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 2015 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 97.157mph, started 3rd
September 2015 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 100.353mph, started 2nd
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
April 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 127.071mpg, finished 5th
September 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 126.470mph, finished 3rd
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; 14 - Kyle Busch
Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s (active): 30 - Jeff Gordon; 19 - Tony Stewart; 18 - Kevin Harvick
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: 37 Chevy; 30 Ford; 17 Dodge; 8 Toyota
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).
RIR Goes Gold to Honor Jeff Gordon and Support Childhood Cancer Awareness: September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and patients, families, researchers and charities, including the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Richmond International Raceway are rallying to bring awareness and raise funds for childhood cancer research, treatment, patient support and survivorship issues. Every day, 43 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old and approximately one in five children diagnosed will not survive. Forty-three - the same number of kids that fit on a school bus and the same number of drivers in this weekend's Last Race to Make The Chase, Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. RIR is "Going Gold" this weekend to honor NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Jeff Gordon, who is dedicated to the fight to end pediatric cancer. And we're inviting our fans to do the same, as a visual reminder that every child battling cancer deserves a future full of limitless potential and the chance to achieve a lifetime of dreams.
"Jeff has had a tremendous impact on this sport," said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. "And his impact reaches even further through the work of his Foundation. Our hope in honoring Jeff in his final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is to pay tribute to Jeff and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation by supporting his cause and helping bring awareness and raise funds for childhood cancer research."
Throughout the facility this weekend, fans will see gold reminders - the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon and Jeff's No. 24 on the track walls, the iconic "Richmond" painted gold on the start/finish line, gate workers and RIR staff in gold event shirts, and a Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon on the Official Pace Car. Forty-three childhood cancer WARRIORS from Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and UVA Children's Hospital, wearing gold t-shirts, will arrive on a school bus at pre-race Saturday to lead fans in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In addition, the Richmond Children's Hospital Foundation will be on the Midway selling gold shoelaces for $5. Four dollars from each sale will be used to support research and treatment efforts in the Richmond area. Fans may purchase shoelaces while here this weekend or you may purchase laces and other Go4theGoal gold gear online at http://go4thegoal.org/shop.html. Be sure to include "Richmond" in the team name box under the shoe laces to ensure the sale is credited to the Richmond Children's Hospital Foundation. So, grab your gold and join Richmond International Raceway, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and UVA Children's Hospital this weekend as we proudly honor Jeff Gordon and support the children in our community who are battling cancer. Tickets for Saturday night's Last Race to Make The Chase, Federated Auto Parts 400 are still available. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.(RIR)(9-11-2015)
Tim Duggar in concert prior to Richmond race: Want to get your Saturday night started on the right note? Come see rising country music singer Tim Dugger perform on the pre-race stage prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 12th. With songs like "Way Past My Beer Time" and "You Know Who We Are," it's sure to be a good time. Making his first appearance at RIR, the Alabama native is no stranger to the sport. A lifelong NASCAR fan, Dugger has performed at several tracks across the NASCAR circuit ever since a chance meeting with Richard Childress at an Alabama nightclub got his foot in the door. From his debut single "(I Called Her) Tennessee" to his latest hit "Beer on a Boat," Dugger's music has been charming NASCAR and country music fans across the country. The unique twang in his voice reminds fans of country music stars such as George Jones, Merle Haggard, or Waylon Jennings, and fans can hear even more of it with a new EP dropping on iTunes later this month. And remember, fans are invited back out on the track for the Second Annual Post-Race Party presented by Outback. Join host Rutledge Wood for the party on the pavement, and celebrate into the night with the 16 drivers who've raced their way into The Chase.(RIR)(9-4-2015)
When the Smoke Clears at Richmond, the Party Begins: From Top Gear, to NBC and now to the RIR stage; entertaining and engaging NASCAR reporter Rutledge Wood will join Richmond International Raceway on September 12th as host of the Second Annual Post-Race Party, presented by Outback Steakhouse. After the "Last Race to Make The Chase" sets the field for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, fans are invited down on the track to celebrate with the 16 elite drivers who's championship dreams are still alive. Be there as Wood brings the sports stars out one by one to the party on the pavement. With new presenting sponsor, Outback Steakhouse, on board, RIR plans to ignite the night with all of the things that create the best party in NASCAR. It's hype. It's loud. It's NASCAR America meets Miami nightclub. It's the first time fans will see all 16 drivers who get onto the Chase Grid. And it's going to be bigger than last year. Who will race their way into one of those final spots in the Chase, and who will be left on the outside looking in? Be there to make your allegiance known as they cross the Post-Race Party stage following the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday September 12.(RIR)(9-1-2015)
New rule changes announced for several tracks: A low downforce rules package similar to that scheduled for use by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams this weekend at Kentucky Speedway will be run in September at Darlington Raceway, according to Steve O'Donnell, Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for the sanctioning body. In addition, teams will compete with a higher drag rules package at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month as well as Michigan International Speedway in August and Richmond International Raceway. This weekend's Kentucky aero package features a shorter spoiler (reduced from 6 inches to 3-1/2 inches) and a splitter extension panel (radiator pan) reduction from 38 inches to 25 inches. The splitter will have 1-3/4 inches less overhang that what has previously been used this season. Combined, the aero changes are expected to lessen the amount of downforce on the cars by approximately 1,000 pounds.
While the Darlington setup will be similar to that slated for this weekend's Quaker State 400, there are differences. The spoiler will be 3-1/2 (instead of 3 inches) inches and the splitter will feature a 1/4-inch leading edge. There is no change in the size of the splitter extension panel (25 inches).
Although the tires used this weekend at Kentucky were not tested at the 1.5-mile track with the lower downforce platform during an April tire test, Goodyear officials were able to determine a tire for the Darlington package during a one-day test last week with drivers #14-Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing), #20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) and #2-Brad Keselowski (Team Penske).
For Indy and Michigan, the aero package will feature a 9-inch spoiler and 1-inch wicker bill; a rear fascia extension panel similar to that currently used for superspeedway events; a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter; and a 43-inch splitter extension panel.
Richmond will use a new tire. There are no scheduled aero changes for the upcoming race at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the start of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, however Goodyear will not return with a multi-zone tread compound tire that had been used there recently. The changes are not currently scheduled for use at any tracks hosting Chase races.(NASCAR.com)(7-7-2013)
RIR and the Department of Veterans Affairs are "Driving VA Benefits Home" This Sept: Richmond International Raceway (RIR) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up to bring home greater awareness and access to VA benefits for our nation's Veterans and Servicemembers. The Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday, September 11 will set the field for the Federated Auto Parts 400 "Last Race to Make the Chase" on Saturday, September 12.
"The best way to reach Veterans is to involve partners that engage Veterans in the communities where they live," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. "Through innovative partnerships like this, we have the opportunity to reach Veterans and their families who may not realize they are entitled to VA benefits and services or who may not know where to go for assistance," said McDonald.
Drivers will participate in three rounds of knockout qualifying during the Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying on Friday afternoon. The fastest twenty-four drivers in the first round get to move on to the second round, where the stakes are higher. Only the top 12 can move on to the third and final round. Once the clock runs out in the final round, whoever is quickest secures the number one starting position and the coveted first pit stall.
In addition to the Pole Qualifying partnership with RIR, VA will have its Mobile Vet Center onsite throughout the weekend to answer questions, share information, and help Veterans sign up for benefits and services. You'll find the Mobile Vet Center on the Midway, along with other interactive displays, food and shopping experiences. "Richmond International Raceway is proud to partner with such an important organization as the Department of Veterans Affairs," said Richmond International Raceway President, Dennis Bickmeier. "NASCAR is a very patriotic sport. And here at RIR, we pride ourselves on supporting the men and women who currently serve and have served our country. There's no better way to do that than by partnering with the VA to set the field for the Federated Auto Parts 400 'Last Race to Make the Chase.'"
Start your weekend on Thursday, September 10 with the UNoH 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, where young guns lay down some laps at RIR. Friday, September 11 will be firing on all eight cylinders with all-day on track action that culminates with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. You'll see the series where names are made when up-and-comers battle with current stars. And you've heard it all year long, "It all comes down to Richmond." The Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the "Last Race to Make the Chase," and everything is on the line for NASCAR's best. Who's in and who's out to run for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? No one will know until the checkered flag waves! For tickets or more information, click here or call 866-455-7223.(RIR)(6-18-2015)
RIR Recognized During National Travel and Tourism Week: As part of a celebration during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 4 - 8, 2015), Richmond International Raceway was recognized with the Dedicated Partner Award for its ongoing efforts to enhance the richness and quality of life in the Richmond Region for not only visitors, but residents as well. RIR was selected solely by the staff of Richmond Region Tourism for its outstanding partnership and continued collaboration within the tourism industry. "Our NASCAR race weekends are not only a big deal to Richmond International Raceway, but to Henrico County and the entire Richmond region," said Dennis Bickmeier, RIR President. "From fans to teams, people are staying in local hotels, eating in local restaurants and shopping at local stores. We're proud to be a long-standing tourism catalyst for the region." Not only does RIR serve as an economic driver for tourism, the track is often recognized for its involvement in the community. In April 2015, Richmond was named as one of the "Top 10 Best Cities for Relocation" by the Huffington Post. RIR was listed specifically as one of the reasons why moving to the River City should be at the top of your list. With Richmond's unique culture, ideal weather, and decadent food paired with RIR's rich NASCAR history and short track racing - the RVA has something for everyone.(RIR)(5-17-2015)
Kurt Busch wins at Richmond: #41-Kurt Busch won the rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and his 26th career win. The race was originally schedueld to be ran on Saturday evening, but persistent race forced the postponement until Sunday afternoon.
#4-Harvick finished second, the rest of the top 10: #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #15-Bowyer, and #78-Truex, Jr.
#25-Chase Elliott, making his second Sprint Cup start, finished 16th.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 357 points to Johnson's 299.
There were 12 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 97.157mph.
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).(4-26-2015)
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)
Hydrogen-fueled car to pace Richmond race: Toyota announced the 2016 Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, April 25. This allows the Mirai to serve as the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race. It will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night and emit only water out of its tailpipe along the way. The Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance to pace the 43-car NASCAR field at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) while using no gasoline and emitting nothing but water vapor. The groundbreaking fuel cell electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, refuels in about five minutes and travels up to 300 miles on a full tank. It will arrive first to buyers in California later this year. The Mirai was tested and approved by NASCAR to pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after a test session at RIR earlier today. In the test session, the Mirai met NASCAR's performance requirements to pace the 400-mile NSCS race.(Toyota Racing)(4-24-2015)
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's® 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)
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