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2014 track profile: Darlington Raceway

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Darlington Raceway has a reputation as the "Track Too Tough to Tame," and the 1.25-mile track is NASCAR’s original superspeedway. Located in South Carolina, Darlington saw its first green flag fly on Labor Day weekend in 1950, and the track has since been the home of some of NASCAR’s most exciting races, from Bill Elliott earning the first-ever Winston Million in 1985 to the closest finish in NASCAR history in 2003 (0.002 seconds - Ricky Craven over Kurt Busch).

The excitement on the track isn't the only reason to visit Darlington, however. The Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and Pit Shop doesn't just focus on the home track – it’s a ride through stock car history, envisioned by driver Joe Weatherly before his death in 1964. In addition to cars and other artifacts, the museum is home to the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, with interactive exhibits telling the story of the sport.

The 2014 Southern 500 weekend takes place on new dates, Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th, and features both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Tickets for the Nationwide Series race on April 11th are $30 for general admission seating and $35 for reserved seating, while tickets for the historic Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on April 12th are all less than $99.

Purchase your tickets, or find out more about the track and museum, at www.darlingtonraceway.com.

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