For all of the tradition that embodies Darlington Raceway, with the Cook Out Southern 500 and NASCAR’s official throwback weekend, a rarity is actually nearing the Track Too Tough to Tame: A Mother’s Day Cup race — only the eighth in the sport’s 73-year history.
Sunday’s Goodyear 400 actually will be Darlington’s second Mother’s Day race, since the 2007 Southern 500 was postponed a day later from its Saturday start because of weather.
As the track Too Tough to Tame prepares to host two regularly scheduled Cup races for the first time since 2004, why not start a new tradition with the Lady in Black?
But first, some history between the sport and Mother’s Day, and how a couple of drivers with local ties were at their best on those days.
Hall of Famer Buck Baker, whose first wife, Margaret, was born in Florence, won NASCAR’s first Mother’s Day race, in 1954, by dominating the field and winning on Wilson Speedway’s half-mile dirt track. Baker won on Mother’s Day again, in 1956, at the 9/10-mile Orange Speedway dirt surface.