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'Lady in Black' back in Labor Day spot

(AP Photo/Mike McCarn, FIle)

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Kyle Petty was never among the biggest fans of Darlington Raceway, once saying the big oval should be filled with water and turned into a stadium-sized bathtub.

Still, the longtime NASCAR racer and NBC TV broadcaster never understood the Southern 500 leaving its historic spot on Labor Day weekend after 2003. That ends this year with the "Lady in Black" again being run over summer's closing holiday. Petty couldn't be happier about it.

"I remember when they moved it, and honestly, I was ticked, and that's putting that politely," Petty said.

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