All-Star week reinforces team aspect of NASCAR

BY Larry McReynolds • May 13, 2009

Some final thoughts from the weekend of racing at Darlington Raceway ...

The thing about Darlington is that it's still one of the coolest tracks we visit. And it's one of those races that I don't think should be pulled back to 400 miles. It's just such a neat racetrack.


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Obviously, some drivers let down their guards Saturday night, didn't follow the format of racing the racetrack and got caught up in racing one another. Well, that led to 17 cautions Saturday night.

I like this kind of race where, a lot like at the Richmond event, cars were still able to pass one another. There was strategy all over the place, with some guys not pitting, some taking only two tires and then some guys taking four tires. I've said this many times before, but until they repaved that place I could take a nine- or ten-year-old kid and put him on that pit box. All you have to tell him is no matter when a caution comes out, put on four tires.

Now the ol' Lady in Black has become more a chess match. As we continue to go back there over the next few years, it will continue to lose some grip, and that will be a good thing. It was a good crowd the other night at the race, plus we kind of dodged another weather bullet that seemed to be lurking over us.

I am very thankful that the only Darlington race on the NASCAR schedule is in the FOX portion of the TV package.

But enough about Darlington ...



Now, we basically head home for two weeks.


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