DARLINGTON NOW INVOLVES STRATEGY

Denny Hamlin won the Southern 500 Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. The track has many nicknames including "The Track Too Tough To Tame" and "The Lady in Black.” It is still one of the most challenging speedways to drive. But this is not your grandfather’s Darlington.The South Carolina oval’s history dates back to being NASCAR’s first superspeedway. Its lore also falls into a tire-eater category. There are certain racetracks that have surfaces that grin ...

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LATE RACE PIT DECISIONS CAN BE AGONIZING

When caution flags wave late in an event, crucial decisions need to be made, and in a hurry.A flow chart runs through a crew chief’s mind to make a call that the team, fans and sponsors hope is correct. A lot of weight is put on one man’s shoulders very quickly and he needs to be choosing correctly. This is what he signed up for and why some make healthy paychecks. And why some can gain gray hair.A series of questions need to be answered fast. Where are we running? Late in the Su ...

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