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P.O. Box 500
Darlington, SC 29540-0500
1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington, SC 29532
Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
Track Repaved in early 2008
Grandstand Seating: 68,000
Length: 2,025 feet
Width: 46 feet
Length: 34 feet
Width: 18 feet
2014 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.211mph, started 1st
Track Race Record: Matt Kenseth, May 2013, 141.383mph
Slowest Race Record: Fonty Flock, Sept 1952, 74.512mph
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 22 days, 9/01/1991)
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 8 days, 5/10/2008
2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 183.479mph, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Aric Almirola, April 2014, 184.145mph (set during 2nd round of qualifying)
Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 47 years, 8 months, 15 days, 9/06/1982
Youngest Pole Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 29 days, 9/02/2001
Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7
Most Wins - All Time: David Pearson, 10
Most Poles - Active Driver: Bill Elliott, 5
Most Poles - All Time: David Pearson, 12
Most Wins - Owner: Rick Hendrick, 13
Most Top 5s: 25 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s: 35 - Bill Elliott
Most Leaders: 20, 9/4/1994
Fewest Leaders: 2, 9/4/1950
Most Lead Changes: 41, 9/6/1982
Fewest Lead Changes: 4, 9/4/1950
Most Laps Led [500 miles]: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, 351 laps [of 367]
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: Richard Petty, April 1966, 281 laps [of 293]
Most Cautions: 17, May 2009
Most Caution Laps: 101, Sept 1974
Fewest Cautions: 0, Sept 1963
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, Sept 1963
Most Finishers on the Lead Lap: 23, Sept 2002
Fewest Finishers on the Lead Lap: 1 - 24 times, most recently 9/3/1979
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, started 43rd [75 started, 3 abreast]
Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 40, Chevy
46 drivers have won poles at Darlington
A total of 47 drivers have won Sprint Cup races at Darlington
Races won from the Pole: 20 of 111
Races won from the top 5: 69 of 111
Races won from the Top 10: 96 of 111
Races won from the Top 15: 105 of 111
Races won from outside the Top 10: 15 of 111
What is a "Darlington stripe" Slang term for the black marks resulting from scrapes with the wall at the 1.366-mile track where the high lane is the fastest. Might be called the "SAFER stripe" this weekend after the addition of the energy-absorbing barriers
Darlington Double: three drivers have completed the Darlington sweep of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races on the same weekend:
1987 - Dale Earnhardt
1993 - Mark Martin
2010 - Denny Hamlin.
Darlington expects to keep race in April: Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile likes where his old, country track stands in NASCAR, even if it's no longer the sports' backdrop for honoring mothers this week. The 65-year-old facility had spent the previous nine years building the formerly off weekend of Mother's Day into a can't-miss race for NASCAR moms, who walked across the stage with their sons or daughters during driver introductions and combined for the combined for the unique call of "Drivers and sons, start your engines!" But Wile believes that the switch in is Darlington's best interest long term and will keep NASCAR's oldest superspeedway relevant with a new generation of race fans. Wile said he's heard little except raves from NASCAR leaders and officials at Darlington's parent company, International Speedway Corp. After a few weeks to review numbers and catch their breaths, Wile says track leaders have started plans to make things even better in 2015. He's confident the April race weekend will stick and give fans something to count on each season. The track had sold out its first four Mother's Day weekend races, but attendance had fallen off in recent years. Wile said the track came close to a full house a month ago, although he would not provide details about attendance, citing track policy.(Associated Press)(5-9-2014)
Someday Darlington race could return to Labor Day weekend: NASCAR president Mike Helton was asked Saturday if Darlington would ever get the Labor Day weekend back. While Helton wouldn't completely rule out a return, he didn't really think it was a possibility at this time. The track hosted racing on Labor Day weekend from 1950-2003. Darlington eventually lost one of its races and its lone date was held on Mother's Day starting in 2005. This year, the track's date was moved to April. "You never know. There were a lot of stories that came from Labor Day races here at the Southern 500. The badge around here was based on Labor Day weekends," Helton said. "So all I could tell you is you never know. I have seen a lot of things in this sport that I was surprised by ... and that led me to believe that the future of the sport can have things happen that people say won't happen again. So you never know." Darlington president Chip Wile said he is happy with the track's date but wouldn't object to a move back to Labor Day. "With the date change, we've actually seen an increase in some segments that NASCAR has been focused on," he said. "So we are committed to our race date, but we welcome any conversation."(Morning News)(4-13-2014)
Darlington Raceway announces plans to honor its history and shape its future: It all started in the fall of 1949, when a crisp breeze toyed with the loose soil of an old cotton field on the west side of rural Darlington, South Carolina. Harold Brasington saw more than just dirt dancing around that patch of land. He saw the future. He saw Darlington Raceway. Today, Darlington Raceway is a place of history, where fans reminisce about the past, while creating lasting memories of the present. Where NASCAR legends were born and the youth of NASCAR dream about making their mark on the famed walls of The Lady in Black. Celebrating its roots and looking forward to the future of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway, track president Chip Wile unveiled plans Saturday to honor the track's history and shape its future, as his team turns its attention to 2015. "As the drivers, teams, fans and media leave here this weekend thinking about who visited Gatorade Victory Lane, focusing on the next race and looking towards the 2014 Championship, we're thinking about the future of Darlington Raceway, as we celebrate our past," said Wile. Darlington Raceway's place in history sets it apart from all other tracks. It's hallowed ground, where drivers dreams were shattered and new fans were born. It continues to make its mark on drivers and fans with the great racing of today and the nostalgia of the past. "Our history defines us," added Wile. "Without history we wouldn't know where we've come from or where we're going. NASCAR legends and loyal fans have all played a role in defining Darlington Raceway. Together, we're celebrating where we came from and where we're going."
As part of the celebration, five-time Darlington Raceway winner and 1988 NASCAR Champion, Bill Elliott, as well as his son, Chase, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a member of the NASCAR Next program, one of the sport's rising stars and the youngest winner at Darlington Raceway, will serve as the "face" of the 2015 platform. The father-son duo joined Wile to give media and fans in attendance a glimpse of what's to come, which includes a "throwback" ticket design for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 and a Classic product line with merchandise through the decades that will be available for fans to purchase.
The track "Too Tough to Tame" will unveil elements of the 2015 platform throughout the season, as it celebrates the past and embraces the future as one of NASCAR's most famed tracks. "We're excited about what the future holds for Darlington Raceway," continued Wile. "We have the most passionate, loyal fans in all of motorsports and we look forward to the role that they will play as we celebrate our past, present and future." Fans are encouraged to join in the celebration as Darlington Raceway plans for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500. "Tell us your Darlington story," said Wile. "If you have ideas about how Darlington Raceway and NASCAR can celebrate our history and embrace our future, please let us know." Fans can share their stories and submit celebration ideas at email@example.com. Keep up with all the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(4-13-2014)
Harvick wins at Darlington: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014 and his 25th career win. Harvick is the first driver in 2014 to win two races. The race had two -green-white-checked attempts, running 7 extra laps. Harvick led the most laps with 238 of 374. Harvick is the first driver to win at Darlington from the pole since Dale Jarrett did it in March 1997 [400 miles] and the first driver to win the Southern 500 from the pole since Dale Earnhardt won in September 1990. Harvick has now won a Southern 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Coca-Cola 600.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #42-Larson, #14-Stewart and #31-Newman.
#42-Lason was the rookie of the race, finishing 8th.
#24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader finished 7th and holds on to the points lead by 1 point over #20-Kenseth. #4-Harivick leads the Chase Seeding with two wins followed by #99-Edwards, who has a win and is 3rd in points.
There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers and there were 11 cautions for 50 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 131.211 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Darlington Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Darlington Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-12-2014)
Ford Mustang GT Aluminator XS to Pace Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington: When the gleaming ruby red Mustang GT Aluminator XS paces the field of thundering NASCAR Sprint Cup machines at the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12, at Darlington Raceway, it also will be waving the green flag for a year-long recognition of Mustang's 50th anniversary. U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is the honorary pace car driver for the event and will start the race behind the wheel. NASCAR veteran Brett Bodine will pilot the Mustang GT Aluminator XS pace car for the remainder of the event. The Mustang GT Aluminator XS pace car started its life as a 420-horsepower 2013 Mustang GT, but with the Aluminator XS crate engine and a mix of parts from the Ford Racing Boss 302S and the Cobra Jet programs, it makes 500 horsepower. The Aluminator XS engine itself features a lightweight aluminum cylinder block with cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength. It has four-valve-per-cylinder BOSS, fully CNC-machined aluminum heads. In addition, the 5.0L, 302 cubic-inch powerplant features forged pistons with low-friction coating. Mustang's 50th anniversary celebrations will begin with concurrent events April 17-20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ford Motor Company and its dealers will host other national and local anniversary events throughout 2014.(Ford Racing), see images of the car on the 2014 Pace Car page.(4-11-2014).
Over 10,000 books read at local Darlington schools: Elementary students in the Darlington County School District (DCSD) read more than 10,500 books in three weeks, as part of Darlington Raceway's "Race Into Reading" Program. Designed as a way to celebrate "March is Reading Month" and to get children excited about reading, the "Race Into Reading" Program challenged first through fifth graders across the county to read as many books as possible. Students from Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School in Society Hill swept the competition, winning both the Top Class award and all three Top Reader awards! The Top Class award went to Ms. Allicyn Steverson's first grade class. They read an astonishing 722 books! The top three readers were K'Anndra Dickey, a first grader who read 102 books; Shareah Milling, a first grader who read 90 books; and Shaila Vickery, a fifth grader who read 88 books. The Race Into Reading Program kicked off on March 10 and ran through March 28, 2014. As part of the program, all Darlington County School District early childhood and elementary students received a Darlington Raceway bookmark, a Darlington Raceway magnet and a youth admission ticket to the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, April 11. The winning classroom visited Darlington Raceway on Thursday, April 10, and met NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Dakoda Armstrong and Dylan Kwasnieswki. They also toured the track, made duck houses at the Chevy display, and watched the cars warm up and practice for the following day's Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 race. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale. Remember, kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles' Southern 500 and FREE for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.(Darlington Raceway)(4-11-2014)
Darlington Raceway to host 'A Taste of Darlington' on April 8: A Taste of Darlington will kick off race week at Darlington Raceway with the event being held on Tuesday, April 8, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the track's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. The annual culinary event benefits the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) and features some of the best cooks in the Darlington area. The event is attended by 500-700 local community members who enjoy good food and beverage, at the annual festivities. For 30 years, A Taste of Darlington has been a marquee event on the social calendar in the community. This year's event will feature 18 grillers preparing main courses and over 12 stations featuring hors d'oeuvres and desserts. A Taste of Darlington is a great opportunity for the community to participate in an exciting and fun event with Darlington Raceway serving as the historic backdrop. Walk-up tickets are available the day of the event for $30 each. The event is only open for guests 21 years of age or older.
Tickets to the Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 12 and VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 11 can be purchased at www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-RACE (7223).(Darlington Raceway)(4-8-2014)
Miss South Carolina to sing National Anthem for Southern 500: Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller is sure to wow the crowd as she performs our national anthem prior to the start of the Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, April 12. At Friday night's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series anthem, the Coker College Men's Vocal Ensemble, led by associate professor of music Dr. William Carswell. Tickets to the Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 12 and VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 11 can be purchased at www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-RACE (7223).(Darlington Raceway)(4-8-2014)
April 6-13 is "Darlington Race Week" in South Carolina: The week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500, April 6-13, 2014, has been named "Darlington Raceway Week, a Week Too Tough To Tame" after the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed a concurrent Resolution. The famed track's 65-year history is a major reason that the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed the concurrent Resolution, led by state Senator Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville. The Resolution outlines the historical significance of Darlington Raceway and addresses the role the track played in building the foundation of what has become one of the largest spectator sports in the country. Bojangles' Southern 500 race week will shift into high-gear on Wednesday, April 9, with the 10th annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade making its way from the Florence Civic Center through the Darlington Square and finishing at the track "Too Tough To Tame."(Darlington Raceway)(3-28-2014)
Drivers scheduled for Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality: A star-studded lineup of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers has been confirmed for the Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality. Coca-Cola Racing Family members Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, and Ryan Newman are all scheduled for 15-minute question and answer sessions in the popular fan hospitality area on Saturday, April 12 prior to the Bojangles' Southern 500. For fans that have not yet purchased a Stripe Zone hospitality package, this is the perfect opportunity to see NASCAR drivers in person, while enjoying the amenities the all-inclusive Stripe Zone has to offer. For $140 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket), fans receive a pre-race cold pit pass (shirt and shoes required), full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverage service until the scheduled race start, four beer coupons to guests 21 years of age and older, a Darlington-branded gift, event program and live entertainment. Combine that with scheduled driver appearances by Stewart, Patrick and Newman and it's the perfect package for any race fan. In addition to the Stripe Zone, Darlington Raceway continues to offer race fans a hospitality option on Friday, April 11, prior to the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. The T4 Zone hospitality package offers a similar all-inclusive experience with scheduled driver appearances by rising stars James Buescher and Ty Dillon.(Darlington Raceway)(3-23-2014)
Family ticket package at Darlington includes Jimmie Johnson Q&A: Darlington Raceway is offering race fans the opportunity to purchase a special family ticket package for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12. The package, which starts at an affordable $48, will feature a question and answer session with six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in the Darlington Stock Car Museum on race day. It also includes an adult ticket in the Colvin Grandstand and scanner rental. Children's tickets can also be purchased for $22 each. The special package can be purchased by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/GoJimmie or by calling 866-459-7223.(Darlington Raceway)(3-22-2014)
Sport Clips renews sponsorship of Darlington Nationwide race: Sport Clips Haircuts announced it has extended its partnership agreement with Darlington Raceway to sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 through the 2016 season. The agreement ensures that Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway will continue to build on an already strong foundation started in 2012. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is slated to run under the lights at the track Too Tough to Tame on April 11, 2014. Sport Clips will continue to use its NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW's mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families. As the "Official Haircutter" of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated more than $2 million to the organization through its annual "Help A Hero" campaign, which was established in 2007. Since their first contribution of more than $80,000, Sport Clips' donations have increased annually. Earlier this year, Sport Clips made its most recent, and largest, donation of more than $520,000, benefiting the new VFW-administered "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program.(Darlington Raceway)(2-20-2014)
Ticket deal kicks off on Feb. 15 during Darlington Raceway's Sprint Unlimited Viewing Party: Darlington Raceway is once again giving its fans the opportunity to receive ultimate access during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on April 12. The track's Daytona 500 special ticket package, which kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 15, will give fans the ability to watch Sprint Cup Series driver introductions and a concert from in front of the pre-race stage. To receive this extraordinary access, fans need to purchase a ticket to the Bojangles' Southern 500 up until the checkered flag of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23. The offer begins on Saturday in conjunction with the track's viewing party, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Florence, S.C. The party officially kicks off the 2014 NASCAR season when the series competes in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Darlington is again teaming up with partners Crown Beverages, Eagle 92.9 FM and WBTW CBS 13 to kick off the season by hosting the fan favorite party. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12 and Nationwide Series 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale. Remember, kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles' Southern 500 and FREE for the Nationwide Series 200 in general admission sections. Visit DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.(Darlington Raceway)(2-14-2014)
Kaitlyn Bailey named Darlington Lady in Black: The votes have been tallied and local Darlington, S.C. native Kaitlyn Bailey has been selected as Darlington Raceway's next "Lady in Black". Bailey, as the "Lady in Black" will serve as the face of Darlington Raceway throughout 2014. She will represent the track at various community and media events, parties and the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on April 11-12, 2014. Bailey will play an integral part in the track's efforts to focus on the fans and serve as an ambassador in the community. Bailey was selected from over 50 candidates that submitted an online application for the contest back in the fall. Five finalists were introduced at the track's inaugural Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show presented by Piggly Wiggly event on Nov. 8-9, 2013, which drew thousands of fans to the track Too Tough to Tame. Bailey is a 2009 graduate of Mayo High School in Darlington and will receive her political science degree in May from the University of South Carolina.(Darlington Raceway)(1-17-2014)
Darlington to offer Black Friday ticket deal: Darlington Raceway will be celebrating its 65th year of racing in 2014. To celebrate, tickets to the track Too Tough To Tame will officially go on sale with a special Black Friday offer on Nov. 29. Starting Friday, Nov. 29, fans may purchase a frontstretch ticket to both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on April 12 and NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on April 11 for one low price of $65. That's a savings of nearly $35 to see both races. This limited time offer will be available through Cyber Monday on Dec. 2. Special kids pricing of $34 for both races will also be available for the 65-year anniversary package. Fans may purchase the special $65 package by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or calling 866-459-RACE (7223).(Darlington Raceway)(11-26-2013)
Vote for final five Lady in Black contestants: The final five contestants have been selected! Now it's time to vote on who will become Darlington Raceway's next Lady in Black!. Fans can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/LadyinBlack and cast their vote for the next Lady in Black. Voting will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 11, with the winner being announced in mid-January. The position is an integral part of Darlington Raceway's efforts to focus on the fans and represent the track in the local community, which has supported it since 1950.(Darlington Raceway)(11-16-2013)
Darlington Raceway, NASCAR Green donate trees: Darlington Raceway and NASCAR have once again partnered to donate 80 trees to the local Darlington, S.C. community through the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS. This year, the recipient of the 80 trees is the Darlington County School District. Darlington Raceway will also plant an additional 10 trees on its property, bringing the total donation to 90 trees. A ceremonial tree planting took place at Carolina Elementary School in Hartsville, S.C. to celebrate the donation. Several schools throughout the Darlington County School District will receive a part of the tree donation. Over the past two years, the program has planted over 160 trees in the local communities surrounding the track. The program was developed to plant trees in various communities around NASCAR-sanctioned racing facilities to help offset the carbon emissions that occur during an event weekend.(Darlington Raceway)(11-3-2013)
Darlington moves race to April in 2014: In an effort to improve the guest experience in celebrating its 65th year of racing tradition and history, Darlington Raceway is moving its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend to April 11-12, 2014. "We're making this change with the fan experience in mind," track President Chip Wile said. "We've always enjoyed the tradition of racing on Mother's Day weekend, but sometimes a change like this is necessary. We have the opportunity to get a fresh start and embrace a new date on the NASCAR calendar. This will give us a chance to implement many fun and exciting initiatives we'll be rolling out to celebrate our 65th year of racing at the track Too Tough To Tame." Additionally, South Carolina traditionally has better weather in April. Moving the date up a month aims to alleviate some of the challenges Darlington Raceway has encountered with hotter temperatures in May, which takes away from the guest experience. The average temperature in April 2013 was 75.2 degrees, with May's average at 81 degrees. The move will also give Darlington the opportunity to further focus its efforts on delivering a fun and exciting experience for its local college and university student bodies. The schedule for the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend will remain the same as it has been in year's past. The NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 race will run on Friday night, April 11 and the Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will run on Saturday night, April 12, both under the lights. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12 and NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on Friday, April 11 will go on sale November 29, 2013. Kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles' Southern 500 and FREE for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 in general admission.(Darlington Raceway)(10-11-2013)
Darlington continues Mother's Day tradition: With its annual event falling on Mother's Day weekend, Darlington Raceway has built a longtime tradition with its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race. Each year, the grand marshals for the race have been the moms of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, a tradition that fans, drivers and their families have enjoyed over the last several years. The moms will once again say the command to start engines for this weekend's race, but will also be joined by a special honorary mom, Stephanie Decker, who has her own story of courage and perseverance to tell. Decker will join the likes of driver's moms, including Carol Bickford (Jeff Gordon), Gaye Busch (Kurt & Kyle Busch), Tammy Kahne (Kasey Kahne), Beverly Ragan (David Ragan), Janna Bowyer (Clint Bowyer), Kay Keselowski (Brad Keselowski), Brenda Jackson (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Mary Lou Hamlin (Denny Hamlin) and Carol Mears (Casey Mears), among others. Decker, a resident of Henryville, Ind., was injured shielding two of her children from a devastating tornado that hit their home in March of 2012. Decker lost the use of both of her legs in the incident and now utilizes prosthetics to walk on. Her up-hill battle to walk again was a national news story of courage, leading to the creation of the Stephanie Decker Foundation, supporting prosthetics for kids and access to leading-edge prosthetics for every person.(Darlington Raceway)(5-9-2013)
Darlington to host autograph session: Darlington Raceway is offering its fans an opportunity to participate in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session with drivers Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, David Ragan and Dave Blaney. The autograph session will take place on Friday, May 10 from 10-10:45 a.m. in The Sprint Unlimited Experience display, located in the fan display area behind the frontstretch grandstands. A wristband will be issued for the autograph session and can be picked up at the Bojangles' display from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Only 200 wristbands will be handed out for the session so supplies are limited. To receive a wristband at the Bojangles' display, fans must present a ticket to either the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 or Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500. An infield camping admission may also be used to attend the autograph session.(Darlington Raceway)(4-30-2013)
Harvick, Burton, Labonte to speak at Darlington hospitality: Race fans who want to get up close and personal with today's NASCAR stars need to look no further than Darlington Raceway's hospitality areas on May 10-11. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, along with Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte, who are both Coca-Cola Racing Family members, are scheduled to participate in 15-minute question and answer sessions for race fans in the track's Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality club, prior to the running of the Bojangles' Southern 500. For $140 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket), fans receive a pre-race cold pit pass (shirt and shoes required), full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverage service until the scheduled race start, four beer coupons to guests 21 years of age and older, a Darlington-branded gift, event program and live entertainment. Combine that with scheduled driver appearances by Harvick, Burton and Labonte and it's the perfect package for a race fan.(Darlington Raceway)(4-24-2013)
Darlington Raceway's "Race Into Reading" Program: Elementary students in the Darlington County School District (DCSD) read more than 9,200 books in five weeks, as part of Darlington Raceway's "Race Into Reading" Program. Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School in Society Hill won the competition, averaging 12 books per student. St. John's Elementary School came in second, averaging 4.7 books per student and West Hartsville Elementary came in third, averaging 3.9 books per student. Designed as a way to celebrate "March is Reading Month" and to get children excited about reading, the "Race Into Reading" program challenged first through fifth graders across the county to read as many books as possible. The students from the top three reading schools received a visit from NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman, driver of the #77 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and the Nationwide Series showcar today as part of their reward for reading the most books. The program kicked off on March 1 with all Darlington County School District elementary students receiving a Darlington Raceway bookmark, reading reminder bracelet, and a youth admission ticket to Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, May 10.(Darlington Raceway)(4-23-2013)
Darlington Raceway could keep tax money if seats are widened: A bill that could allow Darlington Raceway to watch out for both its fans' bottoms and the track's bottom line is headed to the South Carolina Senate. The Senate Finance Committee passed a proposal Tuesday that would allow the track to keep its 5 percent tax on tickets even if the speedway's capacity falls below 60,000 - in the event bigger seats are one day needed to accommodate fans. Darlington Raceway currently seats 62,000. But track president Chris Browning says the speedway is considering widening its 18-inch wide seats as an amenity for the crowds. "One of the things a lot of stadiums are doing is widening seats to make fans more comfortable," he explained. But he said reducing seating capacity because of bigger seats has tax implications. The bill before lawmakers would delete the reference to the track's 60,000 fans while allowing it to keep the tax proceeds as a NASCAR sanctioned motor speedway that plays host to at least one race a year of the preeminent NASCAR racing series.(Associated Press/Augusta Chronicle)(4-11-2013)
Paige Duke will serve as "Lady in Black" at Darlington: The Lady in Black, as Darlington Raceway has been notably named for decades, will have a new face in 2013 as Paige Duke will serve as the track's official "The Lady in Black" for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on May 10-11. Duke, a former Miss Sprint Cup and current model, will be present during the race weekend and other track events throughout the year proudly wearing a black fire suit and representing Darlington Raceway. Her local ties are in the state of South Carolina as she hails from nearby Lancaster, S.C. and is a graduate of Clemson University. Besides her role serving as Miss Sprint Cup in 2010-11, Duke is the national spokesperson for Kruger Farms, an online outdoor outfitter in Minnesota, and was cast in the CMT hit show Sweet Home Alabama for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. She is also a model for various national campaigns and works as a veterinary technician in Lancaster.(Darlington Raceway)(4-6-2013)
Sport Clips, VFW return as Darlington Nationwide race sponsors: Longtime partners, Sport Clips Haircuts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), announce the return of the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Nationwide Series event at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 10, 2013. It is the second consecutive year the two organizations have partnered to sponsor the Nationwide Series event at Darlington. Sport Clips and the VFW will continue to use their NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW's mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families. As the "Official Haircutter" of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated almost $2 million to the organization's Operation Uplink free call days program through its annual "Help a Hero" campaign. Since the first contribution of more than $80,000 was made in 2007, Sport Clips' donations have increased annually. The company's most recent donation of a record-breaking $500,000 was presented to the VFW at the national headquarters on December 10, 2012.(Darlington Raceway)(3-29-2013)
South Carolina Education Lottery issues NASCAR ticket: The South's love affair with racing is now celebrated on an instant ticket from the South Carolina Education Lottery. FAN-tastic!, an officially licensed NASCAR game, is on sale at lottery retailers statewide. FAN-tastic!, with a top prize of $100,000, offers racing fans a second-chance opportunity to win Special Insider trips to Darlington Raceway or the Biggest Race in NASCAR. Tickets are $5. It's fitting for the Lottery to launch a racing-themed ticket and pay homage to Darlington Raceway, a part of the racing landscape of this state for more than six decades. An iconic image of cars racing out of the turn at the track known as "Too Tough to Tame" is the artwork for the FAN-tastic! ticket.(Darlington Raceway)(3-28-2013)
Darlington offers new hospitality option: A new turn-key hospitality option is available for race fans wanting a VIP experience when they attend either the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on May 10 or the Bojangles' Southern 500 on May 11 at Darlington Raceway. The Champions Club, housed in the former President's Suite in turn 3 of the Darlington infield, provides an all-inclusive experience for fans. Each Champions Club package consists of one VIP access pass, COLD garage access (Saturday only), a pass to attend pre-race driver introductions (Saturday only), catered meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcoholic Coke beverages and water, cash bar including beer, wine and mixed beverages, a souvenir program, Darlington Raceway branded gift and a lanyard. One Champions Club parking pass will also be provided for package orders of four or more. The Champions Club hospitality package is available for $110 per person on Friday or $185 per person on Saturday.(Darlington Raceway)(3-11-2013)
Darlington releases mobile app: With the ever-changing world of communication through technology, Darlington Raceway is giving its race fans more convenient and enhanced ways to obtain information about the track Too Tough To Tame with the launch of its new mobile app and redesigned DarlingtonRaceway.com website. The free mobile app, available for both iOS and Android users, will give fans the most up-to-date information on the track, which includes news, maps, social media, event information and more. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play to download the free app today using keyword search "Darlington Raceway". The new and improved DarlingtonRaceway.com will offer a more streamlined format that is easier to navigate and also feature Facebook and Twitter RSS feeds, showing the most up to date posts from the track.(Darlington Raceway)(3-9-2013)
Outshyne to perform prerace concert at Darlington: Pre-race entertainment for the May 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway just got kicked up a notch with the addition of a pre-race concert. Millstar Nashville recording artist, Outshyne, will perform at Darlington Raceway prior to driver introductions for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on May 11. The pre-race concert will begin at approximately 5 p.m. Outshyne's lead singer Waylon Owings will also perform the national anthem for the Bojangles' Southern 500. The latest album by Outshyne, "Startin' Over" debuted at #11 on the iTunes charts and the band's latest single "Dirt Road Romance" has been climbing the charts at a rapid pace. The South Carolina-based band is expected to take off in 2013 for greater heights in the country music industry.(Darlington Raceway)(3-7-2013)
Speeds up at Darlington tire test: #99-Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Darlington Raceway. Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering turn three, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track. "Each time down, you want to watch and see what you're doing," he said. "But the fastest point is the point where the track needs your attention and your eyes are not supposed to be on that monitor. I saw 193 or something, but I can't look at it any longer before I have to look into the corner." #11-Denny Hamlin, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya were also at Darlington for the daylong session. NASCAR teams have previously tested the car at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards found the new machine to be faster and racers should expect better handling and tighter racing when the circuit returns to NASCAR's oldest superspeedway for the Southern 500 on May 11. A few laps around the track "Too Tough To Tame" in the new car and Truex was confident someone would shatter Darlington's record qualifying speed of 181.254 mph set by Kasey Kahne at the 2011 race.(Associated Press)(2-6-2013)
ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)
Darlington Raceway's Toy Drive Generates over $3000: With the generosity of its fans and community supporters, Darlington Raceway's Toys for Tots Fundraiser & Toy Drive raised over $3,000 worth of toys and cash donations, guaranteeing many children in the Pee Dee area will have a gift to open on Christmas Day this year. The Toys for Tots Fundraiser & Toy Drive at Darlington Raceway is the largest single-day collection event in the Pee Dee area and has raised more than $12,000 for the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program since 2010.(Darlington Raceway)(11-20-2012)
Tickets in sale for May races at Darlington: Tickets for Darlington Raceway's NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on May 10-11, 2013, are on sale to the public. Darlington will continue to offer great pricing for all of its events in 2013 with adult tickets to the Bojangles' Southern 500 starting at just $35. The track Too Tough to Tame will also continue its youth and military ticket programs:
· Youth Tickets - Darlington Raceway will continue to offer tickets for our fans age 12 and under at half-price in all reserved grandstands at each of our NASCAR events in 2013. Youth 12 and under are admitted FREE in Wallace Grandstand for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 (wristband required).
· Military Tickets - Military members with an active duty or retired military ID will pay just half-price for grandstand seating at all Darlington events. During the Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race ceremonies, military members will be encouraged to stand so that they can be honored and recognized by Darlington Raceway.
Also on sale are two all-inclusive hospitality options, the Darlington Stripe Zone (Bojangles' Southern 500 race day) and T4 Zone (NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 race day). Each hospitality package will give fans a VIP experience when they visit Darlington. Fans that would like to camp during the Bojangles' Southern 500 weekend can purchase a tent or RV site in one of Darlington's seven campgrounds. Additional admissions for any of the infield camping areas can be purchased for $100 each while youth 12 and under are admitted for free with an adult. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on May 11 and NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on Friday, May 10 are on sale. Fans can purchase tickets to both events by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-7223.(Darlington Raceway)(11-17-2012)
Bojangles to Sponsor Southern 500: Officials for Darlington Raceway and Bojangles announced a five-year deal Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C for Bojangles to sponsor the Southern 500. The agreement means Bojangles will be offered at concession stands at the Darlington Raceway. Bojangles' menu is also available at four other tracks owned by International Speedway Corp. -- Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Motor Speedway, Martinsville Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. Darlington president Chris Browning says the agreement brings together two longtime Southern brands. The race had been sponsored by Showtime the past two years. The Bojangles' Southern 500 takes place Saturday, May 12. The Nationwide Series will race at Darlington on Friday, May 11.(wltx.com)(3-15-2012)
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