Welcome NASCAR Race fans to my NASCAR blog. The tenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. This track is one of the oldest on the circuit and is often called “The Lady In Black” and “The Track Too Tough To Tame”. It is a 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval, the only one like it. There isn’t much room for passing and the cars tend to get into the wall, trying to do so. Most everyone during the race gets their “Darlington stripe”.
Awhile back there used to be two races at this track. The most famous was the Southern 500 held on Labor Day weekend. For some reason NASCAR decided to take away that weekend and give it to California. That left only one race each year at this Historic, wonderful track. And no Southern 500! Fans complained and we now get to see the Southern 500 on Saturday night before Mother’s Day. (Not quite the same thing.) This race is under the lights, thus making it all more exciting(?). In my opinion it just makes for a short weekend of NASCAR racing.
Last year Jamie McMurray set a new qualifying track record of 180.37 mph. Two other drivers, Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers, also broke the track record. Kyle Busch holds the race record of 140.35 mph set 5/10/08. Jeff Gordon has the most wins of any active driver with seven. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Greg Biffle all have two wins at Darlington. Last year Denny Hamlin won the Southern 500.
Also at Darlington Raceway this weekend will be the NASCAR Nationwide Series for their Royal Purple 300 race on Friday night. For tickets to this weekend of racing, try Vivid Seats. They have tickets for most Sporting events. I’ll be back to tell you about practice practice and qualifying.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.