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What Makes Darlington’s Southern 500 so Special?

It isn't a vast superspeedway with lavish amenities and a constant pack of snarling stock cars tearing around the track lap after lap. It isn't a mainstream spectacle with an annual date and coverage from all the major news sources. We don't see a group of mainstream A-list celebrities making their way through the crowd just to be seen. So why is it that the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is one of NASCAR's prestigious events? The answer is history. Darlington Raceway has been around longer than the Daytona International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, to name a few of NASCAR's major venues. With ground breaking on the speedway in 1949, Harold Brasington's egg-shaped o...

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