Sunday race leaves track president ‘blue’

Sunday, May 12, 1957 – Darlington (S.C.) Raceway track president Bob Colvin drove the pace car prior to the start of the Rebel 300 NASCAR convertible race. As soon as he exited the track he was arrested by the Darlington County Sheriff. Colvin’s crime? Violating the state’s Blue Law, which forbid “paid amusement” on Sundays. According to reports, Colvin posted a $50 bond immediately.

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 11 but was postponed due to rain.

The so-called “Blue Law,” which also prohibited the sale of alcohol on Sundays, has been repealed in various municipalities across the state of South Carolina through the years.