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Darlington Raceway Returns To Labor Day Weekend In 2015

Darlington Raceway Returns To Labor Day Weekend In 2015

by August 26, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

DARLINGTON, SC – Darlington Raceway announced today that the historic Bojangles’ Southern 500 will once again return to the traditional Labor Day weekend on Sunday, September 6, 2015 with the VFW Sport Clips 200 the day before on Saturday.

The last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race run on Labor Day weekend was back in 2003 when Terry Labonte took the checkered flag. The event was run during the daylight hours; however, the starting times for the events in 2015 have yet to be announced. The Labor Day weekend has been synonymous with Darlington Raceway since its inaugural event back in 1950.

“It’s truly a team effort,” Wile said. “We worked with our partners in NASCAR, obviously our parent company, International Speedway Corporation and the other stake holders in the business to figure out what was the best schedule. So, you’ve got to think about all of the different entities. You’ve got to think about the race teams. You’ve got to think about the racetracks, and you’ve got to think about NASCAR and logistically how it all works. This just made sense. I think the timing was perfect. NASCAR wanted to make changes to the schedule, and we were all open to it, and I feel like we won. The tradition returns to Darlington Raceway in 2015 with the Bojangles’ Southern 500.”

Since the Lady In Black lost the Labor Day weekend starting in 2004, the event has been run in November, May and most recently this season, April. The return back to its traditional date rejuvenates fans in the area who want the tradition to stay in the small town of Darlington.

“This is one of the cornerstones of the NASCAR schedule, and for us to get it back is such big news for this community.” Wile said. “Everybody in this community has a touch point with the racetrack. They came here with their dad to pick up Coke cans after the Bojangles’ Southern 500 back in the 50s, or they moved to town because their father was here to help pave the racetrack, and they have a touch point. So for us able to bring something back to them is truly special and truly an honor for everybody who works here at Darlington Raceway.”

Following high demand, the return to Labor Day weekend reflects the same image as Darlington Raceway’s retro theme that was unveiled back in April earlier this season. The date change comes as perfect timing to keep tradition in the sport as NASCAR rearranges the schedule. In 2015, Darlington Raceway will play host to the event just prior to the last cutoff race to make the Chase at Richmond International Raceway.

“We’re the second to last race before the playoff starts, so I think it’ll add an additional element,” Wile said. “There’s no lack of sparks when people come to Darlington, so I think this will just add another element. The drivers that are locked into the Chase, they can take more risk, and the drivers that haven’t gotten locked in, they now have one more opportunity after Darlington Raceway to get in, so I think you’ll see a lot more action here on Labor Day.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway has held the Labor Day weekend since 2009 and will now move to the second race weekend of the season on March 1, 2015, following the Daytona 500. Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race will move to April 19, 2015, the race weekend schedule wise Darlington Raceway held this season.

Tickets are now available for Darlington Raceway’s Labor Day weekend. You can purchase them by 866-459-7223 or by visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule:

2/14 – Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

2/15 – Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying) – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

2/19 – Daytona International Speedway (Duel) – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

2/22 – Daytona 500 – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/1 – Atlanta Motor Speedway – FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

3/8 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

3/15 – Phoenix International Raceway – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/22 – Auto Club Speedway – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/29 – Martinsville Speedway – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

4/11 – Texas Motor Speedway – FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

4/19 – Bristol Motor Speedway – FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

4/25 – Richmond International Raceway – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/3 – Talladega Superspeedway – FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

5/9 – Kansas Speedway – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/16 – Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/24 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

5/31 – Dover International Speedway – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/7 – Pocono Raceway – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/14 – Michigan International Speedway – FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/28 – Sonoma Raceway – FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

7/5 – Daytona International Speedway – NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

7/11 – Kentucky Speedway – NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/19 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/26 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM

8/2 – Pocono Raceway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/9 – Watkins Glen International – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/16 – Michigan International Speedway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/22 – Bristol Motor Speedway – NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

9/6 – Darlington Raceway – NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

9/12 – Richmond International Raceway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/20 – Chicagoland Speedway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/27 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

10/4 – Dover International Speedway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

10/10 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – NBC, PRN, SiriusXM

10/18 – Kansas Speedway – NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

10/25 – Talladega Superspeedway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/1 – Martinsville Speedway – NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/8 – Texas Motor Speedway – NBC, PRN, SiriusXM

11/15 – Phoenix International Raceway – NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

11/22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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