Darlington Raceway's Bojangles' Southern 500 is moving back to Labor Day weekend in 2015.
On Tuesday afternoon, Darlington Raceway and NASCAR officials announced that the stock car racing event will return to the track on Labor Day weekend.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 will compete on Sunday, Sept. 6. The NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will run on Saturday, Sept. 5 (official start times TBA).
The last time this event was held on Labor Day weekend was in 2009.
This past year the race weekend was held April 11-12. Prior to that it was held over Mother's Day weekend, in May.
The move back to Labor Day is a direct result of the efforts by officials from Darlington Raceway, International Speedway Corporation (ISC - the track's parent company) and NASCAR to return the track Too Tough To Tame to its traditional and historic weekend.
The sport was built on its rich history, and Darlington's Labor Day weekend served as a pillar of that foundation from 1950-2003. "This is a true example of Darlington Raceway, ISC and NASCAR all working together to give fans what they have wanted for many years, the tradition of stock car racing on Labor Day weekend at the Lady in Black," said track President Chip Wile. "We can't thank our leaders at ISC and NASCAR enough for working with us to bring back such a historic date on the 2015 NASCAR calendar." Labor Day 2015 will play an important role in the track's strategic initiatives, as Darlington is looking to celebrate its history while looking forward to its future in the sport.
Darlington Mayor Tony Watkins said the loss of Labor Day race weekend was a huge economic blow to the city, but it adjusted.
He added the return of Labor Day race weekend should have an even greater financial impact on the area.
"We know the economic impact on the race on any given date at Darlington is going to be around $60 million. What I want to think would mean to is though, is that would solidify and stabilize the race track in the future," said Mayor Watkins.