DARLINGTON, S.C. (WMBF) – As NASCAR returns to Darlington Raceway for two days of racing action on Sept. 5 through Sept. 6, the Southern 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race will host limited fans on Sunday, Sept. 6, track officials said.
“We brought live racing back May 17th without fans and now to be able to have fans here on September 6th is a real plus,” said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp. “It was kind of strange having that race back in May without fans, particularly after Kevin Harvick won that first race. Got out of the car, no cheering, no booing, and no real celebration at Victory Lane. Having the fans back here for the Southern 500 I think is a real plus.”
According to a press release, the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR includes the Southern 500®, Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 5, and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Sunday, Sept. 6.
“The Southern 500 is a time-honored tradition in motorsports, so we look forward to creating new NASCAR Cup Series Playoff memories with fans returning to Darlington Raceway,” said Tharp. “After successfully hosting the sport’s return to competition in May, the track Too Tough To Tame will be ready to welcome fans back for a safe race experience.”
A limited, reduced number of fans will be in attendance for the Southern 500® in accordance with public health officials and local, state and federal authorities as well as related safety protocols and procedures, the release stated. To ensure social distancing between groups, fans who have already purchased tickets to the Southern 500 will be reseated in new locations, as comparable as possible to original seats, with new, lower ticket pricing applied.
All guests will be screened before entering the facility, required to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distancing throughout the venue.
Additional information on camping will be made available to fans in the near future.