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Darlington Raceway announces new ticket pricing structure for 2005


Darlington, SC – (July 26, 2004)  Fans attending the Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 on Saturday evening, May 7, 2005 at Darlington Raceway will discover that something other than the race date is new. The first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race to be run completely under the lights at the track “Too Tough To Tame” will feature a new ticket pricing structure, as well.


All seats in the Tyler and Pearson Towers, the track’s premier grandstands, will be $95 each, a savings of $15 per ticket over previous years.


Seats in the Wallace Grandstand, located on the track’s start/finish line, will be priced at $85 each. Brasington Grandstand seats, in action-packed Turn 2, will be $70 (a savings of $10), and spots in the adjacent Colvin Grandstand are available at $45 and $70, depending on seat location.


“The name Darlington Raceway is synonymous with words like history and tradition,” said Chris Browning, president of the track. “We are very appreciative of our many fans who have remained loyal throughout the recent changes at Darlington, and are glad to have this opportunity to thank them by offering a significant price break on the best seats in the house.”


Ticket holders for the 2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500, coming up November 14 at Darlington Raceway, and those who attended the 2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in March 2004 will be offered the first chances to renew their seats for a full weekend of primetime racing in May 2005.


When the renewal process is completed, tickets will go on sale to the general public. New customers may submit seat requests now by calling the toll-free Raceway ticket hotline at 866.459.RACE (7223). 


Featured 2005 events include the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday evening, May 6 and the Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday evening, May 7.


Make plans now to once again be a part of history at NASCAR’s original superspeedway by attending the 55th, and final, running of the legendary Mountain Dew Southern 500 on Sunday, November 14, the penultimate event in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.  Terry Labonte, who earned his very first career victory at Darlington in the 1980 Mountain Dew Southern 500, is the defending race champion.


The Mountain Dew Southern 500 weekend also includes the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday evening, November 12, the first race ever to be run under the lights at Darlington Raceway. Bobby Hamilton is the defending champion.


Friday also includes Bud pole qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series.


Saturday will feature the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, won last year by Brian Vickers.


For more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, contact the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223) or log onto


Contact:  Darlington Raceway public relations                      843.395.8892


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