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Encyclopedia > Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway
The Track Too Tough to Tame;
The Lady in Black;
A NASCAR Tradition
Brasington's Folly
Where NASCAR Stars Earn Their Stripes;
Facility statistics
Location Darlington, South Carolina
Broke ground 1949
Opened Labor Day 1950
Owner International Speedway Corporation
Operator International Speedway Corporation
Construction cost N/A
Architect Harold Brasington
Former names
None
Major events
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series
Seating capacity
65,000
Current dimensions
Track shape Egg-shaped Oval
Track length 1.366 mi
Track banking Turns 1 & 2 - 25°
Turns 3 & 4 - 23°
Front Straight - 3°
Back Straight - 2°
Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500.

Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed the "Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition". It was the first superspeedway built with NASCAR racing in mind and is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends. Image File history File links Logo for Darlington Raceway File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Darlington is a city in Darlington County, in northeastern South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... International Speedway Corporation (NYSE: ISCA) is a corporation whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks. ... International Speedway Corporation (NYSE: ISCA) is a corporation whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations big league circuit, the Nextel Cup. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 713 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This picture was taken at the Dodge Charger 500 on May 13, 2006 by Randall Stewart. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 713 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This picture was taken at the Dodge Charger 500 on May 13, 2006 by Randall Stewart. ... The Dodge Charger 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. ... A race track (or racetrack), is a purpose-built facility for the conducting of races. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Darlington is a city in Darlington County, in northeastern South Carolina. ... In North American motorsports, a superspeedway is a race track over one mile (1. ...

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History

Harold Brasington was a retired racer in 1948. He had gotten to know Bill France, Sr. while competing against France at the Daytona Beach Road Course and other dirt tracks in the Southeast and Midwestern United States. He quit racing in the late 1940s to concentrate on farming and his construction business.[1] He began planning a new speedway after he noticed the huge crowds while attending the 1948 Indianapolis 500.[1] He thought "If Tony Hulman can do it here, I can do it back home."[1] He bought 70 acres from farmer Sherman Ramsey, and became making a superspeedway from a cotton and peanut field.[1] He was forced to create an egg-shaped oval with one tighter, narrower, and more steeply banked because he promised Ramsey that the new track wouldn't disturb Ramsey's minnow pond at the west side of the property.[1] Brasington was able to make other turn at the east side of the property wide, sweeping, and flat as he wanted.[1] It took almost a year to build the track.[1] Bill France redirects here. ... Daytona Beach Road Course was a race track that was instrumental in the formation of NASCAR. It originally became famous as the location where fifteen world land speed records were set. ... Dirt track racing is a type of auto racing performed on oval tracks. ... Results of the 1948 Indianapolis 500 held at Indianapolis on Monday, May 31, 1948. ... Anton Tony Hulman, Jr. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... In North American motorsports, a superspeedway is a race track over one mile (1. ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... Binomial name L. This article is about the legume. ... The word minnow can mean, in decreasing order of specificity: The Eurasian minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus (Linnaeus, 1758) Any, particularly small, fish of the family Cyprinidae Fish of the family Galaxiidae, in particular those of genus galaxiid occurring in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


Brasington made a deal in the summer of 1950 with France to run a 500 mile race in Darlington on Labor Day that year. The first Southern 500 carried a record $25,000 purse, and was co-sanctioned by NASCAR and its rival Central States Racing Association.[2] More than 80 entrants showed up for the race.[2] Brasington used a 2 week qualifying scheme similar to the one used at the Indianapolis 500.[2] Brasington was also inspired by Indianapolis when he had the 75 car field aligned in 25 rows of three cars.[2] These practices have curtailed over the years as NASCAR adopted a more uniform set of guidelines with regard to the number of cars which could qualify for a race. The race was won by Johnny Mantz in a car owned by France. A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500 is a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ... Johnny Mantz (born September 18, 1918 – dead October 25, 1972) was a Formula One driver (Indy 500 only). ...


In recent years the track has been reconfigured; what was the front stretch is now the back stretch, and the turns have been renumbered accordingly. Seating has been increased to approximately 65,000; although it has been limited by the proximity of a railroad track to the facility, a highway behind the back stretch, and the still-present pond. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...


Darlington has something of a legendary quality among drivers and older fans; this is probably due to its status as the first NASCAR superspeedway and hence the first venue where many of them became cognizant of the truly high speeds that stock cars could achieve on a long track. The title of how the track earned the moniker The Lady in Black was allegedly because the walls around the track are always painted white prior to a race, but are always largely black by the end of it due to a profusion of tire contacts. Darlington is also known as "The Track Too Tough to Tame", and rookie racers hitting the wall are considered to have received their "Darlington stripe". For a table of tire companies, see List of tire companies. ...


Races

For many years Darlington was the site of two annual Winston Cup races; one was held in the spring and the other, the Southern 500 (its name has varied in recent years due to sale of naming rights but this is what fans generally continued to call it), was always held on Labor Day weekend. In 2003, the Labor Day event was given to California Speedway, and the Southern 500 was moved to November and was run as part of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500 is a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ... Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champions: Paul Hamm, USA, Yang Wei, China Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: USA April 13 — Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: William Kiplagat (KEN) 2:07:42 Women... The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, similar to that of sister track Michigan International Speedway. ... The point system used in NASCARs top division, the Nextel Cup Series. ...


In 2005, NASCAR eliminated the Southern 500 altogether, which offended many traditionalists. The race was merged with the 400-mile spring race and moved to Mother's Day Weekend, with a 500-mile night race sponsored by Dodge taking their place. 1917 Dodge Brothers Touring car. ...


The track is now owned by International Speedway Corporation, which is controlled by NASCAR's founding France family, so this can be done without incurring legal problems which have sometimes resulted from NASCAR's attempts to move races in the past at tracks which it did not control. International Speedway Corporation (NYSE: ISCA) is a corporation whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks. ...


The move is the result of several factors. Recent Darlington races, especially the spring ones, have generally not sold out, which is related to two general factors. One is the track's location in the Textile Belt of South Carolina, where there has been an ongoing general economic decline for many years due to the textile industry moving overseas to countries with lower workforce costs; few new jobs have been coming to the area to replace those lost and the chronically unemployed and underemployed generally cannot afford NASCAR event prices. Another factor in the races' failure to sell out is related to the remoteness of the Darlington area. There is very little of interest to the average fan from outside the Darlington area other than the events at the track itself, with the exception of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina approximately two hours away. Most newer NASCAR venues (Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Las Vegas) are near major cities that are in themselves tourist attractions and around which a fan can easily base a vacation of several days or even a week or more with the racing being just part of it, rather than making what would be of necessity a single-purpose trip to see the races and then going home. A further factor in the move is an ongoing desire by NASCAR to spread its events out over more of the country and be even more of a truly national, rather than just a southeastern, sport. Many observers feel that due to these factors that even the remaining Darlington race is threatened in the near future. Purists hope that this is not the case, but have not been encouraged by recent events, although some see the recent large capital outlay to light the track for night racing, along with the relative success of the first race to end there at night in November, 2004, to be positive developments for the track's future. Additionally, the Dodge Avenger 500, held on Mother's Day weekend, has sold out each year from 2005-2007. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... Myrtle Beach is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. ... Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. ... Kansas Speedway is a speedway in Kansas City, in the U.S. state of Kansas. ... Gateway International Speedway is a speedway in Madison, Illinois, USA. See also List of NASCAR race tracks ... Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located at 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a 1,200 acre (4. ... The Dodge Charger 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. ...


Future

A recent development has Speedway Motorsports, Inc., ISC's chief rival in NASCAR, offering to take over Darlington. According to the story, Speedway would agree to maintain only one race on the Nextel Cup circuit, but has suggested that Darlington's race be returned to its traditional Southern 500 Labor Day date, with the California track taking the other date instead. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ...


On March 1-2, 2007 the USAC Silver Crown Series held an open test at Darlington Raceway. Shortly after the test it was announced that the USAC Silver Crown Series would hold a race at Darlington on May 10 as part of Darlington's NASCAR weekend. This race will mark USAC's return to Darlington after a 51 year absence.


It was announced on April 5th, 2007 that Darlington would receive a $10 million upgrade, the largest investment in the track's history. This announcement, as well as last year's $6 million upgrade, which will include an entire repaving of the oval for the first time in recent memory. This announcement silenced any concerns over the future of Darlington Raceway in NASCAR. Some construction will be ready for the 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 with the rest of the enhancements, including the repaving of the oval, added after the race. On May 7, 2007 it was announced that Darlington Raceway has sold out its Mother Day weekend Nextel Cup race for the third year in a row further protecting its place on the Nextel Cup schedule in future years.[3]


See also: List of NASCAR race tracks. 12. ...


Current Races

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Records

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Fleischman, Bill; Al Pearce (1999). The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide (1998-99). Visible Ink Press, 7. 
  2. ^ a b c d Fleischman, page 8
  3. ^ WPVI: Darlington Improvements. Retrieved on 2007-04-05.
  • 2007 Upgrades

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Darlington Raceway - Racetickets.com (251 words)
Darlington Raceway is a driver's track in its purest form.
The original plan for the Darlington Raceway was a 1.25 mile oval track, however plans changed when the original landowner refused to relocate a fishing hole that was located where turns 3 and 4 were to be located.
Today the Darlington Racway is remembered as the original superspeedway and as one of the pillars of the NASCAR establishment.
Darlington Raceway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (684 words)
Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina.
Darlington has something of a legendary quality among drivers and older fans; this is probably due to its status as the first NASCAR superspeedway and hence the first venue where many of them became cognizant of the truly high speeds that stock cars could achieve on a long track.
Darlington is also known as "The Track Too Tough to Tame", and rookie racers hitting the wall are considered to have received their "Darlington stripe".
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