Darlington Raceway

Friday August 22, 2014
  • NASCAR moves Bristol spring race to mid-April
  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Bristol Motor Speedway is getting its wish - a later race date in the spring.

  • Freaky fast again: Kevin Harvick wins fifth pole of 2014
  • Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick won the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Friday NASCAR Notebook: Bristol gets new spring date for 2015
  • NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that Bristol's annual spring Sprint Cup Series weekend is being pushed back in 2015 from its traditional mid-March date, and will be held April 17-19.

  • Chase outsiders not leaving anything to chance
  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) It's the kind of jumble that can make even the most seasoned driver nervous.

  • Jimmy Fennig of Roush Fenway likely in final year as crew chief
  • Long-time Sprint Cup crew chief Jimmy Fennig, who currently calls the shots for the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Carl Edwards, says that he likely will seek a new position with RFR beginning next season.

  • Former NASCAR team owner Ed Whitaker dies
  • Ed Whitaker, a former NASCAR team owner who fielded cars in what is today the Nationwide Series for some of the sport's biggest names, died Friday morning at his home in Bristol, Va.

  • NASCAR to announce '15 schedule Tuesday on FS1's Race Hub
  • NASCAR formally announces its 2015 race and broadcast schedules on a special edition of FOX Sports 1's NASCAR Race Hub on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. ET.

  • Which NASCAR drivers would make the best gladiators?
  • Bristol Motor Speedway might be the track that has the most nicknames, with 'The Last Great Colosseum' perhaps being the most fitting. That got us here at Shake and Bake wondering which NASCAR drivers would make the best gladiators. 

  • Proving ground: Cale Conley trying to make impression in NNS
  • Cale Conley is trying to make the most of a 10-race agreement to runi in the Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing. His lastest proving ground is the .533-mile short track at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Is Chase Elliott ready for the Cup Series? @NASCAR_Wonka investigates
  • Is he or isn't he? Our always entertaining friend @NASCAR_Wonka investigates the readiness of Chase Elliott for a Cup Series ride. 

    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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