Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed 'The Lady in Black' and 'The Track Too Tough to Tame' by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as 'A NASCAR Tradition.' It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. 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 1948. He had gotten to know Bill France, Sr. while competing against France at the Daytona Beach Road Course and other dirt tracks in the Southeast and Midwestern United States. He quit racing in the late 1940s to concentrate on farming and his construction business.
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