Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Goes Green

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Race fans have a chance to win a pace car ride at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 green race at Darlington Raceway. The Labor Day weekend race will be fueled by 100 percent Green Power, distributed by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative and generated by state-owned utility Santee Cooper. To help celebrate Green Power at Darlington Raceway, fans can sign up to win three laps in a pace car on Sunday, Sept. 1, at www.DarlingtonGreenStripe.com.

Also as part of the green race, drivers can earn their “green stripe” on turn two, painted green as a reminder to be kind to the environment.

“We are proud to bring back the green stripe to the track Too Tough To Tame for our Labor Day Weekend event,” said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway president. “Using Green Power on our biggest day of the year is beneficial to all of us and it helps spread the word to race fans that caring for the environment is a priority. We enjoy our strong relationship with our power providers and we’re looking forward to having a great race weekend for our fans.”

Santee Cooper has 28 megawatts of clean, renewable Green Power from sources including six landfill methane gas generating stations, nine solar arrays and one wind turbine. Proceeds from Green Power sales are used to build additional renewable generation and have been used to build 28 Green Power Solar School demonstration projects, 25 of which partner with South Carolina’s electric cooperatives.

Green Power is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer protection standards set forth by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org. Santee Cooper is the only utility generating certified Green Power that is on South Carolina’s electric grid, and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative promotes Green Power sales to its 30,000 members.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race on Saturday, Aug. 31, will also be powered by Green Power. Children 12 and under get in free to Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Race tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at #TraditionContinues, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.

Incorporated in 1939, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative serves parts of six counties in northeastern South Carolina. The 30,000-plus members of the electric distribution co-op live in Darlington, Marion, Florence, Lee, Dillon and Chesterfield counties. For more information, visit www.pdec.com.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com and follow #PoweringSC on social media.