Ken Larsen's Backgammon - RACE tactic
If you’re ahead in the race by a significant amount, race. You don't need to hit blots to win. Occasionally it's best to race even if you're behind … if your opponent is not going to leave a blot anytime soon.
In the position shown hitting would be at least 0.064 worse than racing.
On the other hand, if the race were fairly close, hitting would be preferred. An example would be if gold’s two rearmost checkers were on his midpoint.