Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Just days before their induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have both been added to the Darlington Legends walk on the grounds of the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval.
"Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt were obvious choices when we looked at who should be added to the Legends Walk," said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. "Petty was one of the pioneers of NASCAR and paved the way for the fan-driver interaction we know today. Earnhardt certainly left his mark on NASCAR and is still second on the all-time Darlington victory list with nine victories. Both drivers loved racing here and we are happy to honor them."
Keeping with the facility's historic racing theme, each of the Darlington Legends Walk monuments resembles a Goodyear racing tire and old style pit board. Each monument is made of solid granite and marble and weighs nearly 2,300 pounds.
This is the third consecutive year new monuments have been added and the track plans to continue adding new monuments each year.
"This is a great way for Darlington to put some of the history of NASCAR and our track on display for fans to enjoy," said Browning. "The history of Darlington Raceway is so rich and we are going to do everything we can to preserve it for many generations to come."