On Sunday, September 4 at Darlington Raceway, the Cook Out Southern 500 will be conducted as the first race in the 10-race playoff for the NASCAR Cup Series.
There are sixteen (16) racers eligible to compete for the title, but Phoenix Raceway will only allow four to move on.
The No. 45 Toyota, which will be driven by Bubba Wallace for the last 10 races, will take the place of Team Penske's No. 12 and Ryan Blaney in the 16-car lineup for the owner's championship playoff.
Kurt Busch, the No. 45's full-time driver, relinquished his right to participate in the playoffs after suffering a concussion earlier this month at Pocono Raceway.
At Darlington, a curiously designed 1.367-mile circuit that played host to the sport's first 500-mile race in 1950, the drivers had a difficult postseason start.
One of NASCAR's premier races, the Southern 500 is a genuine test of a driver's talent and tyre management on this egg-shaped course.
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