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Darlington: Checkered, black flags

Winners and losers from a busy “Throwback Weekend” at Darlington Raceway.

CHECKERED FLAGS 

Martin Truex Jr. 

When you talk about dominant races in the last several years there’s a good chance Truex Jr.’s name will come up in the conversation. That’s for good reason because he has now swept six races in his career, the latest coming Sunday when he obliterated the field to win the Goodyear 400.

Kyle Busch 

There’s more than enough evidence to say Busch is returning to the form that has eluded him in the last year-and-a-half. He followed up his Kansas victory with a third-place effort Sunday, coming back from a blown tire to score the top five.

Roush Fenway Racing 

A great day was had in Darlington for the RFR duo of Chris Buescher and Ryan Newman. They both finished inside the top 10. It’s the first time two Roush cars finished top 10 since the 2020 Daytona 500 and the first time at Darlington since 2012.

Sheldon Creed 

The defending Camping World Truck Series champion finally got win number one of 2021 with his Darlington victory Friday night. He was able to survive a messy race that included more than a few multi-truck accidents to make it to Victory Lane.

Justin Allgaier 

It took overtime but Allgaier outraced his JR Motorsports teammates to win the race in a throwback Dale Earnhardt Jr. paint scheme No. 7 Chevrolet.

 

BLACK FLAGS 

Brad Keselowski 

The Team Penske driver started Sunday’s race from the pole but dropped anchor in the early going and fell laps behind. Surprisingly Keselowski was a non-factor in the Goodyear 400.

Kurt Busch 

Things did not get any better for Busch and company at Darlington as he suffered a spin and subsequent hard hit into the inside wall to get knocked out of the Goodyear 400.

Aric Almirola 

Was forced to start from the rear of the field after failing pre-race inspection twice. Things went from bad to worse for Almirola who again struggled and was credited with a last-place finish.

Noah Gragson 

His finish and $100,000 Xfinity Series “Dash 4 Cash” bonus was disqualified when Gragson’s car failed post-race inspection for a suspension part issue. The team is appealing the penalty but for now Darlington was a total “what might have been “ story.

Truck Series Race  

Friday night’s race was a mess that saw 66 laps run under caution and a multi-truck accident reminiscent of Talladega. Not the best night for the truckers who have a week off before returning to action at COTA.