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CP MOTORSPORTS - TOM HIGGINS: CRASHING THE CHASE, DALE AND DARRELL

 

Pandemonium and confusion reigned.
   
These words best describe what took place in NASCAR’s Miller 400 on Feb. 23, 1986 at the old Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway.
   
Two of the Cup Series’ biggest, most colorful stars—champions Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip—crashed in a wildly controversial wreck while battling for the lead with three laps to go. The incident enabled Kyle Petty to ride from fifth place into first and score the initial victory by a third generation driver in the circuit’s history.

CP MOTORSPORTS WHO'S SAFE, WHO'S HOPING, WHO'S PRAYING: RICHMOND CHASE SCENARIOS

It's down to one race. The final chance for drivers who may have caught tough breaks or just flat out underperformed during the season to try and make NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

There are four drivers who can make the Chase regardless of who wins Saturday night at Richmond -- others aren't so lucky.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: DARLINGTON UNTAMED

Once in a great while, even in NASCAR, things work.

Such a night was Sunday, when Darlington Raceway, that obsolete, misshapen track closer to the deep, blue sea than the devil, put the entire sport on its aging shoulders and rescued it from a self-induced coma.

    

CP MOTORSPORTS - SOUTHERN 500; DARLINGTON NOTEBOOK

CP MOTORSPORTS - EDWARDS OUTLASTS COMPETITION IN SOUTHERN 500 VICTORY

 

Winning in NASCAR is a team sport. From the top executives all the way down to the pit crews. It's difficult to win if the chain is not strong, link by link.

Just ask Carl Edwards.

"Well, I feel like my pit crew ought to be sitting up here doing interviews," Edwards said. "They won that race for us. It was just amazing to come down third and to go out leading the race."

CP MOTORSPORTS - HAMLIN RUNS AWAY WITH DARLINGTON XFINITY WIN

 

Denny Hamlin used a fast car and timely strategy to make sure the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 from Darlington Raceway was not a contest.

Hamlin, who started from the top spot, led 117 of the race's 147 laps en route to his third Xfinity series win on the season and his fourth win in the series at Darlington. The win also marks the third time this season which Hamlin has won the pole and the race.

CP MOTORSPORTS - SOUTHERN 500 QUALIFYING BELONGS TO KESELOWSKI

 

It's been a while since Roger Penske has been to victory lane as an owner at Darlington. In fact, it's been 40 years now since Bobby Allison swept the races at The Lady in Black while driving for Penske.

Brad Keselowski took a big step towards ending this drought for his legendary car owner. 

CP MOTORSPORTS – NASCAR TO RACE INTO HISTORY AT DARLINGTON

 

With his passion for signature events, fearsome tracks and fearless racers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could qualify as NASCAR’s resident historian.

Naturally, the sport’s most popular driver is enthused about this weekend’s retro weekend at Darlington Raceway.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TOM HIGGINS: DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKEN HOUSES BEFORE THEY ARE BUILT

 

A pal and I were waiting out a rainstorm in a shelter while fishing a while back and started talking racin'.

"Who is the toughest, bravest driver you've seen and known in all your years of covering NASCAR?" he asked.

I replied that there have been plenty of super-tough, daredevil drivers.

I named some examples:

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: DARLINGTON, OH, DARLINGTON, JUST SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, PLEASE

I'm looking forward to the Bojangles Southern 500, not so much because I always look forward to races at Darlington Raceway, though I do, and not so much because my favorite track has been restored to its rightful place on Labor Day weekend, though it has, but because I have some hope that this race might not be more of the same.

I'm tired of the same.

Darlington is the second and final test of NASCAR's "less downforce" rules package. It worked when in place at Kentucky Speedway on July 11. The cars slid around. The drivers had more to do with the outcome. At a track where previous races had been reliably humdrum, the spectacle improved dramatically.

    

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