The Man Cup motorcycle drag racing series will host its first ever event at Darlington Dragway in 2019. This race, round No. 3 of the series, will take place on the weekend of Sept. 27-29 and replaces Galot Motorsports Park on the schedule. Here is a closer look at this longtime IHRA facility that was named 2018 Track of the Year by the PDRA.
The 1/4-mile drag strip was constructed by Harold Brasington, who built Darlington Raceway in 1950, and Woodrow Hall under the guidance of IHRA founder Larry Carrier. It opened in 1976 and has been a mainstay on the IHRA event schedule ever since.
“Darlington Dragway is truly one of America’s great drag racing facilities,” IHRA Division Director Josh Peake said. “Not only does it boast such a rich history, but track owners Russell and Dee Miller and track manager Rhett Gardner have taken it to the next level. It continues to be a showplace for marquee events and truly lives up to its name as a legendary track.”
Since the Millers have taken over the Hartsville, S.C., track, it has undergone a massive transformation. In addition to a complete overhaul upon purchasing the facility, a new drainage system was installed in 2017, and last year, the first 750 feet of the track from the burnout boxes to about 150 feet past the 1/8-mile finish line was made all-concrete.
2019 Man Cup Schedule
April 5 – 7 – South Georgia Motorsport Park, Valdosta, Ga.
July 12 – 14 – Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio.
Sept. 27 – 29 – Darlington Dragway, Hartsville, S.C.
Oct. 26 – 27 – Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, N.C.
Nov. 21 – 24 – South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta, Ga.