DARLINGTON, SC. – During NASCAR Weeks, “Start Your Engines” also means “Start Your Appetites!” “
How does Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp get HIS appetite for race weekend? We would be quite surprised.
“It’s something that’s a little bit lighter, it’s a type of salad, or maybe even a charcuterie type,” Tharp said. “I’m not the type to sit down and have a heavy meal on race weekends. I have to move around the property. I cannot go out in my motorhome and take a nap. So it can even be a salad or pasta.
But for those eating at the nearby Raceway Grill, owner Tony Beard has a good idea of what this year’s racing fans will start THEIR appetites with.
“It’s probably our burger steak,” Baird said. “This is the reason this place is famous. It’s a 12-ounce burger patty, and they garnish it however they like.
After not being able to take advantage of the large crowds at Darlington Raceway last year due to the pandemic, all of these local restaurants are working hard to capitalize this time around as the too hard-to-tame track is allowed to accommodate full grandstands and camping for the first time since 2019.
“I believe the excitement of the race weekend attracts visitors as well as restaurant dwellers,” said Holly Beaumier, executive director of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s exciting not only to get back to normal but to once again host one of the state’s biggest sporting events.”