Darlington Raceway Offers Thrills, History

April 29, 2011 at 3:41 am EST
Darlington Raceway Museum

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Racing fans, take a brake in Darlington, SC. Darlington Raceway, which seats 65,000 and is nick­named The Track Too Tough to Tame, is one of NASCAR's oldest and was the site of the first stock-car race run entirely on pavement.

A $10 million renovation project recently repaved the 1.366-mile oval track, which opened in 1949.

To learn more about the sport's history, visit the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, which offer views of what has made NASCAR such a popular spectator sport. Cars from NASCAR’s founding in the late 1940s are on display in the building, as well as vehicles from every decade of racing since.

The Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, NMPA Hall of Fame and Darlington Raceway gift shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.darlingtonraceway.com to learn more about the raceway.

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