Taming The Southern 500

On Sept. 4, 1950, a mammoth overflow crowd of 25,000 fans passed through the gates of the newly constructed Darlington (S.C.) Raceway to witness the inaugural Southern 500. “I always had great confidence at Darlington and always had great race cars at Darlington. So, when we went to that track, we always felt we were there to win. “I raced at Darlington for the first time when I was in the Busch Series in 1991,” Gordon recalled. To me, Bristol and Darlington are the two tracks that you can never do that. At Darlington, that’s the one place that it’s really not the case. “Darlington was a track that David loved and was so good at. “I consider Darlington one of my very favorite race tracks,” Allison said.

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