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CP MOTORSPORTS - LOUIS BREWSTER: CHASE TALKING

When NASCAR CEO/Chairman/anointed one Brian France introduced the Chase to the Championship, he said he was looking for “seventh game” moments. Thankfully, the sanctioning body has been able to produce more defining moments than we usually get in a seven game World Series.

Take this weekend for example. We're not even in the post-season and we could have a classic moment in Richmond.

While it's highly unlikely there will be a new winner Saturday night in Richmond– the last one was in June in Sonoma, race No. 16 of the 26 events that comprise the regular season – that possibility exists. How exciting would be be if , say, Tony Stewart were to win and make the Chase.

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:

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