In a 2001 magazine interview, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. deemed Darlington "NASCAR's worst track" due to its notorious tire-chomping race surface.
Since those famous comments, Earnhardt has radically revised his opinion of the track "Too Tough To Tame," even going so far as to express interest in being involved in any future repaving projects.
This change of heart is no doubt due to Earnhardt's steadily improving performances at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. Overall, the numbers are actually quite impressive considering the famed difficulty of the track. In 12 Cup Series starts at Darlington, Earnhardt has posted two top five and five top 10 finishes. His best start was second in the 2004 spring race, with his best finish coming in March 2002, when he ended the day in the fourth position. He finished fifth in the 2006 Dodge Charger 500.
Earnhardt is pictured here pondering his prospects as he walks down pit road at Darlington.