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Darlington Raceway will be allowed to host fans UPDATE


UPDATE: As NASCAR returns to Darlington Raceway (Darlington) for two days of racing action on Sept. 5-6, the Southern 500® NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race will host limited fans on Sunday, Sept. 6. The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR includes the Southern 500®, Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 5, and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Sunday, Sept. 6.

"The Southern 500 is a time-honored tradition in motorsports, so we look forward to creating new NASCAR Cup Series Playoff memories with fans returning to Darlington Raceway," said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. "After successfully hosting the sport’s return to competition in May, the track Too Tough To Tame will be ready to welcome fans back for a safe race experience."

A limited, reduced number of fans will be in attendance for the Southern 500® in accordance with public health officials and local, state and federal authorities as well as related safety protocols and procedures. To ensure social distancing between groups, fans who have already purchased tickets to the Southern 500® will be reseated in new locations, as comparable as possible to original seats, with new, lower ticket pricing applied.

All guests will be screened before entering the facility, required to wear face coverings and maintain six-feet of social distancing throughout the venue.

Additional information on camping will be made available to fans in the near future.

Darlington Raceway

ORIGINAL POST 8-7-2020: The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and more than 30 other large events can go forward under new COVID-19 rules requiring state approval for most gatherings of more than 250 people.

The NASCAR race on Sept. 6 has been approved for up to 10,000 people, along with a drag race this Saturday at the venue that is approved for up to 5,000 in attendance, according to S.C. Commerce Department, which approves the requests for mass gatherings.

The approved events for this weekend range from a sidewalk sale along Devine Street in Columbia to a softball tournament in the Upstate to a dinner and tournament at Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach.

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