Does a new surface really mean a faster Darlington?

By: associated press
By: associated press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson has driven fast at Darlington Raceway. But the two-time Darlington champ says 200 miles per hour is hard to wrap his mind around.

Drivers at this Saturday's Dodge Challenger 500 will be driving on a track repaved for the first time since 1995. In testing in March, Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon was hitting 200 miles per hour in the backstretch.

Of course, that was on an open track, not with 42 other cars on Darlington's misshapen corners and narrow grooves.

But Elliott Sadler says even if the cars are running a few miles per hour slower, it still should be an interesting night at the Track Too Tough To Tame. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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