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Greg Biffle will Tame Darlington Raceway

Last week NASCAR and Greg Biffle was at the high banked Texas Motor Speedway. This week they are at another high banked speedway but one that is totally different. This week NASCAR and Greg Biffle will try to tame Darlington Raceway in the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

The Darlington Raceway is the first NASCAR track that was built as a super speedway. Where Texas had 24 degrees of banking in the corners, Darlington has 25 degrees in turns 1 &2 and 23 in turns 3 & 4. There is no speedway like it on the NASCAR schedule. The track is not a short track as it is 1.366 miles around but it drives like a short track because it is very narrow. The race is 367 laps or 501.3 miles.

This track is known as the Lady in Black because of the number of cars that leave a black mark on the white walls. The driver in turn gets a Darlington Stripe on the Right side of the car. It is a Badge of Honor for a driver to win this race and have a Darlington Stripe on the car because it means he has tamed the track that is too tough to tame.

Looking at the driver ratings for Darlington Raceway there top five drivers are very good here. Jeff Gordon has a rating of 111.8 and appears to be the driver to beat. Denny Hamlin (108.9), Greg Biffle (107.5), Jimmie Johnson (107.5) and Kyle Busch (106.2) are statistically equal. The rest of the ratings are below for reference.

If you are into Fantasy NASCAR racing any one of the above drivers would be a good pick. The last few weeks though the Ford Racing Drivers have been particularly strong including Greg Biffle. Expect Greg Biffle to build on this strength at one of his better tracks and win the race.

Blood donor Maureen Holt signed the hood of the No. 16 Red Cross Ford Fusion and will attend Darlington as a ‘member’ of the No. 16 pit crew.  Credit:3M Racing Twitter
Blood donor Maureen Holt signed the hood of the No. 16 Red Cross Ford Fusion and will attend Darlington as a ‘member’ of the No. 16 pit crew. Credit:3M Racing Twitter

Greg Biffle and the No. 16 3M team will also be supporting the American Red Cross campaign for blood donation. Visit Red Cross Racing to find out more.

Greg Biffle will keep the NASCAR 2014 season record going and will be the eighth different winner.

If you cannot get to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 it will be broadcast on FOX Saturday April 12th starting at 6 pm ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Darlington
Jeff Gordon………………………… 111.8
Denny Hamlin………………………. 108.9
Greg Biffle………………………….. 107.5
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 107.5
Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.2
Kasey Kahne………………………… 99.1
Ryan Newman……………………….. 95.8
Martin Truex Jr………………………. 94.8
Carl Edwards………………………… 93.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 91.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Darlington Raceway.

Feature Photo Credit: 256035 John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR