Sort of déjà vu: Jones puts the No. 43 back in Darlington’s victory lane after 55 years

Full race results, post-race notes and updated driver standings are at the end of this story.

Darlington Raceway’s motto is “The Track Too Hard to Tame,” and it lived up to its name once again in Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, the inaugural race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

After a regular season considered one of the best in recent memory, with 16 different winners and the most green flag passes for the lead in a regular season, it should come as no surprise that Sunday’s 367 laps around the 1,366 egg miles. The oval in the shape of South Carolina provided a lot of storylines and another first in the history of the series.

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