Richmond International Raceway Track News, Records & Links

JUMP TO: Track Links | Stats & Records | Latest News | Links to Past News

Old Track Name: Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway

Phone:
Information Phone Number: 804-228-7500
Tickets/Administration: 804-455-7223 (RACE)

Address:
P.O. Box 9257 (23227)
600 E. Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222

Track Specs:
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: 97,912 down from 112,029

Track Websites:
Richmond International Raceway
ISC Motorsports
Richmond International Raceway - Facebook
Richmond International Raceway - Twitter


    Track Records & Stats

  • September 2013 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 105.028mph, started 26th

  • April 2013 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 92.141mph, started 17th

  • 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 2013 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.59927.023, finished 8th

  • April 2013 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334mph, finished 7th

  • 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): 6 - Jeff Gordon; 2 - many drivers

  • Most Top 5s (all-time): 34 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s (active): 16 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s (active): 26 - Jeff Gordon; 19 - Tony Stewart

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: 488, David Pearson, 9/13/1970

  • 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 3/11/1979

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/1975

  • Most Cautions: 15, three times, 5/3/2003, 5/2/2009, 9/8/2011

  • 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

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/1953

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 36 Chevy; 29 Ford; 17 Dodge; 7 Toyota

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 22 [of 115 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 16
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 26: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 64 of 115
  • Races won from the top 10: 89 of 115


Track News and Announcements

  • VIP Race Weekend Experience at RIR: We don't need velvet ropes and champagne service to provide a VIP experience here at Richmond International Raceway during our NASCAR weekends. Elevate your trip to America's Premier Short Track with the All-Inclusive Weekend Package, which is on sale now for just $320 per person. Take a look at the experience you'll get with this unforgettable upgrade on September 5 & 6:
    Reserved seat on the top row of the Veranda Grandstand in Turn 1 for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    Exclusive guided garage tour
    Pre-race Pit Pass for both days
    VIP Parking for both days (one pass per four packages)
    Access to the Pit Stop Club on September 6, which includes indoor hospitality with all-you-can-eat food & unlimited sodas, water, beer and wine. As well as access to celebrity appearances, including Richard Childress!
    So be part of the "in crowd" and take advantage of the limited availability, All-Inclusive Weekend Package for just $320. CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 to book your ticket.(RIR)(6-22-2014)

  • September Tickets for Richmond race on sale: NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 5 & 6, 2014, and tickets are on sale as of Friday, May 23. The weekend features one of the most anticipated races of the season - the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 6, which is "One Last Race to Make The Chase." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will battle for precious points and last-chance wins. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at just $35. Tickets for both races can be purchased online by visiting www.rir.com or calling 866-455-7223.(RIR)(5-23-2014)

  • Robert Griffin III to drive pace car at Richmond: It started with a tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Robert Griffin III, followed by some chiming in from Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier and RIR. What began as a Twitter conversation about a month ago has resulted in Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III driving the Official Pace Car to start this Saturday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Griffin will join thousands of fans who align with the Redskins and NASCAR, just a short trip south of Washington, DC. Prior to Griffin leading the field of 43 NASCAR drivers to the Green Flag, he'll go through Pace Car training, spend some time with his pal Dale Earnhardt Jr., and get together with legendary Washington Redskins Coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs for a garage tour.(RIR)(4-23-2014)

  • RIR debuts Turn 3 Terrace: Richmond International Raceway will introduce the Turn 3 Terrace featuring the Outback Bloomin' Zone, another amenity open to all fans, during the April 25-26 NASCAR race weekend. The Turn 3 Terrace, not surprisingly located outside of Turn 3, is open before AND during the TOYOTA OWNERS 400, from 2:00 p.m. until the checkered flag flies. Fans are invited to take the Richmond stroll around the track and take a break to enjoy:
    Outback Bloomin' Zone featuring:
    o Q&A with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (3:45 p.m.)
    o Harvick's No. 4 Outback showcar for photo ops
    o Fill up on tasty food that you've come to expect from Outback Steakhouse
    o Free prizes
    RIR Memory Lane - take a walk through time and learn about many historical and monumental moments throughout RIR's legacy that spans more than 60 years
    Decades Trackside Bar - a full-service bar and outdoor seating that will be a hot spot before the Green Flag flies and during NASCAR action on America's Premier Short Track
    Don't forget - the Turn 3 Terrace featuring the Outback Bloomin' Zone is open to all ticket holders before and during the April 26, TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Go to rir.com or or call 866-455-7223 for tickets.(RIR)(4-22-2014)

  • Miller Lite Party Zone relocates to RIR's Midway: With the help of fan feedback, Richmond International Raceway enhanced the old and added some new. So what's changed in 2014? The Miller Lite Party Zone relocates to the Midway prior to the Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 NASCAR races. RIR took the fan-favorite atmosphere and moved it to a more fan-friendly area. The ultimate tailgate party just got that much better. Situated on prime real estate near the Virginia Is For Lovers Frontstretch Gate, it has never been easier to enjoy live music, tailgate games, a mechanical bull, food, a full-service cash bar with Miller Lite specials, and the #2 Miller Lite show car of Brad Keselowski. Open to ALL fans and FREE of charge, be sure to check out the scene on Friday before the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series & Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races, and Saturday prior to the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The April NASCAR weekend at RIR begins on Friday, April 25, with two races in one night. Catch the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, where kids 12 & younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Your Friday ticket also includes Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup and NBC12 Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Nationwide Series. Go to rir.com or or call 866-455-7223 for tickets.(RIR)(4-21-2014)

  • Fan Hospitality and Pit Pass Options for Richmond: Looking to upgrade your April 25 & 26 race days at Richmond International Raceway? We have options for fans to take their experience to the next level with add-ons and ticket packages that include pre-race pit passes, exclusive driver appearances, food & beverages, and much more.
    Pit Stop Club ($2,300 per group of 8), includes:
    Eight reserved grandstand seats in the Commonwealth Mezzanine on the frontstretch for the Saturday, April 26, TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    Guided garage tours for each guest
    Pre-race pit passes for each guest
    Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR driver Kurt Busch
    Two VIP parking passes
    Admission to the climate-controlled Pit Stop Club hospitality area, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which includes a full buffet with beverages - complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water
    TORQUE Club ($800 per person), includes:
    Reserved, outdoor stadium seat for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (Saturday, April 26), and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series and BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races (Friday, April 25)
    Exclusive Q&As with NASCAR's Paul Menard, Ryan Reed, Kaz Grala and Mike Calinoff (Friday); Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Larry McReynolds (Saturday)
    Pre-race pit pass for both days
    All-inclusive gourmet food package
    Unlimited soft drinks and water
    Adult beverage tickets
    Reserved parking
    Access to the indoor, air-conditioned lounge
    Veranda Club ($320 per person), includes:
    Reserved seat in the top row of the Veranda grandstand for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series and BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races
    Pre-race pit pass for Saturday, April 26
    Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR driver Kurt Busch
    Guided garage tour on Saturday, April 26
    VIP parking for April 25 and April 26
    Admission to the climate-controlled Pit Stop Club hospitality area, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which includes a full buffet with beverages - complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water
    For more information on these options, please call RIR's Sales Office at 804-228-7611(RIR)(4-20-2014)

  • Last Minute Ticket Options for Richmond: As NASCAR gears up for a visit to Richmond International Raceway April 25 & 26, fans have several last-minute ticket options for Saturday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Friday's ToyotaCare 250/BLUE OX 100 doubleheader.
    Grandstand tickets for the April 25-26 races increase on race week, beginning Monday morning, April 21. That means Saturday's tickets will start at $40 (while supplies last), and Friday's tickets are $35 (general admission)/$45 (reserved). Special Pricing is available for several groups:
    o Kids 12 & younger feel the thrill and excitement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at $25 off the adult price in EVERY grandstand. Kids are admitted FREE in general admission on Friday.
    o College students can celebrate the end of the school year "under the lights" at America's Premier Short Track for only $19. College students may purchase online in advance or on race day - must present college ID at ticket window. Click here for College Pricing info.
    o Toyota and RIR are proud to bring the Military Appreciation offer, which includes a complimentary Pre-Race Pit Pass. Toyota Military Appreciation info.
    o Groups of 20 or more receive special pricing and priority seating. Group Sales info.
    Ticket packages remain on sale through Wednesday, April 23
    o Papa John's 4-Pack ($199) includes 4 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 tickets, 4 Papa John's personal pizzas, and 4 Coca-Cola beverages.
    o Outback Steakhouse Ticket Package ($95) includes 2 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race tickets and a $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card.
    o Fan Vision Ticket Package ($65) includes a TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race ticket and a FanVision Controller and headset rental.
    o Racing Electronics Ticket Package ($50) includes a TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race ticket and a Racing Electronics headset scanner rental.
    The April NASCAR weekend at RIR begins on Friday, April 25, with two races in one night. Catch the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, where kids 12 & younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Your Friday ticket also includes Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup and NBC12 Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Nationwide Series. CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 for tickets.(RIR)(4-18-2014)

  • Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass at Richmond: The green flag may wave at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25, but the action at Richmond International Raceway starts well before that. Join us on Pit Road from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for a pre-race experience where you take in the sights and sounds of race prep - including Knockout Pole Qualifying and practice - from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member. Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The day's action is topped off with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, followed by the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race - that's right, we said TWO races in ONE night! On Friday at noon, the new NASCAR Next class will be announced in Gatorade Victory Lane, and all Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass holders are invited. NASCAR Next is a program that spotlights NASCAR's emerging stars. Launched in 2011, the program has identified a number of drivers who have advanced from regional and touring racing series to NASCAR's national series. Notable alumni include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. Can't get enough of the NASCAR Next class? They will be signing autographs on the backstretch at Track Takeover on Saturday, April 26, and you can say you knew them when they were just breaking into the sport! Every fan who has a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 is invited to get up close and personal with the track you love.
    Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road on Friday. Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the April 25 events. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children younger than 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes. Click here to view the Pre-Race Pit Pass Access areas. Appropriate dress is required. Shirt, shoes and shorts or pants must be worn at all times while on pit road. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.
    CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 to purchase tickets for the Friday, April 25, ToyotaCare250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Advance tickets start at just $30 and kids 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission.(RIR)(4-18-2014)

  • Virginia529 College Savings Plan renews Richmond NNS sponsorship Richmond International Raceway officials announced the Virginia529 College Savings Plan has extended its partnership with America's Premier Short Track through the 2015 season. The Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race kicks off the September NASCAR Doubleheader weekend "under the lights" on Friday night, September 5. The Virginia529 College Savings Plan remains the Official College Savings Plan of the track, presenting sponsor of the Family Section presented by Virginia529 College Savings Plan and the Virginia529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia.(RIR)(3-29-2014)

  • Richmond working to get Robert Griffin III to race: When Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked his fans on social media to help convince Robert Griffin III to attend Richmond's late-April race, Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier quickly e-mailed Junior's tweet to his staff. "Boom," the track president wrote. When Griffin quickly responded, saying he was in, Bickmeier e-mailed his staff again, this time including Griffin's tweet. "Double boom," he wrote. In case you were wondering whether Sunday night's flurry of tweets about getting Griffin to the Toyota Owners 400 on April 26 was just a goof, well, rest assured it was not. By Monday morning, track officials had already reached out to the Redskins, trying to capitalize on what Earnhardt started. "Our plan at this point is we'd love to connect with Robert and the Redskins and certainly determine his availability," Bickmeier said in a phone conversation. "I don't even know if he knew the actual date of the race. We have to determine all those things first, but we would love to have him. We've got a good spot for him, and I think giving him kind of an immersion in NASCAR would be pretty cool. I think it's a win for everybody. Earnhardt had originally suggested Griffin act as the grand marshal; that's typically an honor bestowed in conjunction with a race's sponsor, which is why Bickmeier instead suggested the quarterback drive the pace car. RIR hasn't used an honorary pace car driver in the recent past; "quite frankly, that's really reserved for someone of RGIII's stature," Bickmeier said. Track officials are willing to make any visit as intense or low-key as the quarterback would like.(Washington Post)(3-26-2014)

  • Kick It With Matt Kenseth in Fan Hospitality at RIR: Have you ever wanted to know the one thing Matt Kenseth can't live without? Are you curious about what the former NASCAR champion does on a day off? Dying to find out which driver he'd choose as a tag-team wrestling partner? Well, here's your chance to find out. Kick it with former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, on Saturday, April 26, in Richmond International Raceway's 3-Wide fan hospitality, prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In addition to the exclusive Q&A, be sure to stroll up and down Pit Road for an up close and unforgettable visit to the pavement all of your favorite drivers will be racing on just a few hours later. The 3-Wide experience is $80 per person, and includes: 3 beer or wine tickets for fans 21 years of age & older with a valid ID. Unlimited sodas & water will also be available; Walk down Pit Road with an exclusive Pre-Race Pit Pass (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., time and weather permitting), Interactive Q&A session with NASCAR personalities, including Kenseth; Dine on appetizers from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & a buffet dinner from 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Enjoy music, games, a complimentary souvenir event program, and a chance to win a trip to Pre-Race & Gatorade Victory Lane ceremonies. Take advantage of the only opportunity to obtain a Saturday Pre-Race Pit Pass with a single-day ticket and purchase today.(RIR)(3-5-2014)

  • Richmond Sprint Cup Series Tickets on sale: Tickets for Richmond International Raceway's April 25 & 26 NASCAR weekend go on sale Wednesday, January 15; however, fans who sign up to receive Ticket Holder e-mail communication can purchase two days early. Click here to subscribe and stay connected. A limited number of frontstretch seats will be available. NASCAR returns to RIR April 25 & 26 with three races in two nights. You've got to see Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and all your favorite drivers beating and banging at RIR on Saturday night, April 26 in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400. Advance tickets start at $35. New for 2014: tickets for kids 12 & younger are $25 off the adult price in ALL grandstands at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Be sure to click here to sign up to purchase early. The weekend begins Friday, April 25, with a full day of on-track activity and two races "under the lights"! Don't miss Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Brian Vickers and many up and coming drivers in the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance, and kids 12 & younger are admitted FREE in general admission. For additional information, please visit www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.(RIR)(1-14-2014)

  • Richmond completes 'Five Days of Giving": Richmond International Raceway completed its Five Days of Giving campaign today with donations totaling $15,000, benefiting Richmond-area nonprofit organizations. The organizations are receiving grants from the track's charitable arm - Richmond International Raceway Cares. RIR opened up a grant application to be considered for a donation. Richmond International Raceway Cares is a Donor Advised Fund of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3. RIR Cares is dedicated to assisting charities, causes and events in the community that focus on - but are not limited to - youth, education and recreation.
    This year, five Richmond-based nonprofits are receiving grants from RIR Cares:
    * Blue Sky Fund ($2,000) - www.blueskyfund.org
    * Junior Achievement of Central Virginia ($2,000) - www.jatoday.org
    * Richmond Community Tool Bank ($3,000) - www.richmond.toolbank.org
    * Northside Family YMCA ($4,000) - www.ymcarichmond.org/northside
    * Youth Life Foundation of Richmond ($4,000) - www.ylfr.org
    Funds donated to these worthy causes would not be possible without the fans of Richmond International Raceway, who contributed to RIR Cares through events during the 2013 calendar year:
    * RIR Cares Track Laps
    * Online auctions through The NASCAR Foundation
    * Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games
    * Donation from sales of Krispy Kreme doughnuts on race weekends
    RIR's Five Days of Giving comes on the heels of wrapping up a FeedMore/Central Virginia FoodBank drive and Marine Toys for Tots drive. RIR waves the green flag on its 2014 season April 25 & 26, highlighted by the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. For additional information, please visit www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.(RIR)(12-20-2013)

  • Richmond rolls out kids pricing: Continuing its commitment to the fan experience, Richmond International Raceway is introducing special youth pricing in all of its grandstands for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, beginning with the April 26, 2014, Toyota Owners 400. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted at $25 off the adult price in every grandstand, allowing families to save money, while enjoying the race from any grandstand they choose. In addition to this new, fan-friendly perk, RIR continues to offer the Virginia529 College Savings Plan Family Section in Colonial E, where alcohol is prohibited. Pricing for kids 12 and younger are even lower in this special section. For years, RIR has admitted kids 12 and younger free of charge, when accompanied by a ticketed adult, for its NASCAR Nationwide Series races, and that policy continues with the April 25, 2014, ToyotaCare 250. Tickets for the April 2014 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race go on sale January 15.(RIR)(11-20-2013)

  • Richmond to remove some seats: Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier said on Friday that RIR will remove the Henrico Tower and there will be additional seating along the backstretch. He estimated that the track's capacity will drop about 10,000 seats. "We're taking down parts of Henrico grandstands (along the backstretch)," he said. "The lower part of the backstretch as you come toward turn three as well as some sections of the Old Dominion grandstands in Turn 3." Bickmeier said that the plan to remove some seating has been formulating for over a year. These sections have been on the low satisfactory end of post-race fan survey data. Henrico Tower, in particular, is an arduous journey for fans. Bickmeier said spectators need to climb 72 steps to the lower portion of the tower, where there are few, if any, amenities such as concessions and restrooms. "So, it's not where we get some of the best feedback from our fans," he said. "And, during the race, if you wanted to something to drink or go to the restroom, you have to come all the way down and climb all the way back up." Bickmeier said that reducing seating isn't a bad thing and referenced venues such as The Diamond and the University of Richmond's Robins Center that have lowered capacity. "This is not a new phenomenon by any means," he said. "It's happened at other motorsports facilities and other facilities in general." International Speedway Corporation, RIR's parent company, announced in June that it would make sweeping changes to the stands at Daytona International Speedway, which included moving all the seating along the front stretch of the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Overall, the changes are part of a long-term improvement process for RIR. Bickmeier said they have short-term ideas and long-term strategies for how to repurpose those areas. He said that the best data for the long-term improvement comes from fans.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-6-2013)

  • Federated Auto Parts extends naming rights for Richmond race: Federated Auto Parts will return to Richmond International Raceway for many more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at America's Premier Short Track. The partnership began last year with the inaugural Federated Auto Parts 400, and today both parties announced an extension that will keep the Virginia-based auto parts distributor's name on the traditional September NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for future seasons. In addition to its contract extension, Federated Auto Parts, which hosts nearly 2,000 guests in hospitality and suites on race weekends at RIR, remains the Official Auto Parts Supplier of Richmond International Raceway.
    "All of us at Federated Auto Parts are proud to extend our relationship with Richmond International Raceway and its premier spot on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule," said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. "Our members and their customers love the fun-filled activities and hospitality provided at RIR, providing our partners with lasting memories. We are ready to continue the memory-making process with tonight's Federated Auto Parts 400, a race we expect to be unforgettable, as drivers try to race their way into The Chase tonight."
    "I can't tell you how excited the Richmond International Raceway team is to share in this announcement," said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. "We added Federated Auto Parts to a growing list of Virginia-based companies last year, and knowing they'll be part of our family solidifies our partnership for years to come. There's no better way to celebrate this announcement than by hosting an amazing Federated Auto Parts 400 tonight, under the lights, at America's Premier Short Track."
    Federated Auto Parts is no stranger to NASCAR. Now in its 18th year in the sport, Federated has served as the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, as well as the entitlement partner at Nashville Superspeedway, prior to joining RIR as the entitlement sponsor of "One Last Race to Make The Chase."(RIR)(9-8-2013)

  • NASA to teach NASCAR fans at RIR: NASCAR fans in Virginia will have an opportunity to learn about an upcoming NASA mission to the moon during races at Richmond International Raceway. NASA's Langley Research Center says education specialists will be at Richmond International Raceway on Friday and Saturday. NASA officials will speak with the public about the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, which is set to launch from Wallops Island on Friday night. NASA says Richmond International Raceway is a designated viewing area for the LADEE lift-off. The robotic mission will orbit the moon to gather information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A model of the LADEE spacecraft will also be on hand at Richmond International Raceway for the public to view.(Associated Press)(9-6-2013)

  • Armed Forces Foundation "Troops to the Track" Program heads to Richmond: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Saturday, September 7th by bringing service members of the Explosive Ordnance Technicians (EOD Techs) from the Capitol Region. EOD Techs are responsible for the disarming and disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). These service members are highly-trained military professionals serving in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force and will get to enjoy a special day of NASCAR-style VIP activities at the racetrack. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands. See the attached document for more information about the program.(AFF)(9-6-2013)

  • Kroger bringing on-site grocery store to RIR: Fans looking to stock up on tailgating items this weekend at Richmond International Raceway can visit a new, on-site Kroger store for their race day needs. Kroger is setting up shop in Parking Lot D this Friday and Saturday at RIR from 8:00am to 7:00pm Click here for a map to locate the store. The list of items available for purchase include hot dogs and hamburgers, Coca-Cola products, Gatorade, bagged ice, charcoal grills and much more. Tickets for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.(RIR)(9-6-2013)

  • Free Amenities & Fan-Favorite Activities This Weekend at RIR: When fans flock to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, they will enjoy many free amenities and fan-favorite activities. Those who don't already have tickets for the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race can click here for tickets. Here is a list of the great amenities awaiting fans:
    Free Parking General automobile parking at Richmond International Raceway has always been and continues to be absolutely FREE.
    Bring Your Own Food & Beverage Did you know fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverage inside the gates of Richmond International Raceway? The maximum allowed cooler size is 14"x14"x14" - large enough for 36 12-oz beverages. No glass containers are allowed.
    Video Scoring Tower RIR's Video Scoring Tower remains one of the most impressive in NASCAR, displaying live race action, pre-race ceremonies, post-race Chase celebration and various events happening on Raceway property. Additionally, fans can stick around after the checkered flag to watch Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations and post-race driver interviews from the Media Center.
    Virginia529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia Kids 12 and younger can enjoy their race day in the Virginia529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia, which is a playful and educational environment featuring inflatable moon bounces, as well as scientific exhibits that will enrich their minds. While there, parents can sign their kids up for the free RIR Kids Club, with benefits including an official membership card, Kids Club gift, e-newsletter, birthday e-card, special ticket offers and contest opportunities. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano will be reading a book to children at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
    Mobile App Available on Apple and Android devices, RIR's free mobile app provides fans with a customizable schedule with reminder notifications; interactive GPS map with search capabilities; detailed Midway, parking and facility maps; seating charts; first aid, Will Call and ATM locations; "Friend Finder" to locate your friends on property and a race weekend postcard where you can take a photo with an RIR background to upload to your social media accounts.
    Miller Lite Party Zone Miller Lite brings the ultimate tailgate party to fans on race weekend, featuring live music, tailgate games, a mechanical bull, the Miller Lite show car and cash bar serving great tasting Miller Lite and food items for sale. Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Party Zone is the place to be from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Friday and 11:00am to 7:00pm. While in there, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen televisions.
    Concourse Televisions More than twenty 42" televisions have been installed throughout the concourse, underneath the grandstands.
    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.
    This weekend is NASCAR race weekend at Richmond International Raceway, featuring Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 - "One Last Race to Make The Chase" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ten drivers are looking to fill five positions to complete the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. The emotions are high and the anticipation is unparalleled. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.
    Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is a great family value because children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.(RIR)(9-6-2013)

  • Free Festival at Richmond on Thursday: There's no better way to kick off NASCAR race weekend in Richmond than with a free festival on Thursday, September 5, at Richmond International Raceway. RVA's Stars of NASCAR Festival features some of the top drivers in a Q&A session with fans, followed by live music from The Killing Daylights. Additionally, RVA food trucks will be on hand, with lots of tasty food options available for purchase. The driver Q&A lineup is still to be determined. Drivers who are eligible for the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but have not yet locked in their spot, will be on hand for the question and answer session, which is free and open to the public. Depending on how this Sunday's race shakes out, there could be nearly a dozen drivers participating! In addition to food trucks, beer will be sold. Ten percent of all food truck sales that night will be donated to FeedRVA. Fans may enter RIR at Gate 4, located off of Laburnum Ave. between Carolina Ave. and Meadowbridge Rd.(more info at RIR.com)(9-4-2013)

  • Richmond Coliseum offering off-site parking and shuttle service: Fans attending the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 7, will once again be able to take advantage of the "Park and Ride" shuttle program from downtown Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum parking lot. The shuttle service allows fans to park their vehicles and take a free shuttle 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 7. The shuttle runs continuously back and forth throughout the afternoon and evening, with pick-up/drop-off at 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: rir.com. Shuttle service is no longer available at The Showplace on Mechanicsville Turnpike.(RIR)(9-4-2013)

  • 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)

  • RIR offers Pre-Race Pit Passes: Richmond International Raceway is bringing fans closer to the action than ever before with Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes prior to the upcoming Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, September 6. 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. Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road prior to the Nationwide Series race. Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes are available online at rir.com or calling 866-455-7223.
    Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance 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 6, Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children under 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes. Appropriate dress is required. Shirt, shoes and shorts or pants must be worn at all times while on pit road. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.(RIR)(8-27-2013)

  • Camping options available at Richmond: Fans looking for daily and overnight RV parking during the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway September 6-7, should look no further than the BLUE OX Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking (Lot J). This lot opens at noon on Thursday, September 5 and at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for daily and overnight RV parking. BLUE OX Meadowbridge Unreserved daily and overnight RV parking spaces are available for oversized vehicles, RVs and motorcoaches in Lot J. Passes for BLUE OX Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking can be purchased in advance for $90 for the weekend. The lot has continuous tram service throughout the day until approximately an hour and a half post-race Friday-Saturday, as well as 24-hour security. Sites do not contain utilities (no power, water or waste connections). Shower facilities are available for $5 per shower. Portable restrooms are provided. New for September 2013, Richmond International Raceway offers tent camping in Lot J. Fans may purchase a reserved 25' x 45' tent camping spot for $75 by calling 866-455-7223. Fans must have two or more Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets in their account to purchase a reserved tent camping spot in that account.(RIR)(8-13-2013)

  • Richmond Tickets on sale May 23: Following one of the most thrilling finishes of the NASCAR season last month at Richmond International Raceway, fans are excited that short track action returns to America's Premier Short Track September 6-7 for the "One Last Race to Make The Chase" weekend. Tickets for both nights of racing go on sale May 23. The Saturday, September 7, Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, known as "One Last Race to Make The Chase," is the final event before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Federated Auto Parts 400 is a race circled on every driver's calendar, as many will be fighting for one of the 12 spots in The Chase - NASCAR's 10-race finale that determines the series champion. The weekend gets started Friday, September 6, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday's advance tickets start at $30, with kids 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. In addition to tickets for the races, fans can upgrade their race day experience with Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes ($50) and Saturday 3-Wide Fan Hospitality ($80), which includes a Pre-Race Pit Pass, as well as food, beverages, driver question & answers sessions, and much more.(RIR)(5-12-2013)

  • Cushioned seat rentals at Richmond: Richmond International Raceway and IMG Seating are teaming up to offer padded seat rentals for the April 26-27 NASCAR weekend at RIR. Seat rentals are $8 per event and available for both the Saturday, April 27, Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Friday, April 26, ToyotaCare 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. Click here to add your cushioned seat rental for Friday, or call 866-455-7223. 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, April 26 race must pick up their cushioned seats at any customer service location on-site with a photo ID.(RIR)(4-22-2013)

  • Off-site parking and shuttle offered at Richmond: Fans attending the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 27, 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, April 27, 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, April 27. The shuttle runs continuously back and forth throughout the afternoon and evening, with pick-up/drop-off at 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: rir.com.
    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 -mile off of I-64 at exit 192. The cost for parking at The Showplace on Saturday, April 27 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.
    Tickets are on sale now for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, more info at rir.com.(RIR)(4-22-2013)

  • Multiple camping options available at Richmond: Fans looking for daily and overnight RV parking during the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway April 25-27, should look no further than the Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking (Lot J). This lot opens at noon on Thursday, April 25 and at 7:00am on Friday and Saturday for daily and overnight parking. Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved daily and overnight parking spaces are available for oversized vehicles, RVs and motorcoaches in Lot J. Passes for Blue Ox Meadowbridge Unreserved RV Parking can be purchased in advance for $90 for the weekend.
    New for 2013, Richmond International Raceway offers tent camping in Lot G. Fans may purchase a reserved 20' x 30' tent camping spot for $75 by calling 866-455-7223. Fans must have two or more Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets in their account to purchase a reserved tent camping spot in that account. A tent camping ticket package, which includes two tickets (in Henrico Grandstand, rows 1-10) to the race and a reserved tent camping spot, is available for$145. Shower facilities will be available in Lot G for $5 per shower.(RIR)(4-7-2013)

  • Richmond offers Q&A Session with Keselowski: There aren't many sports or venues where you can participate in an exclusive question-and-answer session with the defending champion. But when you're talking about NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway, you can do just that. RIR is offering a ticket package that includes an exclusive Q&A with the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and driver of the #2 Miller Lite car, Brad Keselowski. For $70, fans receive admission to an exclusive Q&A with Keselowski and a seat in the first 10 rows of the Dogwood Grandstand (Turns 1 & 2) or Colonial Grandstand (Turn 4) for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 27. The Q&A will take place in the Colonial Building at 3:45 p.m. on April 27. Any fan who has already purchased a ticket for the April 27 race may add on the Q&A with Keselowski for $30. Guests must purchase a race ticket and voucher for the Q&A to attend. This offer is limited, while supplies last.(RIR)(3-9-2013)

  • Richmond Spring Tickets on sale Friday: Tickets for Richmond International Raceway 's April 25-27, 2013, tripleheader weekend go on sale this Friday, December 7. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rir.com or calling 866-455-7223. The Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is set for Saturday, April 27, featuring defending champion Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chesterfield, Virginia's Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and many more. Advance tickets, including seats in Turns 1 and 4, start at $45. The Friday, April 26, ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race features Emporia, Virginia's Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr. and all of your favorite series regulars mixing it up with several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running double-duty. Advance tickets for the ToyotaCare 250 start at $30. The three-day spectacle begins Thursday, April 25, with the return of the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.(RIR)(12-6-2012)

  • Toyota sponsoring spring Richmond races: Buckling up for two days of NASCAR excitement, Toyota and Richmond International Raceway announced multi-year race entitlements, beginning with the April 26-27, 2013 doubleheader weekend at America's Premier Short Track. The weekend features the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. "This partnership allows us to align with a premium brand that has been supporting NASCAR for nearly a decade," said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. "These multi-year entitlements will allow Richmond International Raceway to continue delivering the high-quality events our fans have enjoyed for 60 years. To put on these NASCAR spectacles, we require two core ingredients: the fans and the sponsors - both of which drive our business and allow us to provide top-notch events." Toyota has a rich history at Richmond International Raceway. The auto manufacturer has seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins (Kyle Busch, four; Denny Hamlin, two; Clint Bowyer, one) and five NASCAR Nationwide Series top finishes (Kyle Busch, two; Denny Hamlin, two; Kurt Busch, one), and has served as the Official Pace Car at RIR.(RIR)(12-4-2012)


Richmond International Raceway News Archive
Race Track and Schedule News
Race Track Links
Race Ticket Info and Links
Jayski's Nationwide Series Site
Jayski's Camping World Truck Series Site
Jayski's Silly Season Sprint Cup News Page
Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Main Page

Next Race: GoBowling.com 400

Countdown to Race Time: 8/3/2014 ~1:18pm/et

Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, PA

ESPN, 1:00pm/et
Motor Racing Network
SiriusXM Radio Channel 90

Qualifying:
Friday, August 1, 2014, 3:40pm/et
FoxSports1 3:30pm/et
Live Radio online at motorracingnetwork.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:30am/et
ESPN2 11:30am/et



Race / Event Information

Pocono Race Info page

Indianapolis Race Info page


New Hampshire Race Info page



Team / Driver / Track Links

Racing Charity Spotlite

Upcoming Racing Charity Events

Jayski's Corner

Race Track News

Nationwide Series News & Race InfoRSS

Camping World Truck Series News

Scheduled NASCAR Related TV Listings