Darlington Raceway will host its first-ever Saturday Night Playoffs Party with NBC Sports’ NASCAR personalities, music and fan games to officially start the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday, Sept. 4. Darlington will host the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the second consecutive season with the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5.
“As Darlington Raceway hosts the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with the Cook Out Southern 500, we are hosting a party to welcome all of our loyal race fans back to the track Too Tough To Tame,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “Thanks to our NASCAR broadcast partners at NBC Sports for joining us for this new event to share a party-like experience that can only happen at The Lady in Black.”
At the Saturday Night Playoffs Party, NBC Sports will host a NASCAR Playoffs Q&A. Rick Allen, NBC Sports’ lead race broadcaster, will moderate the panel featuring NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Brad Daugherty, Kyle Petty and Ricky Carmichael. The Q&A will preview the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5.
“There’s no better way to start the Playoffs than with fans returning to The Track Too Tough to Tame,” said Steve Letarte, NBC Sports Analyst and DAYTONA 500-winning crew chief. “I’m thankful to be part of this great event that puts the fans first as we head into the most exciting part of the season.”
The Saturday Night Playoffs Party will highlight the official launch of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 4. The event is scheduled to start in the Midway, following the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200, at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The Saturday Night Playoffs Party will host fans for historic track Too Tough To Tame trivia with exclusive, premium prizes along with other fan games as part of the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery.
To learn more about the Saturday Night Playoffs Party, visit www.darlingtonraceway.com/fanguide.
2021 NASCAR Season
The Tradition Continues with the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery on Sept. 4-5. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will start the weekend with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. For the first time in track history, Darlington will host a NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 5 with the In It To Win It 200, the second race in the Round of 10 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, at 1:30 p.m. followed by the 72nd running of the famed Cook Out Southern 500® race to launch the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at 6:00 p.m.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com. Fans can purchase a single ticket for the NASCAR Playoff doubleheader featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Cup Series on Sept. 5. To view the full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules and purchase tickets, visit nascar.com/tickets.
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 and annually hosts two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends, along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 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 Southern 500®. For more information about Darlington Raceway, visit darlingtonraceway.com.
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