DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (August 14, 2018) – Many gathered on the start/finish line of the track Too Tough to Tame on Tuesday as Darlington Raceway track president Kerry Tharp was joined by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Elliott Sadler for the opening of Darlington Raceway’s newly renovated grandstands.
The governor, joined by other members of the South Carolina state legislature, also put pen to paper for a ceremonial signing SC House Bill 4009, the Motorsports Entertainment Complex Investment Act.
“This is a great day in the history of Darlington Raceway,” said track president Kerry Tharp. “Not only are we showcasing the success of the massive renovation the track has undergone, but we also ceremoniously signed a bill that will continue to support the track and surrounding community for years and years to come.”
The $7 million renovation project announced last January consisted of a complete overhaul of over 60 percent of Darlington Raceway’s seating on the frontstretch and backstretch. Since the announcement, new seats have been installed in the Tyler, Wallace and Colvin Grandstands.
Race fans that have held tickets in Tyler Tower in the past were given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what their seats now look like, and enjoyed a free lunch from local restaurant Fahrenheit 225 in downtown Darlington.
Gov. McMaster was joined by SC Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R-Hartsville), Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Hartsville) and Rep. Robert Williams (D-Darlington) for the signing of SC House Bill 4009, the Motorsports Entertainment Complex Investment Act. The bill provides the means for greater incentives for future capital investments by Darlington Raceway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC).
“I am proud to support Darlington Raceway. It is a major sporting venue that attracts thousands of fans to our great state of South Carolina every year, resulting in over $64 million worth of economic impact for our state,” said McMaster. “I appreciate the efforts by the state legislature to get this bill done and was pleased to sign it into law.”
Following the ribbon cutting and bill signing, Gov. McMaster and Sadler toured the new grandstands. Afterwards, Sadler even took the governor and his wife, Peggy McMaster, around the track for a few laps in the pace car.
“From the times I was sitting in the stands enjoying the race when I was a kid, to when I pulled into Gatorade Victory Lane here in 2016, this track has always been a special place to me,” said Sadler. “I can’t wait to get back here in a few weeks.”
Sadler will drive the number 1 Chevrolet Camaro in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW at Darlington Raceway on September 1. Race time is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
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