The Backstretch Blog: Oh My Darlin', Oh My Darlin', Oh My Darlin' Darlington

If you are an old school race fan, than this weekend is for you. Saturday night, under the lights in the heart of  racing country, Darlington, South Carolina.

Of course, for years the Southern 500 was a must see Labor Day weekend event for race fans, and the idea of running it onMother's Day weekend, which used to be an off weekend, is still taking some getting used to for me. And I'm a pretty new race fan.

But the "Darling" Lady in Black always guarantees one thing, some of the best racing you will see all year long. I mean who will ever forget the amazing finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch in 2003. And seriously who wasn't jumping up and down for Regan Smith last year. I mean if your favorite driver couldn't win, it's always good to see an underdog get there.

"Defending champion ... I like the sound of that," Smith said. "It will be the first time I've ever gone back to someplace as the defending champion in the Cup series. It definitely comes at a needed time for us. We've been struggling a little bit, and we want to get our stuff going back the right direction again, and get back toward the front. I know we have a good setup for there."

Jeff Gordon is the winningest active driver at Darlington with seven wins. But he has had well documented struggles in 2012. Perhaps Darlington could be just what the 24 team needs. Points leader Greg Biffle and five time champ Jimmie Johnson both have two wins at Darlington, which is probably not great news for the rest of the field.

“I’m really excited about Darlington this weekend," said Biffle. "It’s been a good track for us and we always run well there. We run inches off the wall at speeds we run at mile and a half tracks. It’s a tough race track, which may mean a little bit more for us in the points if we can have a good night.”

Jeff Burton also has two wins at Darlington, but his last win was in 1999. Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and Kyle Busch each have a win at the "Track too Tough to Tame."

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