Darlington Raceway history: Running on a child’s prayer

Former Observer motorsports writer Tom Higgins covered his first Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in 1958 for the Asheville Times. He returned for the 1962 race for the Durham Herald. Starting in 1964 he covered every Southern 500 in some capacity for the Observer each Labor Day weekend through 1996. As NASCAR returns the storied race to Darlington on Sept. 6 after an absence of 10 years, Higgins recounts in a five-part series his most memorable Southern 500s.


Justin Wilson's brother holds no anger over accident

Stefan Wilson was spotting for his brother in last year's Indianapolis 500 when a crash in front of Justin Wilson sent debris flying at the British driver. The broken parts and pieces covered Wilson's car like a cloud, creating so much damage his race ended.

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