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Staff picks for tonight’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 - Practice

DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win tonight’s Cup race at Darlington Raceway.

Nate Ryan

Matt Kenseth. His No. 20 team is rounding into form, and the driver seems to be in a good place despite an uncertain future in NASCAR’s premier series.

Dustin Long

Martin Truex Jr. He breaks the streak of 11 consecutive different winners by capturing this race for a second year in a row.

Daniel McFadin

Kyle Larson takes Kyle Petty’s “Silver Bullet” paint scheme to victory lane for the first time since 1995.

Jerry Bonkowski

With the pressure on him and his team, Joey Logano finally breaks the lengthy slump he’s been in and punches his ticket into the playoffs.