NASCAR goes retro on NBC

DARLINGTON, South Carolina (NBC) – Darlington International Speedway is a track so rich in racing history it has two nicknames.

“The Lady in Black” and the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

“Definitely too tough for me to tame right now, I’m still working on how to figure it out,” said A.J Allmendinger, driver.

Built in 1950, the egg-shaped track was Nascar’s first super speedway.

Each of the four turns has its own personality. Many drivers call it their most difficult test.

“It’s not very wide and it’s not very forgiving, you have to hit your marks every lap,” said Tony Stewart, driver.

Winning at Darlington means speeds up to 185 mph and lines requiring drivers to race dangerously close to the track’s concrete outside walls.

Lines so close that contact is inevitable resulting in the raceways’ signature badge of honor.

“Ha, the Darlington Stripe, I’ve had that a lot,” said A.J. Allmendinger, driver.

When the sun sets this Sunday night, Darlington’s holiday weekend race moves back to its original spot on the Labor Day calendar.

Celebrating the track’s tradition, NBC sports will combine state of the art technology with 1970s retro graphics and classic logos.

The green flag flies Sunday as Nascar’s best dance once more with the legendary “lady in black”.

Darlington will also host the Xfinity Series Saturday afternoon and that coverage begins at 3 p.m.

All the Sprint cup action from the Southern 500 can been seen right here on KSN starting at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

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