Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina, USA. It is nickenamed “The Lady in Black” and “The Track Too Tough to Tame” by many NASCAR fans and drivers. It 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 and the owner refused to relocate.
Darlington Raceway is the oldest speedway on the NASCAR circuit. One end is big and wide-open, the other is pinched tight. This has been complexing racing drivers and mechanics since it opened in 1950 with the inaugural running of the Southern 500 NASCAR stock car race.
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Darlington Raceway with its asphalt surface is 1.366 miles (2.198 km) in length. Turns 1 & 2 have 25 degrees of banking with Turns 3 & 4 at 23 degrees. The front stretch is a flat 3 degrees of banking with the backstretch a flatter 2 degrees.
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