Fan Phones in from Afghanistan to Place Darlington Ticket Order

Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. (April 16, 2010) – The 2010 installment of the SHOWTIME Southern 500 is right around the corner and fans are clamoring to get their tickets for the famed event that has hosted sellout crowds four of the last five years.

With phones ringing nearly constantly in the Darlington ticket office receiving a call from an unknown area code is not unusual, except earlier this week when the person calling was Michael Burgess, a Department of Defense worker stationed in Afghanistan.

Burgess, native of Pacolet, SC, is a retired veteran who served 33 years in various capacities in the Air Force. Now in Afghanistan, he is working for the Department of Defense on his third tour of duty and is scheduled to return home just prior to the 2010 SHOWTIME Southern 500 on May 8.

“Darlington is my home track and I try to get to the race every year,” said Burgess. “The racing at Darlington is great and the atmosphere there during a race can’t be beat. I’m really looking forward to getting home and attending this year’s race.”

Burgess first began attending races at Darlington in the 1970s and tries to never miss a race. This year he will have one of the best seats in the house when he takes his seat alongside his wife and brother-in-law in the Tyler Tower.

“Michael Burgess is the perfect example of just how passionate Darlington Raceway fans are,” said track President Chris Browning. “We appreciate Michael’s service to our country for so many years and his dedication to his home track, Darlington Raceway.”

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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 Darlington 200. 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 Darlington 200. 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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