Labor Day Race Weekend on the Horizon for Darlington Raceway Will Be at Full Capacity
It’s finally here! Well…it’s finally almost here!
The Labor Day weekend brings with it race weekend at Darlington Raceway, a HUGE weekend this year at full capacity. Even the weekend has its own name this year, the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery.
Things kick off with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30pm.
Then for the first time in track history there is a NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 5! First, there’s the second race in the Round of 10 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs at 1:30pm, the In It To Win It 200. It’s followed by the main event with the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in the 72nd running of the famed Cook Out Southern 500® at 6pm.
After the Xfinity race is the first ever Saturday Night Playoffs Party at about 6:30pm.
“As Darlington Raceway hosts the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with the Cook Out Southern 500, we are hosting a party to welcome all of our loyal race fans back to the track Too Tough To Tame,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp.
NBC Sports will host a NASCAR Playoffs Q&A at the party. NBC Sports’ lead race broadcaster Rick Allen will lead the panel featuring NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Brad Daugherty, Kyle Petty and Ricky Carmichael, who will preview the start of the playoffs in the Southern 500 Sunday.
The event will host fans for historic track Too Tough To Tame trivia with exclusive, premium prizes along with other fan games. To learn more about the Saturday Night Playoffs Party, visit Darlington Raceway’s Fan Guide.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com. Fans can purchase a single ticket for the NASCAR Playoff doubleheader featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Cup Series on Sept. 5.
The site includes information about infield and off-the-track camping, and tips to make the experience at the track better, such as what can be brought inside the track.
There is also information about other things to do, such as visiting the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, NMPA Hall of Fame and gift shop to learn about NASCAR’s most historic track and general NASCAR history.
In Darlington, the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) will offer a free concert Sept. 4 from 7-10pm on the Public Square featuring the Level 10 Band. There will be a free shuttle that night between the track area and downtown from 6:30pm-10:30pm thanks to the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority. Signs will be posted or people can call the DDRA at (843) 398-4000 Ext 103.
The Grand Old Post Office at 201 Pearl Street in Darlington Saturday will also feature bluegrass music with open mic and jam sessions from 4-6pm and featured bands at 6pm. Cost is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for students (kids are free).
Florence County will have opportunities for fun as well! Check out the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Official Visitors Guide on Florence County businesses and tourism sites. Also, check our Facebook page for updates about events happening on race weekend.
The races will be televised on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Note that NASCAR is requiring masks for race weekend, but only for inside enclosed areas such as team haulers, the media center, restrooms, infield care center, race control and hospitality suites. In the stands, masks are optional.