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Darlington Raceway to host Red Cross blood drive on May 21

May 7, 2019

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Another great tradition will return to Darlington Raceway for the first time since 2015, as the track will partner with the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. on May 21.

From 2005-2015, the track hosted an annual blood drive that experienced tremendous success by collecting thousands of units of blood. Each donated unit can potentially save the lives of up to three recipients.

“This is a community event we hosted for 10 years, and we are pleased to bring it back in 2019,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “It’s an important initiative for our track, and the American Red Cross is a tremendous community partner.

“We hope donors will come out and donate blood to support this event. Blood donations help patients who undergo surgeries, have chronic illness, traumatic injuries or cancer treatment. By rolling up a sleeve, you can help a loved one or neighbor in the South Carolina community and beyond.”

For each donation, fans will receive the following:

>> A behind-the-scenes look at the Lady in Black, including access to the Walk of Champions

Opportunity to take a pace car ride around the Darlington oval.

>> Free admission to the track’s museum, which can be redeemed up to a week after the blood drive. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

>> A $5 Amazon gift card. (Gift cards will be delivered via email within 14 to 30 days post-donation. A donor must have a valid email address on file with the Red Cross.)

The blood drive is accepting appointments. To reserve your donation time, go to redcrossblood.org, click on the Make an Appointment link and enter the sponsor code: DARLINGTONRACEWAY or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Appointments are encouraged in advance.

Since 2005, Darlington Raceway’s blood drives collected more than 2,000 units of blood for the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, potentially saving the lives of more than 6,000 local people.