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The Darlington Stripe: Damage That Is Well Earned and Well Respected

How often will a driver say they enjoy getting into the wall? It's not exactly a phrase that rolls off the tongue. More often, a driver will end up apologizing for getting into the wall, or curse the other competitor that forced him/her up there. It's not the best feeling as a racer knowing your car is torn up. However, in some instances, getting into the wall is not a big deal. In a few cases, it's a badge of honor. When it comes to Darlington Raceway, getting into the wall means you earned your stripe, your Darlington Stripe . At most race tracks, the fastest line is right around the apron, against the white line. At Darlington, it is the exact opposite. Every qualifying lap, practice run and lap run in the race is quickest against the ou...

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