Browning, former Darlington Raceway president, dies at 58
From Staff Reports
Chris Browning, president of the Darlington Raceway from 2004 to 2013, has died, his family announced. He was 58.
Under Browning’s tenure, the historic track underwent numerous changes, such as installing lights, putting in a new and larger tunnel for infield access, and repaving, according to Browning’s obituary at a funeral home in Wilmington, N.C.
Browning also oversaw the NMPA Hall of Fame in the Darlington Raceway Museum. In 2009, Browning was selected as the Joe Littlejohn Award winner for his commitment to the NMPA.
Before becoming president of Darlington Raceway, Browning was in charge of Rockingham Speedway, according to his obituary. First working in the PR department beginning in 1992, Browning was named the track’s general manager from 1994 until it was taken off the NASCAR Cup Series schedule after the 2003 season, his obituary said.
Browning also worked at Michigan International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Browning is survived by his wife, Lindsay Browning, daughters, Ainsley Browning and Mary Beth Jones, parents, Joe and Marianne Browning and a brother, Todd Browning. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Ayla and Elias Jones of Greensboro, N.C.
Those who would like to send a card to the family, please use 7697 Dunewalk Court, Wilmington, N.C., 28409. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rockfish Speedway at 2950 Lindsay Rd., Raeford, N.C., where Browning sponsored the Junior Sprint class, his obituary said.