For the first time since 2003, Darlington Raceway is in its traditional Labor Day weekend spot on the Sprint Cup schedule.
South Carolina is showing its appreciation for what the 66-year-old track has done for growth in the state and in the sport of auto racing.
A resolution has passed the state legislature declaring the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, “Darlington Raceway Week, a Week Too Tough To Tame.”
The measure was introduced by Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville and is intended to “addresses the role the track played in building the foundation of what has become one of the largest spectator sports in the country.”
The week leads up to the Sprint Cup Series’ Bojangles Southern 500, which returns to the Labor Day weekend it occupied from 1950-2003 in NASCAR’s premier series. The race will be aired on NBC.
“We can’t thank our state government, led by Senator Malloy, enough for passing this Resolution declaring August 31-September 6 as Darlington Raceway Week, a Week Too Tough To Tame in South Carolina,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said in a release. “Our leaders recognize the economic importance that the track and NASCAR brings to the state every year. It is an honor to host one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ most prestigious events in the Palmetto State, and in turn bring a tremendous amount of economic impact to the Pee Dee area.”