NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski meets with Gov. Henry McMaster to talk about Bojangle’s Southern 500

Brad Keselowski and Rick Allen.

The Bojangle’s Southern 500 NASCAR race in Darlington is not until Labor Day weekend. But Gov. Henry McMaster had Brad Keselowski on the Governor’s Mansion grounds, Thursday afternoon.

Keselowski is last year’s winner of the race, and he and McMaster conducted a little pre-race promotion.

“Go to the race,” McMaster instructed. He called it the “famous Darlington racetrack” that “people talk about all around the world.”

Kerry Tharp, president of Darlington Raceway was at the press conference. He said the Darlington race has an annual economic impact of $65 million. Rick Allen, NBC NASCAR announcer, who will call the Darlington race was on hand, too.
Tharp and Keselowski called Darlington a crown jewel of the NASCAR circuit. Tharpe also thanked McMaster for his support of the raceway, along with the state legislature. Darlington-area House members, Rep. Terry Alexander and Rep. Robert Williams were at the press conference to show their support.
Keselowski said racing can help ease divisiveness. He also called the Darlington track, known as the Lady in Black, narrow and tough. He said the September race is hot, too.
This year the Southern 500 will be NASCAR’s “Throw-Back” race.
At the end of the press conference Keselowski accepted a $2,000 donation from Bojangles for his non-profit Checkered Flag Foundation, that focuses on aid to injured military service personnel.
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