Track Length – 1.366 Mile
Seats – 63,000
Darlington Raceway is located in Darlington, South Carolina and is considered NASCAR’s first superspeedway. When it was built in 1950 a superspeedway was a paved track that was one mile in length or longer. NASCAR’s only race of the season at Darlington is the Southern 500. The shape of Darlington Raceway is unique as it resembles the shape of an egg. One end of the track has a smaller turning radius than the other side which can give crew chiefs problems when setting up the cars suspension.
Most drivers agree that Darlington is one of the toughest tracks to drive on the entire NASCAR schedule. Cars typically run very close to the wall and it’s not uncommon to see cars with stripes going down the side of the car where the paint has rubbed off. Appropriately, Darlington has earned the nickname “The track to tough to tame” by many in NASCAR.