DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway plans to spend $6 million to add 3,000 seats and renovate suites in the tower outside Turn 3 and the infield, Raceway president Chris Browning says.
The project, announced Thursday, should begin before the end of the year and be finished in time for the 2006 Nextel Cup race the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Browning said.
The track will tear down the Brasington Grandstand in Turn 2 and build a new 6,300-seat grandstand in Turn 1 for a net gain of about 3,000 seats.
The project also will renovate suites, rehabilitate the east and west infield tunnels and relocate all the track's power lines underground.
"This has been a wonderful year for Darlington," Browning said in a news release. "Our new Mother's Day weekend date was a huge success, and now our company has given us an overwhelming vote of confidence with their decision to invest in the track's future."