NASCAR Labor Day Weekend


Dear Race fans. I just found out  from Steve Waid of NASCAR Scene that the Historic Darlington Raceway will be hosting an event on Labor Day weekend. All us real NASCAR fans never forgave NASCAR for taking the Southern 500 from Darlington and giving the weekend to California. In my opinion, the Southern 500 was one of the crown jewels of NASCAR. Giving the weekend to California for the sake of marketing was just not right.

Well, Labor Day weekend Darlington will host the inaugural Darlington Historic Racing Festival. It will feature the legendary cars and drivers from a veriety of racing series, including NASCAR and Indy car, from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Fans will get to see drivers and vintage cars that contributed to racing’s legacy. There will be two days of question and answers and autograph sessions with past drivers. And vintage cars will take laps around the tough, old 1.366 mile track.

Drivers Derrell Waltrip, David Pearson, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Marvin Pauch, Cotton Owens, Ned Jarrett and Rex White will be on hand for autographs and Q&A. As well as crew chiefs Leonard Wood and Wadell Wilson. And owners Bud Moore, Ray Fox and Raymond Parks. Also, radio announcer Barney Hall.

More than 100 vintage race cars will be there and many of them will run laps. Many car clubs will participate as well. Each club that participates will be able to take a lap around the historic track. The Darlington Historic Racing Festival will open for fans at 9 AM on Aug. 30 and 10 AM on Aug. 31. Tickets for the event are $15 for one day and $25 for the weekend. Call Darlington ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at

So, all you die hard race fans, make sure you are there, rather than at California. Let’s see how many fans go to see the race in California and how many attend this event. In my opinion, Darlington is the better choice.  No matter what Brian France thinks. California may be a good market, but race fans LOVE Darlington. And, if I may say so, Rockingham as well.

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