Darlington Raceway is known as the track “Too Tough To Tame” but will be not known as a Mother’s Day destination owing to a recent date change for its NASCAR Southern 500 race.
NASCAR and Darlington have decided that spring weather around April 11-12 means cooler air for fans, teams and oh yes, cars too. An average of six degrees difference between the first part of May and the first part of April will mean more comfort for loyal fans in the stands.
The move also places the date a week before Easter weekend and may bring more Spring Break tourists into the South Carolina area.
Courtesy of Darlington Raceway:
In an effort to improve the guest experience in celebrating its 65th year of racing tradition and history, Darlington Raceway is moving its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend to April 11-12, 2014.
“We’re making this change with the fan experience in mind,” track President Chip Wile said. “We’ve always enjoyed the tradition of racing on Mother’s Day weekend, but sometimes a change like this is necessary. We have the opportunity to get a fresh start and embrace a new date on the NASCAR calendar.
“With the hotter temperatures and humidity in South Carolina in May, weather has always played a factor for our events,” Wile said. “Traditionally, April is a great weather month in our state and will potentially bring slightly cooler temperatures for our fans to enjoy.”
The move will also give Darlington the opportunity to further focus its efforts on delivering a fun and exciting experience for its local college and university student bodies.
At least 10 different higher education institutions are located within a 100-mile radius from the track, including the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, Francis Marion University and Coker College among others.
“College students always enjoy the atmosphere we provide at our racing events, but it could be sometimes tough for them to attend in May with finals and graduations taking place at that time,” Wile said.
The change also has the potential to provide the sport with major and exciting storylines heading into the Easter break the following weekend in 2014.
Details are available on www.darlingtonraceway.com
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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