In a move that will shock NASCAR observers, Darlington Raceway has deemed Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. worthy of joining their array of monuments on the Darlington Legends Walk. It's an interesting choice, considering that neither driver has equalled the achievements of --
... wait, what? They're honoring Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.? Ohhhh. That makes a lot more sense.
The Legends Walk currently features six monuments. Each one is made of solid granite and marble, resembles a Goodyear tire, and weighs more than a ton. The honorees include Harold Brasington, Darlington's founder; David Pearson and Cale Yarborough, South Carolina natives; Darrell Waltrip; and commemorations of Bill Elliott's 1985 Winston Million victory and Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch's 2003 Darlington duel, the closest finish in NASCAR history.
Petty was honored for his ongoing contributions to NASCAR history; Earnhardt, with nine wins, remains the second-winningest driver at Darlington behind Pearson. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with 7.
This marks the third consecutive year that the track has added new monuments, and plans are to add new monuments every year