Crews Prepare for Long Night of Painting at Darlington Raceway

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 7, 2010) – Darlington Raceway proved once again that it is the track “Too Tough To Tame” today sending eight teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to back-up cars for tomorrow’s SHOWTIME Southern 500. All of that on-track action means that crews will be working well into the morning hours to put a fresh coat of paint on the infamous wall at Darlington Raceway.

“We saw so many drivers earn their Darlington Stripe today, if practice was this exciting, tomorrow’s SHOWTIME Southern 500 is sure to be a great race,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “With all of those stripes comes extra work for the Sprint Cup teams and our paint crew.  They will be working long into the night to meticulously restore Darlington’s traditional red and white walls in time for tomorrow’s race.”

Crews will begin painting the walls at Darlington Raceway immediately following the Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Nationwide Series race and are expected to work well into the night. The re-paint will take over 100 gallons of paint and take crews nearly six hours to complete.

While it will take nearly six hours to paint the wall, it will not take long for the wall to once again show signs of Darlington Stripes on Saturday, proving that Darlington can not be tamed.

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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 Gatorade Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.

Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series will visit the track on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, for the SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough To Tame 200. Tickets for all three events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at

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