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NASCAR: Darlington Survival Is All About the Stripe

The South Carolina track Darlington Raceway is known as "The Lady In Black", and she needs to be played fast and loose if she is to be conquered. The 1.366 mile track was repaved in 2008, which took mechanical grip out of the racing equation. The cars are aero-sensitive, and hard as it may be, a driver sometimes has to just let the car next to him go. There is a reason the track is called "Too Tough to Tame." It is one of the most difficult tracks for the NASCAR Cup drivers on the entire circuit. The groove is narrow, and the turns in one and two are so different from three and four. Crew chiefs struggle with focusing attention on which end of the track to set up for while trying to find balance. The repaved surface will mean team...

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