Old Track Name: Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; front stretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Seating Capacity: 60,000 [was 71,000, 91,000 and 112,029]
September 2016 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 85.778mph, started 1st
April 2016 Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 81.637mph, started 1st (rain)
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961
September 2015 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 122.344mph, finished 1st
April 2016 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, rained out, set by practice speeds, 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, September 2013, 130.599mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 months, 19 days, 4/27/2012
Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 20 years, 6 months, 21 days, 5/15/2004
Most Races (all-time): 63 - Richard Petty
Most Wins (all-time): 13 - Richard Petty
Most Wins (active): 4 - Kyle Busch; 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick
Most Poles (all-time): 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison; 7 - Darrell Waltrip
Most Poles (active): 2 - Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s (all-time): 34 - Richard Petty
Most Top 5s (active): 15 - Kyle Busch
Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s (active): 20 Kevin Harvick
Most Laps Led by a Leader (500 laps): 488, Richard Petty, 9/13/1970
Most Laps Led by a Leader (400 laps): 383, Brad Keselowski, 9/6/2014
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/1986
Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/1996
Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/1994
Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 9/6/2014
Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/1975
Most Cautions: 16, 9/10/2016
Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/1976
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/1976
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 9/7/2008
Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/7/2008 (whole field)
Most Running at the Finish: 40, 4/24/2016 (whole field)
Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/1953
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 Chevy; 30 Ford; 17 Dodge; 10 Toyota
NASCAR offers big economic boom for Virginia: NASCAR has seen attendance decline at its events in recent years, from 7.66 million in 2008 to under 6 million in 2015, and tracks are removing seating. Its teams struggled to get by as the Great Recession left sponsors less able to put money into their brand and into the sport. But despite these setbacks, the sport continues to be profitable and popular. Not only that, but it has proved to be a major draw and huge economic driver in the state. The Old Dominion University report said that while many studies and surveys talk about economic impact of sporting events and activities, such as college football games, it often excludes what it called "displaced expenditures." NASCAR fans from across the country come to where a race is being held and spend days in the area. They spend money lodging at local hotels, fueling up at area gas stations, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local stores. The report highlights two economic studies from 2009 on tracks in Virginia. One showed that Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR premier series events every year, generates $557 million for the state, including $36 million in local and state tax revenues. The other showed that Martinsville Speedway generates $170 million a year statewide. That track also hosts two events a year. The report said stock car racing plays a major role in many parts of the state, both economically and socially. However, its concern is that if the trend of weakening attendance continues, it not only affects the sport, but also hurts the economies of these smaller communities in southern Virginia that in many cases are already struggling.(in part from WTOP)(12-6-2016)
Special ticket offer available at Richmond: 'Tis the season at RIR, and we're offering up a deal perfect for every NASCAR fan! Richmond International Raceway has partnered with Fanatics to bring you a holiday special that is sure to make your favorite race fan smile. Get a ticket in the Commonwealth Grandstands (rows 11 and up) to either NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond and get a $25 Fanatics gift card for FREE. 'No matter who you're rooting for, you'll be geared up for the Action Track in brand new threads. Snag that Se7en Championship t-shirt or a fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat - on us. 'Hurry and take advantage of this offer while supplies last.(RIR)(11-25-2016)
Hamlin wins at Richmond: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Richmond and 29th career win. Hamlin started from the pole and led 189 of the 407 laps. The race ended with Overtime after a late race caution.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #1-McMurray, #41-Busch, #18-Busch, and #22-Logano.
The field for the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup is now set. Drivers that made it on race wins are: #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #14-Stewart, #41-Busch, and #34-Buescher.
Three drivers that made the Chase on points: #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #1-McMurray.
There were 21 lead changes among 7 drivers and a record 16 cautions for 89 yellow flag laps. There was a red flag that lasted just over 20 minutes after a large wreck with 37 laps remaining.
The average speed was 85.778 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend at Richmond: NASCAR fans are some of the greatest in all of sports. Their unmatched passion and loyalty has even earned them the name of NASCAR Nation. And, a fan base like that deserves a weekend dedicated in their honor. That's why Richmond International Raceway will celebrate NASCAR Nation with the inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend Sept. 9-10. Drivers, teams, sponsors and NASCAR are joining RIR to recognize the pride and dedication of NASCAR Nation during this weekend-long celebration. Whether fans are at the track in Richmond or tuning in from Alabama, Michigan or California, they will feel the love during Fan Appreciation Weekend. Here's a small sampling of what fans can expect - with more to come. Fans around the country will be showered with praise and thanks on social media, throughout the broadcast and even through special messages on the B-Post from drivers like Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, just to name a few. Fans also will see more than your average sweeps and freebies, with unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for grabs, like an all-expenses-paid trip to Richmond to ride in the two-seater with former driver and NBC analyst Jeff Burton. Richmond ticket holders also will get the royal treatment with special access, experiences and an unprecedented number of driver appearances. Most notably, all fans will be invited onto the frontstretch prior to the start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for a new event, Gridside Live!, featuring 2016 winners and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders. For more information and updates on what's happening during Fan Appreciation Weekend, visit rir.com/FanAppreciation. Or go straight to the free stuff by visiting rir.com/FANPRIZES.(RIR)(7-5-2016)
ISC focused on Phoenix, Richmond enhancements: With the Daytona Rising project's transition to gleaming motorsports stadium reaching completion this year, International Speedway Corporation's next initiative aims to bring similar enhancements to other tracks in its portfolio. Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of ISC, revealed during NASCAR's preseason media tour that two tracks in particular -- Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway -- were targeted for comparable improvements. Speaking Thursday after her induction into the Cynopsis Sports Hall of Fame in New York, Kennedy provided updates on the two tracks, which both host two annual events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "We're continuing to look at both Phoenix and Richmond," Kennedy told NASCAR.com. "They're terrific markets, first of all, and also facilities that I think would really benefit to take it to the next level with some of the features that we saw at Daytona Rising that worked well and that our fans enjoyed. We're continuing to work on the plans. As you know, sometimes it takes several years to develop the plans and then to go through the construction process, but we're deep in the middle of it with both of those. We'll look forward to those plans rolling out." Daytona International Speedway's transformation spanned approximately two and a half years from the Rising project's groundbreaking in July 2013 to its full-fledged debut at Speedweeks in January and February. Kennedy said no specific timetable was in place for plans at Phoenix or Richmond. "We're very active right now," Kennedy said. "We've been looking at both of those tracks, but also all of our tracks. Those are the two that we're laser-focused on right now."(NASCAR.com)(6-26-2016)
Carl Edwards wins at Richmond: #19-Carl Edwards won the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 27th career win. Edwards led 151 of the 400 laps, but was trailing teammate #18-Kyle Busch on the final lap when he bumped him going into turn 4 to push Busch out of the groove and take the win.
#18-Busch held on for 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, pole sitter #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., and #41-Busch.
#14-Stewart, in his first race of the year, lost a lap early but battled back for a 19th place, lead lap finish.
There were 22 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 97.070mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf)
Trent Harmon to Perform National Anthem at Richmond: From the Hollywood stage to the River City, American Idol Season XV winner Trent Harmon will perform the National Anthem prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 this Sunday, April 24 at Richmond International Raceway. Harmon previously performed at the Auto Club 400 alongside Idol's Top 5 contestants in March. The Mississippi native has traveled coast-to-coast since earning the ultimate American Idol honors, debuting his Country single "Falling." The track was written by Idol judge and Country superstar Keith Urban with Dallas Davison and Brett James. Harmon performed his coronation song during the series finale surrounded by Idol alumni and fellow contestants. Harmon will serve as the headliner to the Pre-Race Ceremony for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400, which will also include a performance of "God Bless America" by the USAF Heritage of America Band, skydivers and a six-plane flyover by the Bandit Flight Team.(RIR)(4-20-2016)
Military Appreciation Program Returns to Richmond: The men and women of the United States Military are some of the most caring and selfless people out there. It takes a special person to lay their life on the line in order for others to stay safe and live free. We can enjoy the freedom of attending races and cheering on our favorite drivers because of these men and women. Richmond International Raceway is continuing to show our appreciation for these men and women, and their families by partnering with Navy Federal Credit Union to bring the Military Appreciation Program back for the 2016 April weekend. Any current or former military members are invited to participate in the program. For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, military members, veterans and their families will receive a complimentary Pre-Race Pit Pass and admission to the Military Hospitality area presented by Navy Federal Credit Union with each ticket bought. For NASCAR XFINITY Series races, service men and women can purchase a $10 General Admission ticket. And, kids 12 & younger are admitted FREE in General Admission areas to all NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
"Supporting all the men and women who serve in the military is key to all of us here at RIR," said Dennis Bickmeier, President of Richmond International Raceway. "By Navy Federal coming on board with us, we are now able to provide NASCAR fans who serve in the military the chance to experience racing at RIR. It's just a small thank you for all they have done for us." This is a new partnership between RIR and Navy Federal. Dedicated to serving military members and their families, Navy Federal is focused on supporting them in every area of their life. A company that started in 1933 with seven members has grown to include over 5 million members. With an already strong desire to honor service men and women, Navy Federal has taken their support to another level with the help of RIR.
"Navy Federal is proud to honor our service men and women by supporting the Military Appreciation Program at Richmond International Raceway," said Member Acquisition Manager Wayne Truxillo. "NASCAR fans serving in the military will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique, first class experience at one of the nation's premier racetracks." The 2016 NASCAR season is here and racing returns to Richmond! For the first time since 1997, Sunday racing returns to RIR. The TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is now on Sunday, April 24. Fans of all generations will get to experience the excitement of day racing at a short track on a Sunday afternoon. See NASCAR's stars like defending Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson battle it out to secure a win sticker. But wait, there's more. The ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race is moving to Saturday, April 23. See all of NASCAR's up-and-coming drivers battle it out on RIR's ¾-quarter mile track surface. Tickets for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 and the ToyotaCare 250 go on sale January 15. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.(RIR)(1-28-2016)
Richmond to remove backstretch seats: Richmond International Raceway will remove its entire backstretch of stands prior to the April race weekend. The project will decrease seating capacity to approximately 60,000. Capacity was about 75,000 after the last project a little more than two years ago, and was at 69,000 in 2015 after the venue slowly widened seats. The purpose of the move is to improve the race experience for fans. This is phase two of the track's plan. In October of 2013, the venue removed its Henrico Tower, a portion of backstretch seating. RIR is also changing prices for seats on Turn 2, in order to to accommodate racing fans who purchased the backstretch seat tickets. Those Turn 2 seats will now cost $35, the cost of the seats the venue will be removing. Track personnel is still determine what will replace the space vacated by the removed stands.(WWBT)(1-6-2016)
Richmond spring could be moved to Sunday UPDATE2: International Speedway Corp., is exploring the possibility of moving the start of the spring Richmond race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, an ISC official told NBC Sports. "I'm not going to say seriously, but we are exploring it,'' said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, who also oversees Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway for International Speedway Corp. "We're always entertaining whatever can make our events better for the broadcasters, for the fans and for the competitors and that's part of it.'' There are other considerations. ISC, as part of its typical post-event critique, is examining how far Richmond's ticket holders travel to attend that race. "If we run Saturday night, there are so many fans that are not staying there or not staying on property or not staying in the region and they drive back home in the middle of the night,'' Campbell said. "How many that is versus if we did it Sunday and they could leave right after the race and drive home - that's things we need to look at and do some questioning with our fanbase.''(NBC Sports)(5-4-2015)
UPDATE: Although NASCAR is still likely weeks away from announcing the entire 2016 Cup series schedule, sources familiar with the scheduling process said the spring race at Richmond International Raceway will take place on a Sunday afternoon next season instead of Saturday night. RIR president Dennis Bickmeier confirmed on Friday that the track had put in a request to NASCAR to change its spring race date to a day event. "Now, we're just going through their process," Bickmeier said. "We'll see what comes out on the other end." The change in date will also return the Richmond spring race weekend to a more traditional three-day event, which also opens up the possibility for more extensive off-track experiences for fans on property.(Motorsport)(9-12-2015)
UPDATE2: Richmond International Raceway has asked NASCAR to move the track's spring race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, who also oversees RIR and Darlington Speedway in the chain of command for the International Speedway Corp., confirmed Saturday that RIR has asked for the move to day racing for its first of two races each season. Campbell said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier recently asked for the change after getting feedback from fans and discussing the possibility with Campbell. Campbell said NASCAR has not responded to the request. He said the change may be an easy decision for NASCAR, but "there are a lot of moving parts. Right now, the 2016 schedule isn't out. We have to see that, too." RIR has scheduled two Saturday night races - the only track with a pair of prime-time events - since 1998. Campbell said moving RIR's first race to Sunday daytime "helps differentiate the two races from each other." The annual September event has its own cachet as the final race before NASCAR's postseason Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. "This is a big event on its own," Campbell said. "Putting the spring race in the daytime would help it stand out as something special on its own."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-14-2015)
Kenseth wins at Richmond: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 35th career win. Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson and #15-Bowyer.
With his 4th win of 2015, Kenseth ties Johnson and Kyle Busch for most wins, will each start the Chase with 2012 points.
#4-Harvick led the points for the regular season with 978 points, 30 more tahn #22-Logano.
#1-McMurray clinched a spot in the Chase just by starting. Four other drivers got in the Chase via points: #31-Newman, #24-Gordon, #15-Bowyer and #27-Menard. McMurray and Menard make the Chase for the first time. #43-Almirola make a great effort to make the Chase and finished 4th but fell 17 points short of Menard.
One odd incident happened on lap 290 when #95-McDowell hit the safety truck, tearing much of the rear of the car off. It was the end of the race for McDowell, who escaped injury as did the safety workers.
There were 13 lead changes among 4 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 100.353mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-12-2015)
Richmond adds more security near catchfence: Richmond International Raceway officials have added metal barriers and more security personnel in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last fall's fence climber. A spectator disrupted last September's Sprint Cup race at the 0.75-mile track by climbing atop the catchfence separating the main grandstand from the track. Track president Dennis Bickmeier told USA TODAY Sports that "bike racks," movable metal barriers, have been placed along the track concourse in front of the fence from end to end to keep fans away from the area. Additionally, Bickmeier said more security officers - he didn't provide a number - will work the fence area during on-track activity to guard against fans approaching the fence. Bickmeier also said new "No Trespassing" signs have been posted in the area.(USA Today)(4-25-2015)
Cushioned Seat Rentals available at Richmond: Richmond International Raceway and IMG Seating are teaming up to offer padded seat rentals for the September 6-7 NASCAR weekend at RIR. Seat rentals are $8 per event and available for both the Saturday, September 7, Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Friday, September 6, Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The seats feature three-inch padded cushion and back support and will be attached to your seat and waiting for you before you enter the grandstand gates on race day.* To reserve your seat, you can add on during your purchasing process; or, if you already have tickets, click here to add your cushioned seat rental for Saturday. Go to rir.com or call 866-455-7223 for more info. This service is not available for guests who sit in the Commonwealth Tower Grandstand, as these seats already have seat backs. Guests who have general admission seating for the Friday, September 6 race must pick up their cushioned seats at any customer service location on-site with a photo ID.(RIR)(9-4-2013)
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