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Sad News – Wayne Sawyer Sr.

SAWYER, Wayne Clarke, Sr., born August 14, 1943, passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on November 19, 2021. Son of Paul Clarke Sawyer and Virginia Weaver Sawyer, he grew up in the City of South Norfolk, now the City of Chesapeake.

Wayne joined the family business in 1987 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. He took on the job of reconstructing the half-mile flat track with 26,000 seats, redesigning it into a quarter-mile track with 14-degree banking and with that, Richmond International Raceway was born. Quite an accomplishment in six months’ time. When RIR was sold in 1999 to International Speedway Corporation, the speedway boasted 36 suites and 106,000 seats.