Old Track Name: Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway
600 E. Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222
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: 71,000 [was 91,000 and 112,029]
April 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 93.369mph, started 17th
September 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 104.702mph, started 1st
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 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 126.618, finished 1st
April 2014 Pole Winner: None - due to inclement weather
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): 18 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s (active): 28 - Jeff Gordon; 19 - Tony Stewart
Most Laps Led by a Leader (500 laps): 488, David Pearson, 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: 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; 30 Ford; 17 Dodge; 7 Toyota
M&M's Crispy to sponsor pole day at Richmond: It's been said that the taste of a NASCAR victory is sweet. But, why should drivers have to wait until after the checkered flag to get a sample? Well, Richmond International Raceway and M&M's Brand are here to satisfy that craving before the green flag waves. M&M'sŪ Brand and RIR are proud to bring fans M&M's Crispy Pole Qualifying at RIR on Friday, April 24th. The field for TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, April 25th will be set on Friday when drivers participate in three rounds of knockout qualifying. After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America brought M&M'S Crispy back nationwide in January following a 10-year hiatus.(M&M Mars)(4-17-2015)
Earnhardt, Jr., Elliott to appear at Track Takeover in Richmond: When you hear the names Earnhardt and Elliott many things come to mind. Generations of history, countless wins, and intense battles are just to name a few. These names have become part of NASCAR, and fans across the sport have grown to love them. But, you want to know more about them, don't you? Well, Richmond International Raceway is offering you the chance. Both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott will be doing Q&A's on the main stage at Track Takeover powered by Nationwide. All Saturday, April 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ticket holders are invited to attend Track Takeover powered by Nationwide, where you can put your feet on the pavement just hours prior to NASCAR's best battling it out in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400. Two legendary last names in NASCAR on one stage answering questions that we all want to know. What's better than that? Add a rising legend in the country music scene to the list, that's what. Eric Lee Beddingfield will make his RIR debut, taking the stage at Track Takeover powered by Nationwide to entertain fans.(RIR)(4-10-2015)
Testing at Richmond on Tuesday & Wednesday UPDATE: Ever seen a movie preview that made you want to go see the main feature? Are you staying in town and wondering what to do during Spring Break? Richmond International Raceway has just the thing. We want you to join us as we preview some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' biggest names on Wednesday, April 8 when they take to the track to prepare for the main feature, the Saturday, April 25 TOYOTA OWNERS 400. Check the full guest list: #24-Jeff Gordon, #14-Tony Stewart, #2-Brad Keselowski, #15-Clint Bowyer, #42-Kyle Larson, #11-Denny Hamlin, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, #43-Aric Almirola, #13-Casey Mears, #78-Martin Truex Jr, and #47-AJ Allmendinger. Fans are invited to attend testing on Wednesday, April 8 from 10:00am-5:00pm. Sit in the grandstands and enjoy a sneak peek of what's to come in a few short weeks. To access the grandstands, enter through the Main Gate on the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. Once in the gate, park near the Virginia is For Lovers Frontstretch Gate and Gate 70, located in Turn 4. Fans can enter the grandstands through Gate 70 only.(RIR) Teams will also test on Tuesday, but the track is close to the public then.(4-7-2014)
UPDATE: The engineers and mechanics who hunched over an array of computers plied their trade with typical high-tech flair during Wednesday's open NASCAR test at Richmond International Raceway, analyzing data feeds and crunching numbers while their drivers made the rounds. The seven-hour session, which started 2 1/2 hours late because of early morning rain, came on the heels of Tuesday's rain-delayed Goodyear tire test here, where teams confirmed the rubber that will be used in the springtime 400-lapper. But in addition to making tires work, teams used the extra time to try different setups that may pay dividends in a little over two weeks. Thirteen drivers added the Richmond detour before heading to this weekend's racing at Texas Motor Speedway, driving cars equipped with ride-height sensors and pitot tubes to measure wind velocity. Additionally, three "wheel-force" cars -- one for each manufacturer and marked with a "W" beside their number on the scoring sheet -- also made the trip, each outfitted with a complex sensor attached to each wheel to measure load on the tires. The information from those three cars -- with Team Penske representing Ford, JTG-Daugherty Racing for Chevrolet, and Joe Gibbs Racing for Toyota -- would be shared within each manufacturer network. Tuesday at Richmond, teams tested tires for nearly four hours after steady showers pushed back the on-track schedule. Goodyear will employ zone-tread technology -- using two different rubber compounds, one for improved endurance and one for enhanced traction, in a single tread -- on its right-side tires. The left-side tire compound will remain the same as the one teams raced on last September.(NASCAR.com)(4-9-2015)
Fan who climbed fence at RIR convicted: A Hopewell man who climbed a fence overhanging the Richmond International Raceway track during the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup race on Sept. 6 was convicted Thursday of disorderly conduct and being drunk in public. Henrico General District Judge Thomas Jones sentenced James Dennis, 53, to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended for disorderly conduct, and fined him $100 for being drunk in public. Dennis' lawyer, Greg Hough, said his client will serve the one-month sentence on weekends. Dennis Bickmeier, RIR's president, said he was pleased with the outcome in court and said such actions represent a threat not only to drivers during a race but to members of the public. "We want people to feel like coming to the races is something that is a safe thing to do," he said. Dennis told authorities at the time he was celebrating his birthday, though the judge noted that was two days earlier. Hough said in court that Dennis had suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military experience and was also being treated for other conditions.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(12-11-2014)
Richmond fence climber arrested, charged UPDATE: An unidentified fan made it all the way to the top of the catchfence in Turn 4, bringing out a caution during Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400. Richmond International Raceway spokeswoman Aimee Turner said the unidentified fan was arrested by Henrico County police and charged with disorderly conduct and being drunk in public. The fan sat atop the fence while the 42-car field zoomed underneath him at speeds upward of 120 mph.
Asked how the fan got past security to climb the fence, Turner said the track will "review safety measures with Henrico (County) police and NASCAR." She said officers were stationed along the fence in front of the grandstands. One of those officers can be seen in photos on social media looking the opposite direction as the fan sits atop the fence. A video shows the fan getting past a cordoned area and climbing. The caution lights did not come on until after the climber had begun his descent, after sitting atop the fencing for several minutes. Police officers surrounded him at that point.(more at the USA Today)(9-7-2014)
UPDATE: Henrico County police identified the spectator who climbed to the top of the catchfence during Saturday night's Sprint Cup NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway as James Richard Dennis, 53, of Henrico. Dennis was arrested and charged with being drunk in public and disorderly conduct. Henrico police Lt. Scott Jones said Dennis told police it was his birthday and he wanted to be on national TV. "He's up in the stands and he's waiting for his chance," Jones said. "When the officers are tied up on something else, when the officers walk away, he runs down, climbs the fence, all the way to top, starts waving, and he got his wish."(News & Advance)(9-8-2014)
Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 4th win of the season, 1st at Richmond and 14th career win. The win is Roger Penske's 400th races win in major motorsports (NASCAR, Indy, etc)
#24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #1-McMurray, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman and #43-Almirola.
Pole winner #2-Keselowski led 383 of 400 laps, winning his 4th race of the season.
Points leader #24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 2nd, increasing the points lead to 31 #88-Earnhardt Jr. who finished 12th.
#2-Keselowski takes the Chase Grid lead with 4 wins over #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #48-Johnson and #22-Logano, all with 3 wins.
#31-Newman (+36pts) and #16-Biffle (+7) were the final two drivers to get in the Chase over #15-Bowyer (-7_ and #42-Larson (-16).
There were only 4 lead changes among 2 drivers. There were 4 cautions for 27 yellow flag laps, none for accidents or engine failures but one was a competition caution, then two debris cautions and one for a spectator who had climbed to the top of the turn four catchfence.
The average speed was 104.702mph.
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).(9-6-2014)
Donlavey's career honored at RIR: The legacy of Richmond native Junie Donlavey to NASCAR is being honored at Richmond International Raceway. The Sprint Cup garage has been named the Junie Donlavey garage in honor of the owner who was a competitor at NASCAR's highest level for more than 50 years. The track placed a sign over the entrance to the garage that says "Donlavey Garage" with the words separated by the number "90." That was the number on Donlavey's cars for almost all of his races. Above the "90" is "Junie" and below it is "Chief". Donlavey died June 9 at 90.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-6-2014)
Richmond International Raceway Retains Traditional Dates: What's better than a single scoop? A double dip! That's what race fans in Richmond will get in 2015, as NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway twice next season, and it will be on our traditional dates. Fans will rise to their feet for NASCAR excitement April 24 & 25 and September 11 & 12. What else is the same? The race entitlements:
· Friday, April 24, 2015: ToyotaCare 250
· Saturday, April 25, 2015: TOYOTA OWNERS 400
· Friday, September 11, 2015: Virginia529 College Savings 250
· Saturday, September 12, 2015: Federated Auto Parts 400
Keep an eye on your mailbox and inbox, as ticket renewals for 2015 will be mailed out this fall. "NASCAR's return to Richmond International Raceway twice in 2015 is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire Greater Richmond Area," said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. "These races are not only action-packed sports entertainment, but also a boon for the local economy." This exciting news comes less than two weeks before RIR's "One Last Race to Make The Chase" weekend, highlighted by the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 6. Twelve drivers are locked in to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but four spots remain. Who has what it takes to Get On The Grid? Find out for yourself by purchasing advance tickets, which start at just $35. Kids 12 & younger are admitted at $25 off in every grandstand. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.(Richmond International Raceway)(8-26-2014)
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 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)
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)