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


Odds on Odds: Toyota 500

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We have finally started the race season back up and did so with a blast. Sunday was a special event at Darlington Raceway and it delivered. If you didn’t get enough racing on Sunday, then good news for you we have more Wednesday for the Toyota 500. Odds on Odds: Toyota 500 Many sports books […] READ MORE


Story of an abnormal NASCAR race

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Located along the backroads of South Carolina is an egg-shaped oval next to a minnow pond. This staple of NASCAR is called Darlington Raceway. On a typical weekend at the 1.366-mile speedway in the tiny town of Darlington, South Carolina, (state) Highway Patrol officers in silver cars direct long lines of traffic running east and […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: Real Heroes 400

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WE ARE BACK! Finally, after almost 3 full months we are going racing again. Albeit, there are some stipulations that we have never seen before. Doesn’t matter though, racing is here and we are talking odds from the Real Heroes 400 from Darlington. Odds on Odds: Real Heroes 400 So much hype has been put […] READ MORE


Challenges of racing with no practice or qualifying

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It was a beautiful afternoon, Thursday, in Mooresville, North Carolina. So Ryan Blaney, with his quarantine mustache, stepped out of his house and spoke to the NASCAR media corp. over Zoom. From a media perspective, it’s the first sign of a return to some semblance of normalcy. I say “some,” because the NASCAR Cup Series […] READ MORE