In the early days of racing, women were prohibited from entering the pit road area. To allow women some proximity to their loved ones during events, Darlington Raceway constructed a special seating area during the 1960s in the track's infield. Located inside Turn 2, this structure came to be known as the "Wives' Grandstand."
How times have changed. Currently, approximately 40 of every 100 fans attending races at the track "Too Tough To Tame" are women. These days, women are involved in every aspect of racing. They are a familiar presence in the pits, working as crew members and officials, and can also be found behind the steering wheels of NASCAR's top racing series.
As Darlington Raceway continues her expansion and renovation projects, there is no longer any need for the Wives' Grandstand. The structure was recently removed to make way for the addition of Carolina Place, a new infield corporate hospitality area, which will be completed in time for the Raceway's Mother's Day weekend activities.
The 2006 Dodge Charger 500 weekend will include practice and qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series on Friday, May 12, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Matt Kenseth won the event in 2005.
On Saturday, May 13, Darlington will host Cup Series racing for the 57th consecutive year. The 2006 Dodge Charger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety. Greg Biffle is the defending champion.
Tickets for all event are on sale now. For more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223) or log onto www.racetickets.com.