Darlington Regains Southern 500 Name

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Southern 500 is back at Darlington

Track president Chris Browning says the historic name will return to Darlington when the Sprint Cup series comes back in May for Mother's Day weekend in 2009.

The Southern 500 was first run in 1950 and became one of NASCAR's most prestigious events. It became a Labor Day weekend tradition until that race was moved to California Speedway after Darlington's race in 2003.

Darlington ran one more Southern 500 the following year, but that race was held in November.

The track has held one race a season each May since then.