2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Voted Best NASCAR Race of the Decade
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Dec. 21, 2009) – The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway has been voted the top race of the decade by members of the media on NASCARMedia.com.
The thrilling event produced one of the best late-race duels in the history of NASCAR between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch. Craven would eventually out-maneuver Busch to capture his lone Darlington win by only .002 seconds setting a record for the slimmest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the advent of electronic scoring.
“Having the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 named the top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the decade is a true honor,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “The 2003 event showcased what Darlington is all about: fast, close and exciting racing.”
Craven’s Darlington victory was the second and final victory of his career and one he will always remember.
“Winning at Darlington is what was important,” Craven said. “As the years have gone on, it has been about the event and the spectacular finish, but, as a racer, it was always about winning at Darlington.”
Although he came within inches of capturing that elusive Darlington victory, Busch still has fond memories of that day.
“Craven and I were both in the same state of mind in that we both wanted to win, but neither of us was going to wreck the other guy,” Busch said. “It was the ultimate example of two guys racing as hard as they could to win. If that same situation played out again a hundred times, 99 of them would probably end with a big crash before they got to the finish line. To this day, every time I think back about that race I have to say that it was pretty incredible.”
Darlington Raceway or the track “Too Tough to Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough to Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Darlington 200.
Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. Tickets to the 2010 Southern 500®, as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Darlington 200 are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.