BE THERE AS WE KICK OFF THE NASCAR CUP SERIES PLAYOFFS WITH THE SOUTHERN 500

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 4, as we kick off the NASCAR Playoffs with the 73rd running of the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend!

Be there for our first annual, Labor Day Weekend Workforce Appreciation Initiative, in partnership with NASCAR Cup Series teams. Throughout the Cook Out Southern 500 race weekend, Darlington will showcase NASCAR industry's appreciation to the American workforce. 

Have a group you would like to celebrate with during our Labor Day Weekend Workforce Appreciation Initiative? Learn more about our group offerings below! 

Schedule of Events

From campground activities to gate entry times, you won't miss a minute of the fun by checking out our weekend schedule below.

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Cook Out Southern 500 Event Week

Tuesday, Aug 30
Wednesday, Aug 31
Thursday, Sep 1
Friday, Sep 2
Saturday, Sep 3
Sunday, Sep 4
9:00 am
All Campgrounds Open
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Atlanta Braves World Series Trophy Tour (1948 Tent)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Track Laps for Charity
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Terrance Carraway Memorial 5K
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Josh Brannon Friday Night Concert (Trackside Live Stage in Midway)
7:00 am
Parking Lots Open
8:00 am
Admin & Frontstretch Ticket Offices Open
8:00 am
Midway Open
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
NASCAR Cup Series VIP Garage Access Permitted
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Inland Band at Trackside Live (Trackside Live Stage in Midway)
9:30 am
Gates, Infield Hospitality, & Earnhardt Suites Open
10:00 am
NASCAR Xfinity Series VIP Garage Access Permitted
10:00 am - 10:30 am
NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice
10:30 am - 11:30 am
NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying
12:00 pm - 12:35 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Practice
12:35 pm - 2:00 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Tim Clark Band at Trackside Live (Trackside Live Stage in Midway)
2:20 pm
NASCAR Xfinity Series Grid Access Open to Properly Credentialed Guests (Pit Road)
2:30 pm
NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Introductions
3:00 pm
NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips VFW Help a Hero 200
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fitness Challenge
11:00 am
Parking Lots Open
11:00 am
Admin & Frontstretch Ticket Offices Open
12:00 pm
Midway & Infield Hospitality Open
2:30 pm
Gates & Earnhardt Suites Open
3:00 pm
Pre-Race Experience Open (Pre-Race Stage on Start/Finish Line)
4:00 pm
NASCAR Cup Series VIP Garage Access Permitted
4:30 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Grid Access Open to Properly Credentialed Guests (Pit Road)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Josh Brannon Band at Trackside Live (Trackside Live Stage in Midway)
5:20 pm - 5:30 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Red Carpet Walk
5:30 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions
6:00 pm
NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500