Kicking off the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at one of NASCAR's Crown Jewels this Labor Day weekend, September 4-5, 2021. Before you head to the track Too Tough To Tame, read up on all that you need to know to make the most out of our Cook Out Southern 500 race weekend!

General Information

Weekend Protocols

We are excited to be back at full capacity this fall race weekend. We encourage all of our fans to review the following policies and procedures before heading to the track Too Tough To Tame this Labor Day weekend.

Updated: August 4, 2021

Will the Cook Out Southern 500 race weekend be limited capacity?

No, we will welcome fans in full grandstands during our Cook Out Southern 500 race weekend September 4-5, 2021.

What happens if I can't attend because I have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Please contact our ticket office at 866-459-7223.

What are the protocols for the weekend?


Camping restrooms and showers will be open. Tent camping will be available again as well. Camping spaces will no longer be limited to six guests. 


The Pre-Race experience, which is located on the frontstretch will be available. 


The Midway protocols have been lifted and we will have more vendors and displays. 


NASCAR requires that all guests wear a face mask while indoors and in enclosed areas at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Temperature checks will not be required. Of course, we want all guests to stay safe – wash your hands often with soap and water!

Can I leave and re-enter the grandstands between the Truck Series and Cup Series events on Sunday?

Yes, you can leave and re-enter - please note that your ticket will need to be re-scanned for entry.

For more information on how to download or print your tickets at home, please click HERE.


Below you'll find our ADA Information for race weekend, including ADA Golf Carts and Joyride services to ensure your trip at Darlington Raceway is an easy one.

Joyride Information

Joyride will be on-site at Darlington Raceway to offer free golf cart rides to race fans on property. Interested? You'll just need to wave down a Joyride Golf Cart that will be in continuous operation throughout race week starting on Friday through the Cook Out Southern 500 race conclusion on Sunday.

Fans can call Joyride at 833-654-RIDE to request a ride. Calls will not be accepted one hour before each race event starts and one hour after a race event ends due to high volume. Joyride will be available to all campers staying at any Darlington Raceway-owned campground.

ADA Information

Darlington Raceway guest services will also offer free rides for our ADA Guests from the ADA parking lot (outside Gate 39B) to selected locations on property.

NOTE: Please be aware that NASCAR will hold all golf cart activity on property up to one (1) hour after the completion of the race events for that day. This is done to allow pedestrian traffic to exit and to allow the golf carts space to operate safely on property. Once security gives clearance for rides to begin, all Joyride and ADA golf carts will begin post-race operations and continue until all fans that want or need a ride are serviced.


Please view our tips to make your race day experience smooth and enjoyable at Darlington Raceway.

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Methods of Payment

We will be accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card. No cash will be accepted.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available at a number of locations around Darlington Raceway. Learn more how to access the Wi-Fi:

  • Select #Darlington_GuestWiFi from the available networks list in your Wi-Fi settings
  • After the log in screen appears, join the network using a NASCAR account, social media account or create a new account
  • Once complete, you're connected!
Inclement Weather

Please observe the Vision Boards for weather warning signs which will appear when inclement weather is approaching.

For more information on our Weather Protection Plan, please visit here.

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.

Weekend Schedule

Sunday, Sep 5
Monday, Sep 6
9:00 am
Parking Lots & Midway Opens
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Andy Locklair Performance @ Midway Stage
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Darlington Gift Shop & Museum
11:30 am
Grandstands & Suites Open
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Stewart Friesen Q&A @ Midway Stage
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Chip Wile Q&A @ Midway Stage
1:30 pm
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Race
3:55 pm - 4:15 pm
Southern Elite Loggers Performance Group @ Midway Stage
4:20 pm - 4:40 pm
Dance Extraordinaire Performance Group @ Midway Stage
4:45 pm - 5:05 pm
Southern Sapphires Dance Company Performance Group @ Midway Stage
5:10 pm - 5:30 pm
Just Dance Studio Performance Group @ Midway Stage
6:00 pm
Cook Out Southern 500
12:00 pm
Campgrounds Close


  • Purchased a Pre-Race Experience pass for Sunday's Cook Out Southern 500 NASCAR Playoffs race? We look forward to hosting you and your family.

    Please be sure to print or have your digital Pre-Race Experience ticket by accessing your MyTickets account at the button below.

    Located just behind the Ticket Office, inside the front stretch gates we will have a redemption booth for you to pick up your wristband, which allows you access on to the track Too Tough To Tame. You can download our map for directions below.

    Access will begin promptly 30 minutes post-checkered flag of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, which starts at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 5.

    Once you have your wristband we ask that you make your way on to the main concourse of Tyler and Wallace Grandstands. There will entry portals that you will find down on to the race track. You will then exit the same way you entered.

    If you are camping in the infield, we ask that you still have a wristband to access the track through the track portals. The fast portal route will be to walk through the East or West pedestrian tunnels to pick up your wristband behind the Ticket Office.

    Join us in the FanZone from 4 to 6 PM for an evening of yard games, trivia and music.
    Run under the lights on the track Too Tough To Tame in memory of Florence Police Officer, Sgt. Terrence Carraway. Proceeds will benefit the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of running, visit here. To learn more about how to register for the 5K, please click here.
    Kick off your weekend with music from the Josh Brannon Band starting at 5 PM. Keep an eye out for the rolling concert visiting the campgrounds.
    Join us in the FanZone for free family fun featuring music, games and a Q&A session with NASCAR on NBC crew; Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty and Ricky Carmichael. Free admission with your race ticket!
  • Stop by the Darlington Raceway Gift Shop & Museum for an ultimate race day experience. Secure your official Lady in Black merchandise, take a trip to the museum to learn more about the track Too Tough To Tame and the history of NASCAR.

    Thursday, Sept. 2..........10 AM - 5 PM
    Friday, Sept. 3..........10 AM - 5 PM (Museum opens at 12 PM)
    Saturday, Sept. 4..........10 AM - 3 PM
    Sunday, Sept. 5..........11 AM - 6 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Check out our list of frequently asked questions before giving us a call!

What items are allowed?


  • One backpack per person (maximum size of 18"x18"x14") or clutch bag/fanny pack (maximum size of 4.5"x6.5")
  • One soft-sided cooler per person (maximum size of 14"x14"x14")
  • Sunscreen, sunblock, hand sanitizer and bug spray (aerosol, gel or liquid forms)
  • Pre-packaged and sealed food and beverage items in clear bag or soft-sided cooler, to include alcoholic beverages (no glass containers)
  • Ice
  • Insulated cups - maximum size of 64 oz.
  • Cameras, binoculars, scanners and headsets that can be worn over the neck, belt, or carried in a clear bag
  • iPads, tables and laptops computers
  • Seat cushions without metal components
  • Cigarettes and lighters
  • Service animals
  • Nationality flags attached to a pencil-sized wooden stick. Flags may not obstruct any other fan's view of event

These items are all permitted through gate entry.

What items are not allowed?


  • Foam or hard-sized coolers regardless of size
  • Any firearm
  • Knives not longer than 3 inches in length when closed or longer than 6 inches in length when open
  • Utility tools (multi-purpose tool) with a knife blade longer than 3 inches
  • Displays of the confederate flag
  • Fireworks
  • Glass or ceramic containers of any kind
  • Dry ice
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Noise makers and air horns
  • Aerosol cans (with the exception of sunscreen, sun block, hand sanitizer, and bug spray)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Tripods and monopods that are either solid or collapsible
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Seat cushions with metal components
  • Collapsible chairs
  • Wagons
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones
  • Frisbees, balloons, beach balls or any other projectile
  • Skateboards, hover boards, roller skates and bicycles
  • Obscene or indecent clothing
What are the phone hours?

Monday - Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm

What are your ticket office hours?

The Darlington Raceway Ticket Office hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Ticket agents are available via phone during the day and after office hours and on weekends by calling 866-459-RACE (7223).

Where is Will Call located?

Will Call is located at the front stretch ticket office at gate 16 and backstretch ticket office at gate 3. You also must have a picture ID.

Where are the best seats?

The "best" seat is really a personal preference. Example: If you want to see pit action sit on the frontstretch.

What payment methods does Darlington Raceway accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards. Payment by check, money order, traveler's checks and cash are also accepted. Personal checks are not accepted race week.

Where is the start/finish line?

The start finish line is in front of Tyler Tower, Section M and in the Wallace Grandstand at Section J.

How much is parking for the day?

If you park just for that day's racing events, parking is free.

May I leave the infield to visit the display area or museum?

Yes, Darlington Raceway runs a "walk only" passout at the west tunnel.