DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 17, 1998) The countdown is on for the most exciting springtime weekend in NASCAR! The schedule has been set for this historical tradition -- the TranSouth Financial 400/Diamond Hill Plywood 200 weekend, March ...
DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 17, 1998) The countdown is on for the most exciting springtime weekend in NASCAR! The schedule has been set for this historical tradition -- the TranSouth Financial 400/Diamond Hill Plywood 200 weekend, March 20-22, at Darlington Raceway.
The three-day affair marks the first stop in the Palmetto state in 1998 for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. When fans come back to Darlington, they'll see some new additions, including 4,500 more seats in the Pearson Tower, which overlooks Turn 4.
The extravaganza kicks off Friday, March 20, with practice sessions beginning at 9 a.m. EST. Both the NASCAR Busch Series drivers and NASCAR Winston Cup Series competitors will dial their cars in before they race against the clock and the track during Bud Pole Qualifying, which begins at 2 p.m. EST.
It will mark the first time that the drivers take on the "new" Darlington in the spring, with the start/finish line in front of the Wallace Grandstand and Tyler Tower.
The full field for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 will be determined during two-lap Bud Pole Qualifying runs, immediately followed by the drive for the top spot for the TranSouth Financial 400.
Elliott Sadler captured the pole for last year's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 with a speed of 166.051 mph, just short of the record of 166.337 mph, set by Jeff Green in 1996. Dale Jarrett bettered his Winston Cup counterparts in taking his first TranSouth top starting position in 1997 with a speed of 171.095 mph. Ward Burton's speed of 173.797 mph, set in the spring of 1996, is the track overall record.
NASCAR Winston Cup Series practice begins Saturday's action at 9:30 a.m. Bud Second-Round qualifying for positions 26-36 for the TranSouth race are set for 11:30 a.m., followed by the start of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at 1 p.m. Randy LaJoie, who passed Jeff Burton on the last lap in 1997, is the defending champion of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. Jarrett will go for two straight in the 42nd TranSouth Financial 400 on Sunday, March 22, at 1 p.m. Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt leads all active drivers with six triumphs in the springtime classic.
Grandstand gates open all three days at 8 a.m. The track is once again offering its "Legends of Darlington" Pole Day collectible tickets. The beautiful, four-color, seventh in-a-series commemorative ticket, which features Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts, is not only a collectible, but is also good for gate admission to Bud Pole Day.
The collectible tickets can be purchased as a part of a special package offer, called "8 Tickets To Paradise." For just $98.00, a family can get four collectible tickets and four reserved Pearson Tower tickets for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200! It's an unbelievable deal!
For more information on this special weekend, call the Raceway Ticket Office at (803) 395-8499.
Source: NASCAR Online