Darlington in Darlington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
The egg-shaped track at Darlington quickly gained a reputation as "the track too tough to tame" and the Southern 500 became one 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.
Erected 1997 by Darlington Raceway. (Marker Number 16-37.)
Location. 34° 17.844′ N, 79° 54.296′ W. Marker is in Darlington, South Carolina, in Darlington County. Marker can be reached from Harry Byrd Highway (State Highway 151-34) near West Smith Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George W. Dargan (approx. one mile away); Henry "Dad" Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Julius A. Dargan House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Darlington Memorial Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of First Methodist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wilds-Edwards House / Samuel Hugh Wilds (approx. 1.7 miles away); St. James Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); “Yankee Hill” (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Darlington.
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Also see . . . The Official site of Darlington Raceway. (Submitted on May 12, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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