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Darlington, SC - (November 10, 2004) Activities at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, November 14 will begin well before the green flag waves to begin the final running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. You won't want to miss anything, so why worry about fighting the traffic?
Darlington Raceway and the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority (PDRTA) are offering free shuttle service to and from the track for the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Fans wishing to take advantage of this service have two options - be picked up, or park and ride.
Pickups will be available at various hotels in the area beginning at 8:30 a.m. on November 14. Participating hotels include Sleep Inn; Red Roof Inn; Guesthouse Inn; Fairfield Inn; Holiday Inn and Suites; Comfort Inn; Days Inn; Suburban Extended Stay; EconoLodge; Thunderbird Inn; and Best Western.
The park-and-ride shuttle service will also begin at 8:30 a.m. Departure point in Florence is the Florence Civic Center, located at the intersection of I-95 and I-20.
Both the park-and-ride and hotel pickup shuttles are free. Return service from the track will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Mountain Dew Southern 500.
For more information contact PDRTA at 843.665.2227.
Night racing makes its Darlington debut in November, beginning with the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday evening, November 12. Published start time for the race is 8 p.m. Friday will also feature qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch series beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The weekend continues on Saturday, November 13 with the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, Start time for that event, won last year by Brian Vickers, is 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 14 will feature the 55th running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. This legendary race was first run in 1950, but will see its inaugural checkered flag "under the lights" in 2004. Terry Labonte is the defending race champion.  
For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, including the track's "Night Riders" exhibition with Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson on August 24, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223), or log onto www.darlingtonraceway.com.

Contact:  Darlington Raceway public relations 843.395.8892
 
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