Over the past three years, Darlington Raceway has celebrated NASCAR with era-specific throwback weekends, but they’re switching things up a little bit for 2018 to honor the sport’s 70th anniversary.
The track recently revealed its theme for the upcoming season in honor of the 70th anniversary of NASCAR. The celebration will be called “7 Decades of NASCAR,” and they’ll be honoring some of the biggest moments from the past 70 years, according to NBC Sports.
The throwback weekend will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 2, and will include Cup Series’ Bojangles’ Southern 500 and the Xfinity Series’ Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Darlington Raceway and the NASCAR industry to celebrate the sport over a seven decade period during our 2018 throwback weekend,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp in a press release.
“We have been era specific the past three years, so we felt it was important to recognize the 70th anniversary of NASCAR with our ‘Seven Decades of NASCAR’ celebration,” added Tharp.
He said they want to give the teams, the sanctioning bodies, and many others a wider view of some of the sports best moments that they haven’t highlighted in the past. Some of the key moments to be recognized will be several events that have taken place at Darlington, including Ricky Craven’s record-setting photo finish win over Kurt Busch in 2003, Jimmie Johnson’s win in the 2012 Southern 500, which gave the 200th career victory to team owner Rick Hendrick, and many other memorable moments.
The winners of the past three throwback weekend Cup Series races are Carl Edwards(2015), Martin Truex Jr.(2016), and Denny Hamlin(2017). They will also keep with their tradition of offering commemorative tickets to highlight the special weekend.
Tharp says the special tickets are to show their appreciation for the support the fans have given Darlington Raceway, by giving them a keepsake that recognizes the rich history of the sport.