Darlington Raceway’s day of classic cars and barbecue is back for more
DARLINGTON, S.C. – If classic cars and good barbecue are two of your favorite things, then a visit to this year’s Darlington Raceway and its sixth annual Speed and Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show presented by Raldex, a hospitality group, is the place for you.
“The Track Too Tough To Tame” will come alive at 6 p.m. Friday with the Darlington Raceway 5K presented by Academy Sports, and the barbecue cook-off and car show begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The cook-off is one of many such competitions that the S.C. Barbecue Association conducts throughout the year, said Kerry Tharp, president of the Darlington Raceway. There are cash awards for winners, as well as bragging rights.
Last year 28 barbecue teams came out to compete, Tharp said. The event had approximately 2,000 folks visit over the course of the day. Tickets must be purchased to sample the barbecue, so come early while supplies last.
This past year, more than 300 classic cars from throughout the Carolinas and Georgia were displayed. That car show is also a judged event, Tharp added, saying that winners will be announced.
As if all this wasn’t fun enough, for those interested and willing, visitors are able to take rides in pace vehicles around the track for $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit Darlington Shares, a donor-advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation. Additionally, if you’d rather donate five nonperishable food items, you can also take a ride.
The food will be collected and donated to the Lord Cares Food Pantry in Darlington.
Pets are not allowed at the event, with the exception of service animals. For information about the Raceway’s pet policy, visit darlingtonraceway.com/Plan-Your-Visit/Pet-Policy.aspx.
The fun family day offers visitors the opportunity to help others as well, Tharp said. Darlington Shares has donated funds as needed to such area groups as S.C. Future Minds and food banks, and most recently assisted NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and his Hurricane Florence relief efforts in the Carolinas.
The daylong event will have vendors and food trucks and is a good family event, Tharp said. This year’s “something different” is the 6 p.m. Friday night 5K run, with a route that ends under the lights on the Darlington Raceway.
Come early to register to run.
The event also offers “free admission, free parking and a great opportunity for fun,” Tharp said.