Darlington Raceway Adds a Race, Brings Crowd Back for Southern 500
The year 2020 will not fade from memory soon, though…we won’t complain if it does! 😊
But despite this year’s challenges, race weekend at Darlington Raceway is not only proceeding, it’s adding a race as the track navigates the pandemic.
The track Too Tough to Tame hosts the Southern 500® NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race Sunday, Sept. 6, the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sept. 5, and also on Sunday adds the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
“NASCAR racing continues to grow at Darlington Raceway with the addition of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as part of throwback weekend,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “After successfully hosting the sports’ return to competition in May, the track Too Tough to Tame will be ready for more of NASCAR’s best race experience.”
All three NASCAR races at Darlington will be televised nationally with the Cup Series race on NBCSN, Xfinity Series race on NBC, and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Only the Southern 500 will have fans, a maximum of 8,000 to allow for social distancing. Fans with tickets were given the option of attending this year’s race or deferring until next year’s race.
But the pandemic means the cancellation of the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and the Southern 500® Parade along with associated Racefests.
“We’re disappointed about 2020, but greatly look forward to bringing everything back in 2021 better than ever to accompany one of the NASCAR’s crown jewels, the Southern 500,” said Holly Beaumier, executive director of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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