Darlington Raceway, Darlington

In the fall of 1949, when a crisp breeze toyed with the loose soil of an old cotton field on the westside of rural Darlington, SC, Harold Brasington saw more than just dirt dancing around that patch of land. He saw the future. He saw stock cars.

To the chagrin of family and friends, Brasington and his crew toiled for a year, Brasington himself often at the controls of bulldozers and grading equipment. Brasington's plan called for a true oval, but the racetrack's design had to be changed in order to satisfy Sherman Ramsey, the landowner, who did not want his nearby minnow pond disturbed. The west end of the track (Turns 3 and 4) was narrowed to accommodate the fishing hole, creating Darlington's distinctive egg-shaped design.

The first race was scheduled for Labor Day 1950, and when the day finally came the stands overflowed. Brasington expected no more than 10,000 fans, but the crowd of over 25,000 shocked him. Fans practically stood on top of each other and they scaled the fence just for a glimpse of the action.

Nearly sixty years later the Darlington Raceway is known as the track "Too Tough to Tame."

It is still remembered as the original superspeedway and as one of the pillars of the NASCAR establishment. There is no other sporting facility in the world more steeped in history and tradition than Darlington Raceway, which has aged gracefully over the years but retained its feisty charm.
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  • The lady at the gift shop/museum was so very nice. The museum is really nice. We got to go and see the track next to fence. Great experience.  more »
  • Darlington raceway museum turned out to be a great stop. Lots of history, great exhibits, info we had never heard before. Reception person was great, suggested lunch places and scenic routes to our de...  more »
  • Very cool place. It's been on my bucket list for a long time. The staff was out if this world helpful, friendly, and courteous. Good collection of cars, and a photo info gallery you could spend all day listening to. I'm super glad I stopped and would highly recommend it to anyone else.
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