NASCAR: Tharp named Darlington president

NASCAR: Tharp named Darlington president

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NASCAR: Tharp named Darlington president


Kerry Tharp, NASCAR’s senior director of racing communications, has been named president of Darlington Raceway effective July 18. He replaces current track president Chip Wile, who stepped into the role of Daytona International Speedway president in April when Joie Chitwood III was promoted to chief operating officer of International Speedway Corporation.

Tharp has been with NASCAR since 2005, forging a relationship between the sanctioning body and its drivers, race teams and tracks. The Louisville, Kentucky, native spent the previous 20 years as the University of South Carolina’s associate athletic director for media relations.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to have this opportunity,” Tharp said. “I love the state of South Carolina and its people. I know how special Darlington Raceway is to this state and to the sport of NASCAR. The track’s rich tradition, history, and popularity resonate with the competitors, partners, media and most importantly the fans. I look forward to working with our team to help keep Darlington as one of our sport’s crown jewels.”

NASCAR returns to to the track that’s “too tough to tame” Labor Day weekend, with the Xfinity Series’ VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 3 and the Sprint Cup Series’ Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 4.

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