If fans ever wonder what a NASCAR racetrack does with its spacious facilities after its one weekend gala event is over, they can check out Darlington Raceway. Most of the year Darlington’s 60,000 seats are empty and its 1.366-mile oval track is traversed by maintenance vehicles not race cars.
But like other tracks in the NASCAR circuit, alternative uses play a role in covering the enormous upkeep and payroll costs.
Darlington officials and staff have made a home for an annual Speed and Feed BBQ and Car Show. The event features classic automobiles and delicious barbecue as well as top entertainment for attending fans.
The Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show presented by Piggly Wiggly are Friday and Saturday Nov. 8 and 9 in Darlington, S.C.
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The latest additions will include a merchandise display from the hit TV show Lizard Lick Towing, an M1A1 Abrams tank, courtesy of the South Carolina Army National Guard, and a Saturday afternoon concert performed by the John Curtis Lewis Band.
The Lizard Lick Towing merchandise display, located in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, will have a variety of products available for purchase. In addition, cast members Cousin Johnny and Krazy Dave will participate in the two-day festival.
Lizard Lick Towing, which originates in Lizard Lick, N.C., just outside of Raleigh, airs on truTV.
“Lizard Lick Towing has a very passionate fan base, especially here in the Pee Dee area, so it’s fantastic they are coming to our inaugural Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show event,” track President Chip Wile said. “We are working hard daily trying to find ways to enhance what is already shaping up to be a great event. I am looking forward to seeing the Darlington community at the track on Friday and Saturday.”
Details are available on www.darlingtonraceway.com
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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