Darlington Raceway Fan to be Awarded Authentic Johnny Mantz Showtime Southern 500 Trophy

SHOWTIME Southern 500


DARLINGTON, S.C. (April 6, 2010) – Darlington Raceway and Showtime are sending one lucky fan home from the SHOWTIME Southern 500 with the ultimate prize – an authentic Johnny Mantz SHOWTIME Southern 500 trophy.

This is the first time that a race fan and the winning driver will be awarded with identical trophies in Gatorade Victory Lane.

“The Johnny Mantz SHOWTIME Southern 500 trophy really tells the story of Darlington Raceway,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “Adding your name to this trophy is a huge accomplishment for a Sprint Cup driver. This trophy is one of the most coveted pieces of hardware a Sprint Cup driver can win and will certainly make a great show piece for one lucky fan.”

The trophy is being given away as part of an Ultimate NASCAR Experience at the SHOWTIME Southern 500. In addition to the trophy the winner will also receive roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, VIP access at the track including suite access for the race and of course access to Gatorade Victory Lane.

To enter the sweepstakes fans can visit Showtime's website here.

“This is really the ultimate prize for any race fan,” said Browning. “The winner will receive VIP treatment at the track and be presented with their replica Johnny Mantz SHOWTIME Southern 500 trophy in victory lane just like the winning driver.”

The trophy, introduced prior to the 2009 SHOWTIME Southern 500, features the name and image of every driver to win the famed event including the trophies namesake, Johnny Mantz, the winner of the Inaugural SHOWTIME Southern 500 in 1950. The trophy stands approximately three feet tall and weighs in at a whopping 50 pounds.

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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 http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.

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