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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ASSISTS RICHMOND-AREA NONPROFITS WITH MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS IN 2011

More Charities to Benefit Today at Inaugural RIR Cares Holiday Reception Today



Richmond, VA (December 6, 2011)—It’s always the season for giving at Richmond International Raceway. Track President Dennis Bickmeier announced today that nonprofits reaped well over a quarter of a million dollars through donations and volunteer opportunities at Richmond International Raceway in 2011.

“We are proud to say we fueled more than $300,000 through track donations and volunteer opportunities generated at Richmond International Raceway,” said Bickmeier. “There is always a great need for charitable causes in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area and we’re happy to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Giving continues today at Richmond International Raceway, where checks will be presented to five local non-profits during the track’s inaugural RIR Cares Holiday Reception. RIR Cares – the track’s charitable account under The NASCAR Foundation umbrella – will donate to USO of Hampton Roads & Central Virginia, Henrico County Christmas Mother, FeedMore, Inc., Special Olympics of Virginia and the North Richmond YMCA.

Monetary and in-kind donations, as well as revenue-generating volunteer opportunities for non-profits during the track’s two NASCAR race weekends in 2011 accounted for the total sum. Additionally, the Richmond International Raceway staff invested hundreds of volunteer hours for groups including Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, FeedMore and Henrico County Operation Paintbrush.

There’s still time to help two more great causes during the holiday season. Richmond International Raceway is accepting food donations for the Central Virginia Foodbank and toy donations for the Marine Toys for Tots program through December 16. The track will match every donation, can-for-can and toy-for-toy. Donations are accepted at the ticket office, located at 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am. – 5:00 p.m.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway April 26-28, 2012 with four races in three nights. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races “under the lights’ on Saturday, April 28. Ticket deposits, guaranteeing you the best seats available, are being accepted now by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

About RIR Cares:

RIR Cares is dedicated to assisting charities, causes and events in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area that focus on — but are not limited to — youth, education and recreation. Through The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, RIR Cares donates racing-related items and offers financial support to assist community outreach programs and other nonprofit charities.

 

 

 

 

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Nov. 23, 2011

SYMPHONY OF TREES TO FEATURE RAFFLE OF RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY-THEMED TREE NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 4

$5 Ticket is a Chance to Win Christmas Tree and Prizes Valued at $5,000; Bickmeier to Light the Tree This Friday



Richmond International Raceway is mixing its racing spirit with holiday spirit at the Richmond Symphony of Trees, November 25 – December 4, with a uniquely-themed Richmond International Raceway tree. The Symphony of Trees offers a raffle of six uniquely-themed and professionally decorated Christmas trees. Raffle tickets are $5.

The Raceway-themed tree, which has a base shaped like the track’s D-shaped oval and has an original Santa figure and race car, will be on display at the Hilton Garden Inn (501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219) November 25 – December 4. Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier will illuminate the tree during a private ceremony this Friday.


Presents that come with the tree include:

· Racing tire signed by all the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who raced at Richmond in September 2011

· Tickets to the Spring 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at RIR

· Pre-race pit passes and garage passes for both races

· Pace Car ride

· Pre-race ceremony access

· Many more presents


To view the entire list of presents for the tree and to purchase raffle tickets, visit www.richmondsymphonyoftrees.com.  In total, there are six uniquely-themed trees to be raffled, with each valued at approximately $5,000.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a quadrupleheader, featuring the Saturday, April 28, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; Friday, April 27, NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Thursday, April 26, doubleheader: Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Model race, preceded by the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Ticket deposits are being accepted now for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

About Richmond Symphony of Trees:

Symphony of Trees combines the traditions of elegantly decorated Christmas trees, the excitement of Christmas presents and the nostalgia of downtown teas, luncheons and fashion shows that defined the Richmond holiday season in days gone by. The flurry of Symphony of Trees events concludes with six lucky raffle winners taking home a stunning and uniquely decorated 7-foot tree complete with the “presents under the tree” valued at just under $5,000!

Each tree has a theme and is professionally decorated. Enjoy peeking at a sampling of what each tree holds in store for the lucky winner. These trees will be on display at Hilton Garden Inn, site of the former Miller & Rhoads department store, 501 E. Broad St., from November 25 until December 4. Raffle tickets are $5.

 

 

 

 

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Nov. 22, 2011

RIDE-ALONG SHOTGUN AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WITH A SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER FROM RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Experience Laps Around America’s Premier Short Track in a Real Stock Car!


Don’t disappoint your loved ones with another tacky sweater, pair of argyle socks or a Snuggie. Wow them this holiday season with the gift of speed by giving a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along at Richmond International Raceway for $59 – a specially-priced holiday deal.

Fans can ride-along shotgun at speeds of more than 100 mph during a three-lap qualifying run at Richmond International Raceway – the same track raced on by 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards.

That’s right, riders don a racing fire suit, strap on a helmet and climb through the window and into the passenger seat for the ride of a lifetime and memories that will last forever.

Click here to purchase your spots or call 1-800-237-3889 and mention “Richmond59” to receive the discounted prince.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a quadrupleheader, featuring the Saturday, April 28, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; Friday, April 27, NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Thursday, April 26, doubleheader: Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Model race, preceded by the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Ticket deposits are being accepted now for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.
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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY KICKS OFF SEVENTH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA FOODBANK AND MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

President Vows to Again Match Donations Received at Track; Donors Eligible to Win Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tickets



Richmond, VA (November 16, 2011)—For the seventh consecutive year, Richmond International Raceway will team up with two great organizations to help support those who are less fortunate throughout the Greater Richmond Metropolitan community. Everyone is encouraged to help the Richmond International Raceway staff assist the Central Virginia Foodbank and the Marine Toys for Tots program now through December 16 by donating food items and toys during this upcoming holiday season.

NEW THIS YEAR: We need your help filling the Richmond International Raceway Pace Car with food! Each weekday we will put the Pace Car on display at the corner of Laburnum Ave. and Richmond-Henrico Tnpk., placing food donations inside the car. Our hope is to fill the entire Pace Car with food items for Central Virginia Foodbank.

“The Central Virginia Foodbank and Marine Toys for Tots are two very special programs for us here at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “We recognize the need for our community throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. I encourage everyone to make a difference this holiday season and donate to these worthwhile programs. Additionally, I pledge that Richmond International Raceway will match can-for-can and toy-for-toy the donations we receive here at the track.”

Donations can be made to both organizations at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road). The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For five food items or one new, unwrapped toy donated to these organizations and dropped off at Richmond International Raceway, each donor will be entered to win two tickets to the April 28, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Food items most needed are canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, canned spaghetti sauce, hot and cold cereals, pasta and rice.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a quadrupleheader, featuring the Saturday, April 28, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; Friday, April 27, NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Thursday, April 26, doubleheader: Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Model race, preceded by the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Ticket deposits are being accepted now for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sept. 8, 2011

Summer NASCAR Weekend at Richmond Quick Facts

Wonderful Pistachios 400

WHAT: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Race 26 of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 schedule.

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m., EDT “Under the Lights”

WHERE: Richmond International Raceway: ¾-mile, D-Shaped oval

RACE LENGTH: 400 laps (300 miles)

TV/RADIO: Televised live to a national audience on ABC; MRN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128

QUALIFYING: Fas Mart Pole Qualifying scheduled for Friday, September 9, 5:35 p.m.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin, 104.096 mph; 2 hours, 52 minutes, 55 seconds; Winning margin: 0.537 seconds

DEFENDING POLE SITTER: Carl Edwards, 127.762 mph (21.133 seconds)

QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 129.983 mph (20.772 seconds), May 14, 2004

(This is the track record for the spring and fall races).

RACE RECORD: Rusty Wallace, 108.499 mph; 2 hours, 45 minutes, 54 seconds; March 2, 1997

(Overall track record: Dale Jarrett, 109.047 mph; 2 hours, 45 minutes, 4 seconds; September 6, 1997)

TICKETS: Tickets for the Saturday, September 10 Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $45 in advance and are available by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.
 


Virginia 520 College Savings 250

WHAT: NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Race 27 of the 34-race NASCAR Nationwide Series 2011 schedule.

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2011, 7:30 p.m., EDT “Under the Lights.”

WHERE: Richmond International Raceway: ¾-mile, D-Shaped oval.

RACE LENGTH: 250 laps (187.50 miles).

TV/RADIO: Televised live to a national audience on ESPN2. MRN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128.

QUALIFYING: WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying scheduled for Friday, September 9, 4:05 p.m.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick, 98.039 mph; 1 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds; Winning margin: 0.256 seconds

DEFENDING POLE SITTER: Kevin Harvick, 123.990 mph (21.776 seconds)

QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 129.348 mph (20.874 seconds), May 13, 2004

(This is the track record for the spring and fall races).

RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 104.928 mph; 1 hour, 47 minutes, 13 seconds; September 8, 1995

(This is the track record for the spring and fall races).

TICKETS: Friday advance tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult in the general admission sections on Friday. To purchase tickets, visit www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.


Richmond International Raceway

LENGTH: 3/4-mile, measured 13 1/2 feet in from SAFER Barrier.

SHAPE: D-Shaped, oval

WIDTH: 60 feet with 10-foot apron

BANKING: 14 degrees in turns, 8 degrees at start/finish line, 2 degrees on backstretch

PIT ROAD: 64-foot width, 43 concrete pit stalls, each measuring 28’x19’

SEATING: 94,063 total seats

HISTORY: Opened in 1946 and hosted first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1953. The Wonderful Pistachios 400 marks the 111th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Only Daytona (129) and Martinsville (123) have hosted more points-paying Cup events (Darlington has also hosted 111) and only Martinsville (1949) and Darlington (1950) have hosted Cup races longer than Richmond International Raceway, which has annually hosted two Sprint Cup Series races since 1959.



Richmond Weekend Storylines



Saturday, September 10 Pre-Race Festivities to Honor America: The evening will be highlighted by Wounded Warriors saying the Pledge of Allegiance; Danny Rodriguez, the singing NY police officer, singing “God Bless America” and the U.S. Army Infantry Division Band performing the National Anthem. The pre-race ceremonies will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a “Salute to America” concert featuring patriotic music from the Newport News (VA) Police Pipe and Drums; Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine stationed in Quantico, Virginia, and the U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division Band from Ft. Belvoir. Following the concert, the official welcome will be given by Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Frank Thornton, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors – Fairfield District for Henrico County. Following the welcome, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are introduced, they will cross the stage and exit through a tunnel of first responders from Virginia and enter into a Chevy Silverado, where they will be joined by a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America for a lap around the track with an American flag. Henrico County (VA) Fire Department will display a flag from their ladder truck on the frontstretch apron for the day, along with Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department’s ladder truck flag display on the backstretch apron for fans to enjoy. Additionally, skydivers will enter Richmond’s ¾-mile facility carrying the American flag. In addition to viewing the patriotic pre-race ceremonies on the Video Scoring Tower, fans will enjoy five color guards presenting our nations’ flags. As fans enter the grandstands on Saturday they will be greeted by NASCAR Foundation volunteers handing out 4” x 6” flags provided by Harrisonburg Auto Mall. Fans are encouraged to show their patriotism by waving the flags during the entire pre-race ceremony.

NNS Drivers to Sign Autographs on Friday, September 9 : Prior to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will sign autographs for fans attending the race. The autograph session will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater, located behind Turn 1. The first 250 guests who receive a wristband at the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan midway display will be eligible to receive autographs. Wristbands will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 9. Drivers participating in the free autograph session include Steve Wallace, Reed Sorenson and Brian Scott. Guests who receive wristbands can enter the Amphitheater at the Commonwealth Mall.

Debut of New Public Address System: Fans at Richmond International Raceway will now receive an even better overall experience. The best sound system in motorsports couples with the best Video Scoring Tower, providing an ideal audio/visual package. The new PA system includes fixed, permanent speakers, replacing the temporary speakers previously utilized at the track. The new sound system at Richmond International Raceway features: 541 speakers in 346 locations, 270,000 watts available to drive the sound system, four-channel amplifier delivering 2,500 watts per channel (10,000 total watts), and sound operators can communicate and monitor amplifiers through the audio network. The sound system is operated by Parsons, which has done work at Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and college football stadiums. The new public address system is the latest capital improvement project at Richmond International Raceway. Track officials have invested more than $11 million in the fan experience since 2010.

Celeste Kellogg to Perform National Anthem on Friday, September 9: Fresh off her “Where I Wanna Be” tour with Gibson Guitar, country’s rising star Celeste Kellogg will be joining the revving engines of NASCAR greats on September 9 to perform the National Anthem prior to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. As a life-long NASCAR fan, Celeste will be in her element at Richmond International Raceway alongside the top race drivers and their cars. Those who have followed Celeste in her developing career may remember the song “Speed” written by Celeste as a tribute to her love of NASCAR. A show such as this will add to her “track” record, an ever growing list of the audiences who have been blown away by the enormous talent in such a young star.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash for Cash: Friday, September 9 at Richmond International Raceway will feature the Virginia 529 College Savings NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The race is the third in the four-race Nationwide Insurance "Dash 4 Cash," a bonus program designed to reward Nationwide Series championship contenders. Drivers Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Josh Wise and Elliott Sadler are eligible for a $100,000 bonus to be paid to the highest-finishing of the four in the race. Sorenson, who has won the bonus in the first two Dash 4 Cash race at Daytona and Iowa, has the possibility of winning $1 million over the course of the four select races.

Special Events Schedule



BoostMobile Freestyle Motocross Tour, Located in The Midway, live shows Friday and Saturday at 3:30p.m. , 4:45p.m. , 6:00 p.m.

Chevy Fan Fest, Located in The Midway, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free.

American Indoor Karting Go-Kart Racing, Located near Chevy Fan Fest, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. $20 per person.

Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, Located on the Amphitheater Hill, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free; food and beverage available for purchase.



On-Track Weekend Schedule



Friday, September 9

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Nationwide Series Practice

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Nationwide Series Final Practice

12:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Practice

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Final Practice

4:05 p.m. Nationwide Series WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying (2 laps, All positions)

5:35 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Fas Mart Pole Qualifying (2 laps, All positions)

7:30 p.m. Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NNS race (250 laps, 187.5 miles)



Saturday, September 10

7:30 p.m. Wonderful Pistachios 400 NSCS race (400 laps, 300 miles)



Weekend Garage Schedule



Friday, September 9

7 a.m. Sprint Cup Series Garage opens

7:30 a.m. Nationwide Series Garage opens

11:30 a.m. “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT

5:05 p.m. “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT

8:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Garage closes



Saturday, September 10

1:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Garage opens

6:30 p.m. “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT until 1 hour after race

 


Sept. 8, 2011

Richmond International Raceway and Wonderful Pistachios to Pay Tribute to Military and First Responders During Pre-Race Ceremony



As fans fill the stands at Richmond International Raceway this Saturday night, September 10th, they will be joining in the most patriotic pre-race ceremony ever at America’s Premier Short Track. To honor America, the pre-race ceremony will begin with a “Salute to America” concert featuring patriotic music performed by police and military bands, as well as an active duty marine.

The evening will be highlighted by Wounded Warriors saying the pledge, Danny Rodriguez, the singing NY police officer, singing God Bless America and the U.S. Army Infantry Division Band performing the National Anthem.

Rounding out the pre-race festivities announced last week, R. Lee Ermey "The Gunny" - a retired U.S. Marine and real-life Drill Instructor - will salute the troops by asking the drivers to start their engines and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi - a New Jersey resident and daughter of a volunteer New York fireman – will pay tribute to firefighters by passing the flag-waving duties to Frank Siller, founder of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation whose brother, Stephen Siller, lost his life on September 11th, 2001. Ermey and Polizzi are part of the Wonderful Pistachios advertising campaign.

Fans will be handed 4” x 6” American flags as they enter the stands and are encouraged to wave them in tribute to America during the concert, God Bless America and National Anthem.

In addition, fans attending the event, ABC-TV and MRN Radio broadcasters announcing the race, and the track announcer, will all go quiet for a three-lap moment of silence from laps 9 through 11 at the ¾-mile oval.

The three-lap moment of silence, in which all fans attending the race are again encouraged to wave their American flags, is the culmination of many 9/11 tributes and patriotic activities being planned by NASCAR race tracks, teams, sponsors, licensees, drivers, and fans in special recognition of the anniversary.

This patriotic pre-race will serve as the “opening ceremonies” for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. When the checkered flag flies Saturday night, September 10, the field will be set for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets for Saturday’s event to be a part of the most patriotic pre-race ever start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

 


UNPRECEDENTED FOURTEEN DRIVERS ELIGIBLE TO RACE THEIR WAY INTO THE CHASE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

Three Spots Remain Heading Into Wonderful Pistachios 400, Determining the 12-Driver Chase Field



Richmond, VA (September 8, 2011)—When NASCAR announced its new-for-2011 Chase “Wild Card” element earlier this year, this is probably the scenario they envisioned heading into Saturday night’s “One Last Race to Make The Chase”—the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway. An unprecedented 14 drivers have a shot at three remaining spots in the 12-driver 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which should make for some unbelievable beating, banging, flaring tempers and fireworks at America’s Premier Short Track.

Following yesterday’s race in Atlanta, nine drivers are locked in, but an unbelievable 14 drivers still have a chance at racing their way into The Chase with just Saturday night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 remaining before the field is set.

· Dale Earnhardt Jr.: A finish of 20th or better will lock him into The Chase. Even if Keselowski does knock Earnhardt out of the top 10, he could still earn a Chase berth if there is only one winner from spots 11th to 20th, a mathematical possibility.

· Tony Stewart: A finish of 18th or better will lock him into The Chase. Like Earnhardt, even if Keselowski does knock Stewart out of the top 10, Stewart could still earn a Chase berth if there is only one winner from spots 11th to 20th.

· Denny Hamlin: A win and he’s in. Hamlin doesn’t have to win, though. If he stays ahead of all one-win drivers, and there are no other two-win drivers inside the top 20, he’s in The Chase. Also, if Keselowski does vault into the top 10, Hamlin could still make The Chase if there is a two-win driver from 11th to 20th as long as he’s higher in points than any other one-win driver.

· AJ Allmendinger: Allmendinger is where the Wild Card drama starts to ratchet up. A win is the ONLY thing that matters for him, and a number of other drivers. He’ll need a win and movement up the points to nab the tie-breaker. He finished seventh at Richmond in April.

· Clint Bowyer: Of the winless drivers, Bowyer might be the best bet. Bowyer won here in 2008, and has an average finish of 9.5. He needs a win, and poor finishes by other drivers.

· Greg Biffle: One of six winless drivers who won in 2010, Biffle’s best Richmond finish was third in 2005. He needs a win, and poor finishes by other drivers.

· Martin Truex Jr.: Two of his last four finishes this season have been in the top five. His best Richmond finish is fifth in 2008. He needs a win, and poor finishes by other drivers.

· Kasey Kahne: Kahne, who needs a win and poor finishes by other drivers, won at Richmond in 2005, his first career victory.

· Joey Logano: Needs a win and poor finishes by other drivers; best Richmond finish: fourth in this race last season.

· Mark Martin: Needs a win and poor finishes by other drivers; won at Richmond in 1990.

· Paul Menard: Win, and he’s in. Pretty simple. His finishes at Richmond haven’t been so easy. His best: 16th in 2007.

· Marcos Ambrose: If he wins, and gets into the top 20, he’s in. Consider him a solid dark horse candidate. Two of his last three Richmond finishes were in the top 10.

· Juan Pablo Montoya: Needs a win and poor finishes by other drivers. Best finish was sixth in May of last year.

· David Ragan: If he wins, and gets into the top 20, he’s in. Ragan finished fourth in April and third in 2007.

Never before have we entered “One Last Race to Make The Chase” with more than seven eligible drivers to race their way into The Chase. With 14 drivers having a chance at NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, expect non-stop beating and banging around Richmond’s ¾-mile, with tempers flaring and drivers taking chances like you’ve never seen before.

If you already have your tickets for Saturday night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400, tell your friends they need to join you for what is anticipated to be one of the most intense races of the season. And if you don’t already have tickets, they start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223.

 


Sept. 7, 2011

KEVIN HARVICK & BRAD KESELOWSKI HEADLINE GREEN FLAG ZONE FAN HOSPITALITY APPEARANCES THIS SATURDAY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

GFZ Includes Pre-Race Pit Pass, Dinner Buffet, Driver Q&A and More


If you’re looking for a pre-race pit pass and the opportunity to get up close and personal with NASCAR celebrities on Sprint Cup Series race day, our Green Flag Zone fan hospitality option is your best bet. The Green Flag Zone fan hospitality this Saturday, September 10 is your ticket to a pre-race pit pass, full dinner buffet and question-and-answer sessions with NASCAR celebrities, including Chase contenders Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, all before the Wonderful Pistachios 400.

The Green Flag Zone fan hospitality, available this Saturday, September 10, prior to the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is $90 per adult and includes an exclusive pre-race pit pass (2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.), as well as admission to the Green Flag Zone, which offers:

· Appetizers (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

· Dinner buffet (3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

· Six adult beverage tickets for fans 21 and older (with a valid ID).

· Unlimited sodas and water.

· Question-and-answer sessions with Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Miss Sprint Cup and track president Dennis Bickmeier

· Live musical entertainment

Kids pricing (12 years of age and younger) is available for $45, which includes all of the above except the adult beverage tickets. Guests must have a ticket to the Saturday, September 10 race to purchase. The Green Flag Zone does not include a race ticket.

For additional information, please click here, e-mail Heather Griffin at hgriffin@rir.com  or call 804-228-7500, extension 4050.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” doubleheader weekend. Saturday’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 is the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins this Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday is a great option for the whole family, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections and advance tickets starting at $30.

 


NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVERS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PRIOR TO VIRGINIA 529 COLLEGE SAVINGS 250



Richmond, VA (September 6, 2011)—Once again proving that NASCAR is one of the fan-friendliest sports in America, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will sign autographs for fans attending the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 9.

The autograph session will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater, located behind Turn 1. The first 250 guests who receive a wristband at the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan midway display will be eligible to receive autographs. Wristbands will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 9.

Drivers participating in the free autograph session include Steve Wallace, Reed Sorenson and Brian Scott. Additional drivers are expected to be confirmed later this week. Guests who receive wristbands can enter the Amphitheater at the Commonwealth Mall.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Richmond International Raceway this Friday, September 9, for a full day of on-track activity highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” A great family-friendly option, advance tickets start at $30 with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

Saturday night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Fans can expect one of the most intense and heated races of the season, with drivers battling for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the 10-race championship. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223.

 


Dennis Bickmeier  Bickmeier’s personalized fundraising page

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PRESIDENT GOING “OVER THE EDGE” FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS VIRGINIA FUNDRAISER

Fans Encouraged to Donate, Sending Dennis Bickmeier Rappelling off the SunTrust Center



Richmond, VA (September 5, 2011)—He’s only been in Richmond two months, but Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier is ready to rappel 25 stories from the roof of the downtown SunTrust Center in support of the “Over The Edge” event to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. But he needs your help! (Please see attached photo of Dennis, high atop the SunTrust Center, with Richmond International Raceway in the background.)

Special Olympics Virginia’s “Over The Edge” event, which takes place on Friday, October 21, at the SunTrust Center, is a fundraiser where participants are asked to raise $1,000, earning the opportunity to rappel nearly 400 feet. With the support of race fans and community members, Bickmeier is hoping to make a “towering” impact on the Commonwealth of Virginia and assist people with intellectual disabilities.

To support his effort, please log on to Bickmeier’s personalized fundraising page at www.tinyurl.com/dennisbickmeier.  You can also text a one-time $10 donation by sending

“GOLD RIR” to 85944.*

“It’s my hope that we can harness the spirit of giving among our great fans at Richmond International Raceway and across the NASCAR industry,” said Bickmeier. “Special Olympics Virginia is a wonderful organization that does great things for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Please join me in my effort to go ‘Over The Edge’ and consider making a donation.”

For more information on Special Olympics Virginia, log on to www.specialolympicsva.org.  For more information on “Over The Edge,” log on to www.overtheedge.com.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” doubleheader weekend. Saturday’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 is the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday is a great option for the whole family, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections and advance tickets starting at $30.

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Richmond International Raceway Giving Fans Shot at VIP Trip to 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony with

“Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” Contest

Fans Can Enter at Richmond International Raceway Tent in the Midway This Weekend at Richmond or Online at www.rir.com/vegas

 

Richmond, VA (September 5, 2011) – Richmond International Raceway is giving race fans an opportunity to win a VIP trip to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas with the “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” contest. The “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” contest will give one lucky winner, and a guest, a four-day, three-night trip to Las Vegas, which includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, $500 spending money and a VIP experience at the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony.

Fans can enter the “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” contest at the Richmond International Raceway tent in the Midway during the upcoming NASCAR Weekend at Richmond, featuring the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday night, September 10 and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race on Friday night, September 9. Fans can also enter to win online by visiting www.rir.com/vegas.

The deadline to enter the “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” contest is October 14.

The “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” VIP Trip includes:

The official rules and regulations of the “Your Seat in Vegas is Waiting” contest are also available at www.rir.com/vegas.

Don’t miss the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway this Saturday, September 10. Be here to see the drama unfold as the 12 drivers lock in for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. Be sure to find your seats by 6:15 p.m. when we kick off a patriotic 9/11 anniversary tribute.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” A great option for the family, Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, click here or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

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CONVENIENT OFF-SITE PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE OFFERED TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FANS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10



Richmond, VA (September 2, 2011)—Fans attending the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 will once again be able to take advantage of the “Park and Ride” shuttle program from downtown Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum parking lot and The Showplace parking lot on Mechanicsville Turnpike. The shuttle service, which is only available on Saturday, September 10, allows fans to park their vehicles at either location and use the free shuttle service to the main gate of America’s Premier Short Track.

The Richmond Coliseum parking area at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond opens and begins offering free shuttle rides to fans at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. The shuttle service back to the Coliseum parking area resumes immediately after the conclusion of the Wonderful Pistachios 400 race from the track’s main entrance. The shuttle is free, but a $6 parking fee applies at the Coliseum lot.

The Richmond Coliseum parking area is conveniently located less than five minutes from the intersections of I-95 and I-64. To see a detailed map of the Richmond Coliseum area visit: http://www.rir.com/About-The-Track/Seating-Chart-and-Maps/Shuttle-Map.aspx.

Fans can also park their cars and RVs at The Showplace and take a free shuttle ride to Richmond International Raceway. The Showplace is conveniently located less than three miles from Richmond International Raceway at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike and is just ¼-mile off of I-64 at exit 192.


The cost for parking at The Showplace on Saturday, September 10 is $10 per car and $25 per RV. The complimentary shuttle to and from the track begins at Noon and operates continuously with pick-up and drop-off points at The Showplace and the main entrance to Richmond International Raceway at Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. To see a detailed map of The Showplace area visit: http://www.rir.com/About-The-Track/Seating-Chart-and-Maps/Shuttle-Map.aspx.  Fans can also contact The Showplace at 804-225-8877 with any questions.

Fans will experience all the sights and sounds of NASCAR excitement at Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend. Saturday’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is one of the most anticipated events of the year, as the race sets the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” A great option for the family, Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

 

 

 

 

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“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” SPEEDS THROUGH ATLANTA THIS WEEKEND

One Race Remains Before NASCAR Returns to Richmond International Raceway for the Wonderful Pistachios 400, “One Last Race to Make The Chase”



Richmond, VA (September 2, 2011)—As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “regular season” comes to a close, the drama and excitement of The Chase takes to the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. The upcoming events in Atlanta are all that remain before “The Road to Richmond” culminates at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 with the Wonderful Pistachios 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

After Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon all joined Kyle Busch in clinching spots in The Chase last week, Brad Keselowski will be looking to solidify his spot in the top 10 this weekend, as well. With his victory last week, Keselowski is in11th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. Currently on the outside looking in and ranked 20th, 21st, 22nd and 25th respectively, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and Regan Smith could potentially move into a “Wild Card” spot in The Chase if Keselowski were able to crack the top 10 in Chase points this weekend. To take advantage of the “Wild Card” rule, a driver must be in the top 20 after 26 races.

With several drivers teetering on the bubble, here’s a look at some facts about some notable Chase hopefuls and how they have fared at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

Paul Menard Currently 20th in the points, with one win this season, Menard has a 61.3 driver rating at Atlanta, which places him 26th-best. He has never won in Atlanta and has only posted one top-five performance. A win this weekend could help him gain valuable points and assist with his “Wild Card” hopes of making the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Denny Hamlin It’s been a tough 2011 season for Hamlin, but as it stands now, he would take the final “Wild Card” position, currently sitting 13th in points, with one win. He’s 13th on the driver rating list at 87.4 and has three top-five finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s now only 41 points ahead of Paul Menard, who is the next closest driver in the top-20 with a win this season. A bad race for one and a good race for another could completely change the look of the “Wild Card” positions.

Greg Biffle Quietly hanging on to the bubble and sitting 16th in points without a win this season, a first win of the year this weekend for Biffle could really shake things up with the final “Wild Card” spot. Biffle has fared well at Atlanta Motor Speedway with six top-fives and an average finishing position of 10.6. Biffle comes in this week with a driver rating of 99.4, good for second best.

Expect these drivers to be in the thick of the “Wild Card” hunt as “The Road to Richmond” ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two “Wild Card” drivers will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season.

Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday advance tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available. Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.

 

 

 

 

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Sept. 1, 2011

Richmond International Raceway to Honor America During Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” Pre-Race Ceremonies on September 10th



With the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled on Saturday, September 10, just a day before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Richmond International Raceway has a patriotic pre-race ceremony planned.

The evening will be highlighted by Wounded Warriors saying the pledge, Danny Rodriguez, the singing NY police officer, singing God Bless America and the U.S. Army Infantry Division Band performing the National Anthem.

The pre-race ceremonies will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a “Salute to America” concert featuring patriotic music from the Newport News (VA) Police Pipe and Drums; Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine stationed in Quantico, Virginia, and the U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division Band from Ft. Belvoir. As fans enter the grandstands on Saturday, September 10 for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, they will be greeted by NASCAR Foundation volunteers handing out 4” x 6” handheld flags provided by Harrisonburg Auto Mall. Fans are asked to show their patriotism by waving the flags during the “Salute to America” concert.

“Richmond International Raceway is unique in that every year since the 9/11 attacks our September race weekend has fallen on the weekend closest to 9/11,” commented Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier. “It has always been important to us to recognize 9/11 and remember the victims and survivors, but even more so this weekend as we remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We are proud of our military and first responders; active, former and retired, and we are honored to have so many join us this weekend. I think our fans will find that this will be the most patriotic pre-race ceremony they have ever been a part of at Richmond International Raceway.”

Following the concert, the official welcome will be given by Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Frank Thornton, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors – Fairfield District for Henrico County. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are introduced, they will cross the stage and exit through a tunnel of first responders from Virginia and enter into a Chevy Silverado, where they will be joined by a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America for a lap around the track with an American flag.

Henrico County (VA) Fire Department will display a flag from their ladder truck on the frontstretch apron for the day, along with Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department’s ladder truck flag display on the backstretch apron for fans to enjoy. Additionally, skydivers will enter Richmond’s ¾-mile facility carrying the American flag.

In addition to viewing the patriotic pre-race ceremonies on the Video Scoring Tower, fans will enjoy five color guards presenting our nations’ flags (Ft. Lee – Army on the pre-race pad, Central Virginia Combo Fire Team in Turn One, Virginia State Police in Turn Two, Newport News Police in Turn Three and Naval Ocean Processing Facility in Turn Four).

US Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco from Staten Island, NY, the first American to lose all four limbs in combat and survive, and Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely who is the second American to lose all four limbs in combat and survive, will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a memorable rendition of God Bless America by Danny Rodriguez, known as the “singing policeman from New York City.”

The 29th Infantry Division Band from Ft. Belvoir will return to the forefront to play our National Anthem.

Fans are encouraged to wave their 4” x 6” flags during the entire pre-race.

This patriotic pre-race will serve as the “opening ceremonies” for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. When the checkered flag flies Saturday night, September 10, the field will be set for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets for Saturday’s event to be a part of the most patriotic pre-race ever start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 EXPERIENCE FRIDAY’S ON-TRACK ACTIVITY FROM PIT ROAD WITH RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S PRE-RACE PIT PASSES

Fans Can Experience Unforgettable Sights & Sounds Up Close on NASCAR Race Day



Richmond, VA (September 1, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway is bringing you closer to the action than ever before with Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes for the next weekend’s “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR doubleheader. You can watch NASCAR pole qualifying and practice from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member and see the stock cars from just a few feet away as they rumble down pit road, giving you an unforgettable experience of the sights and sounds that only NASCAR can produce.

For the first time ever this past April, America’s Premier Short Track offered fans individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes. And passes are available for the upcoming September race weekend as well. For just $50 per person, you can enjoy pole qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pre-Race Pit Passes are available online or by calling 866-455-7223.

Friday’s events include Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the September 9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. Parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children under 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.

New this year, shorts, short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts and blouses and open-toed shoes are permitted. Shoes, shirts and pants or shorts, dresses and/or skirts and blouses are required. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for a doubleheader weekend “under the lights.” The Saturday, September 10, Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is “One Last Race to Make the Chase” for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday’s ticket includes practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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CRANK IT UP! RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY DEBUTING STATE-OF-THE-ART PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM AT SEPTEMBER NASCAR WEEKEND

Latest Fan Amenity in the Track’s Commitment to the Guest Experience



Richmond, VA (August 31, 2011)— When fans return to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for NASCAR’s “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend, they will experience an uncompromisingly audible and clear aural experience with the track’s new, state-of-the-art public address system.

Installation of the new sound system began this summer and will be complete in time for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 10 and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, September 9.

Fans at Richmond International Raceway will now receive an even better overall experience. The best sound system in motorsports couples with the best Video Scoring Tower, providing an ideal audio/visual package. The new PA system includes fixed, permanent speakers, replacing the temporary speakers previously utilized at the track.

Specifics of the new sound system at Richmond International Raceway:

· 541 speakers in 346 locations

· 270,000 watts available to drive the sound system

· Four-channel amplifier delivering 2,500 watts per channel (10,000 total watts)

· Sound operators can communicate and monitor amplifiers through the audio network

The sound system is operated by Parsons, who has done work at Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and college football stadiums.

The new public address system is the latest capital improvement project at Richmond International Raceway. Track officials have invested more than $11 million in the fan experience since 2010.

Fans will experience all the sights and sounds of NASCAR excitement at Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend. Saturday’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is one of the most anticipated events of the year, as the race sets the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” A great option for the family, Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY HOSTING FIFTH ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8



Richmond, VA (August 29, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway will host its annual Drive for Life, a Virginia Blood Services blood drive, on Thursday, September 8, from noon to 5 p.m. in the historic Old Dominion Building. Participants should enter the property at Gate 4, off of Laburnum Avenue. Richmond International Raceway’s Drive for Life is a partnership between the track and Virginia Blood Services. Donors may register in advance by logging on to www.vablood.org.

“Richmond International Raceway recognizes the need of blood donation throughout Virginia,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “I hope we can rally our fans who are in town for our September 9-10 NASCAR weekend and our Richmond community to help Virginia Blood Services meet their goals. Please join us on September 8 for our fifth Drive for Life blood drive.”

Richmond International Raceway’s Drive for Life has collected more than 400 units of blood during its four-year span.

To register in advance and for specific information about giving blood, please contact Virginia Blood Services at 800-989-4438 or visit www.vablood.org.

Richmond International Raceway’s Drive for Life kicks off the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend, September 9-10. In addition to the blood drive, Thursday features the Rockin’ the Raceway Dierks Bentley concert, benefitting the Cullather Brain Tumor and Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. Tickets for the concert are $35-$55 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend continues Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” A great night for the entire family, advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

On Saturday, September 10, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” One of the most anticipated events of the season, this race will determine who’s in and who’s out for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Catch all the excitement with advance tickets starting at $45. Log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

 

 

 

 

 

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“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” RUNS THROUGH TENNESSEE SATURDAY NIGHT

Two Races Remain Before NASCAR Returns to Richmond International Raceway for the Wonderful Pistachios 400, “One Last Race to Make The Chase”



Richmond, VA (August 26, 2011)—With Kyle Busch’s win at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, one of the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spots has been gobbled up. Following this weekend’s event in Tennessee, there will only be one race before “The Road to Richmond” culminates at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 with the Wonderful Pistachios 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

Brad Keselowski (two wins) and Denny Hamlin (one win) have a hold on the two “Wild Card” spots, heading into the weekend. But a victory for Paul Menard or David Ragan would knock Hamlin out of the “Wild Card” spot; moreover, a win by Marcos Ambrose or Regan Smith could also potentially do the job. Each of those drivers has one win on the season.

Drivers who have fared well recently on the speedways and road courses over the summer are in for a new challenge at Saturday night’s short track. Here are some Chase contenders to watch this weekend.

Greg Biffle Currently 13th in points with no wins this season, Biffle would take over Hamlin’s spot with a win. Fortunately for Biffle, he has the second-best driver rating (99.4) at Bristol. A “Wild Card” may be the only way for Biffle to get in, as he is 58 points out of 10th (the top 10 in points are guaranteed in The Chase).

Denny Hamlin As mentioned, Hamlin has the final “Wild Card” spot…for now. Since he has one win and there are several other drivers with one win in or near the top 20, he’s certainly “on the bubble.” Additionally, Biffle and Clint Bowyer have more points than Hamlin, so a win by either of them would propel them ahead of Hamlin. The Chesterfield, VA native has the 13th-best driver rating at Bristol but finished 33rd there earlier this season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. He seems to be in the discussion every week, but the reality is Earnhardt Jr. keeps staying on the bubble week after week. He is 9th in points (30 ahead of 11th-place Biffle) and has zero wins. Earnhardt Jr.’s 87.9 driver rating is 12th-best, and he finished 11th earlier this season.

Expect these drivers to be in the thick of the Wild Card hunt as “The Road to Richmond” ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two Wild Card drivers will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season. Fans will want to find their seats by 6:15 p.m. for the beginning of our patriotic pre-race show.

Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com.  Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday tickets start at $30 in advance and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available. Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.

 

 

 

 

 

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NASCAR DRIVER BRAD KESELOWSKI & RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TREAT TICKET HOLDERS TO INFIELD COOKOUT

Driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Hangs Out With Fans and Gives Hot Laps Around the Track



Richmond, VA (August 24, 2011)—The infield of Richmond International Raceway was quaking with excitement yesterday, as NASCAR driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, Brad Keselowski, joined race fans for Keselowski’s Cookout – an event attended by hundreds of Wonderful Pistachios 400 ticket holders.

Featuring ice cold Miller Lite, BUBBA burgers, tailgate games and an appearance by Keselowski, the opportunity to enjoy the cookout was offered to fans who purchased tickets to the Saturday, September 10 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway. Through a random drawing, a select number of fans were invited to come out with a guest.

Keselowski entertained the crowd by joining in several games of cornhole, driving hot laps and signing autographs for nearly everyone in attendance. When he returns September 10 for the Wonderful Pistachios 400, fans can expect one of the most exciting events of the season, as the race will determine the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“I think you’re looking at the last wild card race here at Richmond as the ultimate Race to The Chase race because a lot of teams have one win,” said Keselowski, who currently holds the first wild card spot. “And if any of them can break through and get that second one, it nearly clinches their spot. So there’s a lot of guys that can race their way in at Richmond.”

Fans who do not already have tickets to the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race can log on to www.rir.com to purchase tickets, which start at $45 in advance. Keselowski will be joined by fellow wild card driver Denny Hamlin and a host of others trying to race their way into The Chase.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.
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Aug. 19, 2011

“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” MOTORS IN TO MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY THIS WEEKEND



Three Races Remain Before the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond



With Michigan International Speedway this weekend’s stop on “The Road to Richmond,” the attention continues to focus on the Wild Card element. There’s only four races left, including the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Saturday, September 10 at Richmond International Raceway, for the “bubble” drivers to make their mark and race their way to the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Looking through the top-20, there are a few drivers who are feeling the heat and need to do something to be sure they have a spot in the Chase. Drivers teetering on the “bubble” who have fared well at Michigan in the past include:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Michigan could be a lucky charm for Earnhardt Jr. It’s where he got his last win in 2008. He currently holds on to the ninth position in the points standings and has the eighth-best driver rating at Michigan (94.5).

Tony Stewart There’s no doubt Stewart is feeling a bit of pressure, sitting in 10th, the final spot in the points race outside of the two Wild Card positions. He and Earnhardt Jr. are the only two drivers in the top 10 who don’t have a win this year. He’s got a chance of bringing home a good finish this weekend with one win, 10 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 25 races at Michigan.

Denny Hamlin The defending race winner, Hamlin is returning and hoping to add to his win column, giving him a better chance of being in the Chase. As it stands right now, he’d take the final Wild Card position, but he’d like to be a little more comfortable with a second win this season. He knows how to get to Victory Lane in Michigan, will this weekend be his chance to do it again?

Greg Biffle Currently 13th in points, with no wins, Biffle ranks highest among the driver looking to battle their way into the top-10, or take a Wild Card spot following the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond. With two wins, seven top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes, Biffle holds the second highest driver rating at Michigan with 106.1, just behind Carl Edwards.

Expect these drivers to continue to be in the thick of the 2011 Race to The Chase, as the road ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 for “One Last Race to Make The Chase”—the Wonderful Pistachios 400. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two Wild Card positions will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season.

Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com.  Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available. Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.

 

 

 

 

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Aug. 19, 2011

SAFER Barrier Installation at Richmond International Raceway

SAFER barrier installation is in progress at Richmond International Raceway this week. Once complete, the new SAFER barriers will cover the length of the inside backstretch wall, which is more than 900 feet. The project is expected to be complete next week, in time for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 10 and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, September 9. For tickets and information to the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend at Richmond International Raceway, log on to www.rir.com.

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AND NASCAR DRIVER CARL EDWARDS SPEND THE DAY AT SEA WITH SAILORS ON THE USS EISENHOWER



Richmond, VA (August 17, 2011)—It was a day to remember. Richmond International Raceway representatives and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards set out on a flight like no other. Strapped tightly into a C-2 Greyhound on Tuesday, August 16th, the team took off for the USS Eisenhower, located approximately 200 miles southeast of her home in Norfolk, VA. The one hour flight to the ship ended with a hook landing on the flight deck of the IKE.

After departing the plane, Edwards and raceway officials were escorted through the ship to meet with the Commanding Officer, Captain Marcus Hitchcock. Following introductions, the team suited up again and headed back to the flight deck, where they observed F-18s hook landing and catapulting off the carrier.

“I feel like a NASCAR fan right now,” explained Edwards. “This is just amazing. I’m fascinated by all of this, by what goes on on the flight deck. They let me stand right next to the F-18s as they were landing and taking off. Being this close and experiencing something like this must be what race fans feel like when they sit so close to the action at Richmond.”

Edwards and Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier spent most of their time on the IKE visiting with sailors, thanking them for their service. Edwards signed autographs, took photos and got to know many of the sailors aboard the ship.

“Our sport has a great attachment to all branches of the military,” commented Bickmeier. “You see it every week - our events are very patriotic and that's why so many people love the attachment that NASCAR has to the military; and in particular, being close to RIR, it means a lot for us to honor these heroes every day for the job they do to keep us protected and safe."

The crew even baked Edwards a personalized birthday cake and sang “Happy Birthday” during his visit to the mess hall.

“We met an amazing group of sailors,” reflected Edwards. “It's just spectacular what these sailors are out here doing. They're sacrificing and putting themselves in a very high risk environment for our country. I'm just honored they had us here today. It's amazing how many of these folks follow our sport and love NASCAR. We met a bunch of fans who are going to be at Richmond in a few weeks.”

As the visit came to a close, Edwards, Bickmeier and team all suited up, boarded the C-2 Greyhound and once again strapped in tightly for the catapult launch off the ship. After an hour flight back to the Norfolk Naval Station Air Terminal, the team departed the plane with sailors and pilots, thanking them for the experience and for their service.

Many of the sailors Edwards met on the USS Eisenhower will be attend the September 9-10 NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

The NASCAR weekend kicks off Friday, September 9, for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series.

The weekend concludes Saturday, September 10, when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers hit the track for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” One of the most anticipated races of the season, the event marks the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45. Tickets for both nights can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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KURT BUSCH AND REGAN SMITH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSIONS, PRE-RACE PIT PASSES & FRONTSTRETCH GRANDSTAND SEATS HIGHLIGHT PIT STOP CLUB HOSPITALITY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Richmond, VA (August 15, 2011)—If you’re looking to entertain a small group of employees, clients or friends, one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to experience the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10, is in the Pit Stop Club turn-key hospitality. Ideal for your group of eight, the Pit Stop Club includes:

ü Eight reserved grandstand seats in the Commonwealth Mezzanine on the frontstretch

ü Eight pre-race pit passes

ü Two VIP parking passes

ü Eight souvenir programs

ü Eight lanyards and credential holders

ü Admission to the climate-controlled Pit Stop Club hospitality building, which includes a full dinner buffet and complimentary adult beverages for fans 21 and older

Just announced! Kurt Busch, driver of the #22 Pennzoil Dodge and Regan Smith, driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, will participate in question-and-answer sessions in the Pit Stop Club hospitality building Saturday afternoon. Track president Dennis Bickmeier will also stop in to meet and greet fans. Additional NASCAR personalities maybe be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Pit Stop Club, contact the Corporate Sales Staff at rirsales@rir.com  or 804-228-7611.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 10, now is the time. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Don’t miss the return of hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of your favorite stars of the Sprint Cup Series.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday’s ticket includes practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 12, 2011

“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” TWISTS AND TURNS THROUGH WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL THIS WEEKEND



Four Races Remain Before NASCAR Returns to Richmond International Raceway for the Wonderful Pistachios 400, “One Last Race to Make The Chase”



After a little movement in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following an eventful finish at the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono, the Race to The Chase shifts to the 11-turn road course at Watkins Glen International. Following this weekend’s event, there will only be three races remaining before “The Road to Richmond” culminates at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 with the Wonderful Pistachios 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

While the top-14 in points didn’t see too much movement following Pocono, from position 15 on, there was quite a bit of change. Most notably, Mark Martin and Brad Keselowski both gained three spots, while David Ragan fell three spots. Sitting in the 18th spot, with two wins, Keselowski is holding on tight to a Wild Card position.

Everything gets a little bit interesting when you go to a road course. While many of the Chase contenders are great on ovals, some haven’t been as impressive on the road courses. Let’s take a look at some facts about some notable Chase hopefuls and how they have fared at The Glen.

Tony Stewart Currently 9th in the points, with no wins this season, Stewart has the top driver rating this week at 129.6. He has five wins at The Glen and knows his way around the twists and turns. A win this weekend could help him gain valuable points and assist with his goal to make the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He definitely doesn’t have the best luck at The Glen, with only two top-5 finishes. Sitting in the 10th position, Earnhardt Jr. ranks 23rd among the driver ratings list. He’s made it no secret that he’s not a big fan of road course racing. A win this weekend could change his mind and give his team the shot in the arm they’ve been looking for heading into the final races on “The Road to Richmond.”

Denny Hamlin As the cards fall right now, Hamlin would take the final Wild Card position, sitting 11th in points, with one win. He’s seventh on the driver rating list at 99.9 and has just one top-five finish in five races at The Glen. He’s only 31 points ahead of Paul Menard, who is the next closest driver in the top-20 with a win this season. A bad race for one and a good race for another could change the look of the Wild Card position.

Expect these drivers to be in the thick of the Wild Card hunt as “The Road to Richmond” ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two Wild Card drivers will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season.

Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available. Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.

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ELLIOTT SADLER DRIVES TO VICTORY AT RICHMOND-AREA GOLF COURSE

Virginia Native Bests Media in a Closest to the Pin Contest



Richmond, VA (August 9, 2011)—Lining up from the first tee at Independence Golf Club, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler stuck his drive within just a few yards of the pin, setting the bar high for the media he challenged today. Sadler stopped by the Richmond-area golf course for a friendly contest, along with Richmond International Raceway, to promote the upcoming “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend, September 9-10.

Sadler, a Virginia native who will run the Friday, September 9, Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway, is an avid golfer, but has been focused on his series championship run. He is currently third in the driver point standings, behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson. With race weekend at Richmond coming up, Sadler’s sights are set.

“I’d rather win here at Richmond than I would the Daytona 500,” said the Emporia, VA native, who has never won at Richmond International Raceway. “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. I was here when it was just a ½-mile race track. Being able to race here the past 14 or 15 years is very special. I got close here in 2005.. We’re already preparing for this racing coming up in a couple of weeks because my guys know how important it is to run well here at Richmond. That would be, by far, the biggest win of my career if we were able to make that happen here at Richmond.”

Several local media took their shot at besting Sadler’s precise shot, but couldn’t overtake him. Following the tee-off, Sadler met with 75 children attending the Robins Junior Golf Program and handed out autographed hero cards to each attendee. Finally, Sadler was joined by several contest winners, who won the opportunity to compete in a chipping contest into a real race tire. The winners were selected through Twitter.

Sadler returns to Richmond International Raceway Friday, September 9, for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series.

The weekend concludes Saturday, September 10, when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers hit the track for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” One of the most anticipated races of the season, the event marks the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45. Tickets for both nights can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.
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July 28, 2011

“The Road to Richmond” Crosses the Famed Brickyard Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Annual Stop at Indy Marks the Fourth Event in the “Race to The Chase”



“The Road To Richmond” roars back to action this weekend at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns from an off week to make its annual stop at the Brickyard. Sunday’s Brickyard 400 is the fourth event in the 2011 “Race to The Chase,” meaning only five races remain before the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race To Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, September 10th.

Similar to “One Last Race to Make The Chase,” the Brickyard 400 is one of the marquee events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Over the years, the Brickyard 400 has provided a good indication of who will win the series championship. NASCAR’s top series has raced at Indy 17 times with 14 races being won by past, reining or future series champions. In eight of those seasons the winner at the Brickyard has gone on to win the Sprint Cup Series title, including in four of the last six years. Jimmie Johnson won the series title after Brickyard 400 wins in 2006, 2008 and 2009, while Tony Stewart went on to win the Cup title following his victory at Indy in 2005.

This weekend could play an integral role in the Wild Card slot. Three drivers in particular are looking for their first win of the season, which could help them take a Wild Card position when the checkered flag flies in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray, last year’s Brickyard winner, are all good bets to take the checkered flag this weekend.

A native Hoosier, Stewart is always a threat at the Brickyard. Currently 11th in the points standings, the two-time Brickyard champion looks to become just the second driver-owner to win at Indy. The first was Virginia native, Ricky Rudd in 1997. With a series-best driver rating of 109.3 at Indianapolis, Stewart is the favorite for this weekend.

Montoya, currently 17th in points, finished second in the 2007 Brickyard 400 and might have won in 2009 if not for a late-race pit road speeding penalty while leading. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and needs a win to be in contention for the Wild Card come September 10th.

McMurray, while 29th in points, won last year’s Brickyard 400 and, while it is a stretch, he is looking for a way to move up in the points for a chance at the Wild Card position. A win this weekend will help with that goal.

Here is a look at other drivers to keep an eye on as “The Road to Richmond” stops at the Brickyard:

Mark Martin: Currently 20th in points, Hendrick Motorsports has made it no secret that they want to push Martin to a win for a chance at a Wild Card position coming into Richmond. He has the third-best driver rating of 105.3, behind Stewart and Montoya (106.4).

Greg Biffle: With the fifth-best driver rating of 97.7, Biffle’s average finish is 13.9. He’s currently 15th in points and winless this season. A win this weekend could put him in contention for a Wild Card berth.

Jeff Burton: Much like McMurray, the thought of a Wild Card berth for Virginia native Burton is a stretch. He’s currently 25th in points, but he’s the seventh-best on the driver rating list this week at 95.0. He’s never won at the Brickyard, but does have one top five and five top 10 finishes.

When NASCAR returns to Richmond for the doubleheader weekend September 9-10, drivers will have one last shot to be one of the top 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Anything can happen on “The Road to Richmond.” Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available. Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.

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CRUISIN’ WITH KENNY: FANS ENJOY BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR TOUR WITH NASCAR DRIVER/TOUR GUIDE KENNY WALLACE AND RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY



Richmond, VA (July 19, 2011)—NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace wowed the crowd with his humor and infectious laugh aboard the Annapolitan II, while guiding a tour boat through the Baltimore Inner Harbor today. Buoyed by an unparalleled outgoing personality, Wallace narrated the sightseeing tour that included Federal Hill, the city skyline, Fells Point and the USS Constellation (photos attached).

With the help of social media, Wallace and Richmond International Raceway announced the unique boat tour, inviting fans to come out. During the tour, Wallace remained active on Twitter, tweeting pictures of himself and fans, as well as the boat crew.

“I was tweeting so many pictures, I basically created a slide show of the tour for our followers who couldn’t be here with us today,” said Wallace.

In town to promote the NASCAR “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend at Richmond International Raceway September 9-10, Wallace talked about his love for America’s Premier Short Track.

“I tell all the fans throughout the United States, if not the world, that the number one racetrack on the whole NASCAR circuit is Richmond International Raceway,” said Wallace. “Ask any driver; it’s the number one racetrack. And the reason it’s the best track in our series is because it’s a short track, the racing is in your face, and you can watch all the drivers bang off one another; watch the smoke fly; the smoke comes off their tires. The action is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch them.”

Following the tour, several fans joined Wallace and Richmond International Raceway for lunch at Grilled Cheese & Co., where they created a special sandwich for the day, the Hermanator, a grilled turkey and provolone sandwich with honey Dijon and pickles.

“This is a great sandwich, I sure hope they bring it down to Richmond International Raceway for the September NASCAR weekend so fans can enjoy it too,” said Wallace.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway, just a short trip from Baltimore, for a doubleheader weekend September 9-10. Tickets for the Saturday, September 10, Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at $45 in advance and can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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July 15, 2011

“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” RUNS THROUGH NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WEEKEND

Next Eight Races, Culminating at Richmond International Raceway, Will Decide Chase Field



On the heels of Kyle Busch’s Kentucky Speedway win on “The Road to Richmond,” the 10-week stretch continues at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The next eight races will prove pivotal in deciding the field for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which will be finalized on Saturday, September 10, at Richmond International Raceway’s Wonderful Pistachios 400, which is “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

While the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format has provided plenty of excitement since its inception in 2004, this year may be the most intense after a few new-for-2011 tweaks. The top 10 in driver point standings will earn a berth in the championship field and two “wild card” drivers will also earn a spot. The “wild card” positions go to the two drivers with the most wins who are ranked 11-20 in the point standings, which means there could be an abundance of drivers battling it out for the win “under the lights” at Richmond International Raceway.

Clint Bowyer can attest to how the “wild card” is affecting the standings. Although he is 12th in points, he finds himself on the outside looking in. Bowyer has zero wins on the season, while David Ragan (15th in points) has a win, putting Ragan in The Chase for the moment.

Keep an eye on these drivers for Week 3 on “The Road to Richmond”:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has never won at New Hampshire, but he does have the 5th-best driver rating over the past six years, with an average finish of 14.9. Right now Earnhardt Jr. is 8th in the point standings but only 21 points ahead of 11th-place Tony Stewart. Earnhardt Jr. has no wins on the season and will need to stay afloat on points if he doesn’t find Gatorade Victory Lane.

Clint Bowyer Is trying to find his way back in The Chase. As previously mentioned, Bowyer is no longer in the 12-driver field for the moment. His 12th-place points position leave him on the outside, due to Ragan’s one win for the second “wild card” spot. The good news for Bowyer is he has two New Hampshire wins and the 6th-best driver rating. Look for him to climb this week.

Tony Stewart Finds himself on this list pretty frequently, but for good reason. Stewart has the top driver rating at New Hampshire, to go along with two wins there. He’s 11th in driver points, earning him a “wild card” berth for the moment, but he has zero wins.


Brad Keselowski Is slowly but surely inching his way towards the top 20. Moving up one spot over the weekend, Keselowski is now 21st…AND he has one win this season. Moving into the top 20 would likely vault him into The Chase, since only Ragan has a win in spots 11-20.

Follow all the excitement on “The Road to Richmond,” which culminates on Saturday, September 10, for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, for a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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DIERKS BENTLEY TO ROCK RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Benefit Concert Will Drop the Green Flag on NASCAR Weekend at America’s Premier Short Track



RICHMOND, VA (July 14, 2011)—The September NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway gets a country kickoff Thursday, September 8, as national country music recording artist Dierks Bentley plays the track’s amphitheater for the first “Rockin’ the Raceway” to benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

Bentley’s first five albums have sold more than 5,000,000 copies, producing seven #1 hits. Additionally, he has received 10 Grammy nominations. His song “Sideways” is recognizable among NASCAR fans for its inclusion in FOX’s NASCAR race television promotional ads.

The concert, which precedes the September 9, Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the September 10, Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, serves as a festive way to drop the green flag on race weekend in Richmond.

“The Cullather Brain Tumor Quality Life Center at Bon Secours is thrilled to partner with our friends at Richmond International Raceway and K95 to bring national recording artist Dierks Bentley to Richmond to rock the raceway as a kickoff to the biggest sports weekend in Richmond,” said Mark Stepanian, Board Member, Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center. “We appreciate the opportunity to raise money for our Center that will enhance our mission supporting brain tumor patients and their families in our community. We hope for a great crowd as we welcome NASCAR back to Richmond and further our fight against cancer.”

“This is going to be a very special and exciting way to begin our ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ weekend,” said Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier. “Dierks is an incredible music artist who resonates with our fans and I’m sure he will rock the Raceway on September 8.”

Tickets ($55 reserved, $35 general admission) go on sale this Friday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rir.com, via phone at 866-455-7223 and at Richmond International Raceway’s ticket office, located at 600 East Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a doubleheader weekend September 9-10. The weekend features the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, September 10. Tickets start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, September 9, with a full day of racing action, including the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality Life Center

The Cullather Center is a non-profit, free-of-charge resource center with an emphasis on quality of life. Our nurse-run facility provides practical help for coping with this life-altering condition, filling in where traditional services lack. In conjunction with the mission of Bon Secours to provide good help, the mission of the Center is to help people live the new normal. This important patient inspired definition of quality of life guides us in all our services to brain tumor patients and their families.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AND WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS GET CRACKIN’ – AND RACIN’ – WITH NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE ENTITLEMENT

Wonderful Pistachios 400 Marks “One Last Race to Make The Chase”

Richmond, VA (July 13, 2011)—Wonderful Pistachios, which has been rallying people to Get Crackin’ for three years, will now be revving people to Get Racin’ as the entitlement sponsor of Richmond International Raceway’s September 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Wonderful Pistachios 400 showcases one of the most anticipated racing events of the season, as it marks “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

The multi-year race entitlement signifies Wonderful Pistachios’ entrance into the sport of NASCAR, and it couldn’t happen at a better time and place. When NASCAR descends upon America’s Premier Short Track, some of the best drivers in the world will battle for the final spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Wonderful Pistachios will be sold at concessions stands during Richmond’s race weekend, as well as at most International Speedway Corporation tracks.

“When NASCAR followers gather around the track or television to cheer on their favorite drivers at Richmond International Raceway, Wonderful Pistachios wants to be the winning snack,” said Mark Masten, vice president of sales and marketing, Paramount Farms – the supplier of Wonderful Pistachios. “The Wonderful Pistachios 400 will introduce millions of fans to the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nut that's fun to eat with friends and fellow fans.”

“Our ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ weekend just got even better with the addition of Wonderful Pistachios to the race weekend,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “The Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway will be one of the most exciting and anticipated events of the season and we’re happy to have them along for what is sure to be a wild ride.”

The Wonderful Pistachios 400 carries significance in relation to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Because it is the final race before The Chase, drivers will be vying for valuable spots in NASCAR’s championship. New for 2011, the top 10 drivers in the point standings earn a berth, with two “wild card” spots up for grabs. The “wild card” drivers are the two with the most wins in spots 11-20, meaning there could be a plethora of contenders.

Tickets are on sale now for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and all of your favorite drivers battling “under the lights” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

About Wonderful® Pistachios
The Wonderful Pistachios brand features upscale, premium packaging and a bold contemporary look, appealing to a sophisticated, health-conscious consumer. Wonderful Pistachios are grown in Lost Hills, California, part of the San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural heartland of California. Grown, processed and packaged by Paramount Farms, Wonderful Pistachios are available at retail outlets and grocery stores nationwide including Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Safeway, Vons and Wegmans, and are available in a variety of sizes. For more information about Wonderful Pistachios or the Get Crackin’ campaign, visit www.wonderfulpistachios.comwww.getcrackin.com www.facebook.com/wonderfulpistachios  and www.twitter.com/getcrackin

About Paramount Farms
Part of Roll Global LLC, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Paramount Farms is one of a group of privately owned, affiliated companies that comprise the largest farming operation of tree crops in the world. In addition to pistachios and almonds, Paramount Farms is also the largest producer and exclusive grower of the California Wonderful variety of pomegranates. Sister company, Paramount Citrus, is the largest orange and lemon packing facility in North America, the majority of which come from its own orchards, and the largest grower of Clementine mandarin oranges in the United States.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

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July 3, 2011

Richmond International Raceway to Install SAFER barriers on Backstretch of America’s Premier Short Track




SAFER barriers will be installed in time for the September “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The new SAFER barriers will cover the entire length of the inside backstretch wall, which is over 900 feet.

“The safety of all who attend our events, including the drivers, is important at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “We will always be reviewing our facility and continue to look at ways to improve on the experience of our fans and the drivers.”

The walls are currently being fabricated by GT Grandstands, Inc., a Plant City, Florida company. Installation of the SAFER barriers will begin as soon as they arrive in Richmond. Cheaha Construction LLC of Munford, Alabama will oversee the installation process.

 

 

 

 



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July 1, 2011

“THE ROAD TO RICHMOND” BEGINS THIS WEEKEND AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Next 10 Races, Culminating at Richmond International Raceway, Will Decide Chase Field

 

Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a wild, 10-week ride on “The Road to Richmond,” which begins this Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. That stretch will prove pivotal in deciding the field for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which will be finalized on Saturday, September 10, at Richmond International Raceway’s “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

While the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format has provided plenty of excitement since its inception in 2004, this year may be the most intense after a few new-for-2011 tweaks. The top 10 in driver point standings will earn a berth in the championship field and two “wild card” drivers will also earn a spot. The “wild card” positions go to the two drivers with the most wins who are ranked 11-20 in the point standings, which means there could be an abundance of drivers battling it out for the win “under the lights” at Richmond International Raceway.

Keep an eye on these drivers for Week 1 on “The Road to Richmond”:

 

Tony Stewart Owns the second-best driver rating* at Daytona (100.6). His 16.9 average finish there includes three wins, seven top-fives and 12 top-10s. He is hungry for his first win of 2011 and would like to plant his stake firmly into Chase consideration – Stewart is currently 12th in points.

 

Clint Bowyer Has the best average finish at Daytona among the current top 12 drivers in the 2011 point standings. Although he hasn’t won there, he has two top-fives and six top-10s. Bowyer is another driver looking for his first win of the season. Currently 8th in the point standings, Bowyer is just a handful of points away from being outside the Chase cutoff.

 

Jeff Gordon Knows his way to Gatorade Victory Lane in Daytona. In 37 career races, he has six Daytona wins, along with 12 top-fives and 18 top-10s. With two wins on the season, Gordon figures to be atop the catbird seat for a “wild card” spot if he doesn’t have a top-10 standing after Richmond, but you never know.

 

“Outsiders” Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, AJ Allmendinger, Juan Montoya, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and David Ragan make up spots 13-20 in the driver point standings. Of those listed, none have won this season. But, anything can happen at Daytona, and one win would probably vault them into 12th place, depending on how several other drivers finish.

Follow all the excitement on “The Road to Richmond,” which culminates on Saturday, September 10, for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway. Tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, for a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

 

 

 

 

 


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July 1, 2011

“The Road to Richmond” Starts Now!

Ten-Week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race to The Chase Culminates at Richmond International Raceway



“’The Road to Richmond’ starts here,” announced Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz in a press conference at Daytona International Speedway today. “Everything that happens in the next 10 weeks culminates in the ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond on Saturday, September 10.”



Starting with this weekend’s race in Daytona, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will follow “The Road to Richmond” and the Race to The Chase, making stops in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol and Atlanta, before coming to America’s Premier Short Track for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.



Richmond’s September 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event “under the lights” marks the 26th race of the season. Once the checkered flag flies Saturday night, the field will be set for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.



“’The Road to Richmond’ is a great opportunity for us to remind race fans that Richmond hosts the ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ and to promote the new Chase format,” explained Fritz. “And the fact that everything that happens from Daytona on leads to what you’ll see at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, September 10.”



Previous Chase formats have led to fireworks in the Saturday night beating and banging that race fans enjoy at Richmond International Raceway. In 2004, Jeremy Mayfield won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in dramatic fashion, racing his way into the top 10 and earning a berth in the inaugural Chase. In 2006, Kasey Kahne knocked Tony Stewart out of Chase contention. And in 2009, the Chase field was unsettled until the final lap of the race, as Brian Vickers edged Kyle Busch by just eight points for the final position in NASCAR’s playoffs.



“This year’s format has the makings of one of, if not the most epic ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ events,” said Fritz. “With the two wild card drivers racing their way in, there could potentially be more drivers than ever having a shot at racing their way into The Chase.”



Each week, Richmond International Raceway will provide race fans with an overview of the upcoming race. Using the NASCAR loop data, America’s Premier Short Track will provide an overview of the drivers to keep an eye on, along with information on how they’ve typically run at Richmond. And as “The Road to Richmond” gets shorter, we’ll tell you who stands a chance at making the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and what they have to do to lock themselves in.



Now that you’re on “The Road to Richmond,” be sure to get your tickets for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway, September 9-10.



Tickets for Saturday start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Not only will fans enjoy the excitement on the track, but they’ll be treated to a Video Scoring Tower that is viewable from every seat, as well as new-for-2011 amenities including wider seats, concourse televisions and even larger cooler sizes allowed, enabling fans to bring in more food and beverages than before.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” All of the full-time Nationwide drivers will beat and bang with several Sprint Cup Series stars. Friday’s ticket includes practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Friday’s advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

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DOUBLE PLAY WITH RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: FAN WILL WIN DIAMOND OF A PRIZE

Contest With Richmond Flying Squirrels Awards Pace Car Ride, Race Tickets & More



RICHMOND, Va. (6/20/2011) -- Richmond International Raceway and the Richmond Flying Squirrels Minor League Baseball team are teaming up for the “Double Play With Richmond International Raceway” contest. One lucky fan will win a one-of-a-kind prize package that includes:

Pace Car ride around the track and to The Diamond on Monday, June 27, for Tribute to Racing Night
A ride in the Pace Car onto the field to throw out the first pitch prior to the game
Two tickets to the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10
Two tickets to the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on June 27

To enter, fans must “Like” both the Richmond International Raceway and Richmond Flying Squirrels official Facebook pages. One lucky fan will win the prize mentioned above through a random drawing. Winner will be notified on Thursday, June 23 through Facebook message.

Monday, June 27 is Tribute to Racing Night at The Diamond, as the Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Harrisburg Senators at 7:05 p.m. The evening will feature many displays and vehicles associated with all things racing. Additionally, the first 2,500 fans age 15 & older will receive a die-cast race car, courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch. For tickets and information, visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for another doubleheader weekend, featuring the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights.” Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and all your favorite stars will beat and bang around America’s Premier Short Track Saturday, September 10. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The day includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

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June 14, 2011

VIRGINIAN GLEN WOOD ELECTED TO 2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME

Famed Wood Brothers Racing of Stuart, VA Dates Back to 1950



NASCAR announced today its 2012 Hall of Fame class, which includes Virginia’s own Glen Wood, who laid the foundation for the famed Wood Brothers Racing team as a driver in NASCAR’s premier series. Competing on a semi-regular basis, Wood won four times; but, he is best known for his collaboration with brothers Leonard and Delano in Wood Brothers Racing. The Stuart, VA-based team, which dates to 1950 and remains active, has amassed 98 victories, with the most recent one earlier this season at the Daytona 500, where Trevor Bayne bested the field.

“Glen Wood is very deserving of his election into the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame and we are very proud of this selection,” said Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz. “Glen and his family have been fielding cars for some of the best drivers in the history of NASCAR and they have represented the Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire motorsports community at a top level ever since breaking into the sport more than 60 years ago.”

Of the Wood Brothers Racing victories, two of them came at Richmond International Raceway – with drivers Speedy Thompson in 1960 and Kyle Petty in 1986.

The remainder of the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame includes Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman and Richie Evans.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for another doubleheader weekend, featuring the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights.” Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and all your favorite stars will beat and bang around America’s Premier Short Track Saturday, September 10. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 9, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The day includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 7, 2011

WANTED: PASSIONATE NASCAR FANS DEMONSTRATING CHILDREN’S-RELATED CHARITABLE AND VOLUNTEER EFFORTS; REWARD: $100,000 DONATION TO WINNER’S CHARITY OF CHOICE

NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Will Recognize Philanthropist



The NASCAR Foundation will recognize the outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans by awarding the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to the children’s charity of the recipient’s choice.

The award will honor the passionate commitment Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts. France has been a pioneer of charitable works in the NASCAR community and serves as Chairwoman and founder of The NASCAR Foundation.

“Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has been inspired by the selfless dedication of our NASCAR fans to improve the lives of the children,” said France. “We have champions in every community and we are thrilled to recognize them with this Humanitarian Award.”

While the award is open to U.S. residents throughout the nation, Richmond International Raceway president is calling on all Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area residents to nominate a passionate NASCAR fan who demonstrates charitable and volunteer efforts.

“This award is such a great initiative by The NASCAR Foundation and the NASCAR community,” said Fritz. “I know there are thousands of passionate NASCAR fans in the Richmond community who immerse themselves in children’s-related volunteer and charitable efforts. I would love to brag that the first winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award came from our backyard.”

Four finalists will be chosen, with each receiving a $25,000 donation to a children’s charity of their choice, a trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2011 and be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced and presented the award from France.

The winner receives the $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to their children’s charity and a 2012 Ford Explorer. The award winner will be based on nominations where individuals submit a short story about the community work and focus on supporting children’s charities done by the nominee. The three criteria that will determine the winner include the long term commitment to children’s causes, impact on the local community and dedication for their efforts and passion for the sport of NASCAR.

Nominations will be accepted online at www.nascar.com/unites,  and through U.S. mail to: Betty Jane Humanitarian Award; The NASCAR Foundation; 550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 2000, Charlotte, NC 28202. The deadline for nominations is July 18.

For more information about the process, please visit www.nascar.com/unites

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for a NASCAR doubleheader. Experience the thrill of racing “under the lights” on Saturday, September 10 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle in “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, visit www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2011

TICKETS FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S SEPTEMBER 9-10 NASCAR WEEKEND ON SALE TOMORROW



One of the most anticipated weekends on the NASCAR schedule is coming to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10, and tickets for the two-day event go on sale this Friday at 9:00 a.m. With a new Chase qualifying format and tempers always flaring at America’s Premier Short Track, this is expected to be an intense weekend in Richmond.

The Saturday, September 10, “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The top 10 in driver point standings will earn a berth in the championship field and two “wild card” drivers will also earn a spot. The “wild card” positions go to the two drivers with the most wins who are ranked 11-20 in the point standings, which means there could be an abundance of drivers battling it out for the win “under the lights” at Richmond International Raceway.

“This very well could be one of the most intense, tempered and exciting races ever at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Being One Last Race to Make The Chase always carries a great deal of emotion with drivers trying to race their way into the top positions. But now it’s even crazier with multiple drivers who will be battling to earn the final two ‘wild card’ spots by having the most wins.”

Tickets for “One Last Race to Make The Chase” start at $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Not only will fans enjoy the excitement on the track, but they’ll be treated to a Video Scoring Tower that is viewable from every seat, as well as new-for-2011 amenities including wider seats, concourse televisions and even larger cooler sizes allowed, enabling fans to bring in more food and beverages than before.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 9, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” All of the full-time Nationwide drivers will beat and bang with several Sprint Cup Series stars. Friday’s ticket includes practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Friday’s advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2011

CHARITIES CLEAN UP AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S NASCAR FOUNDATION CAR WASH FOR KIDS



Nearly 200 fans came out to Richmond International Raceway yesterday for the track’s first NASCAR Foundation Car Wash for Kids. For a $15 donation, guests received a car wash, two paced laps around the track in their vehicle and a NASCAR Unites wristband.

Approximately $3,000 in donations will be distributed among Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, Richmond International Raceway CARES—the track’s charitable account and The NASCAR Foundation, which is committed to children’s causes and, through its NASCAR Unites campaign, has vowed to raise $1 million and generate one million volunteer hours this year.

More than 30 locations have participated in the NASCAR Foundation’s Car Wash for Kids, raising nearly $30,000 for children’s charities and accumulating 2,000 volunteer hours.

“This was a great event for all of us at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Being able to support a children’s charity right here in our community is very important to us. We know the funds raised for Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, The NASCAR Foundation and Richmond International Raceway CARES will go a long way in improving the lives of our children.”

“The NASCAR Foundation is grateful for the support of the tracks and locations that participated in this first-year effort,” said Sandy Marshall, executive director of The NASCAR Foundation. “Without the help of the industry as a whole, supporting thousands of children with medical treatment, once-in-a-lifetime camping experiences and fulfilling NASCAR dreams would not be possible.”



NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for a NASCAR Doubleheader. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the Saturday, September 10, “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Advance tickets start at $45. The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 9, as the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. Friday’s tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz home-delivers meals in Henrico County through the Meals on Wheels of Greater Richmond program

May 24, 2011

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY STAFF VOLUNTEERING THROUGHOUT GREATER RICHMOND METROPOLITAN AREA THIS YEAR



Enhancing its already prevalent community involvement in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area, the Richmond International Raceway staff is stepping up its volunteer efforts this year. The track’s increasing volunteerism is coming on the heels of The NASCAR Foundation announcing “NASCAR Unites,” an industry initiative that creates an opportunity for NASCAR fans, drivers, teams, tracks, sponsors and more to unite to improve lives across the nation.

“Now more than ever, we realize the need for giving back to our community,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Our goal is to enhance the lives of as many area residents as possible through our volunteer efforts this year. We are committed to providing a service to the community and we hope other businesses and individuals will join us in our efforts.”

Today, Richmond International Raceway’s team delivered meals to seniors, people with disabilities and disadvantaged populations through Meals on Wheels of Greater Richmond (photo attached).* Next month, the staff will assist Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush project, assisting low-income homeowners with maintaining their home through painting and repairs. This summer the staff will assist the Central Virginia Foodbank by replenishing shelves and sorting food items. More volunteer projects will be organized later this year.


Through the NASCAR Unites campaign, the Foundation is encouraging fans to pledge at least five hours of volunteer service in an effort to collectively generate more than one million hours of giving back to local communities. Supporters are asked to log their hours online at www.nascar.com/unites.  The track staff will add their hours after each service project.

If you know a Richmond-area nonprofit organization in need of volunteer assistance, please contact Richmond International Raceway at ririnfo@rir.com

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for a doubleheader, featuring the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3. For additional information, please log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 23, 2011

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY HOSTING CAR WASH AND RIDE AROUND THE TRACK FOR FANS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

Proceeds Benefit Junior Achievement of Central Virginia & The NASCAR Foundation



Richmond International Raceway is bringing new meaning to the phrase “splash and go” on Wednesday, June 1. Teaming with Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, the track is hosting a NASCAR Foundation Car Wash for Kids fundraiser from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For a $15 donation, fans receive a car wash on pit road, two paced laps around Richmond International Raceway to dry off their vehicles and a NASCAR Unites wristband. Donations will be distributed among Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, Richmond International Raceway CARES—the track’s charitable account and The NASCAR Foundation, which is committed to children’s causes and, through its NASCAR Unites campaign, has vowed to raise $1 million and generate one million volunteer hours this year.

Richmond International Raceway’s event is an extension of the NASCAR Day Car Wash for Kids, a NASCAR Unites national fundraiser engaging motorsports industry leaders to support children’s charities. More than 20 locations participated last Friday in the NASCAR Day Car Wash for Kids.

Fans who would like to have their cars washed may enter the property at the Main Gate of Richmond International Raceway, located at 600 E. Laburnum Ave. (at the corner of Laburnum Ave. and Richmond-Henrico Tnpk.). Drivers will be directed to the infield, where the wash is being held on pit road.

Cash, credit and checks made out to The NASCAR Foundation will be accepted. Cars and motorcycles are allowed; sorry, no buses or RVs. Vehicles must have a valid and current state inspection to participate in the lap around the track.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for a doubleheader weekend featuring the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets for all events go on sale Friday, June 3. For additional information, please log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Junior Achievement of Central Virginia

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Junior Achievement impacts over 9 million children worldwide. Visit www.jatoday.org  for more information about our programs and impact.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

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May 9, 2011

Richmond International Raceway Names Deborah Clemons Director of Consumer Marketing



Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced today the promotion of Deborah Clemons to Director of Consumer Marketing for America’s Premier Short Track.

Clemons joined Richmond International Raceway in 2001 as a Sales Coordinator and was promoted to Advertising & Promotions Manager in 2003. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of the Ticket Office, with a primary focus on ticket sales and developing consumer marketing programs for our fans.

“I am excited to announce Deborah’s promotion,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Deborah has been with Richmond International Raceway for more than 10 years now and is a valued member of our team. It is only fitting that she be recognized for her efforts in helping make Richmond International Raceway America’s Premier Short Track.”

In her previous roles at Richmond International Raceway, Clemons oversaw all aspects of the advertising and promotions for America’s Premier Short Track, as well as worked directly with corporate sponsors to ensure successful activation of their programs.

In addition to her extensive work at Richmond International Raceway, Clemons is also a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the Richmond area, as well as a member of the Richmond Volleyball Club.

A native of Dryden, New York, Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude, in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” Sprint Cup Series race and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3. For information, please log on to www.rir.com.

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Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz Statement on SAFER Barriers at America’s Premier Short Track. “The safety of all who attend our events, including the drivers, is of the upmost importance at Richmond International Raceway. We along with NASCAR and the developer of the Safer Barrier at the University of Nebraska, review the performance of the barrier and its locations and have made improvements from time to time based on recommendations from the University of Nebraska, and will continue to look at being able to improve upon it.”  5/3/11

 

 

 

 

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April 29, 2011

 

ROYAL WEDDING, PART TWO: VIRGINIANS TO TIE THE KNOT AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON



Now that the vows have been exchanged at the Royal Wedding, it’s time for a new Royal Wedding – a marriage taking place at Richmond International Raceway prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

William Rodriguez and Buffie Richards will tie the knot in Gatorade Victory Lane at 3:00 p.m. The two met at Wal-Mart, where Richards works, and struck up a conversation that has led them to America’s Premier Short Track.

“We are getting married at Richmond International Raceway because we have always thought of it as our home track,” said Richards.

Both are hardcore NASCAR fans, with Rodriguez favoring the Fords and Richards preferring Chevrolets. The groomsmen will don Ford blue oval t-shirts and the bridesmaids will sport Chevy bowties.

The happy couple will return to Spotsylvania, VA for what will hopefully be many years of happy marriage and racing rivalry.

Tickets for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are available, and start at $45 in advance. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com,  call 866-455-7223 or visit a ticket booth at the track this weekend.

 

 

 

 

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April 28, 2011

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS APRIL 2011 VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS MONTH IN THE COMMONWEALTH



Joined by Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz and Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell today declared April 2011 as Virginia Motorsports Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In his recognition, Gov. McDonnell cites Virginia’s rich motorsports history and serving as home to more than 20 local speedways, raceways and motorsports parks, including Richmond International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway – both of which host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events annually. Virginia is the only state to currently host four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each year.

Virginia has also produced many contributors to NASCAR history, including Wendell Scott, the first African-American to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and two current Sprint Cup drivers—Jeff Burton and Denny Hamlin. Additionally, Wood Brothers Racing – the latest winner of the Daytona 500 – was founded in Virginia and was based in the Commonwealth for 53 years. It is the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.

In total, the NASCAR weekends at both Richmond International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway generate annual economic benefit of $584 million for the Commonwealth.

The governor’s proclamation comes during race week at Richmond International Raceway, which begins tomorrow with a doubleheader featuring the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Tickets for Thursday are $25; children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

The weekend continues Friday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Advance tickets start at $30; children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars hit the track as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 “under the lights.” Advance tickets for Saturday start at $45. All tickets can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 27, 2011

 

SIGNATURE BUBBA BURGER® CONTEST FINALISTS TO COMPETE IN “COOK OFF” AT SPEED STAGE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Winner Scores Pre-Race Ceremony Passes and a Month’s Supply of BUBBA burgers



Gentlemen, start your grills! After receiving many great recipe entries for the “Signature BUBBA burger Contest,” Richmond International Raceway and BUBBA burger named Michael Flores of Toms River, New Jersey and Mike Myers of Fredericksburg, Virginia finalists. The two grill masters will compete this Friday at 2:15 p.m. at the SPEED stage, located on Richmond International Raceway’s Midway.


Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite finalist on Richmond International Raceway’s Facebook page. Here’s a look at how the two stack up:

Big Mike’s Spicy Turkey BUBBA burger® (Michael Flores)

· Turkey BUBBA burger

· Sesame bun, lightly toasted

· Extra virgin olive oil

· Granulated garlic powder

· Salt and pepper

· Shredded cheddar cheese

· Sliced avocado

· Sliced red onion

· Chipotle mayonnaise

· Chipotle ketchup

· Baby arugula

· Sweet pickled jalapeno peppers



Virginia BUBBA blue (Mike Myers)

· Double BUBBA burger

· Blue crab claw meat

· Horseradish sauce

· Provolone cheese

· Toasted poppyseed bun

Track president Doug Fritz, SPEED-TV’s Randy Pemberton and BUBBA burger’s Chef Patrick Patti will serve as judges at the SPEED stage Friday afternoon.

Fans can purchase tickets to all three race days by logging on to www.rir.com  or calling 866-455-7223. The weekend features the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race. Advance tickets start at $45.

On Friday night, fans can catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series stars battling with some Sprint Cup Series drivers in the BUBBA burger 250 race. Advance tickets start at $30. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

The weekend begins Thursday, April 28 with two races in one night: the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 27, 2011

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S MOBILE WEBSITE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST FANS ON RACE WEEKEND

Website Designed Specifically for Smart Phones, Enhancing Fan Experience



Richmond International Raceway’s mobile website allows fans to keep up with track news and happenings on their smart phones while they are on-the-go. The mobile website, which was introduced last year, is just one more amenity for fans coming to America’s Premier Short Track this weekend.

“We are constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance the guest experience at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Our goal is to provide the perfect racing experience at the raceway that is known for Racing Perfection. Our mobile website boasts convenience and enhances the guest experience at America’s Premier Short Track.”

Richmond International Raceway’s mobile website, which launched in time for the September 2010 NASCAR weekend, is another fan enhancement in an effort to ensure top-notch guest experience at America’s Premier Short Track. The mobile website features important information available before, during and after race weekends, including ticket information, gate policies, race day activities, latest news and much more.

The mobile website is accessible from all smart phones, wherever cellular service is available. It will be especially useful for Richmond International Raceway’s upcoming race weekend April 28-30.

The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway runs April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend begins with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 26, 2011

NASCAR DRIVER Q&A AND AUTOGRAPH SESSION HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF THURSDAY, APRIL 28 RACE TICKET AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Ticketholders May Also Purchase Pre-Race Pit Pass



Fans who have tickets for the opening day of Richmond International Raceway’s Spring NASCAR Weekend – Thursday, April 28 – will enjoy some newly-announced benefits. All tickets, which include a seat for the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, are $25, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Driver Q&A

NASCAR drivers and personalities Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Travis Pastrana, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Jason White, Hermie Sadler, Aric Almirola, Curtis Markham, Clay Campbell and Max Gresham will participate in a fan question and answer session inside Gate 40 at 4:30 p.m. The Q&A is held inside the grandstand gates, and it is open only to Thursday, April 28 ticket holders.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Autograph Session

Drivers competing in the Blue Ox 100 race will participate in an autograph session inside Gate 40 at 3:00 p.m. The autograph session is inside the grandstand gates, and it is open only to Thursday, April 28 ticket holders.

Thursday Pre-Race Pit Pass

Fans who have tickets for the Blue Ox 100 and Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown may upgrade their race experience with a Thursday-only pre-race pit pass. For $15, the pre-race pit pass allows fans to access the pit area and get an up-close look at the cars in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the Late Model cars that will compete later that night. Pre-race pit access is valid from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To take advantage of the Pre-Race Pit Pass, guests must be 16 years of age or older. Younger than 18 years of age must have parent or guardian sign release form.

The weekend continues Friday, April 29, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race. Advance tickets start at $30 and children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

Sparks will fly and tempers will flare when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers mix it up in the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race Saturday night, April 30. Advance tickets start at $45. For tickets and information to all races, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 26, 2011

COMPLETE LIST OF NEW AMENITIES AND FAN-FAVORITE ACTIVITIES AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S SPRING NASCAR WEEKEND



When fans flock to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the April 28-30 NASCAR Weekend, they will notice several new amenities, as well as some returning fan-favorite activities. Those who don’t already have tickets for NASCAR’s return to Richmond can log on to www.rir.com  for tickets and information. Here is a list of the great amenities awaiting fans this weekend:

Rodney Atkins Pre-Race Concert

The country music star will perform a pre-race concert on the track’s frontstretch prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30. A limited number of ticketholders who are 21 years of age and older may view the concert on the frontstretch. To receive passes for on-track access, ticketholders are invited to visit the Crown Royal booth located in the white VIBE tent on the midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building on Saturday, where they will receive a Crown Royal t-shirt and a lanyard, providing them access to the stage area for the concert. Ticketholders who do not have on-track access passes can still experience the concert from the grandstands.

Wider Seats

Nearly all of the grandstand seats have been widened and now measure 22 inches wide.

Backpacks and Larger Coolers Allowed

Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverage inside the gates at Richmond International Raceway. The new maximum allowed cooler size is 14x14x14 inches – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages. Guests may carry in their items in backpacks or daypacks. Each guest is allowed to carry in one backpack and one cooler.

Concourse Televisions

More than twenty 42” televisions have been installed throughout the concourse, underneath the grandstands.

Video Scoring Tower

Installed last season, the largest video scoring tower in NASCAR will display live race action, pre-race ceremonies, the Rodney Atkins concert, various events happening on Raceway property and many pre-produced videos and graphics. Additionally, fans can stick around after the checkered flag to watch Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations and post-race driver interviews from the Media Center.

Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate

The ultimate tailgate party on Saturday will be at the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, featuring live music, tailgate games, as well as great tasting Miller Lite and smoked barbecue on sale. Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate is open to fans 21 years of age and older. The festive destination is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a southern rock band performing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. While in the Ultimate Tailgate, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen TVs and specials on Miller Lite drafts, as well as a smoked barbecue menu.

Caribbean Beach BBQ

Speaking of barbecue, if you’re looking for a laid-back, tropical environment, check out the brand-new Caribbean Beach BBQ inside Gate 40 all weekend. With a steel drum player, palm trees and sand, it’s like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean oasis. Island beers and tropical barbecue are available for purchase.

Chevy FanFest

Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet returns to the Midway Friday and Saturday. Chevy Fan Fest offer fans a free, family-friendly, interactive hospitality area, which includes displays, interactive games, show cars, children’s activities and more.

Chevy Ride & Drive

Visit Team Chevy (adjacent to FanFest) for a spin in one of Chevy’s hottest new rides in Richmond and get your complimentary Team Chevy t-shirt. Test drive a Cruze, Malibu, Volt, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe or Silverado. You can even get behind the wheel of the Chevy Camaro or Corvette Grand Sport. The Team Chevy Test Drive is open to the public; drivers must be 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers’ license to participate.

American Indoor Karting

An outdoor karting will be set up in the Midway near FanFest for fans to turn laps in 9hp RX-7 karts, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour. The karting track will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Tickets to race are $20 for a 20-25 lap run on the track. A computer timing system will track lap times.

The Midway

Outside of the grandstands, Richmond International Raceway offers one of the best interactive and shopping experiences in all of racing, the Midway. The Midway features track and driver souvenir merchandise rigs, interactive displays, games, giveaways, music and more.

V.I.B.E.

The Virginia Industry Business Expo (VIBE), located on the Midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building, is an indoor display area, featuring displays and exhibitions from regional businesses, open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

Fans can purchase tickets to all three race days by logging on to www.rir.com  or calling 866-455-7223. The weekend features the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race. Advance tickets start at $45.

On Friday night, fans can catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series stars battling with some Sprint Cup Series drivers in the BUBBA burger 250 race. Advance tickets start at $30. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

The weekend begins Thursday, April 28 with two races in one night: the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

 About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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DENNY HAMLIN SHORT TRACK SHOWDOWN AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FEATURES NASCAR DRIVERS AND CELEBRITIES

Thursday, April 28 Doubleheader Finale Will Benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation

 

Many of NASCAR’s stars are coming out for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 28. With the entry list finalized for the fourth annual race, here is a look at some of the notable drivers competing in the 75-lap shootout “under the lights”:

 ·         Denny Hamlin: The reason the race exists. Proceeds from the event will help raise awareness and funding for the specific needs of individuals afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis as well as other programs that support chronically ill children and underprivileged youth. The Chesterfield, VA native is still looking for his first win in this race. Last year Hamlin finished second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. He also has three wins at Richmond International Raceway (two Sprint Cup Series and one Nationwide Series).

·         Tony Stewart: After Hamlin, Stewart may be the fan favorite because of his hard-nosed racing style and his outspoken personality. Stewart’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Richmond International Raceway in 1999. His total number of top-five and top-10 finishes at Richmond rank among the best at America’s Premier Short Track.

·         Kyle Busch: Perhaps no driver has figured out Richmond International Raceway better than Busch. In his 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, he has two wins, four runner-up finishes and 10 top-five finishes. He also has three wins here in the Nationwide Series. Additionally, he won the first two Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown events.

·         Kasey Kahne: Like many of the drivers mentioned here, Kahne cut his teeth on short tracks of any style of surface. He recorded his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win by taking the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway in 2004.

·         Michael Waltrip: Despite retiring as a full-time NASCAR driver, Waltrip hasn’t lost his itch to drive. The successful team owner will have his hands full with all the Sprint Cup Series and Late Model stars.

·         Travis Pastrana: Known for his mastery of Motocross and garnering numerous X Games medals, Pastrana is also famous for his motocross stunts that have been broadcast worldwide. Pastrana is running twice on April 28, as he’ll be competing in the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race prior to the Showdown.

·         Joey Logano: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is still getting accustomed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has had several decent runs at Richmond.

·         Trevor Bayne: Best known for winning the 2011 Daytona 500, Bayne has been successful in the Nationwide Series, as well. Last year he finished seventh in the point standings and finished third at the September Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

·         Aric Almirola: Driving for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, Almirola is currently sixth in the Nationwide Series point standings, racking up two top-10 finishes.

·         Hermie Sadler: Recognized today for his prominence on SPEED-TV, Sadler competes part-time in all of NASCAR’s top three national touring series. The Emporia, VA native is sure to receive an ovation in his home state.

·         Clay Campbell: Whether or not you know it, the president of Martinsville Speedway is a racing aficionado and will compete in the Showdown. Campbell has raced in the Showdown before and is looking for a great finish at Richmond, a sister track of Martinsville.

·         CE Falk III: Those who attended Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown last year know Falk from Victory Lane. A driver who competes weekly at Langley Speedway, Falk took the checkered flag last year, besting some of NASCAR’s top competitors.

In addition to these drivers, dozens of local and regional Late Model stock car drivers will battle it out “under the lights” Thursday, April 28 in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Tickets for Thursday, which include the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, are $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

 he weekend continues Friday, April 29 when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” The race features all of the full-time Nationwide Series drivers battling with many Sprint Cup Series drivers. Advance tickets for Friday start at $30 and can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track Saturday, April 30, as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race “under the lights.” Two-time defending race winner Kyle Busch will mix it up with defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and all your favorite stars. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223. 

DENNY HAMLIN SHORT TRACK SHOWDOWN AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FEATURES NASCAR DRIVERS AND CELEBRITIES

Thursday, April 28 Doubleheader Finale Will Benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation


Many of NASCAR’s stars are coming out for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 28. With the entry list finalized for the fourth annual race, here is a look at some of the notable drivers competing in the 75-lap shootout “under the lights”:

· Denny Hamlin: The reason the race exists. Proceeds from the event will help raise awareness and funding for the specific needs of individuals afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis as well as other programs that support chronically ill children and underprivileged youth. The Chesterfield, VA native is still looking for his first win in this race. Last year Hamlin finished second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. He also has three wins at Richmond International Raceway (two Sprint Cup Series and one Nationwide Series).

· Tony Stewart: After Hamlin, Stewart may be the fan favorite because of his hard-nosed racing style and his outspoken personality. Stewart’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Richmond International Raceway in 1999. His total number of top-five and top-10 finishes at Richmond rank among the best at America’s Premier Short Track.

· Kyle Busch: Perhaps no driver has figured out Richmond International Raceway better than Busch. In his 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, he has two wins, four runner-up finishes and 10 top-five finishes. He also has three wins here in the Nationwide Series. Additionally, he won the first two Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown events.

· Kasey Kahne: Like many of the drivers mentioned here, Kahne cut his teeth on short tracks of any style of surface. He recorded his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win by taking the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway in 2004.

· Michael Waltrip: Despite retiring as a full-time NASCAR driver, Waltrip hasn’t lost his itch to drive. The successful team owner will have his hands full with all the Sprint Cup Series and Late Model stars.

· Travis Pastrana: Known for his mastery of Motocross and garnering numerous X Games medals, Pastrana is also famous for his motocross stunts that have been broadcast worldwide. Pastrana is running twice on April 28, as he’ll be competing in the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race prior to the Showdown.

· Joey Logano: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is still getting accustomed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has had several decent runs at Richmond.

· Trevor Bayne: Best known for winning the 2011 Daytona 500, Bayne has been successful in the Nationwide Series, as well. Last year he finished seventh in the point standings and finished third at the September Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

· Aric Almirola: Driving for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, Almirola is currently sixth in the Nationwide Series point standings, racking up two top-10 finishes.

· Hermie Sadler: Recognized today for his prominence on SPEED-TV, Sadler competes part-time in all of NASCAR’s top three national touring series. The Emporia, VA native is sure to receive an ovation in his home state.

· Clay Campbell: Whether or not you know it, the president of Martinsville Speedway is a racing aficionado and will compete in the Showdown. Campbell has raced in the Showdown before and is looking for a great finish at Richmond, a sister track of Martinsville.

· CE Falk III: Those who attended Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown last year know Falk from Victory Lane. A driver who competes weekly at Langley Speedway, Falk took the checkered flag last year, besting some of NASCAR’s top competitors.

In addition to these drivers, dozens of local and regional Late Model stock car drivers will battle it out “under the lights” Thursday, April 28 in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Tickets for Thursday, which include the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, are $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

The weekend continues Friday, April 29 when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” The race features all of the full-time Nationwide Series drivers battling with many Sprint Cup Series drivers. Advance tickets for Friday start at $30 and can be purchased at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track Saturday, April 30, as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race “under the lights.” Two-time defending race winner Kyle Busch will mix it up with defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and all your favorite stars. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

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April 18, 2011

 

 NASCAR DRIVERS TESTING AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WEDNESDAY, IN PREPARATION FOR DENNY HAMLIN SHORT TRACK SHOWDOWN

Grandstand Admission is Free and Open to the Public



Race fans in Richmond who can’t wait for NASCAR to return are in luck. Several NASCAR drivers are making an early return to Richmond International Raceway this Wednesday, April 20, before the April 28-30 Spring NASCAR Race Weekend at America’s Premier Short Track. They are testing in preparation for the Thursday, April 28 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

Chesterfield, VA’s Denny Hamlin, Hermie Sadler, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, Curtis Markham and Jason White are confirmed to hit the track Wednesday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Grandstands are free and open to the public by accessing Gate 70.

The fourth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown makes its debut at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 28. The race features many NASCAR drivers, including Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Travis Pastrana and Trevor Bayne, battling with some of the best Late Model drivers in the area.

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will run after the 7:00 p.m. Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday, April 28. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is a launching pad for developmental drivers and home for veterans of motorsports. The series has produced many drivers currently competing in NASCAR’s three national series. Tickets for the doubleheader are $25 and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

The weekend continues Friday, April 29 with the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and Saturday’s tickets start at $45 in advance. For tickets and information to all races, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit
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SIGNATURE BUBBA BURGER® CONTEST, PART TWO: THIS ONE’S FOR THE FANS

Fans Encouraged to Submit BUBBA burger® Creations for a Chance at Prizes



Last year, BUBBA burger® and Richmond International Raceway launched the “Signature BUBBA burger® Contest,” which featured NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers submitting their burger creations. 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was crowned BUBBA burger® champion after judges tasted his scrumptious “Big Cheese,” featuring three cheeses and crispy bacon. This year, fans are invited to submit their creations for a chance to win some great prizes, including race tickets, pre-race ceremony access and lots of BUBBA burgers®.

It’s easy for fans to enter the contest. Fans should submit their “Signature BUBBA burger® Creation”—which is open to basically anything edible that you can pair up with your BUBBA burger®—and send it in via e-mail to ririnfo@rir.com. Of course you don’t send the actual burger, but fans can submit their creation in writing, picture or video. Finalists receive tickets to the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The winner receives pre-race ceremony passes for both races and a month’s supply of BUBBA burgers®.

A committee comprised of BUBBA burger® and Richmond International Raceway officials will select two finalists, who will be invited to participate in a “cook off” on the afternoon of Friday, April 29, prior to the BUBBA burger 250. Finalists must be present for the “cook off” to be eligible for the grand prize.

If you aren’t familiar with all the different BUBBA burger® options, log on to www.bubbafoods.com  and check out the Original, Reduced Fat, Certified Angus, Sweet Onion, Jalapeno, the Minis (think BUBBA burger® sliders) and the Turkey BUBBA burger®. Those options serve as your canvas, now paint your masterpiece with all the toppings, condiments and extras you want—extra points for creativity.

The deadline to enter is Friday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Finalists will be notified via e-mail or phone. Finalists must be able to attend the “cook off” on Friday, April 29, prior to the BUBBA burger 250. If selected finalists are unable to attend, alternates who can attend will be selected. Complete rules and regulations can be found by clicking here.

The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30th. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About BUBBA burger:

The BUBBA burger® is America’s #1 selling branded frozen burger. The BUBBA burger® is made from 100% USDA Choice Chuck and contains no trimmings, no additives and no fillers. The BUBBA burger® is designed to be cooked frozen. Find them in your local grocer’s freezer nationwide! Remember, Bubba says, “You’ll Never Bite A Burger Better Than A Bubba!” For more information on BUBBA burger® visit the website at www.bubbafoods.com  or check out The Official BUBBA burger Fan Page on Facebook®.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2011

MILLER LITE ULTIMATE TAILGATE RETURNS TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 30



Miller Lite is bringing the ultimate tailgate party to fans at Richmond International Raceway prior to the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate features live music, tailgate games and great tasting Miller Lite and smoked barbecue on sale.

Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate is the place to be for fans 21 years of age and older before the green flag drops Saturday night, April 30. This festive and enjoyable destination is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a southern rock band performing from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., corn hole tournaments, a Miller Lite show car and mechanical bull riding.

While in the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen televisions and specials on Miller Lite draft, as well as a smoked barbecue menu that includes barbecue chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket.

For directions to the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, please click here for a property map and locate item #17.

The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

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Henrico County, Virginia Issues Proclamation for NASCAR Week April 24-30

Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz Accepts Proclamation at Board of Supervisors Meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (4/13/11) – The Henrico County Board of Supervisors last night issued a proclamation recognizing NASCAR Race Week April 24-30 in the county where Richmond International Raceway resides.

Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz was on hand at the Board’s meeting to accept the proclamation from Frank J. Thornton, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and Fairfield District representative.

“Now, therefore, be it proclaimed, that the Board of Supervisors of Henrico County, Virginia hereby recognizes April 24 – April 30, 2011 as NASCAR Race Week and calls this observance to the attention of all Henrico citizens,” the proclamation concludes.

NASCAR Race Week in Henrico County features the start of the 2011 race season at Richmond International Raceway April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

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April 13, 12011

DAYTONA 500 WINNER TREVOR BAYNE & MOTOCROSS CHAMP TRAVIS PASTRANA HEADLINE PARTY ZONE FAN HOSPITALITY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Friday, April 29 Party Zone Ticket Includes Pre-Race Pit Pass, Dinner Buffet and More



If you want to watch NASCAR practice and pole qualifying from pit road and the opportunity to get up close and personal with NASCAR celebrities on Friday of race weekend, our Party Zone fan hospitality option is the ticket. The Party Zone fan hospitality on Friday, April 29 delivers a pre-race pit pass, full dinner buffet and question-and-answer sessions with NASCAR celebrities, including 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, motocross superstar Travis Pastrana and more!

The Party Zone fan hospitality, available on Friday, April 29, prior to the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is $65 per adult and includes an exclusive pre-race pit pass (2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.), as well as admission to the Party Zone, which offers:

· Appetizers (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

· Dinner buffet (3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

· Three adult beverage tickets for fans 21 and older (with a valid ID)

· Unlimited sodas and water

· Question-and-answer sessions with Trevor Bayne, Travis Pastrana, Miss Sprint Cup, Hermie Sadler and track president Doug Fritz

Kids pricing (12 years of age and younger) is available for $10, which includes all of the above except the pre-race pit pass and adult beverage tickets. Guests must have a ticket to the Friday, April 29 race to purchase the Party Zone. The Party Zone does not include a race ticket.

For additional information, please click here, e-mail Chris Lovings at clovings@rir.com  or call 804-228-7500, extension 4122.

The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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FORMER NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPION MATT KENSETH HEADLINES GREEN FLAG ZONE FAN HOSPITALITY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Saturday, April 30 Green Flag Zone Includes Pre-Race Pit Pass, Dinner Buffet and More

 If you’re looking for a pre-race pit pass and the opportunity to get up close and personal with NASCAR celebrities on Sprint Cup Series race day, our Green Flag Zone fan hospitality option is your best bet. The Green Flag Zone fan hospitality on Saturday, April 30 is your ticket to a pre-race pit pass, full dinner buffet and question-and-answer sessions with NASCAR celebrities, including former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, SPEED-TV’s Rutledge Wood, Miss Sprint Cup and more!

 The Green Flag Zone fan hospitality, available on Saturday, April 30, prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is $90 per adult and includes an exclusive pre-race pit pass (2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.), as well as admission to the Green Flag Zone, which offers:

·         Appetizers (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

·         Dinner buffet (3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

·         Six adult beverage tickets for fans 21 and older (with a valid ID).

·         Unlimited sodas and water.

·         Question-and-answer sessions with Matt Kenseth, Rutledge Wood, Miss Sprint Cup, Hermie Sadler, Matthew Hansen and track president Doug Fritz

·         Live musical entertainment

 Kids pricing (12 years of age and younger) is available for $45, which includes all of the above except the adult beverage tickets. Guests must have a ticket to the Saturday, April 30 race to purchase. The Green Flag Zone does not include a race ticket.

 For additional information, please click here, e-mail Chris Lovings at clovings@rir.com or call 804-228-7500, extension 4122.

 The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30th. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

 On Friday night, April 29, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

 The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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CROWN ROYAL AND RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TO HOST PRE-RACE CONCERT WITH COUNTRY MUSIC STAR RODNEY ATKINS



Performance to Precede Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 on April 30th



RICHMOND, Va., (April 12, 2011) – One can always find their fair share of Patriotism at a NASCAR event but when Rodney Atkins takes the stage in Richmond, it will be at an all-time high. Continuing his ongoing partnership with Crown Royal to salute those who proudly serve, country music artist Rodney Atkins will honor military hero United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Matthew Hansen, in an hour-long concert prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 30th.

Ticketholders who are 21 years of age and older will have the opportunity to view the concert on the frontstretch of America’s Premier Short Track. To receive passes for on-track access, ticketholders are invited to visit a booth located in the white VIBE tent on the midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building on Saturday, April 30, where they will receive a Crown Royal t-shirt and a lanyard, providing them access to the stage area for the concert. Ticketholders who do not have on-track access passes can still experience the concert from the grandstands.

“I look forward to kicking off the race weekend in Richmond with a live performance to honor Matthew and Daniel Hansen and all military members who put their lives on the line every day so that we may enjoy freedom,” said Atkins. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to entertain race fans and have them join me in thanking our country’s heroes for their efforts here and overseas.”

Most recently, Atkins performed his hit song “These are My People” in front of fans and members of the NASCAR community in the Daytona International Speedway FANZONE and unveiled Matthew Hansen as the grand-prize winner of the annual Crown Royal “Your Name Here” 400 program. As Atkins began the song, he included the Hansen brothers’ names to unveil the winner, singing “Matthew and Daniel Hansen on the radio.” Fans can now hear Atkins on the radio with his new single “Take A Back Road,” which was released last week.

Traditionally, the race at Richmond International Raceway has donned the first and last name of the grand-prize winner, but the April 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will not just recognize Matthew, but also his identical twin brother and fellow Marine, Daniel, who was killed in action Feb. 14th, 2009.

“It is a pleasure to have one of country music’s favorite stars take center stage to provide NASCAR fans with a top notch experience at America’s Premier Short Track,” said Yvonne Briese, Crown Royal Brand Director. “It is a perfect way to start a memorable weekend to recognize the brave men and women who serve our country.”

The Rodney Atkins pre-race concert will be a rocking prelude to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, April 30th.

“We are excited to have Rodney take the stage and honor Matthew and Daniel Hansen, our service men and women and Crown Royal,” said Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz. “It’s going to be a great night, kicked off by Rodney’s performance.”

Be here to witness “Racing Perfection,” as hometown hero Denny Hamlin, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battle it out “under the lights.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by visiting www.rir.com  or calling 866-455-7223.

Throughout the weekend, Crown Royal reminds fans to "Please Drink Responsibly” and assign a designated driver.

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About Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit http://www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

About Rodney Atkins

Curb Records recording artist Rodney Atkins has been successfully leading the country music charts and selling albums since his career began in 2006 when he hit the scene with his first number one, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which was also the Number One Country Song of the Year according to Billboard in 2006. The East Tennessee native has recorded three studio albums, Honesty, If You’re Going Through Hell and It’s America and charted seven Top 20 singles including five number one’s: “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In),” and “It’s America.” Atkins’ current single “Farmer’s Daughter” tore up the charts and kept the “buy” button at iTunes steady.

Atkins recently released an exclusive album with Cracker Barrel that features four number one hits including “Farmer’s Daughter” and an unreleased song. Atkins was the 2010 spokesman for the National Council for Adoption and is heavily involved within the organization. He was also the 2010 spokesman for the Chevy Silverado. Kraft Velveeta sponsored his “Best Side of Dinner” tour last summer and he was featured as the writer/singer on the national ad campaign for Velveeta Shells and Cheese. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit www.rodneyatkins.com

 

 

 

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April  11, 2011

TRAVIS PASTRANA TO COMPETE IN BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST RACE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH

Motocross and X Games Legend Will Also Visit Party Zone Fan Hospitality on Friday, April 29th

Arguably the most popular competitor in motocross history, Travis Pastrana is coming to Richmond International Raceway to compete in the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday night, April 28th. Additionally, Pastrana, known for wowing crowds with his amazing freestyle motocross stunts, will participate in a question and answer session in the Party Zone fan hospitality on Friday, April 29th, prior to the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Pastrana is racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which features separate schedules and championships for the East and West, and makes up the top step of the NASCAR Home Tracks ladder—a launching pad for developmental drivers and home for veterans of motorsports. In addition to producing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has served as the starting point for some of the top up-and-coming talent now in NASCAR’s three national series, including 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon and Ryan Truex.

The Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race runs prior to the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday, April 28th. The Showdown features NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano Bayne and Hermie Sadler, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers in the area. Thursday’s tickets, which include both races, are general admission and $25. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

Pastrana will stick around Friday, April 29th and participate in a fan question and answer session in the Party Zone fan hospitality, prior to the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Party Zone is an add-on for BUBBA burger 250 ticket holders. This offer includes a pre-race pit pass (for fans 16 years of age and older), a full dinner buffet, Q&A with NASCAR celebrities, three adult beverage tickets (for fans 21 years of age and older) and much more! Party Zone admission is $65 per person. Party Zone children’s tickets are $10 and include all the amenities except for the pre-race pit pass and adult beverage tickets. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for additional Party Zone information and to purchase BUBBA burger 250 tickets (which start at $30).

The weekend continues on Saturday, April 30th, for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Hometown hero Denny Hamlin, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and all of your favorite stars will battle it out “under the lights.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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 April 6, 2011

KURT BUSCH & RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TEAM UP FOR MARINE CORPS BASE VISIT IN VIRGINIA



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kurt Busch joined Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia yesterday for a visit that included shooting artillery onto a replica battlefield and meeting many brave United States Marines.

Busch, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, made the trip to Quantico, following a visit to the DC101 radio station, where he met world-famous radio show host Elliot of “Elliot in the Morning,” as well as several fans who won a contest to have “Breakfast With Busch.”

Busch and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 30th, as they battle “under the lights” in the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend also includes the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights” on Friday, April 29th. The race features all of the full-time Nationwide Series drivers, including Virginia native Elliott Sadler, as well as many Sprint Cup Series drivers running double-duty. Tickets start at $30, with children 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Click here or call 866-455-7223 to purchase tickets.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 28th with two races: the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s ticket includes both races and all seats are $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and additional information, click here or call 866-455-7223.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 31, 2011

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDS MORE FAN AMENITIES

Concourse Televisions & New Payment Options New for 2011



Richmond International Raceway continues to add more fan-friendly amenities for the 2011 season, highlighted by the addition of 42” televisions throughout the concourse under the grandstands and convenient payment options.

· Concourse Televisions

More than twenty 42” televisions will be installed throughout the concourse, underneath the grandstands.

· PayPal

Fans who purchase race tickets online at www.rir.com  now have the option to submit payment via PayPal.

· Credit Card Payments

Many concession stands at the track will accept major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Stands that accept credit cards will be marked.

Additional fan-friendly amenities previously announced include:

· Larger Coolers Allowed

Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverage inside the gates at Richmond International Raceway. The new maximum allowed cooler size is 14x14x14 inches – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages.

· Wider Seats

Nearly all of the grandstand seats have been widened and now measure 22 inches wide.

· Backpack Policy

Guests may carry in their items in backpacks or daypacks similar to those used by school kids. Each guest is allowed to carry in one backpack.

The 2011 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off April 28-30 with four races in three nights! Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30th. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

On Friday night, April 29th, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the BUBBA burger 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday night, April 28th, beginning with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Thursday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 24, 2011

Richmond International Raceway President Cheers on Hometown Rams and Spiders

Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz cheers on both hometown teams, the VCU Rams and the University of Richmond Spiders. Both schools’ men’s basketball teams compete in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this Friday. Richmond, VA is the only city in the country to boast two teams in the Sweet Sixteen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond International Raceway to Host 2011 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

Late Model Stock Car Event Scheduled for Thursday, April 28, Following the

Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race



Richmond, VA (March 22, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway and Chesterfield, Virginia’s Denny Hamlin are joining forces to run the fourth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation on Thursday night, April 28 at America’s Premier Short Track. The event will feature several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities battling it out on the ¾-mile track with some of the best local Late Model Stock Car drivers.

On the cutting edge of technology, Richmond International Raceway brought Tuesday’s announcement to fans live on the track’s Facebook page. The online event marked one of the first times a motorsports facility has delivered a major announcement live on the Internet, and fans were invited to submit questions for Hamlin and Fritz to answer.

“This is a great partnership with our hometown driver, Denny Hamlin,” said Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz. “We’re excited to be the new home of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown and hope to help Denny grow this event into a premiere charity race.”

The addition of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway means the race weekend will now feature four events for race fans to enjoy. The charity race will be a one-day show, featuring practice and qualifying prior to the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will run immediately following the Blue Ox 100, making for an exciting Thursday at Richmond International Raceway.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to run our Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway,” said Hamlin. “The event has grown every year and we’ve been so fortunate to raise support through my foundation for some outstanding organizations. The competition will be intense with several Cup drivers signed on, as well as a few racing celebrities and of course several outstanding local short track drivers. It’s going to be a great night of racing with the opportunity to help a lot of people.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and other NASCAR celebrities currently scheduled to run in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown include Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Hermie Sadler and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell.

Proceeds from the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, a 501 C (3) started to raise funds for individuals and families affected by cystic fibrosis. The foundation supports organizations like The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude’s Hospital and Victory Junction.

Tickets are available now for the excitement on Thursday, April 28th. All seats are general admission and $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Tickets include the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30th, now is the time. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Don’t miss the return of hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of your favorite stars of the Sprint Cup Series.

The weekend also includes the Friday, April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne, Virginia native Elliott Sadler and the full-time Nationwide Series drivers will mix it up with Sprint Cup drivers running double-duty. Tickets start at $30 in advance, and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

About the Denny Hamlin Foundation:

The Denny Hamlin Foundation was created by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Denny Hamlin to aid in raising awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment, as well as to support other not for profit corporations that focus on aiding children with debilitating illnesses. You can find the Denny Hamlin Foundation online at www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org  and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dennyhamlinfoundation

 

 

 

 

 

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BLUE OX® SIGNS ON AS ENTITLEMENT SPONSOR FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST RACE

Blue Ox 100 Will Kick off the Three-Day NASCAR Weekend at America’s Premier Short Track



Richmond, VA (March 22, 2011)—Blue Ox, a leader in the recreational vehicle and towing industry, has signed on as the official race entitlement sponsor of the opening event of the Spring NASCAR Weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East runs on Thursday, April 28th, kicking off the action-packed weekend.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features separate schedules and championships for the East and West, and makes up the top step of the NASCAR Home Tracks ladder—a launching pad for developmental drivers and home for veterans of motorsports. In addition to producing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has served as the starting point for some of the top up-and-coming talent now in NASCAR’s three national series, including Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Ryan Truex.

For additional information on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, log on to www.NASCARHomeTracks.com  –  the ultimate online destination for fans of all of NASCAR’s developmental series.

Tickets for the Thursday, April 28th Blue Ox 100 will be available for purchase at 3:30 p.m. today. Tickets are available online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. All seats are general admission and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

The weekend continues on Friday, April 29th for the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday’s ticket includes Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

On Saturday night, April 30th, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Richmond International Raceway as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400. Hometown hero Denny Hamlin will square off with defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and the rest of the Sprint Cup Series. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-7223.

About Blue Ox®:

No matter what you’re towing, Blue Ox is ready to help you make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Having a full line of towing products, Blue Ox’s customer service is unparalleled. For more information on the Blue Ox and their complete line of Blue Ox towing and braking systems, steering controls systems, sport carriers and accessories, log on to www.blueox.us.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 21, 2011

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AND DENNY HAMLIN TO BROADCAST ANNOUNCEMENT LIVE THROUGH TRACK’S FACEBOOK PAGE



We can’t tell you what—just yet—but we can tell you who, when and where to view a major NASCAR-related announcement coming directly from Chesterfield, Virginia’s NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin, along with Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz.

On the cutting edge of technology, Richmond International Raceway is bringing this announcement to fans live on Richmond International Raceway’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/richmondinternationalraceway)  on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. EST. This is one of the first times a motorsports facility is broadcasting a major announcement live on the Internet.

Both Hamlin and Fritz will be delivering the announcement regarding the Spring NASCAR Weekend, April 28th-April 30th. To watch the video, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page and log on Tuesday afternoon.

For more information on the Spring NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway, please log on to www.rir.com.  The weekend features the Saturday, April 30th Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, with tickets starting at $45. The weekend also features the Friday, April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, with tickets starting at $30. And the weekend begins Thursday, April 28th as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East hits the track, with all tickets $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-7223.

You can also link to this posting at www.rir.com or via our Facebook page, as well as retweet@RIRInsider.  

 

 

 

 

 

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EXPERIENCE FRIDAY’S ON-TRACK ACTIVITY FROM PIT ROAD WITH RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S PRE-RACE PIT PASSES

Fans Can Experience Unforgettable Sights & Sounds Up Close on NASCAR Race Day



Richmond, VA (March 2, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway is bringing you closer to the action than ever before with Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes for the upcoming Spring NASCAR Weekend. You can watch NASCAR pole qualifying and practice from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member and see the stock cars from just a few feet away as they rumble down pit road, giving you an unforgettable experience of the sights and sounds that only NASCAR can produce. For the first time ever, America’s Premier Short Track is offering fans individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes this season. For just $50 per person, you can enjoy pole qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pre-Race Pit Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

Friday’s events include Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. Parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children under 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.

New this year, shorts, short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts and blouses and open-toed shoes are permitted. Shoes, shirts and pants or shorts, dresses and/or skirts and blouses are required. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.

To purchase tickets for the April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Pre-Race Pit Passes, click here and be sure to “add race day activities” or call 866-455-7223. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission.

The headlining event of the Spring Weekend features the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30th. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the Spring Weekend on Thursday, April 28th. All tickets for Thursday are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, click here or call 866-455-7223.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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BRAD KESELOWSKI QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION, PRE-RACE PIT PASSES & FRONTSTRETCH GRANDSTAND SEATS HIGHLIGHT PIT STOP CLUB HOSPITALITY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY



Richmond, VA (February 28, 2011)—If you’re looking to entertain a small group of employees, clients or friends, one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to enjoy the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 30th, is in the Pit Stop Club hospitality. Ideal for your group of eight, the Pit Stop Club includes:

ü Eight reserved grandstand seats in the Commonwealth Mezzanine on the frontstretch

ü Eight pre-race pit passes

ü Two VIP parking passes

ü Eight souvenir programs

ü Eight lanyards and credential holders

ü Admission to the climate-controlled Pit Stop Club hospitality building, which includes a full dinner buffet

Just announced! Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, will participate in a question-and-answer session in the Pit Stop Club hospitality building Saturday afternoon. Additional NASCAR personalities will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Pit Stop Club, contact the Corporate Sales Staff at rirsales@rir.com  or 804-228-7611.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30th, now is the time. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Don’t miss the return of hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of your favorite stars of the Sprint Cup Series.

The weekend also includes the Friday, April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne, Virginia native Elliott Sadler and the full-time Nationwide Series drivers will mix it up with Sprint Cup drivers running double-duty. Tickets start at $30 in advance, and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. The weekend begins Thursday, April 28th, featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 100 race. All tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

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FAN PICKS RACE WINNER CORRECTLY IN FIRST WEEK OF RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S $100K TOP 10 FOR THE WIN CONTEST

Bayne’s Race Win Is a Win for Minnesotan; Fan Collects Autographed Hat



Richmond, VA (February 23, 2011)—Only one of thousands of contestants in week one of Richmond International Raceway’s $100K Top 10 For the Win contest picked Trevor Bayne to win the Daytona 500. That means Joe Winiecki of Forest Lake, MN earns the weekly prize, a Richmond International Raceway hat autographed by a NASCAR driver. Not only did Winiecki pick the correct position for Bayne, but he also correctly predicted Carl Edwards to finish second.

In all, Winiecki had five of the top 10 drivers, but only the first two were in the correct order. No contestant had all top 10 drivers in any order.

Richmond International Raceway’s $100K Top 10 For the Win contest is open every week there is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the 2011 season. Contestants are asked to visit www.rir.com/contest and predict the exact finishing order of the top 10 for the upcoming race. Entries are accepted beginning Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. EST prior to the race and the entry cutoff is Friday at noon EST. Should a contestant correctly predict the exact top 10 finishing order of a race, he or she will win $100,000 from Richmond International Raceway.

Grab your tickets now for NASCAR’s return to Richmond International Raceway. The NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, is highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

Want to catch more of the action? The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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VIRGINIA-BASED WOOD BROTHERS RACING WINS 53RD RUNNING OF THE DAYTONA 500

NASCAR Team Began 60 Years Ago in Stuart, Virginia



Richmond, VA (February 21, 2011)—David Pearson. Cale Yarborough. Joe Weatherly. Dale Jarrett. Donnie Allison. Kyle Petty. AJ Foyt. Elliott Sadler. And now…Trevor Bayne. “Are you kidding me?” Those are Bayne’s words. Five syllables he uttered after winning the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 for the oldest continuous operating NASCAR team. Wood Brothers Racing, which dates back to 1950, began in Stuart, Virginia and is the pride of the Commonwealth today. Each of the aforementioned drivers have raced and won in Wood Brothers Racing stock cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The Wood Brothers Racing team enjoyed immense success in its heyday, but they haven’t run a full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season since 2006. Their last victory came in 2001 when another Virginian—Elliott Sadler—captured the checkered flag in Bristol.

Today, Wood Brothers Racing is the talk of the entire sports world after winning its fifth Daytona 500 championship. Bayne became the youngest driver to win the race (20 years and one day) in a retrofitted #21 car, paying homage to 1976 Daytona 500 winner David Pearson.

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off to an incredible start with a fresh face in Gatorade Victory Lane. The Daytona 500 set a track record for lead changes (74) and race leaders (22). Prior to the weekend, Bayne was slated to run 17 races this season for Wood Brothers Racing and run a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for Roush Fenway Racing. Whether or not he’ll run additional Sprint Cup races this season is to be determined.

Let’s hope Bayne has Richmond International Raceway in his sights for the Saturday, April 30th, Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets are on sale now and start at $45. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 29th. Last year, Bayne finished 21st, but rallied for a 3rd-place finish in the September Nationwide Series race. Tickets for Friday start at $30, with children 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. The NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend starts on Thursday, April 28th, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. All tickets are general admission and $10, with children 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

 

 

 

 

 

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CROWN ROYAL® HONORS AMERICAN HERO AND HIS FALLEN TWIN BROTHER WITH NAMING RIGHTS TO NASCAR RACE AT

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Country Star Rodney Atkins Unveils NASCAR Fans’ vote for Matthew Hansen as Grand-Prize Winner, Hansen to honor his fallen twin with the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400


(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) Feb. 18, 2011 – Just days before the 53rd running of the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway®, American heroes were honored by Crown Royal and the NASCAR community during a patriotic ceremony where country music star Rodney Atkins unveiled United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Matthew Hansen as the grand-prize winner of the annual Crown Royal “Your Name Here” 400 program.

Traditionally, the race at Richmond International Raceway has donned the first and last name of the grand-prize winner, but the April 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will not just recognize Matthew, but also his identical twin brother and fellow Marine, Daniel, who was killed in action Feb. 14th, 2009. Forty-three of NASCAR’s finest drivers will compete for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 trophy.

Award-winning artist Atkins performed his hit song “These are My People” during an acoustic set in front of hundreds of fans and members of the NASCAR community in the Daytona International Speedway FANZONE. When Atkins came to the end of his song, the Curb Records recording artist added in the Hansen brothers’ names to unveil the winner, singing “Matthew and Daniel Hansen.” Atkins will also appear at Richmond International Raceway for the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400.

Matthew Hansen lives in San Marcos, Calif., and was chosen from a group of five military finalists who were all nominated by their friends and family for their ability to demonstrate the core values of the military in performing a selfless act that made them a hero. Matthew’s godmother nominated him for amazing service during three deployments to Iraq and for continuing to serve with amazing courage and faith after losing his twin brother and best friend.

“To have thousands of fans vote for me to receive this unbelievable experience leaves me nearly speechless,” said Hansen. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to honor my brother Daniel and share his incredible story with millions of NASCAR fans. I came into this world with Daniel, joined the Marines with him, and never expected to be standing here today without him. My race is his race.”

Matthew and Daniel joined the Marines just weeks apart in 2002, and both quickly excelled in their training. Through his work in logistics, Matthew deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom three times and due to injury now works at the San Marcos base, but hopes to return overseas again. Daniel was handpicked to guard former President George W. Bush at Camp David in 2004 and later Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer while in Iraq. Daniel continued to proudly serve his country until he was killed in action by a roadside bomb while supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan. For his service, Daniel was promoted posthumously to Staff Sergeant.

Adult fans were able to read all of the finalists’ stories, and cast their vote for the service member to receive the naming rights on www.NASCAR.com.  Thousands of votes were placed during the voting period.

“I can speak for the entire Crown Royal family when I say we are incredibly grateful for the dedication and courage displayed by all service members, and are so appreciative to those who nominated the thousands of military members for our ‘Your Name Here’ program,” said Yvonne Briese, Crown Royal Brand Director. “We look forward to not only treating Matthew to a royal weekend, but also to help share his brother’s story and the story of all fallen soldiers.”

“It is a privilege to host Matthew as he honors his brother at Richmond International Raceway on April 30th,” said track president Doug Fritz. “We are thrilled to again team up with Crown Royal for the ‘Your Name Here’ program, recognizing members of our Armed Forces. The Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be a momentous event at America’s Premier Short Track.”

In addition to Atkins, the ceremony to unveil Matthew Hansen as the winner included NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, along with representatives from Crown Royal, Richmond International Raceway and 4-Star Admiral Mark P. Fitzgerald, US Navy (Retired) with over 37 years of military service.

The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 will be incorporated into all official race logos, used for thousands of pieces of merchandise and recognized by NASCAR’s broadcast and media partners as the race’s official title. In addition, Matthew will take part in pre-race festivities at Richmond International Raceway and participate in the trophy presentation to the race winner in Gatorade Victory Lane. During the race weekend, he will receive VIP accommodations for himself and a guest.

Leading up to the big day in Richmond, Crown Royal will continue to remind fans to "Please Drink Responsibly.” through its “Safe Rides Home” designated driver initiatives and other programming designed to reinforce the importance of drinking responsibly.

Tickets for the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 30, start at $45 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Crown Royal

Crown Royal Canadian whisky is the number one selling Canadian whisky brand in the US by value and has a tradition as long and distinctive as its taste. Specially blended to commemorate a grand tour of Canada made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939, Crown Royal Canadian whisky's smooth, elegant style reflects its aristocratic origins and is considered the epitome of Canadian whisky. The Crown Royal Company is a primary sponsor of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion driven by Matt Kenseth. For more information visit www.crownroyal.com.  Crown Royal encourages all race fans to please enjoy responsibly.

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).

For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

About Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit http://www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider .

About Rodney Atkins

Curb Records recording artist Rodney Atkins has been successfully leading the country music charts and selling albums since his career began in 2006 when he hit the scene with his first number one, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which was also the Number One Country Song of the Year according to Billboard in 2006. The East Tennessee native has recorded three studio albums, Honesty, If You’re Going Through Hell and It’s America and charted seven Top 20 singles including five number one’s: “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In),” and “It’s America.” Atkins’ current single “Farmer’s Daughter” tour up the charts and kept the “buy” button at iTunes steady.

Atkins recently released an exclusive album with Cracker Barrel that features four number one hits including “Farmer’s Daughter” and an unreleased song. Atkins was the 2010 spokesman for the National Council for Adoption and is heavily involved within the organization. He was also the 2010 spokesman for the Chevy Silverado. Kraft Velveeta sponsored his “Best Side of Dinner” tour last summer and he was featured as the writer/singer on the national ad campaign for Velveeta Shells and Cheese. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit www.rodneyatkins.com


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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PRESIDENT DOUG FRITZ CHALLENGING FANS TO FANTASY RACING CONTEST

Fritz Entering Weekly Richmond Times-Dispatch Contest



Richmond, VA (February 17, 2011)—The Richmond Times-Dispatch is launching its Fantasy Racing Contest for 2011, and Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz wants you to join him in the contest! All season long, fans are encouraged to select NASCAR drivers from five different groups to accumulate points. Each weekly champion wins a Richmond Times-Dispatch prize and there will be two end-of-season champions (highest weekly total and most cumulative points), with each scoring a pair of tickets and pre-race pit passes to the Spring 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

To enter, log on to www.timesdispatch.com/sports/auto-racing  and you’ll be directed to the contest page. Each week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch will publish the weekly winner, along with Fritz’s weekly score—so fans can check to see how they fare against the fearless leader of America’s Premier Short Track.

Be sure to get your tickets now for NASCAR’s return to Richmond International Raceway. The NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, is highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

Want to catch more of the action? The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S ONLINE MERCHANDISE STORE



Richmond, VA (February 16, 2011)—By now, you probably have your favorite NASCAR driver’s merchandise, whether it’s a shirt, hat, jacket or maybe even a Snuggie. But how about displaying America’s Premier Short Track across your back? Richmond International Raceway’s online merchandise store is coming to a computer near you, featuring a variety of t-shirts, hats and souvenirs.

Never before have you been able to purchase this exclusive swag without visiting the Richmond International Raceway ticket office. Now, you can browse the Merchandise Store online at www.rir.com/shop.  Here, you’ll find great Richmond International Raceway products so you can let everyone know which track is “Racing Perfection.”

As if this wasn’t already a great announcement, we are also excited to tell you that shipping is free in the United States! Great merchandise, affordable prices and free shipping…that’s what an online store should be.

Be sure to get your Richmond International Raceway apparel and souvenirs in time for the April 28-30 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend at America’s Premier Short Track. Watch Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and all of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars battle it out “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30 in the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

Friday, April 29 features a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the BUBBA burger® 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” All of the Nationwide Series championship contenders will beat and bang with some Sprint Cup Series stars in the ¾-mile bullring. Friday’s events include practice and pole qualifying for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, with tickets starting at $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

The weekend begins on Thursday, April 28 when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East invades Richmond International Raceway for the first time. Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10, with children 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information to all races, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

 About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WANTS TO GIVE AWAY $100,000

Game Through www.rir.com  Gives Fans a Chance to Cash In



Richmond, VA (February 16, 2011)—You love NASCAR, and everyone loves money. So, Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz is combining the two and giving you the chance to win $100,000. Every week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, race fans will have the chance to win some serious cash with the $100K Top 10 For the Win contest. Fans are invited to submit their weekly predictions for the top 10 finishing order of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2011 season. If a fan predicts the top 10 in exact order, he or she wins $100,000!

The contest, which is featured at www.rir.com/contest,  opens the Tuesday (9:00 a.m. ET) preceding that weekend’s race, with entries accepted until Friday (noon ET). A maximum of 5,000 entries will be accepted each week. If no contestant correctly picks the exact top 10 finishing order of a race, no cash prize will be awarded.

Fans are encouraged to return every week to enter the contest for a chance at the $100,000 prize. Weekly prizes will be awarded to the fan who picks the race’s winning driver and is closest to predicting the number of laps led by the winner.

Be sure to get your tickets now for NASCAR’s return to Richmond International Raceway. The NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, is highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

Want to catch more of the action? The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).
 
About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY LAUNCHES FAN ADVISORY BOARD

Board Members Will Assist Track Officials in Continuing to Improve Overall Guest Experience



Richmond, VA (February 10, 2011)—Long recognized for listening to its fans and enhancing the weekend experience, Richmond International Raceway is taking its fan-friendly approach a step further by launching a Fan Advisory Board. The group of fans will represent the entire body of fans to assist the track in continuing to improve the overall fan experience, and ultimately, “Racing Perfection.”

“Many of the fan amenities and enhancements over the past decade are direct results of feedback received by the greatest fans in all of motorsports,” said track president Doug Fritz. “The Video Scoring Tower, continuous tram route, larger coolers and widened seats are just a few of the enhancements that have been made at America’s Premier Short Track in the last year. It is our hope that the Fan Advisory Board will give us even closer contact with a core group of fans who represent the entire body.”

Fans interested in joining the Fan Advisory Board may apply by explaining, in 100 words or less, why they would be a good representative of the fans. The application is available online at www.rir.com/FanAdvisoryBoard.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11.

Richmond International Raceway’s Fan Advisory Board is an extension of its Richmond International Raceway RESPECT initiative launched last season. The creed encourages all of its fans to be respectful of everyone, be a good neighbor, be responsible, be attentive, take pride and have fun. The full Richmond International Raceway RESPECT awareness initiative can be found at http://www.rir.com/Fan-Corner/Richmond-RESPECT.aspx

Track officials will compile a diverse collection of fans who will serve as a focus group for the overall population of fans at Richmond International Raceway. Fan Advisory Board members may participate in meetings and conference calls to share their thoughts and discuss concerns with track officials.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond International Raceway Photographers Take Home Multiple Awards at National Motorsports Press Association Ceremony



Official Track Photographer and Richmond Native Named NMPA Photographer of the Year; Additional Track Photographer Takes Home Hardware





Richmond, VA (February 2, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway photographer John Harrelson was named the 2010 Howard O’Reilly Photographer of the Year in a vote by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). The honor was announced at an awards ceremony at the NMPA meetings in Charlotte, N.C., where Harrelson was presented with a trophy.

There are four categories used to qualify a photographer for the honor: Race Action, Portrait/Personality, Feature and Crash Action. Points are awarded based on where a photographer finishes in each category. Harrelson, a native of Richmond, Va. placed first in Race Action for a shot of Denny Hamlin’s pit crew speeding through a stop, second in Portrait/Personality for a shot of “The King” Richard Petty deep in thought, second in Feature for a shot of track crews chasing a cat on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway and third in Crash Action for a shot of Paul Menard and Dennis Setzer wrecking at Talladega Superspeedway.

“It’s pretty exciting to have our track photographer named the 2010 NMPA Photographer of the Year,” said track president Doug Fritz. “John does a great job and deserves this honor.”

Harrelson, who has been the official photographer of Richmond International Raceway since 1985, has also worked with Motorsports Images and Archives and Getty Images.

“This award is such an honor,” said Harrelson as he accepted his trophy in Charlotte, NC. “Since I was a kid in the grandstands this is all I’ve wanted to do. To win photographer of the year and know my name is going to be on the trophy at the Darlington Stock Car Museum means the world. I’m doing what I love and being honored for it at the same time.”

In addition to Harrelson’s honor, track photographer Geoff Burke was also awarded a plaque for placing first in the Open category with a photo of Kyle Busch celebrating a win in Victory Lane.

Along with business partner Scott K. Brown, Harrelson just built a new state-of-the-art photography studio in Ashland, VA where the two can showcase their company Pixel Factory and Harrelson Photography Inc.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).
 
About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIRGINIA COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Kicks off Fall NASCAR Weekend



Richmond, VA (January 31, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway officials announced today the Virginia College Savings Plan has renewed its partnership with America’s Premier Short Track. The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race kicks off the Fall NASCAR Doubleheader weekend “under the lights” on Friday night September 9. The Virginia College Savings Plan remains the Official College Savings Plan of the track and presenting sponsor of the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.

“Virginia 529 is pleased to be entering our third year of sponsoring the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway,” said Mary G. Morris, CEO of the Virginia College Savings Plan, “particularly with the family-friendly enhancements at the track this year, which fits with our focus on helping families make higher education a reality.”

“The Virginia College Savings Plan is a great partner for Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “We are proud to have them on board again in 2011 and look forward to kicking off the September NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend with the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Additionally, their sponsorship of the Family Sections is a perfect fit.”

The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is part of one of the biggest weekends on the entire NASCAR season schedule. The Fall NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway features two great races “under the lights”—the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 on Friday night, September 9 and the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 10.

The season-long Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under and alcohol is prohibited in these sections. For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, tickets for kids 12 and under start at $25 when accompanied by a paying adult. You must call 866-455-RACE (7223) to purchase children’s tickets in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan:

The Virginia College Savings Plan (VCSP) provides four 529 college savings programs under its umbrella and each aims to appeal to a broad group of people interested in saving for college by providing options which suit their pocketbooks, their risk tolerance and their college planning time horizon. The VCSP offers the Virginia Prepaid Education Program (VPEP), the Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST), CollegeAmerica, and CollegeWealth. These programs are marked by their flexibility, affordability, diversity of investment options, strength of underlying managers, and superior customer service. Its efforts were recognized by the investment research firm Morningstar Inc., which ranked Virginia’s two savings programs—CollegeAmerica and VEST—among the Best Five college savings programs in the country for two consecutive years. The VCSP has been in existence for 13 years and isthe largest 529 plan in the country, with more than 2 million accounts and more than $28.4 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2009. For more information on the Virginia College Savings Plan visit Virginia529.com or call toll-free 888-567-0540.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

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Addition of the Wild Card Element Sure to Provide Even More Excitement at America's Premier Short Track



Richmond International Raceway Will Likely Play Integral Role in the Final Two Positions in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

 

RICHMOND, VA (January 27, 2011) - NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has added a wild card element to setting the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. While the 12-driver Chase field will remain intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races. That means that the "One Last Race to Make The Chase" on Saturday night, September 10 will be even more important than ever for drivers.

As the host of the final race before the Chase, Richmond International Raceway is likely to play an integral role in deciding the final two positions in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The top 10 in points following the "cutoff" race at Richmond International Raceway will continue to earn Chase berths. Different from years past, positions 11 and 12 will be "wild card" qualifiers and go to non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most wins, as long as they’re ranked in the top 20 in points.

This means that drivers will have more incentive to battle it out at America's Premier Short Track. A visit to Gatorade Victory Lane "under the lights" could mean a berth in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"The addition of the wild card element to the Chase will definitely add to the excitement of the September 10th ‘One Last Race to Make The Chase’ at Richmond International Raceway," said track president Doug Fritz. "The drama and anticipation will only increase. This will provide even more incentive for drivers to battle it out for the win, which will ultimately provide more exciting on-track action ‘under the lights.’"

Additional changes go into effect at the start of the season and will play a large role in the April 28-30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The new points system – which applies to all NASCAR national series – will award points in one-point increments. As an example, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, race winners will earn 43 points, plus three bonus points for the win. Winners also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and leading the most laps, bringing their total to a possible maximum of 48 points.

All other drivers in a finishing order will be separated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher – 43rd place – earns one point.

The qualifying order for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will be based on fastest practice times. The slowest drivers will qualify first, with the fastest qualifying last. Historically qualifying order has been based on a random draw.

“The changes in qualifying will be a great addition to our April 30th Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 weekend, adding to the drama and excitement that fans have come to expect at Richmond International Raceway,” continued Fritz. “Additionally, the new points system will make it easy to understand for both the casual and hardcore fans of NASCAR throughout the entire season.

I commend Brian France and Mike Helton for listening to the fans and making these changes based on what the fans have said they want to see. This is just another way that NASCAR is showing the fans that their opinions matter.”

Richmond International Raceway’s 2011 season begins with the NASCAR Tripleheader weekend April 28 – 30. Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday night, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and start at $45. Tickets are also on sale now for the Friday night, April 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, as well as the Thursday night, NASCAR K & N Pro Series race. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission seating on Thursday and Friday nights. Friday’s tickets start at $30 and include NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and qualifying, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and Wawa Pole Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400. Tickets for Thursday’s event are general admission and $10. Tickets for all three nights can be purchased now at www.rir.com,  866-455-RACE (7223) or at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

Tickets for the NASCAR "cutoff" race, "One Last Race to Make the Chase" on Saturday, September 10 at Richmond International Raceway go on sale June 3, 2011 and can be purchased at www.rir.com  or by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223).

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TO HAVE LARGE PRESENCE AT MOTORSPORTS RACE CAR & TRADE SHOW IN GREATER PHILADELPHIA

THIS WEEKEND

Track Display to Feature #1 NASCAR Show Car, Race Weekend VIP Giveaway


Richmond, VA (January 20, 2011)–As the premier motorsports venue on the East Coast, it’s a natural fit for Richmond International Raceway to have a presence at one of the most popular regional motorsports shows in the East—the 26th Annual Len Sammons Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA—this weekend.

Thousands of racing enthusiasts will descend upon the show and Richmond International Raceway’s booths (#611-612 & #711-12) are expected to be fan favorites, featuring Jamie McMurray’s #1 Bass Pro Shops NASCAR show car, video highlights of the 2010 NASCAR season at Richmond International Raceway and information about the 2011 season at America’s Premier Short Track. Additionally, fans may enter to win a VIP race weekend experience, including tickets for all three races of the Spring NASCAR Weekend, as well as pre-race pit passes and pre-race ceremony passes for each night. Souvenirs from previous race weekends will also be distributed to fans who visit the booths.

The Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show will also feature appearances by 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee David Pearson, the legendary Rusty Wallace, NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace, NHRA’s John Force and many more.

Complete show information is available by visiting http://aarn.com/motorsports2011.html

Show hours are:

Friday, January 21: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 22: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 23: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY STREAMING NASCAR PRESEASON THUNDER AT DAYTONA ON WWW.RIR.COM  THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

Fans Invited to Watch First Official Runs of 2011



Richmond, VA (January 19, 2011)—That tingling sensation you’ve been feeling the past few days hopefully isn’t poison ivy or chicken pox. It’s the sensation race fans get around this time: the NASCAR itch. That means, after weeks of yearning for the Sprint Cup Series cars to return to the track, NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona kicks off this week, Thursday through Saturday. And you can catch it all, courtesy of a live SPEED-TV feed on Richmond International Raceway’s website by visiting http://www.rir.com/daytona

Fans may log on to the site during the three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway—the first official engine firings of 2011. Teams participating in NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona will use the time to prepare for both the 53rd Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20 and the track’s new asphalt surface.

“The upcoming test at Daytona should go a long way in helping the teams get their setups right for next month’s Speedweeks,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the competitors about the new racing surface at Daytona following the Goodyear tire test last month. We believe the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 has all the makings of being the most exciting one we’ve seen.”

The test is scheduled to run each day, Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET daily, weather permitting, with a noon-1 p.m. lunch break each day. The SPEED TV broadcast schedule is also available at www.rir.com/daytona.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway April 28-30 for a Tripleheader Weekend, highlighted by the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com  or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features a full day of on-track activity on Friday, April 29, with the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights,” as well as practice and pole qualifying for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

Thursday, April 28 marks the debut of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at America’s Premier Short Track. All tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For additional information and tickets, please log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RIRInsider

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond International Raceway Names John Moreland Vice President of Marketing



RICHMOND, VA (January 14, 2011) – Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced today the promotion of John Moreland to Vice President of Marketing for America’s Premier Short Track.

Moreland, who has more than eight years of experience in motorsports ticket sales and consumer marketing, joined Richmond International Raceway in December 2007 as the Director of Consumer Marketing. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of the Marketing, Advertising and Promotions, Public Relations and Ticketing departments.

“I am excited to announce John’s promotion,” said track president Doug Fritz. “John is a hard worker and has been a valued member of the Richmond International Raceway staff for several years. It is only fitting that he be recognized for his efforts in helping make Richmond International Raceway America’s Premier Short Track.”

Prior to joining the Richmond International Raceway team, Moreland served as the Sr. Director of Marketing and Sales for Michigan International Raceway, as well as the Venues Ticketing Manager for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Moreland earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Education – Sport Management from the University of Georgia.

Richmond International Raceway’s 2011 season begins with the NASCAR Tripleheader weekend April 28 – 30. Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday night, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and start at $45. Tickets are also on sale now for the Friday night, April 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, as well as the Thursday night, NASCAR K & N Pro Series race. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission seating on Thursday and Friday nights. Friday’s tickets start at $30 and include NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and qualifying, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and Wawa Pole Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400. Tickets for Thursday’s event are general admission and $10. Tickets for all three nights can be purchased now at www.rir.com,  866-455-RACE (7223) or at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

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TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 28-30 NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL ON SALE TOMORROW MORNING

Wider Seats & Larger Coolers Highlight NEW Fan-Friendly Options



Richmond, VA (January 13, 2011)—Tickets for Richmond International Raceway’s April 28-30 NASCAR tripleheader weekend are available for purchase beginning tomorrow (Friday, January 14) at 8:30 a.m. To purchase seats, visit www.rir.com,  call 866-455-RACE (7223) or visit the ticket office at 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, fans who purchase tickets Friday at the ticket office will receive a complimentary Richmond International Raceway souvenir from past race events.

This season features three new policies:

· Larger Coolers Permitted: Fans are permitted to enter the grandstands with soft-sided coolers measuring up to 14 x 14 x 14 inches—six times the size of coolers that were previously allowed at America’s Premier Short Track. Fans may continue to bring in their own food and beverages.

· Wider Seats: Nearly all of Richmond International Raceway’s grandstand seats now measure 22 inches wide.

· Non-Smoking Grandstands: Smoking is not allowed in and in front of the grandstands, or in portals leading to seating. Smoking is permitted underneath and behind the grandstands, on the Midway, in all parking lots, among other areas.

The Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks hometown hero Denny Hamlin’s return to Richmond International Raceway following his runner-up finish in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hamlin will attempt to win back-to-back races at America’s Premier Short Track following his victory on September 11 this past season.

Kyle Busch, the two-time defending spring race champion, will defend his title against the likes of five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin, Tony Stewart and all the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Tickets start at $45.

The Spring 2011 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend begins with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday, April 28, followed by the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights” on Friday, April 29. Friday’s events include practice and pole qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series.

All seats for Thursday’s race are general admission and $10. Tickets for Friday’s events start at $30 in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission seating on Thursday and Friday.

For tickets and additional information, please log on to www.rir.com  or call the ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S GRANDSTANDS GOING SMOKE-FREE BEGINNING THIS SEASON

New Policy Implemented Based on Fan Feedback

Richmond, VA (January 11, 2011)—Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced today that Richmond International Raceway’s grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only. The new policy is in response to fan feedback.

“Beginning this season, smoking will not be permitted in and in front of the grandstands or in portals leading to seating areas,” said Fritz. “Additionally, restrooms, buildings and areas that were already smoke-free at Richmond International Raceway will continue to be smoke-free,” said Fritz. “We are implementing this policy based on comments received from fans. Those who wish to smoke may continue to do so in designated areas.”

Approved smoking areas include:

· Underneath and behind the grandstands

· Designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine concourse

· All parking lots

· The Midway

· In the campgrounds

· Outdoors areas in fan hospitality

· Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate

Grandstand ushers will monitor seating areas to ensure the grandstands remain smoke-free at America’s Premier Short Track. Fans can notify an usher or use our text messaging service if they wish to report a violation of the non-smoking policy.

This initiative comes on the heels of the track’s wider seats and larger cooler policy. Fans will enjoy more spacious seating and be allowed to bring in coolers measuring up to 14 x 14 x 14 inches (six times larger than was previously allowed).

Tickets for the Spring NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway go on sale this Friday at 8:30 a.m. The weekend includes the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (tickets start at $45), the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (tickets start at $30) and the Thursday, April 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race (all tickets are $10).

Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday.

For tickets and additional information, log on to www.rir.com  or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ACCEPTING DEPOSITS ON BEST SEATS AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2011 NASCAR RACE

Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Highlights Tripleheader Weekend



Richmond, VA (December 1, 2010)—Richmond International Raceway is accepting deposits in advance of its on-sale date for the Saturday, April 30, 2011 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For a $20 per ticket deposit, guests may reserve seats for the race at America’s Premier Short Track. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 14, 2011.

The Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 marks hometown hero Denny Hamlin’s return to Richmond International Raceway following his runner-up finish in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hamlin will attempt to win back-to-back races at America’s Premier Short Track following his victory on September 11 this past season.

Kyle Busch, the two-time defending Spring race champion, will defend his title against the likes of five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin, Tony Stewart and all the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The Spring 2011 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend begins with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday, April 28, followed by the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights” on Friday, April 29. Friday’s events include practice and pole qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series.

To place your deposit on the best available seats for the Saturday, April 30, Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, please call the ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223). For additional information on the April 28-30 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway, log on to www.rir.com.
 
 

 

 

 

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WISHING HOMETOWN HERO DENNY HAMLIN GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND

Chesterfield, Virginia’s Driver Leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings by 15 Points With One Race Remaining



Richmond, VA (November 19, 2010)—Richmond International Raceway’s 153-foot Video Scoring Tower features a message for its hometown driver. “Go Denny!” is emblazoned on the track’s massive video boards and “Good Luck Denny!” is featured on the leader board (photo attached).

Chesterfield, Virginia’s Denny Hamlin has a 15-point lead over four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson and is 46 points ahead of Kevin Harvick. Hamlin is looking to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Ford 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race—the final event of the 2010 season—airs on ESPN at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area is encouraged to cheer on their hometown hero as Hamlin tries to bring a major sports championship to the Commonwealth!

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com  online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

 

 

 

 

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