Darlington Preview: NASCAR Returns
Darlington Preview: NASCAR Returns

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

After an eight-race layoff due to the Coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR returns to action this weekend with a series of makeup races.  The nation's premier stock car racing association is the first major sport to return from the shutdowns of March and April.  First up on the new schedule is Darlington Raceway.  

The South Carolina oval will play host to the first of two events in the revamped schedule.  Sunday, May 17, will be the Darlington 400 and the following Wednesday, May 20, will be the Darlington 310.  This unique approach of NASCAR holding doubleheaders will help the sanctioning body maintain it's typical 36-event regular schedule. 

 Since we'll be racing twice in four days at the same track, we'll handle the fantasy racing predictions in a two-for-one manner.  The following article will help you to select drivers for both races. 

Darlington 400 & Darlington 310

The Track Too Tough to Tame, otherwise known as Darlington Raceway, is the site of our first racing action since NASCAR was halted in mid-March at Atlanta.  Darlington Raceway is an egg-shaped 1.366-mile oval, and is really unlike any other race track on the circuit.  It's not an intermediate oval and not a superspeedway, but somewhere in between.  

The course has two distinctly different sets of turns.  Turns 3 and 4 are much narrower than turns 1 and 2.  This is a challenging aspect for crew chiefs as the handling setup for the stock cars is a bit more complex.  You have to find a happy

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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