NASCAR CUP SERIES: TOYOTA 500 (229 laps, 1.33-mile oval), Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.
TV: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET — Fox Sports 1 (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: NASCAR holds its second race in four days and sixth in its 36-race schedule. … Wednesday’s race is 500 kilometers; Sunday’s Real Heroes 400 was 400 miles. The second race this week at Darlington replaces the Richmond Raceway spring race. … Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s race, the 50th win of his career, and is the leader in the Monster Energy Cup standings. Harvick (218) points leads Alex Bowman* (190), Joey Logano* (185) and Chase Elliott (178). Brad Keselowski is fifth with 158 points. Denny Hamlin* is sixth with 151 points and Ryan Blaney is seven points behind Hamlin. … No practice or qualifying will be permitted for NASCAR events this month, including next week at Charlotte. … Ryan Preece was awarded the pole for the race as determined by the top 20 from Sunday’s lineup being inverted. Ty Dillon, Logano, Bowyer, Blaney, Ryan Newman, Matt DiBenedetto, Keselowski, Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon make up the top 10 in the starting lineup. … Harvick starts 20th alongside Bowman and Jimmie Johnson, a three-time Darlington winner, is 37th out of 39 entries. … Defending Cup champion Kyle Busch’s No. 18 failed a pre-race inspection twice before Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup series race in Darlington. He also entered Tuesday’s Xfinity Series event and will be participating Wednesday in his third race in four days. … This is the 117th Cup race in Darlington Raceway history. … The track opened in 1950 and hosted its first Cup race the same year, with Johnny Matz winning. … Popular chef Guy Fieri is the grand marshal for Wednesday’s race.
*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.
BEST BETS: Kevin Harvick has rolled to a top-nine finish each of his past nine appearances at Darlington and is the prevailing favorite at +550. Kyle Busch is +600, with Denny Hamlin (+650) and Alex Bowman (+800) worth a look. Coming off of a top-three on Sunday, Kurt Busch (+1200) and one of Darlington’s most consistent threats, Jimmie Johnson (+2000), are longshots to consider.