Foyt Looks Forward to Darlington Return

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After Tracy Hines and Pablo Donoso finished the opening race of the USAC Silver Crown Series up front, in the first and second positions, they decided to stay there for a while. Hines and Donoso, who pilot the No. 14 and No. 11 Chevys owned by racing legend AJ Foyt, went on record last week as the first two official entries in the Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington, coming up on Thursday evening, May 10.

The race marks the first time USAC has raced at the track "Too Tough To Tame" in 51 years.

"We didn't test there, so I'm not exactly sure what it's going to be like, but I know it's going to be fun," Foyt said. "I raced there years ago, and I always liked the place, so this ought to be good."

Foyt competed in the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1985, finishing 25th. Officially, he retired with brake failure on the 248th lap (of 367), but his problem was the first (now the third) turn wall.

"Everybody was trying to run up high, so I tried to run low and just pushed up the racetrack," he said. "I ran out of room real fast.

"I just body-slammed that wall. They didn't throw the caution, but they probably should have. That did it for me."

Foyt never drove an Indy car at the legendary track. "I'm not THAT old!" he said.

Indy cars raced at Darlington in

1950, '51, '54 and '56. Foyt began his Champ Car career two years later. Now 71, he is celebrating his 50th season in Indy car racing this year. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner won his only Silver Crown Series championship in 1972. He is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and was named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998. He won the Daytona 500 in 1972.

The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will include practice for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on Thursday, May 10, followed by USAC qualifying and the "Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington" under the lights. Tickets are priced at only $10 each; kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Friday, May 11, will include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice, and NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series qualifying, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Denny Hamlin is the defending champion.

On Saturday, May 12, Darlington will host Cup Series racing for the 58th consecutive season as Greg Biffle attempts to join the short list of drivers to win three events in a row at NASCAR's most historic venue. The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety.

Tickets for all events are still available. For more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE, or visit

Contact: Darlington Raceway public relations 843.395.8892

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