NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Darlington Cup Saturday, May 7th 2011. Kyle Busch has Bristol, Denny Hamlin has Pocono and Jimmie Johnson has about half the tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. But no one has figured out Darlington.
It’s the track no driver has been able to dominate in recent years and despite being a fixture on stock car racing’s top circuit since 1950, teams still struggle with trying to figure out the best setup for the oddly designed 1.3-mile egg-shaped oval.
Denny Hamlin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Brian Vickers were among the Sprint Cup drivers takinig part in "Racin' to the 19th Hole: The Jim Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament" at Florence Country Club about 15 miles from Hunter's cherished Darlington Raceway.
Hunter, the former Darlington president and chief spokesman of NASCAR, died of cancer last October at 71. The Sprint Cup series returns to Darlington for the first time since with the Southern 500 on Saturday night.
Former series champ Rusty Wallace says golf was never too far from Hunter's mind, no matter the situation. "He'd be in a board meeting with NASCAR with his golf shoes on. He'd be in a drivers' meeting with his golf shoes on. He had his golf shoes everywhere he went," Wallace said. "We always laughed about it, but he loved it."
NASCAR Foundation executive director Sandy Marshall said the tournament and a silent auction hoped to raise $40,000 each for three initiatives: to name a room in Hunter's honor at Florence's McLeod Children's Hospital, fund a Jim Hunter Memorial Scholarship at Hunter's alma mater, the University of South Carolina; and to support the foundation, which Hunter helped establish five years ago.
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