Race Week Roundup
Dodge Avenger 500 week offers activities both on and off the track
Race weekend at Darlington has expanded its borders to become nearly a full week of activity, offering fans plenty of entertainment options when there is no action on the track.
The week's highlights include the following:
What:: The Budweiser Clydesdales
When: Tuesday through Saturday, May 8-12
Where: Darlington Raceway, at the intersection of Hwy 151 and Racetrack Road (behind Turn 2)
Info: Two legendary brands of horsepower will join forces on Mother's Day weekend as the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, temporarily make their home in Darlington as part of Dodge Avenger 500 race week activities. The "Gentle Giants," as they are often called, will participate in the race festivities on Saturday, May 13 by making a pre-race parade lap around the track "Too Tough To Tame." The Clydesdales will be stabled at the track beginning Tuesday, May 8, and the public is welcome to stop by for a visit.
What: A Taste of Darlington
When:: Tuesday, May 8, 7-9 p.m.
class="MsoNormal" style="LINE-HEIGHT: 15pt"> Where: The Wachovia Hospitality Village, located at Darlington Raceway
This open-house style event, sponsored by the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, showcases the best of local cuisine. Highlights include grilling stations, dessert tables and over 100 varieties of hors d'oeurves.
What:: Darlington Car Hauler Parade
When: Wednesday, May 9. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Where: Florence Civic Center, located at the intersection of I-20 and I-95.
Info: You've seen the cars travel around the track; now you can see how they travel around the country. In addition to the opportunity to see the haulers and meet the hauler drivers, Paradefest events include a kids' zone; food vendors; live entertainment; a silent charity auction; and the Budweiser Clydesdales. At 8:30 p.m., the haulers will leave the Civic Center and travel through downtown Florence on their way to Darlington. NASCAR VP of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter is the grand marshal for this year's parade.
Wednesday, May 9. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
9. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Public Square in downtown Darlington.
Info: After leaving the Florence Civic Center, the Car Hauler Parade will conclude in downtown Darlington with a street party-style race festival. Activities include live entertainment from the award-winning Coastline band, featuring Jim Quick; a car show; food, beverage and merchandise vendors; and a fireworks display sponsored by the Nucor Steel Corporation.
Of special note: The post-race fireworks display at Darlington Raceway immediately following the Dodge Avenger 500 is also sponsored by Nucor. Nucor's bar mill opened in Darlington in 1969. The first of several regional bar mills, it became the prototype for today's vast mini-mill industry and launched Nuclear Corp. into a wide range of steel businesses.
Nucor has operating facilities in 19 states. Products produced are: carbon and alloy steel in bars, beams, sheet, and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel decking; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; and light gauge steel framing.
Contact: Darlington Raceway public relations 843.395.8892