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What To Expect When Camping at Darlington Raceway

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Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, is one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks and is the home to some of the best racing and camping on the schedule. Here is everything to expect from NASCAR’s official camping notebook.

  • Darlington Raceway opened in 1950 and is known for its distinct character from other tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The track is 1.366 miles long. The track’s first corner is the typical wide-sweeping turn, while the second corner features a narrower build, leaving the track with a recognizable egg shape.
  • Darlington has historically hosted two race weekends a year. However, from 2005-2019, the track only had one. The second race weekend returned for 2021, giving the track two weekends a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The spring race hosts NASCAR’s official throwback weekend featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The fall race weekend takes place on Labor Day weekend and is headlined by the NASCAR crown jewel race, the Southern 500, alongside the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Amenities & Highlights

While Darlington isn’t NASCAR’s largest track, it hosts campgrounds like many of the larger tracks and offers amenities for those who choose to camp.

While camping at Darlington, the track provides staff availability during a race if necessary. The track also conveniently allows fans to buy ice from the campgrounds when needed. The track also features quiet hours in the campgrounds, allowing fans to find peace throughout a long and loud race weekend.

The campgrounds are also a pet-friendly space, ensuring that even the smallest race fan can have a good weekend at the track. Alongside these standard amenities, the campgrounds include activities and entertainment to provide a memorable race weekend.

  • Showers and restrooms
  • Ice available for purchase
  • Pets permitted
  • Gate worker present for any/all assistance
  • Campground Activities and Entertainment
  • Hookups (water and power) are available in select campgrounds
  • Quiet Hours

Campground Details

Darlington Raceway’s campgrounds have lots that are either pavement or grass, and the camping lot sizes range from 15×30 to 25×50 for larger RVs and campers. Along with the amenities, a benefit of camping at Darlington is the ability for race fans to set up their campsites on Tuesday to get the right spot for the early birds.

Water and power hookup availability at the campsites is dependent on the chosen campground. However, those lots that are unavailable for water and power hookups at the track feature showers and restrooms for fans to use throughout the race weekends.


  • Campers move in as early as Tuesday of race week
  • Lot sizes range from 15×30 to 25×50
  • Mix of paved and grass

Source: NASCAR Camping

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