December 17th, 2010
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning was awarded the Palmetto Patriot Award by Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer during a ceremony at the track Friday morning.
In addition to Browning, NASCAR legends David Pearson, Bud Moore, Cale Yarborough and Cotton Owens — all South Carolina natives — were also honored along with former Darlington track president and NASCAR executive, the late Jim Hunter and his wife Ann.
“Since 2004, Chris Browning has presided over Darlington Raceway and has led the ‘granddaddy of superspeedways’ through some of the most trying economic circumstances the track has faced. He is a superb businessman and a great friend,” Bauer said. “NASCAR is one of South Carolina’s longest standing corporate partners, and with an estimated annual economic impact of over $50 million, one of the most important. I am honored to present Chris Browning the Palmetto Patriot Award.”
“I am humbled and honored to accept the Palmetto Patriot award on behalf of Darlington Raceway,” Browning said. “Darlington Raceway has played an integral role in the growth and popularity of NASCAR racing and is one of our state’s most treasured assets.”
The Palmetto Patriot Program recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their fellow citizens and the state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Patriot Award is given for one’s commitment to public service within their state and community. The award is the highest the Lieutenant Governor can bestow.