From Cotton Field to Crown Jewel: The History of Darlington Raceway

A Lifetime in Motorsports

May 5 2022 • 1 hr 13 mins

In the mind of Harold Brasington, Darlington Raceway was nothing more than a sketch of what his track would look like for well over a decade before ground was finally broken to get the process started. When the gates finally opened for qualifying 10 days before the green flag waved over the inaugural Southern 500 on Sept. 4, 1950, the 1.25-mile superspeedway was all the rage among the people of Darlington County, S.C. It was the one entity that would put Darlington, S.C. and Florence, S.C. on the regional and national map. Eventually, over a period of 70 years, the track "Too Tough to Tame" helped to build the careers of many NASCAR legends. Thus far,  63 checkered flags have fallen over drivers in spring and fall events at the legendary and historic track. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at how the track came into existence and revisit some of the greatest victories that occurred there. They also look back at the origins and interesting milestones of the No. 62 in NASCAR history during podcast No. 62 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR."   Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit