Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Carolinas notes

DARLINGTON EVENT POSTPONED: Darlington Raceway’s “Drive for Disaster Relief” benefiting the American Red Cross, originally scheduled for this Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be postponed until Friday, June 21.

The event is being postponed and rescheduled for June 21 due to the potential inclement weather in the Pee Dee area this Friday. On June 21, the event will still be held at its original time of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Darlington Raceway and American Red Cross officials felt that the postponement was necessary with there being a high chance of heavy rain that day.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to people who made plans to attend the event this Friday, but with the high probability for inclement weather, we felt it was best to reschedule for June 21,” track president Chris Browning said. “We want our fans to have a great time at this event and make it successful for the American Red Cross.”

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SPEED AND FEED: Darlington Raceway has always been known for its great racing, but on Nov. 8-9, 2013, she will welcome some of the top BBQ teams in the southeast to the Pee Dee for the inaugural “Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show.”

The event, which will be sanctioned by the South Carolina BBQ Association, one of the premier BBQ organizations in the country, will feature top BBQ cook teams vying to win the coveted $2,500 first-place prize, while also earning a spot in the World Food Championships, held in Las Vegas, Nev., in November 2014.

The Friday and Saturday event will be open to the public with BBQ sampling taking place on Saturday, Nov. 9.

“The Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show will be a fun and unique event that is coming to Darlington Raceway on Nov. 8-9,” track president Chris Browning said. “Because of the fact that teams are competing for a spot in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas and a $2,500 first prize, you can expect to see cookers produce some of the top BBQ in the region that weekend.”

Additionally, the Car Show portion of the Speed & Feed event will feature an open show of cars, trucks and golf carts on display for enthusiasts, along with a swap meet.

The car show, golf cart show and swap meet are being organized by longtime enthusiasts, Fred and Nancy Turner, of Florence, S.C. The Turners have put together successful car shows in the region for decades. Participants in the car show and golf cart show will receive cruise laps around the famed Darlington Raceway.

“We’re excited to bring a car show and also introduce a golf cart show to Darlington Raceway for this event,” the Turners said. “To be able to cruise around the Lady in Black in a car, truck or golf cart will be a lot of fun for our participants.”

Approximately 100 total awards will be handed out for the car (75 awards) and golf cart (25) entries and a portion of the proceeds from the car show will benefit Toys for Tots.

RUN FOR CANCER AT DARLINGTON: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Darlington Raceway will take place on Saturday, June 1, at the track Too Tough To Tame. The relay was rescheduled from its original April 19 date because of inclement weather.

The event will take place in the infield of The Lady in Black, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and ending at approximately 11 p.m. The Relay for Life events are a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society every year.

With the event being held at a historic venue like Darlington Raceway, residents are encouraged to come out and participate in the fight against cancer.

“It was unfortunate that we had to reschedule the event from April due to the weather, but it’s shaping up to be great weather for our Relay this Saturday,” said Kathy Stokes, the American Cancer Society's area executive director. “The track provides a great backdrop for our event and it’s a great location in Darlington County, which teams participating are excited about.”

The Relay for Life event, which was held at Darlington Raceway several years ago, took place in Hartsville, S.C., for seven years before returning to the track in 2012. Darlington Raceway appreciates that community organizations view the track as a special venue to host their fundraising events.

HARVICK SURPRISES SOLDIERS: Kevin Harvick surprised the military men and women of Fort Bragg (N.C.) the Thursday before the Coca-Cola 600 with a special visit to the Warrior Transition Battalion’s (WTB) Soldier and Family Assistance Center. The center provides primary care and case management for warriors who have suffered injury or illness while serving as a member of the U.S. Army.

“I’m always at a loss for words for how to express my utmost gratitude to the men and women who serve our country,” Harvick said. “I know the entire NASCAR community is behind me when I say I can’t thank these individuals enough for their dedication and service.”

While at Fort Bragg, Harvick presented the installation with the firesuit he wore while driving the No. 29 Budweiser Armed Forces Chevrolet to victory in the 2011 Coca-Cola 600.

Harvick’s visit to Fort Bragg was a part of Budweiser’s “Red, White and Blue Summer” initiative, which benefits Folds of Honor Foundation. Since 2010, Anheuser-Busch has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Harvick’s No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet will sport a special patriotic paint scheme this weekend that reflects Budweiser’s limited-edition red, white and blue packaging and features the Folds of Honor Foundation on the rear deck lid and TV panel.
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