Kevin Harvick had his eighth win of the season and the 57th of his career at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500. The race was the cup playoff opener. Austin Dillon came in second, and was followed by Joey Logano, Erik Jones and William Byron. Harvick had a clear advantage after Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliot put each other into the wall, after fighting for first place in the final stage of the race. Elliot was pushed back to 20th, and Truex suffered a flat tire, putting him in 22nd place.