NASCAR: 7 Bold Predictions for the "Lady in Black"

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NASCAR: 7 Bold Predictions for the
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Darlington Raceway is one of the oldest tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule, having hosted its inaugural race in 1950. For many years it witnessed two races per season, although since 2005, the Cup series has visited just once each year.

Darlington is known by several colorful names, including the "Lady in Black" and the "Track Too Tough to Tame." It is infamous for leaving the "Darlington Stripe" on the right side of many cars before the night is over as drivers struggle to navigate the tricky egg-shaped oval.

The current Cup car has proven resilient, however, as Kyle Busch demonstrated by winning the race despite brushing the wall several times in 2008.

Jeff Gordon is the active wins leader with seven victories at Darlington Raceway. Only Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have more.

But can he win again? Gordon hasn't won at the Lady in Black since 2007 and has just two victories in the previous 18 Darlington races. Last year he came in fourth after leading 110 laps.

What can we expect from the Track Too Tough to Tame on Saturday night? Read on to find out.

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