Monday, August 28, 2017

Travel Tips: Darlington Raceway – Sept. 1-3, 2017

credit: NASCAR Media
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series visit the “Track Too Tough to Tame,” Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, for Labor Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1-3. The Cup Series’ Bojangles’ Southern 500 goes green on Sunday, Sept. 3, while the Xfinity Series runs in the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Festivities kick off on Thursday, August 31 with the 13th annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Race Fest. Race Fest begins at 4 p.m. ET at the Florence Civic Center, featuring a KidsZone, live music, a silent auction and more. The Hauler Parade leaves the Civic Center at 7 p.m. ET; it makes its way through Darlington Square before ending at the “Track Too Tough to Tame.” 

Key on-track times:

Friday, Sept. 1
  • Xfinity Series practice – noon and 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice – 1 and 3:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Sept. 2
  • Xfinity Series qualifying – 12:05 p.m. ET
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying – 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Xfinity Series Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 3
  • Bret Michaels pre-race concert – 4:20 p.m. ET
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 – 6 p.m. ET
Fans attending the race weekend can check out the fan guide here and the event guide here; take a look at some of NASCAR’s throwback coverage here.

Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at