Community Watch Party
Feb 1, 2017

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (Feb. 1, 2017) Darlington Raceway will celebrate Daytona Day and the start of the 2017 NASCAR season by hosting its sixth annual Daytona 500 Community Watch Party on Feb. 26.

The event will start at 1:30 p.m. and continue until the conclusion of the Daytona 500. The party will be hosted at Mellow Mushroom, 120 Dunbarton Dr., in Florence, S.C. Proud partners of the community watch party include: iHeart Media (Eagle 92.9 FM), Crown Beverages, Coca-Cola and WMBF News (NBC).

The Community Watch Party will feature a food and drink special courtesy of Mellow Mushroom. Fans who attend will have the chance to win tickets, pit passes and pre-race ceremony wristbands, along with other prizes and giveaways to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend.

“Now in our sixth year, our community watch party is a great way for us to engage with our local race fans and celebrate Daytona Day and the start of the 2017 NASCAR season,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “We have moved the party to a new location, Mellow Mushroom, which should provide a great backdrop as we watch The Great American Race on February 26.”

Additionally, with the Daytona 500 quickly approaching, Darlington Raceway will be a presenting sponsor of live coverage from Daytona Speedweeks. Local media partners WMBF NBC, WBTW CBS and WWFN 100.1 FM ‘The Fan’ will broadcast live from Daytona International Speedway beginning on Feb. 21 through the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is now The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting

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