DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The history surrounding Darlington Raceway is well known, and continually passed down to young fans and drivers. So when the Nationwide race begins its run on Friday, some of the newer drivers to the racing scene know what they're getting into.
"This place has the reputation of one of the toughest places," said Nationwide driver Dakoda Armstrong, who is making his first appearance at Darlington. "So there are a little nerves, and some worries. But I think we're ready to go for it."
Those that have been on the track before have noticed a trend in recent years, especially as the effects of repaving the surface seven years ago wear away.
"It's getting back like the Darlington of old, when we all remember watching the videos of the tires just getting chewed up and crazy, and they're just falling apart," said Regan Smith, who is currently in second place in the Nationwide standings.
So for some of the Sprint Cup regulars, they've opted to get behind the wheel on both nights this weekend.
"There's always an argument there whether it helps or doesn't help, but I think these places that you only come to once a year, I always find it nice to get the extra track time," explained Matt Kenseth, last year's Bojangles' Southern 500 winner.
Whether it's beginner's luck tomorrow, or just another mark to put in the win column, a victory at Darlington Raceway in particular, remains important to NASCAR's best.
"It was right up there on the top of my list of tracks that I wanted to win at, and I've never won at before last year," Kenseth said.