16-37 Darlington Raceway
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Mvillian
N 34° 17.855 W 079° 54.331
17S E 600721 N 3795694
This is a marker in front of the NMPA Hall of Fame at Darlington raceway, it has different text on each side ERECTED BY DARLINGTON RACEWAY 1997
Waymark Code: WM920
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 03/15/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Mvillian
Views: 60

16/37 DARLINGTON RACEWAY Darlington Raceway, the first superspeedway in NASCAR history, was constructed in 1950 by Harold Brasington, a local race promoter who saw an asphalt~paved track as an advance over the standard dirt tracks and wanted a 500~mile stock car race to rival the Indianapolis 500. On September 4, 1950 the new mile~and~a~quarter raceway hosted the first Southern 500. A 400~lap race in which 75 cars raced at top speeds of 80 M.P.H.(Continued on other side)

16/37 DARLINGTON RACEWAY (Continued from other side) The egg~shaped track at Darlington soon gained a reputation as "The Track Too Tough To Tame" and the Southern 500 became on of racing's most important events. The Plymouth which Johnny Mantz drove to win the first race is one of several historic cars on display with other racing memorabilia at the NMPA Stock Car Hall of Fame/Joe Weatherly museum, which opened here in 1965 to honor the pioneers of NASCAR.


Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Other

Marker number: 16-37

County: Darlington

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