Darlington's $7M Improvement Project Nearing Completion
Darlington Raceway's $7M improvement project is in its "final stage" ahead of the track hosting its only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season on Sept. 2, according to Pete Iacobelli of the AP. Darlington VP/Operations Dennis Adcock said that the project is about "three-quarters finished." Darlington Senior Dir of Communications Dennis Worden added the goal is to have things about 95% "done by Aug. 14." The control tower atop the Tyler Tower Grandstands where broadcasters, NASCAR officials and team spotters stay during the race "has been rebuilt." Workers have also "altered the slope of the stands and added new, wider individual seats (with cup holders)" culled from ISC tracks Daytona Int'l Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Richmond Raceway to "improve the sight lines for patrons." Worden said that the new layout "gives patrons a largely unencumbered view of the action." Bathrooms and concession areas are also "being redone." Blank areas where seats have been "pulled out closest to the track will be replaced by what track officials call a 'Wall of Honor.'" Darlington President Kerry Tharp said that in all, the project will "shrink Darlington's capacity by about 8,000 to 10,000 seats." Once the ribbon is cut on the re-opened facility next month, Worden said that "most of the remaining work will go toward tweaking areas of need and normal preparations leading up to the yearly NASCAR race" (AP, 7/24).