Underrated Storylines Ahead of Sunday’s Darlington Race

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off Throwback Weekend with the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. There are multiple drivers with the opportunity to reach Victory Lane on Sunday, including a dark horse option. Erik Jones, the driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, boasts an impressive streak and highlights one of the multiple intriguing storylines.

Jones has made six starts at The Track Too Tough to Tame, never finishing outside of the top-10. He has two eighth-place finishes, two fifth-place finishes, and a fourth-place finish. He also took the checkered flag in the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500. Jones will now have the opportunity to continue his impressive streak while driving a John Andretti throwback scheme.

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There is one major difference between Jones and the driver that posted six consecutive top-10 finishes. His previous outings were as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing. He previously drove the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Now he races for RPM, a team that struggled to fight for wins in previous seasons. However, Jones has two top-10 finishes in 2021, one at Bristol on dirt and the other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cautions breed cautions at The Lady in Black

GettyChris Buescher spins during The Toyota 500

One of the most iconic tracks in motorsports, Darlington Raceway has a reputation for chaos. Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race is only the latest example. There were a record-setting number of cautions during a wreck-filled race, including one thrown after the proverbial Big One collected a multitude of vehicles. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race added another nine cautions.

The Cup Series is similar in that six of the past nine trips to Darlington have resulted in more than 10 cautions. The Toyota 500 in 2020 featured 11 prior to Denny Hamlin’s win. There were 10 cautions in The Real Heroes 400 before Kevin Harvick reached Victory Lane.

Of course, the most cautions in Darlington history occurred in 2015. Carl Edwards took the checkered flag in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 after leading 15 laps and holding off Brad Keselowski and Hamlin. He celebrated the win after a record-setting 18 caution flags flew at the South Carolina track.

Chevrolets have not won any of the recent trips to Darlington

GettyWilliam Byron drives the No. 24 Chevrolet

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Ford recalls nearly 617,000 U.S. Explorer SUVs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co is recalling nearly 617,00 Explorer sport utility vehicles in the United States at the request of regulators because retention pins could loosen and allow roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle. 

  The recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles. Dealers will install push-pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers, as necessary. The second largest U.S. automaker said in documents posted Sunday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in April had requested Ford conduct a safety recall after first inquiring about the issue in early 2020 following 11 reports of roof rail cover detachment. 

  Ford in November approved a onetime repair extended coverage action for 10 years or 150,000 miles to address the issue. 

  (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Toby Chopra) 

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NYC Mayoral Candidates React to Times Square Shooting, Rise in Gun Violence

New York City mayoral candidates responded to the city’s latest high-profile shooting in Times Square as gun violence continues to be a top issue for the candidates preparing for a primary battle nearly six weeks away. Three people, including a 4-year-old girl, were struck by gunfire around 5 p.m. Saturday after a nearby argument between a group of men turned… …read more

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