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Even five time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ Jimmie Johnson has been a victim of the "Lady in Black."
Darlington Raceway is the first track on the list because it is a track where history is made. It is the most unique track on the NASCAR circuit and it cannot be described by simply classifying it with other tracks. "The Lady in Black" is in a class all it's own.
Darlington is NASCAR plain and simple. The design of track makes it a challenge for the drivers, but ask any NASCAR driver and they will say to a man that it is their favorite track to drive. Drive is the opportune word. Darlington is a track that requires skill and patience.
Drivers that learn the intricacies of Darlington are the most successful. David Pearson won seven Southern 500 races on this track and 10 races overall, the most of any driver. Pearson is the perfect example of a driver that gets the most of his equipment and was arguably the best NASCAR driver ever to get behind the wheel.
One of the top five NASCAR finishes of all time occurred at this track in 2003. Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch battled for three laps to the finish in a back and forth battle that ending with both of them careening towards the finish line as they bounced off each other with Ricky Craven winning by inches.