DARLINGTONCS — Darlington Raceway presents Workforce Appreciation Weekend. The initiative will show the NASCAR industry’s appreciation to the American workforce.
“Labor Day Weekend is a NASCAR tradition at Darlington Raceway, so we’re proud to partner with the entire industry for the new Workforce Appreciation Weekend.” , said Kerry Tharp, president of Darlington Raceway. “We are grateful to the NASCAR Cup Series racing teams for joining us in showing our appreciation to the American workforce during our traditional Labor Day weekend of NASCAR racing.”
As part of the initiative, race teams will run an Honorary Workforce Appreciation Crew Member program to recognize a deserving employee of their organization over Labor Day weekend. The Recognized Crew Member will receive the ultimate Labor Day weekend experience at the track, including an invitation to the Labor Day Weekend BBQ, serve as an “Honorary Crew Member”, guided tour of the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum, worker’s name inscribed in place of driver’s name above right side door, NASCAR and Darlington Raceway giveaway, and more.
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Cup racer Ross Chastain will honor Petrie on Sunday.
“It’s very exciting,” Petrie said. “I’m more of a behind-the-scenes person. So it’s kind of nice to see my name honored on the race car and all that sort of thing. I was very shocked and very honored to find out.
Erinn Rowe is the CEO of Harvest Hope. Harvest Hope partners No. 41 for Stewart-Haas Racing and is recognized by the team as part of the Labor Appreciation Weekend. For the past two-plus years, food banks have been on the front lines responding to an unprecedented need for food assistance during the pandemic. Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank, serving 20 of 46 counties, including nine in the Pee Dee area.
Coupe driver Cole Custer will pay tribute to Rowe on Sunday.
“It’s such an incredible recognition, and I’m so thankful and thankful for it,” Rowe said. “It’s hard to really fight food insecurity in South Carolina. And I love that Cole and his team see that and want to recognize us and create this amazing day, and I’m so excited.”
By partnering with more than 300 small nonprofit organizations across the state, Harvest Hope is able to source and distribute more than 20 million meals each year. Erinn Rowe, as CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, directs the organization’s operations across its three locations in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate of South Carolina, and helps distribute more than 20 million meals to neighbors in need.