State Declares May 6-12 Darlington Raceway Week In South Carolina


DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 6, 2012) – The week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 has once again been named “Darlington Raceway Week in South Carolina” after the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate passed a concurrent Resolution.

“This is a tremendous honor for everyone at Darlington Raceway,” said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. “The Bojangles’ Southern 500 brings people to South Carolina from all 50 states and several foreign countries and it is a great time to showcase our state with a worldwide television audience watching.”

The famed track’s 63-year history is a major reason that the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed the concurrent Resolution, led by state Senator Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville.

The Resolution outlines the historical significance of Darlington Raceway and addresses the role the track played in building the foundation of what has become one of the largest spectator sports in the country.

Bojangles’ Southern 500 race week will shift into high-gear on Thursday, May 10, with the eighth annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade making its way from the Florence Civic Center through the Darlington Square and finishing at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

The racing action will rev up on Friday with a full day of on-track activity scheduled including practice and qualifying for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday the Bojangles’ Southern 500 will take the green-flag at 7 p.m. with NASCAR’s biggest stars battling for the Johnny Mantz Bojangles’ Southern 500 trophy under the lights at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

Aren’t coming to Darlington yet? Tickets to the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on May 12 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, May 11 can be purchased by calling 866-459-7223 or by visiting Remember, kids 17 and under are half off for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 and FREE for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in the general admission grandstand.

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 Gatorade Victory Lane. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12, 2012, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track Too Tough To Tame in the Sprint Cup Series Southern 500® and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200.

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