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: 58,000 [was 60,000 & 68,000] with 13 suites
Length: 2,025 feet
Width: 46 feet
Length: 34 feet
Width: 18 feet
Track Records & Stats
2017 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 132.761mph, started 9th
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
2017 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 177.730mph, finished 9th
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 Races - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 35; Dale Earnhardt Jr., 22
Most Races - All Time: Richard Petty, 65
Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 3
Most Wins - All Time: David Pearson, 10
Most Poles - Active Driver: Kasey Kahne, 4
Most Poles - All Time: David Pearson, 12
Most Wins - Owner: Rick Hendrick, 13
Most Top 5s - All-time: Richard Petty, 25
Most Top 5s - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 9
Most Top 10s - All-time: Bill Elliott, 35
Most Top 10s - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, 12
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: 18, September 2015
Most Caution Laps: 101, Sept 1974
Fewest Cautions: 0, Sept 1963
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, Sept 1963
Most Finishers on the Lead Lap: 28, September 2015
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 current Manufacturers: Chevy, 41; Ford, 28; Toyota, 5
Most Wins by former Manufacturers: Mercury, 10; Oldsmobile, 6; Dodge, 5; Pontiac, 5; Buick, 4; Plymouth, 4; Hudson, 3; AMC, 2
47 drivers have won poles at Darlington
A total of 49 drivers have won Sprint Cup races at Darlington
Races won from the Pole: 20 of 114
Races won from the top 5: 69 of 114
Races won from the Top 10: 98 of 114
Races won from the Top 15: 108 of 114
Races won from outside the Top 10: 16 of 114
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: four 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
2017 - Denny Hamlin
Track News and Announcements
Darlington to host "Celebrating 7 Decades of NASCAR" tribute event: As part of its throwback weekend, 'Celebrating 7 Decades of NASCAR,' Darlington Raceway will once again host a Saturday night tribute event, featuring a panel of question and answer sessions with the past, present and future stars of the sport.[More](6-12-2018)
Teams complete tire test at Darlington Raceway: Fans were treated to fast race cars and the smell of rubber tires on June 5-6, as four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers piloted their cars around Darlington Raceway during a two-day Goodyear Tire Test. The test sessions were a preview of what's to come at Darlington Raceway as the Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 events are quickly approaching on Sept. 1-2. The test session featured drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Daniel Suarez.[More](6-7-2018)
Darlington to host track drive on June 16: On Saturday, June 16, Darlington Raceway will give race fans a unique opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the high banks of the Lady in Black, and in turn, support our service members and veterans. For a $30 cash donation per car, Darlington Raceway will allow fans to take three laps around the famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. The Track Drive is scheduled for 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on June 16.[More](5-22-2018)
Darlington Raceway offers special ticket discount to South Carolina residents: If you're a resident of South Carolina, Darlington Raceway has a great ticket opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Beginning on Thursday, May 17 through August 3, residents of South Carolina can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/PalmettoOffer to take advantage of special in-state pricing for the Labor Day weekend race at the track Too Tough To Tame.[More](5-18-2018)
Darlington Raceway selects Lady in Black: Cydney Gandy will represent the track at various community and media events as well as the 69th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend.[More](4-27-2018)
Darlington looking for the next "Lady in Black": Darlington Raceway is looking for its next Lady in Black! The track Too Tough To Tame is now accepting applications for its Lady in Black position until April 2. The next Lady in Black will serve as a vital representative of Darlington Raceway, making appearances at various community and media events, parties and its annual Bojangles' Southern 500 Labor Day race weekend on Sept. 1-2.[More](3-16-2018)
Darlington planning renovations: Known lately for throwing it back to the past, Darlington Raceway has its sights set on the future. The track announced Wednesday a capital improvement project to the 1.366-mile speedway, slated to begin immediately. The project, coined A Better Darlington...The Tradition Continues, will feature a renovation of the track's Tyler, Wallace and Colvin Grandstands, giving fans a more comfortable seating experience when they attend the September NASCAR race weekend. The track will once again celebrate NASCAR's history with its throwback platform with the "Seven Decades of NASCAR," in tribute to the 70th anniversary of the sport.[More](1-31-2018)
Darlington to celebrate "Seven Decades of NASCAR" for Throwback weekend: In year four of its award-winning throwback platform, Darlington Raceway will be celebrating "Seven Decades of NASCAR" for its 2018 campaign. The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrated during the track's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500® and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.[More](12-14-2017)
Denny Hamlin won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of 2017, 2nd win at Darlington, and 31st career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd. #41-Busch was third, followed by #3-Dillon, #77-Jones, #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #78-Truex, Jr., pole sitter #4-Harvick, and #1-McMurray.
#78-Truex, Jr. won the first and second stages and was leading with 2 laps to go when he cut down and tire and got into the outside wall. Hamlin had been closing on Truex for the lead after making his final pit stop later that most of the field and running on fresher tires.
#78-Truex Jr's. driver points lead increased to 107 points over #18-Busch. He has now clinched the regular season championship and will get an extra 15 playoff points for the start of the playoffs.
There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 132.761mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Official Race and Points Report (pdf)
Darlington and Monster partner for Free Friday: Darlington Raceway and Monster Energy are partnering to offer fans the opportunity to enjoy on-track activities on Friday, Sept. 1, for free by recycling any size Monster Energy can. Friday activities at Darlington Raceway feature practice sessions, four in total, for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 races.[More](8-30-2017)
Darlington names Southern 500 grand marshals: Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates, all of whom will be inducted into the 2018 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will serve as grand marshals for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 3.[More](8-29-2017)
Darlington Car Hauler Parade on Thursday, Aug 31st: Join us on August 31, 2017, for the 13th Annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival! Come watch the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Teams make their way through cheering fans from the Florence Civic Center to Darlington Square and onto the track that's "Too Tough to Tame." There's plenty of FUN for the whole family! The fun will begin at 4 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center with entertainment and live music. Kids play all afternoon for FREE on the KidsZone inflatable rides and games sponsored by SC Blue. There will be refreshments for purchase, and the proceeds from food served by Julia Belle's will support Camp Pee Dee Pride. At 7 pm, the parade of NASCAR haulers will leave the Florence Civic Center and make the 12-mile drive to Darlington RaceFest on the Darlington Square, where there will be added entertainment, food, a car show and awesome fireworks display. The transporters will continue through Darlington until they reach the track Too Tough to Tame where they can begin preparation for the Bojangles Southern 500 race. More info at darlingtoncarhaulerparade.com.[Read More Here](8-28-2017)
DC Solar Brings Mobile Solar Lighting to Darlington Raceway DC Solar, a California-based clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar technology, has been named the Official Mobile Solar Provider at Darlington Raceway. Under the new partnership, Darlington Raceway will incorporate DC Solar's environmentally friendly light towers into its safety and security network throughout the venue. Since solar technology requires no fuel and only minimal maintenance, incorporating solar will allow the track to operate with greater efficiency, and at a substantially lower cost. The mobile solar light towers provided by DC Solar will be distributed around the track property for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 weekend. To learn more information about DC Solar, please visit www.dcsolardistribution.com(Darlington Raceway[Read More Here](8-27-2017)
Snapchat to Launch Premium 'Our Story' at Darlington's Throwback Weekend Fans to Share Sights and Sounds of the Bojangles' Southern 500 with Snapchatters Around the World On a day celebrating the sport's iconic past, NASCAR fans attending the Bojangles' Southern 500 can share their race-day experiences from Darlington Raceway with millions of Snapchatters through a premium 'Our Story' on Snapchat covering The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR, NASCAR announced. The Our Story, an expertly-curated stream of video and photo Snaps, will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR from the perspective of fans and drivers during race day in Darlington, South Carolina on Sept. 3. Fans, teams and drivers at and near the racetrack will be able to share photo and video Snaps to a special "Our Story" that shows off the best visual experiences that Throwback Weekend has to offer. The Snapchat team will then curate and package Snaps of the various perspectives and experiences into a Story, which will air in Snapchat's Discover platform for 24 hours.(NASCAR)[Read More Here](8-23-2017)
Four drivers scheduled for Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality All-inclusive packages still available for fans to get up-close-and-personal with NASCAR stars. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and Coca-Cola Racing family members #22-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon and #31-Ryan Newman, along with defending Bojangles' Southern 500 champion #78-Martin Truex Jr. are all scheduled to make appearances in the Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality. All four drivers will conduct 15-minute question and answer sessions in the popular fan hospitality area on Sunday, September 3 prior to the Bojangles' Southern 500. For fans that have not yet purchased a Stripe Zone hospitality package, it is the perfect opportunity to see NASCAR stars in person, while enjoying the amenities the all-inclusive Stripe Zone has to offer. All hospitality packages and tickets can be purchased by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](8-22-2017)
Riki Rachtman to emcee Darlington's throwback weekend: Riki Rachtman, the longtime host of MTV's hit show Headbangers Ball and current host of the Racing Rocks! Radio Show, will serve as an honorary emcee for Darlington Raceway's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 weekend on Sept. 1-3. In his role, Rachtman will emcee various events during the Labor Day throwback weekend, including in the fan hospitality and display areas and pre-race ceremonies.[More](8-20-2017)
Darlington Raceway's Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend going green again: When the green flag drops at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend, drivers could earn their "green stripe" on turn 4 at the track Too Tough to Tame. Turn 4 will be painted green as a reminder to be kind to the environment. And Darlington Raceway is doing just that by using 100 percent Green Power for the electrical needs of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500. Green Power for race weekend is distributed by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative and generated by state-owned utility Santee Cooper.[More](8-17-2017)
Darlington to honor Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with dedication of Turn 3 suite towers: In celebrating the legacy of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 start, Darlington Raceway is dedicating its Turn 3 suite towers in their names, respectively. Earnhardt Towers will feature an assortment of graphics that depict memorable moments of Earnhardt Sr. and Earnhardt Jr., featured on the backside of each tower. The Earnhardt Towers name will also be proudly displayed on the front of the towers facing the track.[More](8-16-2017)
Darlington partners with Monster for can recycling initiative: Darlington Raceway and Monster Energy are partnering to offer fans the opportunity to enjoy on-track activities on Friday, Sept. 1, for free by recycling any size Monster Energy can. Friday activities at Darlington Raceway feature practice sessions, four in total, for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 races.[More](8-1-2017)
Darlington Tire Test, July 18th, FREE & open to public Fans who want to experience the sights and sounds of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series roaring around Darlington Raceway before the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend might want to pay a visit to the famed South Carolina track on Tuesday, July 18. On that day, Darlington Raceway is hosting a Goodyear tire test session from 9:00 am - 5:00pm/et. The test is free and open to the public, giving fans the opportunity to see NASCAR's stars race around the high banks of the track Too Tough To Tame. Drivers currently scheduled to participate in the Goodyear tire test are #77-Erik Jones, #2-Brad Keselowski, #42-Kyle Larson and #31-Ryan Newman.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](7-17-2017)
Richard Petty & Bill Elliott to pace Southern 500 Two legendary NASCAR Hall of Famers, Richard Petty and Bill Elliott, will pace the field for the 68th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 3 at Darlington Raceway. Petty will lead the field in his 1967 Plymouth, followed by Elliott, who will serve as the honorary pace car driver, piloting a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pace car, as the field goes green for the iconic race. Darlington Raceway will be honoring Petty and Elliott during its award-winning throwback weekend as the two legends of the sport are being recognized by the track for two specific moments that helped shape the history of the Lady in Black. Petty's win in the 1967 Southern 500 turned out to be his one and only victory in the famed Labor Day weekend classic. Petty led an astounding 345 of a possible 364 laps in a dominant victory. Only three other drivers led laps in the entire race - David Pearson (12 laps), Buddy Baker (6) and Donnie Allison (1). The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of Petty's win in a career that culminated with 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories overall. Petty also recently celebrated his 80th birthday on July 2, which was recognized with much fanfare during the Coke Zero 400 race weekend at Daytona International Speedway.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](7-11-2017)
An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. on Sept, 2nd at Darlington As part of its throwback weekend, celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will be honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the 30th anniversary of his 1987 Bojangles' Southern 500 victory. On Saturday night, September 2, the track will host An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr., a can't-miss event, which will feature a panel of personalities talking about the seven-time NASCAR champion, including children Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Kerry Earnhardt and longtime team owner Richard Childress. An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. will take place in the driver's meeting tent in the Cale Yarborough/Monster Energy Series garage from 7:30 - 9 p.m. following the conclusion of the Southern 500 Parade. NBC lead announcer Rick Allen will serve as emcee for the event. Fans have the opportunity to purchase an admission ticket to the event for $87, which includes two beverage coupons, light hors d'oeuvres and one (1) 1:24-scale Dale Earnhardt Jr. throwback #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS diecast. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or calling 843-395-8802, while supplies last. A grandstand ticket or infield admission to Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 is required for purchase.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](6-21-2017)
Oak Ridge Boys' to perform National Anthem at Darlington: County music icons The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in Darlington Raceway's award-winning throwback weekend by performing the National Anthem for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 3. The multi-platinum recording artists, who have been performing together for four decades, had many hits in the 1985-89 era the track is celebrating with its throwback platform this season.[More](6-12-2017)
Darlington Raceway announces special ticket deal for South Carolina residents: If you're a resident of South Carolina, Darlington Raceway has a great ticket opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event on Sept. 3. Beginning on Monday, May 15 through July 15, all residents of South Carolina can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/PalmettoOffer to take advantage of in-state pricing for the Labor Day weekend race at the track Too Tough To Tame.[More](5-12-2017)
Darlington partners with Rent Like a Champion for race week home rentals: Darlington Raceway is partnering with Rent Like A Champion (RLAC), a Mark Cuban Company, to provide private home rentals for race week(end) during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500. RLAC will be the conduit for Pee Dee area residents wishing to rent their homes to industry executives and fans that attend the Labor Day weekend festivities, scheduled for Sept. 1-3, at the famed historic track.[More](5-3-2017)
Bret Michaels to perform Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race concert: Highlighting its award-winning throwback weekend plans of celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will have rock legend Bret Michaels perform the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race concert on Sunday, Sept. 3. Michaels, known for his role as front man for the multi-platinum recording band Poison and as a highly successful solo artist, will perform a variety of Poison and solo hits spanning his multigenerational career.[More](4-12-2017)
Bojangles' Legends Breakfast will return to Darlington: Darlington Raceway is once again giving fans the opportunity to participate in a special race-day celebration featuring several NASCAR Hall of Famers and other industry legends that helped build the foundation of the sport.[More](2-22-2017)
Sport Clips, VFW renew sponsorship of Darlington XFINITY race: Longtime partners, Sport Clips Haircuts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) will once again return to sponsor the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Darlington Raceway, extending their entitlement sponsorship through the 2020 race season. The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 is slated for Saturday, Sept. 2 at the track Too Tough To Tame, as part of Darlington Raceway's award-winning throwback weekend. Sport Clips and the VFW are proud supporters of Darlington's throwback campaign, having run special paint schemes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races since the program began in 2015. Last year's MENCS scheme on Denny Hamlin's #11 Sport Clips Toyota car for Joe Gibbs Racing featured a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip. The 2017 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race will also feature special retro-style designed tickets for the first time. Similar to the special Bojangles' Southern 500 tickets produced the past two years, the XFINITY Series ticket will tie the past and present of the sport together by recognizing 1987 race winner Dale Earnhardt Sr., along with last year's victor Elliott Sadler. Sport Clips and the VFW will continue to use their NASCAR entitlement 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.(Darlington Raceway)(2-15-2017)
Darlington Raceway to host Watch Party for Daytona 500: Darlington Raceway will celebrate Daytona Day and the start of the 2017 NASCAR season by hosting its sixth annual Daytona 500 Community Watch Party on Feb. 26. The event will start at 1:30pm and continue until the conclusion of the Daytona 500. The party will be hosted at Mellow Mushroom, 120 Dunbarton Dr., in Florence, S.C. Proud partners Crown Beverages and Coca-Cola will also be supporting the event with a variety of activities and giveaways. Media partners include iHeart Media (Eagle 92.9 FM) and WMBF News (NBC). The Community Watch Party will feature a food and drink special courtesy of Mellow Mushroom. Fans who attend will have the chance to win tickets, pit passes and pre-race ceremony wristbands, along with other prizes and giveaways to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend.(Darlington Raceway)(2-5-2017)
Darlington to celebrate late 80s with throwback weekend: Another historic celebration of the sport is in store for Darlington Raceway. The track is pleased to announce "Year 3" of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 1-3, 2017. The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport in 2017, which like the 1975-84 period it celebrated in 2016, was a time of exceptional growth and exposure for NASCAR.
"The track will be celebrating the 1985-89 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2017," Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. "As we enter the third year of our throwback campaign, we'll be focusing on drivers, personalities and moments that were compelling in that timeframe, such as the emergence of Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bill Elliott winning the first Winston Million, and the growth of the NASCAR XFINITY Series (formerly the Busch Grand National Series). It will be an exciting era for the track and industry to celebrate."
As the sport moved into the late 1980's, NASCAR champions such as Dale Earnhardt Sr., Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace, among others, made a tremendous impact on the sport and will be celebrated during the Labor Day weekend festivities. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Richard Petty's one and only Southern 500 victory (1967).
For the third straight year, Darlington Raceway is also excited to announce it will once again highlight its rich history with a commemorative ticket design for the Bojangles' Southern 500 linking the past, present and future. The retro design will link 1987 Southern 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., who ranks second all-time with nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Darlington Raceway, and 2016 Bojangles' Southern 500 winner Martin Truex Jr. These special tickets will be used for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500.(Darlington Raceway)(1-19-2017)
Darlington now hosts "The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR": It's now official! Darlington Raceway and its Labor Day race weekend are now being recognized as "The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR." The designation ensures that the official historical celebration of the sport will continue to take place at the famed 1.366-mile superspeedway in Darlington, South Carolina.
"We have worked closely with NASCAR to ensure that Darlington Raceway now has the exclusive rights to the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR for promotions and advertising of our event," said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway President. "Our return to Labor Day weekend, coupled with the Throwback theme has elevated our event across the entire sport and this move only solidifies that among our fans, race teams, sponsors, broadcast partners and media, among others."
The track's award-winning throwback campaign has earned rave reviews throughout the industry since its inception in 2015. The campaign has aligned all key stakeholders in the sport and provided a historical celebration that has earned much praise from fans and corporate partners. It was because of this collaboration over the past two seasons that NASCAR recognized the importance of the track's throwback weekend and in turn will now celebrate The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at the sport's original paved superspeedway, which opened and began hosting NASCAR events in 1950.
The track's 2016 throwback campaign last season featured a celebration of 1975-84 including the following highlights:
• Over 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race teams competed with throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the most in any single NASCAR event in the sport's history.
• Over 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series teams competed with throwback paint schemes.
• Use of NASCAR's famed "NASCAR International" logo for the second consecutive year.
• For the second straight year, Goodyear put the original white lettering on its race tires specifically for the Bojangles' Southern 500.
• NBC did another throwback broadcast of the race featuring old station logos and graphics. NASCAR legends Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett did a special throwback broadcast during the race for the second straight year.
• Honored 14 NASCAR Hall of Fame members at the Bojangles' Legends Breakfast.
• 2017 NHOF inductees Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Mark Martin served as the Bojangles' Southern 500 grand marshals.
• Unique food offerings from the 1975-84 time period, including the pimento cheese sandwich.
• Pre-race concert by rock legends KANSAS and national anthem performance by Barry Williams (of The Brady Bunch fame).
The Tradition Continues on Labor Day weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway and get tickets at DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(1-12-2017)
Adcock named vice president of track operations at Darlington: Darlington Raceway has promoted Dennis Adcock to vice president of track operations. Adcock, the track's director of operations since 2013, will continue to oversee all facility and maintenance operations for the famed superspeedway. Prior to Darlington Raceway, Adcock served for 14 years as a NASCAR official, primarily as garage supervisor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In that role, he was responsible for the overall operation of the garage and worked closely with the teams, tracks and other stakeholders. He was also involved on the race team side of the business, having co-owned LAR Motorsports out of Nashville, Tenn. with drivers Casey Atwood and Jeff Purvis in 1995. He was also part of Steve Grissom's 1993 NASCAR Busch Series championship team and served as a crew member for Jeff Gordon's 1991 and 1992 campaigns for Bill Davis Racing.(Darlington Raceway)(11-26-2016)
Darlington offering Black Friday deal: Beginning on Wednesday, November 23, Darlington Raceway is offering race fans the opportunity to purchase a special Black Friday ticket package at renewal pricing for its Labor Day weekend events on Sept. 2-3, 2017. The special package includes a ticket to both the NASCAR Premier Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at the famed South Carolina track. The Black Friday ticket package is available to all non-renewal customers. Non-renewal guests will receive renewal pricing, which is the lowest priced tickets the track offers throughout the year. The offer is valid from midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 23 through midnight on Nov. 30, while supplies last. To take advantage of the Black Friday offer fans can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-7223.(Darlington Raceway)(11-23-2016)
Truex, Jr. wins at Darlington: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Darlington and 5th career win. Truex led 28 of the 367 laps.
Pole sitter #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, and #24-Elliott.
Harvick dominated much of the race, leading 214 laps on the night, but an airgun broke on a late pit stop and dropped him to 12th place. He was never able to regain the lead.
#34-Chris Buescher remains 30th in points, 11 points ahead of 31st. He must be 30th in points after next week's race to secure a spot in the Chase.
#24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #1-McMurray remain in position to get into the Chase on points. #31-Newman is the first driver out, 7 points behind McMurray.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 10 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 126.437 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) (9-4-2016)
Cale Yarborough to serve as Southern 500 honorary pace car driver: Cale Yarborough once again will be driving on the legendary high banks of Darlington Raceway. On Sunday, Sept. 4, Yarborough, a South Carolina native and NASCAR Hall of Famer, will pace the field as the honorary pace car driver for the 67th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500. "This is quite an honor and I'm really looking forward to being the honorary pace car driver for the Bojangles' Southern 500," Yarborough said. "The Southern 500 is the reason I got into racing. When I saw my first one, I knew that's what I wanted to do. Darlington is a tough, ol' race track that can give you fits. When I was racing, I wanted to win the Southern 500 more than any other race. I still get goose bumps when I drive by the race track. I just may have to run a few laps and show those young folks how it's done." Yarborough has five career wins at his hometown track, all coming in the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend (1968, 1973, 1974, 1978 and 1982). Yarborough also will be honored by Darlington Raceway with a special ceremony during the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend for his contributions to the sport. Details on the ceremony will be announced at a later date. Additionally, he will participate in the Bojangles' Legends Breakfast Sunday morning (Sept. 4), along with other NASCAR Hall of Fame members. He was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012. The Tradition Continues on Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is set for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Tickets are still available.(Darlington Raceway)(8-18-2016)
Childress, Hendrick, Martin named Darlington Grand Marshals: Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Mark Martin, all of whom will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, will serve as Grand Marshals for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 4. Accompanied by Bojangles' CEO Clifton Rutledge, the three legends will give the command to start the engines for the iconic race - one that will again feature "throwback" paint schemes honoring NASCAR's storied history and heritage. Childress and Hendrick are two of the most successful owners in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, and their combined seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars will each feature special paint schemes for the race. In a 31-year career, Martin won 40 career NASCAR premier series races, including the 1993 and 2009 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He also won eight NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Darlington, which is still the most in series history.(Darlington Raceway)(8-11-2016)
Barry Williams to sing National Anthem at Darlington: Barry Williams, the 1970's television star who most famously played Greg Brady in the hit series The Brady Bunch, will join Darlington Raceway's throwback celebration on Labor Day weekend. Williams, who currently stars in the 70s Music Celebration! in Branson, MO., will perform the National Anthem live on NBC for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 4. Williams has had an extensive career, starring in hundreds of productions in television, movies, and Broadway. He made appearances in several Television shows including Dragnet, Adam-12, It Takes a Thief, The Invaders, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad and Here Comes the Brides before landing his role as Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. For his role as Greg Brady, he won the Young Artist Foundation Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 1989. The 70s Music Celebration! is an award-winning variety show that is one of Branson's most popular in 2016. Williams' anthem performance adds yet another element to already exciting pre-race festivities celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport. He will join legendary rock band KANSAS, who will be performing the pre-race concert for the 67th running of the Bojangles' Southern 500.(Darlington Raceway)(8-2-2016)
Kerry Tharp named president of Darlington: Darlington Raceway announced that it has named Kerry Tharp as President of the track Too Tough To Tame, effective July 18. Tharp accepts the role from his most recent position as Senior Director of Racing Communications for NASCAR. Tharp replaces current Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile, who accepted the position of President of Daytona International Speedway back in April.
"These are exciting times for Darlington Raceway and Kerry Tharp is the perfect person to lead one of the most historic tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit," International Speedway Corp. Executive Vice President and COO Joie Chitwood said. "His appreciation of our sport, knowledge of the industry and passion for South Carolina are unmatched. Kerry will do a great job leading the Darlington Raceway team and continuing to build upon their celebrated throwback marketing campaign."
Tharp, a Louisville, Ky. native, joined NASCAR in April of 2005 after a successful 20-year career as Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations for the University of South Carolina (1985-2005) in Columbia. He worked for 26 total years in intercollegiate athletics prior to joining NASCAR. He also served two years at the University of Tennessee and four years at the University of Oklahoma, prior to the University of South Carolina. Since 2005, Tharp has played an integral role in the communications efforts for NASCAR, having forged strong relationships for the sanctioning body with the drivers, race teams and tracks.
"I am deeply humbled and honored to have this opportunity," Tharp said. "I love the state of South Carolina and its people. I know how special Darlington Raceway is to this state and to the sport of NASCAR. The track's rich tradition, history, and popularity resonate with the competitors, partners, media and most importantly the fans. I look forward to working with our team to help keep Darlington as one of our sport's crown jewels."
Tharp holds a Bachelor's Degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University and a Master's Degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. He has been a resident of South Carolina for over 31 years. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 33 years and they have two children (J.B. and Will) and two grandsons.(Darlington Raceway)(6-29-2016)
Darlington Raceway's Turn 3 Theater returns: Darlington Raceway is bringing back its family fun Turn 3 Theater Presented by Raceway Ford Chevrolet. This year's free movie lineup will feature Disney's Aladdin on April 8 and Frozen on May 13. The events will once again be FREE and take place in the track's hospitality village. For more information, visit DarlingtonRaceway.com. Pace car rides for a $10 per person donation and concessions will be available with all proceeds benefiting the track's 501(c)3 non-profit arm Darlington Shares. For the showing of Frozen on May 13, the track is encouraging moviegoers to dress up as their favorite Frozen character. Prior to the start of the movie, the Darlington Raceway staff will select the best costume, with the winner receiving tickets to the Sept. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.(Darlington Raceway)(3-22-2016)(3-16-2016)
Throwback Weekend Returns to Darlington in 2016: Darlington Raceway announced the return of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 2-4, 2016. As the Tradition Continues in 2016, the track will be celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport, which was a time of exceptional growth and exposure for NASCAR. "The track will be celebrating the 1975-84 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2016," Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. "We had tremendous response from the industry last season, which included the race teams, NASCAR, NBC, Goodyear and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, to name a few. This is a fun and unique way to honor the history and heritage of NASCAR racing at one of the sport's most iconic tracks on Labor Day weekend." As the sport moved into the modern era, champions such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip, among others, made a tremendous impact on NASCAR and will be celebrated during the Labor Day weekend festivities. The honoring of champions from 1975-84 is just one part of the track's overall strategy to celebrate its history, which enters its second year. Darlington Raceway's throwback campaign focuses on specific eras plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame. A number of exciting announcements about the pageantry surrounding one of the "crown jewel" events on the NASCAR schedule will be made over the next several months in regards to the 2016 campaign.
The track's 2015 throwback campaign last season featured a celebration of the early 1970's (1970-74) including the following highlights:
· 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race teams competed with throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the most in any single NSCS event in the sport's history.
· Kyle Larson won the fan vote for most popular paint scheme with his retro #42 Mello Yello car originally made popular from the movie Days of Thunder.
· Use of NASCAR's famed "NASCAR International" logo.
· Goodyear putting the original white lettering on its race tires specifically for the Bojangles' Southern 500.
· Honored 14 NASCAR Hall of Fame members at the Bojangles' Legends Breakfast, including Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Rex White, Dale Jarrett and Ned Jarrett, among others.
· 2016 NHOF inductee Terry Labonte served as the Bojangles' Southern 500 grand marshal.
· Unique food offerings from the early 1970's - pimento cheese sandwiches, sausage perlo and fried green tomatoes.
· Pre-race concert by rock legends Grand Funk Railroad and National Anthem performance by Nashville recording artist Tanya Tucker.
· Return of the Southern 500 parade, which took place on Saturday night from downtown Darlington to the track.
Ticket renewals will be mailed in January so fans should check their mailboxes in the coming weeks to renew their tickets and/or camping for 2016. More info about the weekend and tickets, go to DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(12-17-2015)
Darlington Raceway Rascals Launches: Darlington Raceway is offering a fun and exciting membership club for its young fans - Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan. A free club for kids 12 and under, Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar offers fun race related gifts and benefits for signing up. "We're always looking for ways to engage with the next generation of fans. The Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar will be a great way to educate our young audience about NASCAR racing and Darlington Raceway," track President Chip Wile said. "The program provides a cool gift bag and fun opportunities for kids who are members. We appreciate the support of Future Scholar for this program."
South Carolina's Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan provides a tax-advantaged investment strategy for families seeking to afford a child's future college tuition. The Wall Street Journal recognized Future Scholar as having the top state tax deduction program in the country, and Money Magazine identified South Carolina's plan as "a leader in low fees." No public funds are used in the sponsorship of the Darlington Raceway Rascals.
"Raceway Rascals is an opportunity for families to have fun at Darlington Raceway and learn more about the smart decision to save for college with Future Scholar," said State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. "Future Scholar and the Office of State Treasurer that administers the Future Scholar Plan are happy to support the Darlington Raceway Rascals and the children who sign up for this great program." Parents must visit DarlingtonRacewayRascals.com to sign up their child. An e-mail will be sent to the parent's email account, which will need to be replied to for confirmation.
Membership benefits include the following:
· Official Raceway Rascals Bag
· Temporary Tattoo
· Coloring Book
· Complimentary NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 ticket
· Quarterly E-mail Newsletter
· Opportunity to participate in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session (supplies limited) on race weekend.
To receive membership benefits, kids and their parent(s) must either visit the Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar tent in the display area Kids Zone on race weekend, Sept. 4-6, 2015, or by stopping by the track's administration offices during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Details on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 at the track, will be sent out in future membership communications.
For more information, visit DarlingtonRacewayRascals.com or call 843-395-8823.(Darlington Raceway)(7-6-2015)
Darlington and Bojangles' extend Southern 500 race entitlement: Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits announced a five-year extension of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race entitlement partnership. The partnership, which began in 2012, will continue to bring two iconic southern brands together through the 2019 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "This extension says a great deal about the strong year-round partnership Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed since 2012," said track President Chip Wile. "Both Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' continue to see tremendous value through this partnership. We are honored to extend our working relationship with them through the 2019 season."
"Bojangles' is thrilled to continue our partnership with Darlington Raceway for the next five years," said Bojangles' President and CEO Clifton Rutledge. "Like Darlington, Bojangles' has deep roots in the South and pride ourselves on a tradition of bringing people together, especially over Labor Day Weekend. We look forward to helping create an unforgettable Bojangles' Southern 500 experience for years to come, an experience where the taste of Bojangles' traditional Southern recipes serves as the perfect complement to the sights and sounds of the legendary 'Lady in Black'. We thank Darlington Raceway, ISC and NASCAR for making this possible."
The extension of the partnership between Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' comes at a time when the Bojangles' Southern 500 is returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend in 2015. "Our Labor Day weekend race was a cornerstone of the NASCAR schedule for 53 years. With our event returning to our historic weekend in 2015, we have some really exciting things in store that celebrate our past while continuing to look towards the future," Wile said. "Bojangles' and Darlington Raceway are true iconic Southern brands and we are proud of what we have built and will continue to accomplish together."
Since the original agreement in 2012, Bojangles' has opened more than 100 company and franchise-operated restaurants throughout the Southeast, now boasting more than 600 locations. The chicken n' biscuits brand serves traditional Southern recipes with its own unique flavors, a simple concept that has cultivated a loyal customer base and now drives its increasing popularity and steady expansion throughout the Southeast, including nontraditional locations and sports venues.
This partnership gives Bojangles' the opportunity to serve its famous Chicken Supremes, Cajun Filet Sandwich, Seasoned Fries and Legendary Iced Tea at Darlington Raceway. These menu items will also be served at three other tracks owned and operated by International Speedway Corp.: Daytona, Talladega and Richmond.
Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed a year-round partnership, which has touched a variety of annual community initiatives both entities support including the following:
· Bojangles' is the official sponsor of the Darlington Marathon, held on Sept. 26-27.
· Bojangles' is a partner for the track's Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show, held annually in November.
· Bojangles' has donated items for the track's local drives benefiting Darlington area food banks.
· Darlington Raceway annually supports the Bojangles' Golf Outing benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Both parties unveiled a new Bojangles' Southern 500 event logo at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for September 6, 2015 on NBC.(Darlington Raceway)(9-5-2014)