I traveled back home to Mooresville, NC from Gainesville, FL this past weekend and attended the Southern 500 at Darlington with my dad and one of my buddies. I hadn't been back to the track since the 1992 Southern 500 and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. It turned out to be an awesome experience and I'd recommend it to anyone. It is a total throw back track/experience. There is nothing around that raceway. Reminded me of North Wilkesboro actually and NASCAR when I got into it (1991 age 5 or 6).
The fact that nascar has attempted to kill this track is a travesty. The racing is awesome. Sure, there isn't a ton of side by side battling but, the track doesn't lend itself to that. Instead, like at a road course the cars are racing the track as much as the other drivers. Cars are constantly bouncing off the walls and getting into each other.
As far as seating, we sat up high on the front stretch upper deck not too far past the start finish line. The only issue with that is that because of the seating angle and where the cars run it is difficult to see the cars on a lot of the front straight. This did not really detract from the race but, it took some getting used to. I heard it was better to sit further down on the upper deck. I might try to sit high in the Pearson section in Turn 4 or up in the front stretch upper deck toward turn 4 when I go again.
Hard to believe but, I'm halfway through my eight race season. Aside from Darlington, I went to the Bud Shootout, Daytona 500, and Kobalt Tools 500. I'm also going to the All Star, Coke 600, Coke Zero 400, and Atlanta 500 this season and will relay my experiences at those events.
Hopefully Brian Vickers is ok and this isn't anything too serious.
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