Who is hot, who is not in Cup heading to Darlington

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It’s time to throwback this weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series competing at Darlington Raceway for Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Here’s a look from Racing Insights at those drivers who are hot and those who are not heading into the next-to-last regular season race of the season.

HOT

Kevin Harvick

• Finished 10th at Bristol (2nd in Stage 1, 21st in Stage 2, 8 laps led)

• Won 7 of the last 23 races

• Won 12 stages in 2018 (had 6 in all of 2017)

• Finished in Top 5 in 8 of last 11 races

• Finished in Top 10 in 6 straight races and 10 of last 11

• 24 races in 2018: 20 finishes of 10th or better (including 7 wins) & 4 finishes of 19th or worse

• Finished 9th or better in 5 straight Darlington races, including win in 2014

• Finished in Top 5 in 4 of last 5 Darlington races

Chase Elliott

• Finished 3rd at Bristol (4th in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2, 112 laps led)

• Top-10 in the last five races of 2018

• Finished in Top 10 in 8 of last 11 races

Finished 7th at Bristol (1st in Stage 1, 5th in Stage 2, 121 laps led)

• Finished 7th or better in the last two races and 4 of last 6

• Finished 12th or better in 6 straight races

Erik Jones

• Finished 5th at Bristol (8th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2)

• Top 5 in 3 of last 4 races

• Top 10 in 7 of last 9 races

Joey Logano

Finished 4th at Bristol (9th in Stage 1, 1st in Stage 2, 95 laps led)

Finished in Top 10 in last two races and 4 of last 6

• Finished in Top 5 in 2 of last 3 Darlington races

Kurt Busch

• Won at Bristol (7th in Stage 1, 9th in Stage 2, 24 laps led)

• Ended 58-race winless streak

• Finished top 10 in 6 straight races (first time since 2004)

• Finished 6th or better in 2 of last 3 Darlington races, but 14th or worse in 5 of last 7

NOT

Jamie McMurray

• Finished 29th at Bristol (33rd in Stage 1, 33rd in Stage 2)

• Finished 12th or worse in 8 of last 9 races

• Finished 15th or worse in 19 of 24 races this season

• Finished 14th or worse in 5 of last 6 Darlington races

Brad Keselowski

• Finished 16th at Bristol (13th in Stage 1, 19th in Stage 2)

• Finished 16th or worse in 4 of last 5 races

• Finished outside Top 30 in 3 of last 7 races

• Finished top 10 in 2 of last 3 Darlington races, but 15th or worse in 4 of last 6

Austin Dillon

Finished 13th at Bristol (16th in Stage 1, 18th in Stage 2)

Finished 13th or worse in 5 of last 6 races

Finished 12th or worse in 17 of last 19 races

Finished outside Top 10 in 20 of 23 races since Daytona 500 win

Matt Kenseth

• Finished 13th or worse in 8 starts in 2018 (22.5 avg. finish)

• Finished 6th in 2 straight Darlington races and 6th or better in 5 of last 6 Darlington races

Aric Almirola

Finished 31st at Bristol (5th in Stage 1, 4th in Stage 2, 2 laps led)

Finished 22nd or worse in 3 of last 4 races (worst 4-race stretch of season)

Never finished better than 11th in 6 career Darlington starts

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Finished 24th at Bristol (29th in Stage 1, 25th in Stage 2)

Finished out of the top 10 in 13 of last 14 races and 14th or worse in 11 straight races

Finished 14th or worse in 20 of 24 races in 2018

Never finished better than 18th in 5 career Darlington starts

Paul Menard

Finished 36th at Bristol (35th in Stage 1, 36th in Stage 2)

Finished outside the top-10 in 9 straight races in 2018

Never finished better than 13th in 11 career Darlington starts