The name Darlington is synonymous with NASCAR. Racing legends of the sport were running there on asphalt when the Daytona track consisted of the beach and the boulevard. It’s a shame that it has been reduced to a night race before Mother’s Day.
What’s worse is that a combination of new cars and pavement run on cool evenings has turned the race itself into one tremendous bore. Lap after lap of follow the leader with the contestants 50 feet from one another has made the track “too tough to tame” completely house broken.
Please, NASCAR, send the Southern 500 back to Labor Day and its true place in racing history.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.