Aug 7, 2015

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (August 5, 2015) – The South Carolina governor’s mansion received a visit from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney to help promote Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 returning to Labor Day weekend in 2015.

Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Blaney, who will drive the legendary No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, joined South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Bojangles’ CEO Clifton Rutledge and track President Chip Wile at the mansion to promote the upcoming Sept. 4-6 race weekend.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Darlington and it’s nice to be entering this year’s event as the defending race winner,” Harvick said. “It truly is a special place. It’s nice to see Darlington get its traditional Labor Day race weekend back. It’s where the race belongs.”

Harvick and Blaney started the day by participating in a fan Q&A event in Lugoff, SC. They then proceeded to race one another to Columbia in a Cannonball style event with Harvick piloting a street-legal Chevy SS (with special Darlington throwback paint scheme) and Blaney in his No. 21 Ford Fusion.

They raced each other to the South Carolina State House before ending at the governor’s mansion.

The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting

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