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Stock Car Scoop: Was Darlington Better or Worse With 750 Horsepower?

The NASCAR Cup Series raced to Darlington Raceway on throwback weekend this Sunday, May 9 and Martin Truex Jr. made it a memorable Mother’s Day.

Truex dominated the race to win his third race of the 2021 season. Kyle Larson made a charge at the end but it was not enough, coming up short after closing to within a few car lengths. What more did he need to get over the hump and challenge Truex? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss. Also on the agenda: was the racing at Darlington Raceway hurt by a move to the sport’s 750-horsepower package?

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Martin Truex Jr. Throws Back to Dominating Ways, Crushes Field at Darlington


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This season I have been able to read several books while “watching” the racing on TV on mute. And I didn’t miss a thing in the book or in the race.

The only interesting part of any NASCAR race is the restarts after cautions. And at the tracks with low tire wear, the pit strategy is interesting to watch. That’s why Darlington was a complete dud. No one was bold on pit stop strategy because the tires wore too fast. The car doesn’t seem to matter. NASCAR just needs a competition caution every 50 laps or so and one with 10 to go.