DARLINGTON, S. C. (Nov. 24) It has been sixteen years since Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring cars toured the famed 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway, affectionately known as "The Track Too Tough To Tame". The last Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring driver to visit victory lane at Darlington happened on August 31 1984 when Mike Swaim Sr. made it a clean sweep by also winning the pole start.
1991 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion, Johnny Chapman turned in the fastest unofficial time Friday in his Randy Humphrey Racing Pontiac with a clocking of 149.517 mph. Other drivers posting quick times were Jake Hobgood in his Wynn's/Cedar Creek Racing Pontiac at 146.010 mph and Joey Miller in his Miller Racing Pontiac with a speed of 145.879 mph.
"Either you love this place or you hate it," commented Chapman during the afternoon session. "I love this place. There is so much history here and I have competed here before with the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division," continued the Stony Point, N. C. driver. "I am very familiar with what is know as "The Darlington Stripe" and you have to really pay attention going into the corners at this place."
Danny Bagwell also had thoughts about Darlington. "You can actually see chucks missing where the walls have been hit over the years. That alone should make you stay focused at these speeds. At Daytona these cars reach speeds of at least 166 mph but that is a 2 mile oval. Here everything happens much quicker."
Other drivers competing in this test session were "Doc" Brewer, Doug Gainey, Bill Hennecy, Justin Hobgood, 1996 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion Will Hogbood returning to a series car for the first time since early in the year, Davis Myers, Scott Redmon, Roger Sawyer, Jesse Wade and Angie Wilson.
Four-time series champion Robert Huffman and 2000 NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year Cam Strader tested at Darlington in a previous test session.
The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring is scheduled to run at Darlington on May 12 2001 in a companion event with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Nine NASCAR Touring Series blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors.
NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., Slim Jim and R. J. Reynolds brand, Winston.