NASCAR and Verizon paid tribute to frontline healthcare workers at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, S.C., with a NASCAR hauler salute and lunch before heading to Darlington Raceway (Darlington) for this weekend’s Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.

Led by Darlington President Kerry Tharp in the track Too Tough To Tame’s Official Pace Car, the NASCAR Hauler Salute to Healthcare Heroes Powered by Verizon featured more than 10 NASCAR industry haulers. These haulers travel to each racetrack across the country, providing the needed supplies and resources that make this sport possible on a weekly basis.

“We are grateful to join NASCAR and Verizon to recognize local frontline healthcare workers at McLeod Regional Medical Center,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “McLeod Health is a valuable partner with the raceway, so we’re honored to recognize their sacrifices to care for our community during this unprecedented time.”

Just ahead of the hauler salute, a catered lunch was provided to more than 2,000 McLeod Regional Medical Center patient care workers.

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Verizon is the Official Wireless Telecommunications and 5G Mobility Partner of NASCAR as well as the Official At-Track Wi-Fi Partner of 12 NASCAR-owned racetracks.

“Throughout the pandemic, the response from frontline healthcare workers has been nothing short of heroic,” said Aimee Novak, Vice President of Sales for Verizon Business Markets. “We’re proud to partner with NASCAR as the sport heads to Darlington Raceway to kick off the Playoffs, and salute the healthcare heroes who continue to go above and beyond for the wellness of our community.”

McLeod Health, the region’s destination for medical excellence serving more than one million people from the Midlands to the Coast, is the Official Healthcare Partner of Darlington.

“McLeod Health values our partnership with the Darlington Raceway that extends back to more than 35 years,” said Will McLeod, Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center. “In the face of a healthcare crisis none of us have ever seen, our team members are working every day to provide the best care to the people we serve. We appreciate the support of NASCAR, Verizon, and the Darlington Raceway for our staff and their tireless efforts in these unprecedented times.”

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Darlington Raceway 2020 Season
The Tradition Continues as Darlington’s award-winning throwback weekend celebrates “NASCAR’s Champions…Past, Present and Future” and “New Traditions…First Race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs” on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5-6. To learn more about the history of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington, click here.

The 71st running of the Cook Out Southern 500® will start the Cup Playoffs for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will showcase the fierce NASCAR Xfinity Series competition on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. Prior to the Cook Out Southern 500®, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will return to the track Too Tough To Tame for the South Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. The Gander Trucks last competed at Darlington from 2001-04 and 2010-11.

All three NASCAR races at Darlington will be televised nationally with the Cup Series race on NBCSN, Xfinity Series race on NBC, and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay connected to Darlington Raceway on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and by downloading the Darlington Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.

About Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway, nicknamed The Lady in Black and the track Too Tough To Tame, is home to the award-winning Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR annually hosting the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series on Labor Day Weekend. Opening in 1950, Darlington Raceway is “A NASCAR Tradition” and NASCAR’s original superspeedway with its famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, challenging the sports best in one of the most iconic NASCAR races, the Cook Out Southern 500®. For more information about Darlington Raceway, visit

About McLeod Health
Founded in 1906, McLeod Health is a locally owned and managed, not for profit organization supported by the strength of approximately 750 members on its medical staff and more than 2,700 licensed nurses (RNs, CRNAs, NPs, APRNs, LPNs). McLeod Health is also composed of approximately 8,800 employees and more than 75 physician practices throughout its 18-county service area. With seven hospitals, McLeod Health operates three Health and Fitness Centers, a Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, a Behavioral Health Center, Hospice, and Home Health Services. The hospitals within McLeod Health include: McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Darlington, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Loris, McLeod Health Seacoast, McLeod Health Cheraw and McLeod Health Clarendon. On the coast, the McLeod Health Carolina Forest complex has opened an Emergency Department and the first two of seven medical park office buildings as an extension of McLeod Loris Seacoast Hospital.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019.  The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

Media Contacts:
Brent S. Gambill, Director, Track Communications, Mid-Atlantic Region, NASCAR
[email protected]; 804-228-7645

Kristie Gibbs, Director of Communications & Public Information, McLeod Regional Medical Center
[email protected], 843-777-2590