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Guided tours of the track “Too Tough To Tame” start June 7


Darlington, SC – (June 4, 2004)  Scores of race fans have experienced the thrill of sitting in the grandstands, cheering on their favorite drivers as they navigate the tricky turns of Darlington Raceway. Now, fans can experience the track “Too Tough To Tame” from the inside out.


Beginning Monday, June 7, Darlington Raceway will offer daily track tours.


The tours, which will run every hour beginning at 10 a.m., will begin at the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum. Visitors will learn entertaining historical facts about NASCAR’s original superspeedway – the origin of the “Darlington Stripe” and the reason for the track’s unique egg shape, for example. The tour will also include stops in the NEXTEL Cup garage area, the start/finish line, and finally, the most coveted parking spot at Darlington Raceway – Gatorade Victory Lane.


Cost for the Darlington Raceway track tour is $5; children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available in the Darlington Raceway Gift Shop, located on Highway 151 adjacent to the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.


On August 24, Darlington Raceway will give fans their first look at “Darlington After Dark” with the Night Riders, presented by BI-LO. This free event will be highlighted by exhibition laps under the lights from Darlington champions both present and past. David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Jeff Gordon will be behind the wheels of the first cars ever driven under Darlington’s brand-new facility lighting system. Sparks will fly, guaranteed.


In November, Darlington Raceway will host the 55th running of the legendary Mountain Dew Southern 500. The weekend includes the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the track’s inaugural event under the lights, on Friday evening, November 12. Published start time for the race is 8 p.m.


On Saturday afternoon, November 13, the stars of the NASCAR Busch Series will test their mettle on racing’s toughest track in the BI-LO 200. Brian Vickers won this event in 2003.


Sunday, November 14 will feature the final running of NASCAR’s most historic race and the penultimate event in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Terry Labonte is the defending champion of this premier event.


For tickets or more information, contact the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223), or visit


Contact:  Darlington Raceway public relations                  843.395.8892


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