Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hendrick Motorsports - Win 200

Darlington Raceway, in South Carolina was built in the fall of 1949. Believing that Bill France's fledgling NASCAR just might catch on, Harold Brasington set out to shape a 1.25-mile speedway on land that had once produced peanuts and cotton.

The track "Too Tough to Tame" continued to keep pace with the booming NASCAR world, adding lights for a night race in 2005 and expanded seating in 2006. Darlington is tough for several reasons. The racing line is narrow; it has an abrasive track surface that quickly takes the “new” off a set of tires.

Additionally, the track’s two sets of turns are dramatically different. Equally as tough, it would seem, has been Hendrick Motorsports’ quest for their 200th victory. Fifteen races have passed since Hendrick Motorsports' last win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, when Jimmie Johnson gave the team its 199th victory on October 9, 2011 at Kansas Speedway.

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