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Darlington International Raceway

Darlington International Raceway is a 1.36 mile oval with 23 degree banking in turns 1 and 2, and 25 degree banking in turns 3 and 4. The track is slightly egg shaped; turns 3 and 4 are somewhat larger in radius than turns 1 and 2.

New: 1997-03-11  Last Updated: 2006-04-24

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Elevation: 180 feet Latitude: 34.295161 Longitude: -79.905968 GPS: N 34 17.7096, W 79 54.3580 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)

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Historical Note

Darlington was NASCAR's first superspeedway, opening on September 4th, 1950 as a 1.25 mile paved oval. It operated in this form until September 1st, 1952, after which it was enlarged slightly to 1.366 miles, reopening on July 4th, 1953. It was one of the first asphalt tracks on the southern stock car circuit. Although it is sometimes claimed that Darlington was the first superspeedway of any kind, Narragansett Park Speedway (active 1915-1924, AAA sanction) appears to hold that distinction.

In 1982, Darlington was purchased by International Speedway Corporation. In 2001, the grandstands were expanded. As part of this expansion, turns 1&2 swapped with turns 3&4, and the start/finish line moved to the original backstretch. This permitted a larger grandstand complex next to start/finish than was feasible with the old track configuration.

References

Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 649. Order from National Speedway Directory

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Darlington International Raceway
1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington, SC 29532

Mailing Address:
Darlington International Raceway
P. O. Box 500
Darlington, S.C.

803-395-8499 (Tickets)
803-395-8821 (Museum/Hall of Fame)
803-395-8892 (Administration)
803-395-8892 (Public Relations)

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Take US 52 north to Highway 151-34. Take 151-34 west to the track.

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Take Highway 401 north to US 52 north. Take US 52 north to Highway 151-34. Take 151-34 west to the track.

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