Darlington Raceway

Thursday July 31, 2014
  • How NASCAR pit crews are turning to football world for next generation
  • Coy Wire goes inside Hendrick Motorsports to see how NASCAR pit crews are utilizing former football players to build better pit crews.

  • No more cheerleader? Junior not looking for clone of Steve Letarte
  • When team owner Rick Hendrick moved crew chief Steve Letarte from Jeff Gordon's No. 24 team to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 team before the 2011 season, the decision was widely viewed as an attempt to pair Earnhardt Jr. with a pit boss who would serve as a cheerleader of sorts.

  • Report: NASCAR fan has $20k worth of memorabilia stolen from house
  • For anyone who's ever spent their hard earned money on NASCAR merchandise and collectibles, this one hurts a little.

  • Mark Martin returns to Roush Fenway as driver development coach
  • As a driver at Roush Fenway Racing from 1988-2006, Mark Martin won 83 races across NASCAR's national series and was the Sprint Cup Series' championship runner-up four times while helping the organization become one of the best in the sport.

  • Danger zone: Was Indy Kahne's last chance to race way into Chase?
  • Even though he had a great run at last Sunday's Brickyard 400, Kasey Kahne still is winless in 2014.

  • Finer points: Larry Mac explains why NASCAR stuck it to Hamlin
  • Larry McReynolds explains the rules infraction that resulted in Denny Hamlin's 75-point penalty, as well as a fine and suspension for crew chief Darian Grubb.

  • Zest returning as primary sponsor for Stenhouse in 2015
  • The Zest soap brand will be back on board Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s No. 16 Ford as a primary sponsor in 2015.

  • Mother Hubbard! It's Bad British Commentary: NASCAR Edition
  • What happens when you combine racing highlights with a British guy who knows nothing about NASCAR? A jolly good time, that's what. Take a listen to Bad British Commentary: NASCAR Edition. 

  • Greg Ives to crew chief Earnhardt in 2015
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports didn't look far for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief, choosing a candidate already quite familiar with the organization.

  • Hendrick names Greg Ives crew chief for Earnhardt Jr. in 2015
  • Crew chief Greg Ives will rejoin Hendrick Motorsports following the 2014 NASCAR season to lead the No. 88 Sprint Cup Series team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Darlington Raceway

    Darlington Raceway Darlington Raceway the Track Too Tough to Tame, the Lady in Black, are all nicknames for this storied track. Darlington is also known as the granddaddy of stockcar racing. Darlington Raceway's unique egg-shaped design was not in the original plans that Harold Brasington drew up. Brasington wanted to create a true 1.25 mile oval but the minnow pond that is adjacent to turns 3 & 4 made that design impossible. The track was narrowed to accommodate the pond and has created some of the best racing that NASCAR has ever had. The track's shape makes it almost impossible for crews to set up cars that handle effectively at both ends of the track.

    Track Info

    Track Address: 1301 Harry Byrd Highway
    Darlington, SC. 29532
    (866) 459-RACE
    Offical Web Site:
    Track Shape: Oval
    Track Length: 1.36 miles
    Front Stretch Length: 1,229 feet
    Back Stretch Length: 1,229 feet
    Banking: 25° Turns 1 & 2
    23° Turns 3 & 4
    6° Frontstretch
    6° Backstretch
    Seating Capacity: 63,000
    First Winner: Johnny Mantz (1950)
    Most Wins: David Pearson (10)
    Lap Record: Kasey Kahne 181.25 mph (27.131 sec)

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