The White Zone: Chaos reigns in NASCAR

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After an unpredictable regular season, the NASCAR Playoffs opener at Darlington Raceway cranked up the chaos to 11. Kyle Busch sat in the catbird seat, Sunday, at Darlington Raceway. Just a few laps earlier, he overtook his teammate, Martin Truex Jr., as his engine overcooked and held the race lead after Cody Ware stopped on track in […] READ MORE


Joey Logano bumps William Byron to win at Darlington

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I felt like a kid, again, as I watched William Byron run his throwback scheme in the lead at Darlington Raceway. Driving an homage to Jeff Gordon’s DuPont flames car, Sunday, Byron edged out Joey Logano on the final restart, and put him in the wall in Turn 2. “We were really close off of (Turn) […] READ MORE


Kyle Larson: ‘I tried to video game it’

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Coming to the checkered flag of Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, Kyle Larson channeled his inner Carl Edwards and rode the wall through Turns 3 and 4 to pull up to Denny Hamlin‘s bumper. “We got to the white,” he said, “and I was like, ‘Well, I haven’t been able to […] READ MORE


Darlington Nights: NASCAR’s Ricky Bobby problem

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“If you’re not first, you’re last.” – Ricky and Reese Bobby That was the catchphrase of the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The titular character based his life and his NASCAR career on that quote. Bobby heard the quote first from his father, Reese Bobby, who surprised him at his school’s […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Low-downforce excellence

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As the laps ticked away, Kyle Larson capitalized on Martin Truex Jr. dealing with lap traffic. With eight laps to go, he came upon the lapped cars of Ryan Newman and Tyler Reddick. The former of whom is notoriously difficult to overtake. “Well, they’re both really aggressive drivers, so I didn’t want to get stuck behind them because I […] READ MORE


Kyle Larson shows talent with bold move

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Not that anybody doubted Kyle Larson‘s talent, but he flexed it in the closing laps, Sunday, at Darlington Raceway, with a daring overtake. In the waning laps of the Goodyear 400, Larson ran second, trying to close in on Martin Truex Jr., who had the race in check. With eight laps remaining, Truex overtook the lapped cars […] READ MORE


Effect of high-downforce at Darlington

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Saturday, Darlington Raceway provided the slipping and sliding that comes with a worn out surface. Sunday, however, high-downforce negated much of it. The Cook Out Southern 500 featured many of the high-downforce aero package’s problems that have been on display time after time after time after time, this season. Passing the lead car was a Herculean […] READ MORE


Elliott and Truex collide in closing laps at Darlington

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It was a classic case of two drivers fighting for the same real estate. In the waning laps of Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, Martin Truex Jr. was pursuing Chase Elliott for the race lead. While Truex had the faster car, he struggled to overtake Elliott. Rounding Turns 3 and 4, however, he took the high line […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Darlington deserves more than one race

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With less than 30 laps remaining, the skies opened up over Darlington Raceway. As a result, the cars were brought down pit road. Eventually, the race was declared official and Denny Hamlin celebrated his second win of the season. After a roughly combined 684 miles of racing at “The Lady in Black,” in the span of […] READ MORE