Richard Petty Driving Experience Gives Fans a Chance to Take the Green-Flag on Race Day

Richard Petty Driving Experience

DARLINGTON, S.C. (April 27, 2010) – For years race fans everywhere have wondered what it might be like to take a lap around NASCAR’s most challenging track – Darlington Raceway. Now, thanks to the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the track “Too Tough To Tame,” they can find out first hand just what it takes to muscle a stock car around the treacherous 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval.

Just hours before an action-packed SHOWTIME Southern 500 gets the green-flag, Darlington Raceway will host high-speed race-day rides for race fans. The Richard Petty Driving Experience will be offering three-lap ride-alongs in a NASCAR-style stock car the morning of the 2010 SHOWTIME Southern 500.

“We are really excited to have the Richard Petty Driving Experience back in 2010 offering race-day rides,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “Hundreds of people took advantage of the ride-alongs last year, and we knew we had to bring them back for 2010. It is truly a unique experience.”

The driving experience will take place on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To make reservations for this thrilling experience, fans can call 1-800-BE-PETTY or visit the Richard Petty Driving Experience website, Fans can book their ride-along experience for just $149.

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Darlington Raceway or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.

Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series will visit the track on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, for the SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough To Tame 200. Tickets for all three events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at

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