Charitable donations earn drivers daily laps around Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) — It’s not often that everyday drivers experience the track that’s too difficult to tame from a first-person perspective, but racing fans headed to Darlington Raceway on Saturday for a charity event.

“What I can’t believe is how fast they turn these corners on TV because we were going around 75 and it will make you a little nervous,” said Roy Johnson, who drove the track with his mother.

For $30, drivers got two tickets to Darlington Raceway’s upcoming Xfinity Series race and the chance to do a few laps.

“We try to have at least four or five times a year for fans to come to Darlington Raceway and lap around, and we always have a charity as a beneficiary,” said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp.

This year, the Track Laps for Charity event benefited from VFW’s Help a Hero Scholarship Program and Sports Clips, which provides financial assistance to veterans and military personnel.

“It’s a great opportunity for the fans to come here and get on the track that’s too hard to tame, the track that they love to watch the races on, the track that’s so historic, and bring their own vehicles,” Tharp said. “And at the same time giving back to a very worthwhile cause.”

Some fans brought cars that would fit in perfectly at a NASCAR race, while others used their daily commutes.

Tharp said these types of events aim to engage fans even when there is no racing and to give back to the community.

“This racetrack is part of the community, and we won’t be opening our doors just when we’re racing,” he said. “We will be opening it multiple times throughout the season and inviting fans to enjoy our property.”

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