South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster came to Darlington Raceway Tuesday to honor the passing of The Motorsports Entertainment Complex Investment Act in the state legislature.
The bill allows for tax breaks on materials spent to upgrade the facilities at the raceway including the initial phase of work that will be completed before this year’s Labor Day Weekend event.
The tax breaks come to an amount of $10 million of extra revenue for the track, $7 million of which was spent on putting new seats in multiple seating areas at Darlington.
Governor McMaster says Darlington Raceway is an integral part of South Carolina’s identity, because of the platform it provides every first weekend in September:
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
Governor McMaster cuts the ribbon on the new seating section at Darlington Raceway pic.twitter.com/jymy2yZhTd
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Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the soon-to-be-completed improvements are essential to the race track continuing to compete the rising demands of the racing consumer, and the support of the state legislature is vital to the continuation of the event:
Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp
Among those assembled to take part in Tuesday’s ceremony was NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, who won the 2016 Xfinity Race at Darlington.
He traces his first memories of Darlington to his childhood:
NASCAR Driver Elliott Sadler
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