Darlington Raceway saved by NASCAR’s throwback weekend
Darlington Raceway was almost another lost Southern track. Now, the Southern 500 is one of the crown jewel NASCAR events. A simple idea, saved the racetrack and quite possibly the entire Southern roots of NASCAR.
“Leave it up to me to break it down a little bit more. This is what I believe, not even what I believe. Here’s what happened…,” Kenny Wallace tells it like it is via The Late Shift on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“Our Southern racetracks, like Rockingham. Sold out with 60,000 people. At one point, 40,000. So, then all of the sudden we were looking at Darlington. Although the grandstands were packed, they didn’t have a lot of grandstands.”
Rockingham Speedway hosted it’s final race in 2004. Matt Kenseth took the win.