Earnhardt Towers to be Dedicated at Darlington

D.Earnhardt and D.Earnhardt Jr.

Darlington Raceway is dedicating its Turn 3 suite towers in the names of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in advance of next month's Bojangles' Southern 500. (Photo: Darlington Raceway)

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway is dedicating its Turn 3 suite towers in the names of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in advance of next month's Bojangles' Southern 500.

"Earnhardt Towers" will feature an assortment of graphics that depict memorable moments in the careers of Earnhardt Sr. and Earnhardt Jr., adding to the tradition of historical names the track has given to its facilities:

Brasington Tower Grandstands (Turn 1) – named after Harold Brasington, Darlington Raceway’s founder and first president.

Colvin Grandstands (backstretch) – named after Bob Colvin, track president from 1952-67.

Tyler Tower Grandstands – named after W.D. "Red" Tyler, Darlington Raceway’s president from 1982-89.

Jim H. Hunter Media Center – named after the track's president from 1993-2001.

Pearson Tower Grandstands – named after David Pearson, NASCAR Hall of Famer and Darlington Raceway’s all-time Cup Series wins leader with 10.

Cale Yarborough Garage – Darlington’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage is named after the Timmonsville, S.C., native, who claimed five Southern 500 victories.

"It's fitting to honor Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for their positive impact on the sport and on the track 'Too Tough To Tame,' " said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp. "Earnhardt Towers will forever celebrate and recognize their achievements, and be a lasting landmark at our tradition-rich facility."

As part of the dedication, Darlington Raceway will hold a special ceremony on Friday morning of race weekend (Sept. 1) featuring Tharp and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of JR Motorsports and daughter of Earnhardt Sr.

The towers will be dedicated just before cars hit the track for practice sessions, which are free to the public if fans bring an empty Monster Energy can to the track  (http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/Articles/2017/08/Monster.aspx).

Earnhardt Sr.'s nine Cup Series wins at Darlington are second all-time behind Pearson. He also won three Xfinity Series races there. Earnhardt Jr. will be driving in his final Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 3. He has four top fives and 10 top-10 finishes in 21 career starts at Darlington.

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is now The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will be run on Saturday, Sept. 2. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com. Children 12 and under can get in free to Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" will have live coverage of both races from Darlington. Air time on Saturday, Sept. 2, is 3 p.m. (ET) with exclusive radio coverage of the Bojangles' Southern 500 beginning at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Both races will be streamed live at www.MRN.com and on the MRN App.

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