Labor Day tradition to roll on at Darlington Raceway

nascar-4It appears that Darlington Raceway and Labor Day weekend date is becoming a tradition again.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that the Monster Energy Cup Series event once again will return to Labor Day weekend in 2018. The Bojangles’ Southern 500 will compete Sunday, Sept. 2. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race Saturday, Sept. 1 (official start times TBA). A full day of practice for both series will take place Friday, Aug. 31.

“It’s exciting that once again Darlington Raceway will host NASCAR on its traditional Labor Day weekend in 2018,” said track President Kerry Tharp. “Darlington is one of the pillars of the NASCAR calendar each and every year. NASCAR is committed to the success of our track and the throwback platform, which our fans really enjoy. Our date being on Labor Day weekend again reinforces that commitment.”

Darlington Raceway hosted NASCAR events on Labor Day weekend from 1950-2003, before returning to its traditional weekend in 2015 after an 11-year hiatus. The track created its throwback platform in conjunction with its return to Labor Day weekend with much fanfare and industry collaboration

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 will be the 25th race on the 2018 Monster Energy Series schedule, the second-to-last race before the playoff cutline.

– Photo by Joel Beachum

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