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Thinkin’ Out Loud at Darlington: Chaos Leaves No One Safe In Championship Chase

Chase Elliott races at Darlington in the Southern 500. (Photo: NKP)

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA/Children's Chevrolet Camaro

Multiple NASCAR championship contenders ran into problems as Erik Jones held off Denny Hamlin to win the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR News Avalanche: What Daytona News Dump Means for 2023 Silly Season

The pack races around Daytona International Speedway in August 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#17: Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, Fifth Third Bank Ford Mustang, #7: Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports, Built.com Chevrolet Camaro, #34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Horizon Hobby Ford Mustang, #48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Ally Chevrolet Camaro, #47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, JTG Daugherty Racing, Kroger/ NOS Chevrolet Camaro, #41: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang

Even when cars weren’t on track at Daytona, the regular-season finale and the weekend surrounding it brought forth plenty of NASCAR news.

Thinkin’ Out Loud at Daytona: Rain Wrecks in the Playoff Cut Race Are Unacceptable

#99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Freeway Insurance Chevrolet Camaro, #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Cares Toyota Camry #31: Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro and #47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, JTG Daugherty Racing, Kroger/ NOS Chevrolet Camaro wreck

For some reason, rain-related crashes on ovals weren’t much of an incident before recently. What changed?

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