The Southern 500® forms part of the NASCAR Cup Series. This prestigious racing extravaganza ranks high on the annual calendar. Scheduled for the Labor Day weekend every year, the Southern 500® has been going strong since 1950.
The racing meet is held at the world-famous Darlington Raceway, in South Carolina. In 2020, the Southern 500, as part of the NASCAR Cup Series was preceded by the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the same venue.
Back in 1874, a gentleman by the name of Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark had the notion to create the Louisville Jockey Club. He set about this ambitious undertaking by securing land for the racing from his esteemed uncles, John Churchill and Henry Churchill.
Within double-quick time, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark was up and running with the world’s first Kentucky Derby exploding out of the proverbial gates on May 17.