimmie Johnson (3), Greg Biffle (2), Kyle Busch (1), Denny Hamlin (1), Matt Kenseth (1)

Fantasy sleeper
Tony Stewart. With top-10 finishes in three of his last four events, we have to pay close attention to 'Smoke' for this week's race. The No. 14 team has been solid the last month. This past week's pole position and 10th-place finish at Texas were one of the few highlights in 2014. Stewart and the SHR team should have no problem keeping their momentum at Darlington tonight.

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