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Darlington Raceway Upgrades 68-Year-Old “Throwback” Track

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Darlington Raceway announced Wednesday plans for a $7 million dollar upgrade to one of the sport’s oldest venues.

Much of the work will center around the track’s grandstands, replacing seats that have been in use since the 1950s.

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Out with the old seats and in with more modern, wider seats.

In addition to the grandstand upgrades, there will be updates to the track’s concession stands and restrooms.

Darlington also plans on adding a “Wall Of Fame” on the front stretch and back stretch displaying the names of every NASCAR race winner since the first season of the speedway in 1950.

“We want fans to enjoy our throwback weekends, but we want them to enjoy modern amenities that they’ve come to expect,” said track president Kerry Tharp.

Darllington Raceway is owned by Florida based International Speedway Corp (ISC), which has made improvements to other tracks such as Daytona and Richmond.

The current seating capacity at Darlington is listed at 58,000. No estimate was known about the possible capacity after the renovation.

It’s estimated that the track could lose several thousand seats when the upgrades are finished.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BORROWED

Many of the replacement seats used at Darlington Raceway were previously used at Kansas, Martinsville, Richmond and Daytona.

They were removed after renovation projects at those tracks.

Darlington will host the Southern 500 on September 2nd. The track expects to complete work by that time.


Since 2010, I have been covering Motorsports for several outlets such as Sportsblog.com, The Lawrence Eagle Tribune and WHAV Radio. New England born and raised, NASCAR is a passion which I hope to turn into a full time opportunity

 

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