This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends. Harold Brasington was a retired racer in , who had gotten to know Bill France Sr. The race was won by Johnny Mantz in a car owned by France. In recent years the track has been reconfigured; since , what was the front stretch is now the back stretch, from late to early lights were installed for night racing to beat the heat, and the turns have been renumbered accordingly. Seating has been increased to approximately 65,, although it has been limited by the proximity of a highway behind the back stretch and another pond; the original minnow pond is long gone. Darlington has something of a legendary quality among drivers and older fans; this is probably due to its long track length relative to other NASCAR speedways of its era and hence the first venue where many of them became cognizant of the truly high speeds that stock cars could achieve on a long track.
Darlington Dragway : 40 Years
Legendary Darlington Dragway, IHRA Extend Sanctioning Agreement
Driving down Highway through Darlington, South Carolina, you pass two pieces of history that played an important role in making motorsports what it is today. A self-made entrepreneur, Harold Brasington had the necessary knowledge for excavating and grading the land for a speedway. During this time, Brasington was approached by Bill Land with the idea of a speedway which would attract a different type of racer and fan. After years of searching and efforts to raise funds, Brasington partnered with local businessman Woodrow Hall and began construction of a dragway just five miles from the place where Brasington made history 20 years earlier. Wally Parks, founder of the NHRA approached Brasington about forming an alliance but the two were unable to come to an agreement. Larry Carrier of IHRA stepped in, and having worked with Brasington on construction of Rockingham Dragway, the two were able to settle on a seven year sanctioning agreement, including the guarantee of one major IHRA sanctioned race each year. Once the contract was signed, it was official that Carrier and Brasington would work on the design of the track together.
Schedule & Events
The Darlington Dragway owner worked with the local police department and then received official permission from the South Carolina Department of Commerce on Monday to begin holding test sessions at the track under strict guidelines. Social distancing, temperature-taking, no spectators on the premises and sheriff deputies on hand to make sure all guidelines are being followed is part of the process, but Miller was proactive in setting those standards. By providing a highly-stringent plan to officials last weekend, Russell and company were granted approval within 48 hours. The first private test session takes place Thursday through Saturday at the track, and Miller is expecting in the range of cars. Each pit space will also be marked off to put plenty of space between teams, with Miller trying to take every precaution to make this a success.
It opened in and has been a mainstay on the IHRA event schedule ever since. In new owners Russell and Dee Dee Miller took over the facility with the intention of transforming it into one of the premiere facilities in the country. The Miller family are true racers and their children, Tylor and Brooke, share the passion for the sport. It continues to be a showplace for marquee events and truly lives up to its name as a legendary track. Since the Millers have taken over the Hartsville, S.