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!
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
No, we will welcome fans in full grandstands during our Cook Out Southern 500 race weekend September 4-5, 2021.
Please contact our ticket office at 866-459-7223.
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.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES
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!
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 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.
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.
NASCAR MOBILE APP
Download the Official App of NASCAR now and follow the season with free live leaderboards, in-car cameras, and radio broadcast.
We will be accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card. No cash will be accepted.
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!
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
All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
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.
- GAME NIGHT - WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1
Join us in the FanZone from 4 to 6 PM for an evening of yard games, trivia and music.TERRENCE CARRAWAY MEMORIAL 5K PRESENTED BY BROWN'S RV - THURSDAY, SEPT. 2
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.ROLLING CAMPGROUND CONCERT - FRIDAY, SEPT. 3
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.SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYOFFS PARTY - SATURDAY, SEPT. 4
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- Glass or ceramic containers of any kind
- Dry ice
- 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
- 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
Monday - Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm
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).
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.
The "best" seat is really a personal preference. Example: If you want to see pit action sit on the frontstretch.
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.
The start finish line is in front of Tyler Tower, Section M and in the Wallace Grandstand at Section J.
If you park just for that day's racing events, parking is free.
Yes, Darlington Raceway runs a "walk only" passout at the west tunnel.