Richmond International Raceway

Old Track Name: Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway

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: 60,000 [was 71,000, 91,000 and 112,029]

Track Websites and Social Media:
Richmond International Raceway website
ISC Motorsports
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

Track Records & Stats

September 2016 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 85.778mph, started 1st
April 2016 Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 81.637mph, started 1st (rain)
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

September 2016 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 122.344mph, finished 1st
April 2016 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, rained out, set by practice speeds, 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, September 2013, 130.599mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 months, 19 days, 4/27/2012
Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 20 years, 6 months, 21 days, 5/15/2004

Most Races (all-time): 63 - Richard Petty
Most Wins (all-time): 13 - Richard Petty
Most Wins (active): 4 - Kyle Busch; 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick
Most Poles (all-time): 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison; 7 - Darrell Waltrip
Most Poles (active): 2 - Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s (all-time): 34 - Richard Petty
Most Top 5s (active): 15 - Kyle Busch
Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s (active): 20 Kevin Harvick

Most Laps Led by a Leader (500 laps): 488, Richard Petty, 9/13/1970
Most Laps Led by a Leader (400 laps): 383, Brad Keselowski, 9/6/2014
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/1986

Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/1996
Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/1994
Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 9/6/2014
Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/1975

Most Cautions: 16, 9/10/2016
Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/1976
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/1976

Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 9/7/2008
Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/7/2008 (whole field)
Most Running at the Finish: 40, 4/24/2016 (whole field)
Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/1953
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 Chevy; 30 Ford; 17 Dodge; 10 Toyota

Races won from starting pos 1: 25 [of 121 races]
Races won from starting pos 2: 13
Races won from starting pos 3: 17
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: 2
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: 69 of 121
Races won from the top 10: 94 of 121

Track News and Announcements

Rusty Wallace Unveils New Richmond Wall Badge at Richmond International Raceway With help from NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, Richmond International Raceway (Richmond) unveiled the new Richmond wall badge along the frontstretch. The new wall badge showcases a bold Richmond instead of the former Richmond International Raceway. The wall badge is part of a new look and feel for America's Premier Short Track, which started with the return of red racing stripes on the track walls for the first time since 1988. See attached photo of the new Richmond wall badge. The new Richmond on the frontstretch sits right at the Start/Finish line as well as on the backstretch. This allows both drivers and fans to catch a glimpse from all angles of the track. The bold new look will be on full display for fans when they arrive for the Toyota spring race weekend on April 28, 29 & 30. Tickets are on sale now. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.(RIR)[More](4-22-2017)

Richmond to host Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship: The season finale of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will take place at Richmond International Raceway (Richmond) in Richmond, Virginia, during the track's fall NASCAR race week festivities. Richmond-based QubicaAMF will install bowling lanes for the event as part of its new sponsorship of the PWBA. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is set for September 3-6 in the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex.[More](4-14-2017)

Richmond International Raceway goes back in time with red stripes on track walls: Richmond International Raceway is bringing back a racing classic. Red stripes will return to the track walls of America's Premier Short Track. This will be the first time since February 1988 that fans and drivers will race along red stripes on Richmond's track wall.[More](4-12-2017)

Track Takeover returns to Richmond: Race fans are invited to walk on America's Premier Short Track for the return of Track Takeover driven by AAA at Richmond International Raceway. The fan-friendly event is open to all ticketholders of the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 30. Fans will have the opportunity to stop by Richmond's historic Start/Finish line where they can sign their name and be etched into the track's history just hours prior to the green flag.[More](4-8-2017)

April is Racing Virginia Month: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the signing of a resolution to declare the month of April as Racing Virginia Month. This recognition honors the storied history of racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which dates back over 70 years. The NASCAR weekends at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway showcase the only major professional sport to annually visit The Commonwealth.[More](3-29-2017)

Racing Virginia to provide Virginia motorsports coverage: A new, digital platform, RacingVirginia.com, will launch as part of an unprecedented collaboration among Virginia's motor sports venues. The Racing Virginia website and social channels will provide exclusive news and information about racing action in the Commonwealth. [More](3-28-2017)

Jimmie Johnson & NASA team up for race day at Richmond International Raceway: Jimmie Johnson is teaming up with NASA and Richmond International Raceway to give NASCAR's youngest fans the opportunity to learn the science behind the sport as well as meet the seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30. The Jimmie Johnson Ticket Package gives kids the chance to see not only their favorite driver, but also learn about the role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has in NASCAR. Kids will learn how the science of speed plays a role in both NASCAR and the launch of rockets into space.[More](3-23-2017)

Chase University College Program Arrives at Richmond International Raceway: Richmond International Raceway and Chase Elliott have partnered to bring a unique race day experience to college students called Chase University, or better known as Chase U. For $24, current college students can enjoy a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30 with an exclusive college pre-race party and an appearance by the driver of the No. 24 himself, Chase Elliott.[More](3-23-2017)

Richmond to Host Daytona Day Watch Party: Richmond International Raceway is gearing up for the 2017 NASCAR season by celebrating The Great American Race. RIR invites fans to our Daytona Day Watch Party on Sunday, February 26 to cheer on their favorite drivers during the 59th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The event will begin at noon and continue until the end of the Daytona 500. The Daytona Day Watch Party will take place at Big Al's Sports Bar & Grill, 3641 Cox Road, Henrico, V.A. Fans will be treated to food and beverage specials courtesy of Big Al's. Fans will also have the opportunity to win prizes and exclusive giveaways from RIR throughout the watch party.(RIR)(2-6-2017)

Richmond tickets on sale Thursday, February 2: While Punxsutawney Phil is deciding whether there is another six weeks of winter, Richmond International Raceway will host an open house for fans to select and purchase their seats for the 2017 NASCAR season. Tickets for both the April and September NASCAR weekends go on sale to the public at RIR and RIR.com on Thursday, February 2. Fans can purchase tickets to the April 28, 29 & 30 NASCAR weekend, featuring the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Tickets to the September 8 & 9 Fan Appreciation Weekend, featuring the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race crowning the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season champion and the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, will also be available for purchase. On Thursday, February 2, RIR will host an open house for the launch of the public on-sale from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Fans are invited to come to the track to select their seats and purchase tickets for RIR's April and September NASCAR race weekends. Staff will accompany guests on tours of the track and assist each fan in selecting the perfect seat for their NASCAR season in Richmond. For each ticket sold at the track, fans will get the opportunity to take some hot laps to celebrate being a part of the new NASCAR season at RIR.(RIR)(1-28-2017)

Richmond's Fan Appreciation Weekend Named NASCAR's Most Innovative Fan Integration Program: Richmond International Raceway's inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend was honored by NASCAR as the Most Innovative Fan Integration Program of the Year. The award was presented at the recent 2017 NASCAR Marketing & Communications Summit in Charlotte, N.C. The inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend as part of NASCAR's regular season finale was developed to celebrate motorsports fans by recognizing their dedication, passion and loyalty to motorsports. The program was brought to life through the collaboration with NASCAR, race teams, sponsors, broadcaster partners and other industry stakeholders. The most memorable moment of Fan Appreciation Weekend, and recent NASCAR history, was the emotional 4-Wide Fan Salute during the pace laps. The image has been highlighted across the industry and media as one of the signature moments of the 2016 NASCAR season. The program was designed with national and local touchpoints. Sprint, Mars, and NBC Sports were sponsors of the program from its inception. Sprint utilized Fan Appreciation Weekend to thank NASCAR fans as they completed their 13 years as entitlement sponsor for NASCAR's Premier Series. The M&M's brand joined the celebration by rolling out their Red Carpet Experience for fans entering the track at the Frontstretch Gate. This was a strategic first experiential step to make fans feel like true VIPs from the moment they arrived. The greatest thank you came from drivers and teams to their fans. Gridside Live! treated over 7,000 fans at the track with an entertaining personal look at their favorite drivers through a Jimmy Fallon-style program on the pre-race stage with unique giveaways and upgrades. Race teams further supported Fan Appreciation Weekend by executing B-post decal incorporation and special paint scheme integrations as well as their own giveaways on social media and surprise and delight at-track experiences.(RIR)(1-27-2017)

Richmond selects St. John & Partners and PCG SportsDesk Media as New Agencies of Record: Richmond International Raceway announces it has named St. John & Partners and PCG SportsDesk Media as its two new agencies of record. SJ&P was selected as the creative and media buying agency of record and PCG SportsDesk will be the digital media agency of record. RIR also announces a partnership with the Richmond, VA-based Alliance Group and Madison+Main on a long-term branding project. SJ&P and PCG SportsDesk have experience driving results in motorsports and professional sports marketing. SJ&P is a full-service, award-winning agency with offices in Jacksonville, Fla. and Greenville, S.C. The agency's strategic focus is to help brands define meaning and deliver an experience to customers across points in time. In addition to Daytona International Speedway, SJ&P has worked with clients including the National Basketball Association, Under Armour, Ford, Marriott, and Zaxby's. PCG SportsDesk is a strategic marketing agency with offices in Chicago, Ill. and Dallas, Texas. The agency uses its digital expertise to provide a deeper understanding of online fans and customers to more effectively target and engage through digital media and content. The agency has led hundreds of ticket programs for numerous professional sports organizations and intercollegiate athletics programs. PCG SportsDesk has worked with clients including Hendrick Motorsports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Ultimate Fighting Championship, IMG College, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Browns. RIR's long-term partnership with the Richmond, VA-based Alliance Group and Madison+Main will lead the future branding, communications and modernization of the property. The branding project will encompass future track developments including the Richmond Raceway Complex and The Classic Amphitheater.(RIR)(12-14-2016)

NASCAR offers big economic boom for Virginia: NASCAR has seen attendance decline at its events in recent years, from 7.66 million in 2008 to under 6 million in 2015, and tracks are removing seating. Its teams struggled to get by as the Great Recession left sponsors less able to put money into their brand and into the sport. But despite these setbacks, the sport continues to be profitable and popular. Not only that, but it has proved to be a major draw and huge economic driver in the state. The Old Dominion University report said that while many studies and surveys talk about economic impact of sporting events and activities, such as college football games, it often excludes what it called "displaced expenditures." NASCAR fans from across the country come to where a race is being held and spend days in the area. They spend money lodging at local hotels, fueling up at area gas stations, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local stores. The report highlights two economic studies from 2009 on tracks in Virginia. One showed that Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR premier series events every year, generates $557 million for the state, including $36 million in local and state tax revenues. The other showed that Martinsville Speedway generates $170 million a year statewide. That track also hosts two events a year. The report said stock car racing plays a major role in many parts of the state, both economically and socially. However, its concern is that if the trend of weakening attendance continues, it not only affects the sport, but also hurts the economies of these smaller communities in southern Virginia that in many cases are already struggling.(in part from WTOP)(12-6-2016)

Special ticket offer available at Richmond: 'Tis the season at RIR, and we're offering up a deal perfect for every NASCAR fan! Richmond International Raceway has partnered with Fanatics to bring you a holiday special that is sure to make your favorite race fan smile. Get a ticket in the Commonwealth Grandstands (rows 11 and up) to either NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond and get a $25 Fanatics gift card for FREE. 'No matter who you're rooting for, you'll be geared up for the Action Track in brand new threads. Snag that Se7en Championship t-shirt or a fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat - on us. 'Hurry and take advantage of this offer while supplies last.(RIR)(11-25-2016)

Inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend at Richmond: NASCAR fans are some of the greatest in all of sports. Their unmatched passion and loyalty has even earned them the name of NASCAR Nation. And, a fan base like that deserves a weekend dedicated in their honor. That's why Richmond International Raceway will celebrate NASCAR Nation with the inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend Sept. 9-10. Drivers, teams, sponsors and NASCAR are joining RIR to recognize the pride and dedication of NASCAR Nation during this weekend-long celebration. Whether fans are at the track in Richmond or tuning in from Alabama, Michigan or California, they will feel the love during Fan Appreciation Weekend. Here's a small sampling of what fans can expect - with more to come. Fans around the country will be showered with praise and thanks on social media, throughout the broadcast and even through special messages on the B-Post from drivers like Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, just to name a few. Fans also will see more than your average sweeps and freebies, with unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for grabs, like an all-expenses-paid trip to Richmond to ride in the two-seater with former driver and NBC analyst Jeff Burton. Richmond ticket holders also will get the royal treatment with special access, experiences and an unprecedented number of driver appearances. Most notably, all fans will be invited onto the frontstretch prior to the start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for a new event, Gridside Live!, featuring 2016 winners and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders. For more information and updates on what's happening during Fan Appreciation Weekend, visit rir.com/FanAppreciation. Or go straight to the free stuff by visiting rir.com/FANPRIZES.(RIR)(7-5-2016)

ISC focused on Phoenix, Richmond enhancements: With the Daytona Rising project's transition to gleaming motorsports stadium reaching completion this year, International Speedway Corporation's next initiative aims to bring similar enhancements to other tracks in its portfolio. Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of ISC, revealed during NASCAR's preseason media tour that two tracks in particular -- Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway -- were targeted for comparable improvements. Speaking Thursday after her induction into the Cynopsis Sports Hall of Fame in New York, Kennedy provided updates on the two tracks, which both host two annual events for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "We're continuing to look at both Phoenix and Richmond," Kennedy told NASCAR.com. "They're terrific markets, first of all, and also facilities that I think would really benefit to take it to the next level with some of the features that we saw at Daytona Rising that worked well and that our fans enjoyed. We're continuing to work on the plans. As you know, sometimes it takes several years to develop the plans and then to go through the construction process, but we're deep in the middle of it with both of those. We'll look forward to those plans rolling out." Daytona International Speedway's transformation spanned approximately two and a half years from the Rising project's groundbreaking in July 2013 to its full-fledged debut at Speedweeks in January and February. Kennedy said no specific timetable was in place for plans at Phoenix or Richmond. "We're very active right now," Kennedy said. "We've been looking at both of those tracks, but also all of our tracks. Those are the two that we're laser-focused on right now."(NASCAR.com)(6-26-2016)

Richmond to remove backstretch seats: Richmond International Raceway will remove its entire backstretch of stands prior to the April race weekend. The project will decrease seating capacity to approximately 60,000. Capacity was about 75,000 after the last project a little more than two years ago, and was at 69,000 in 2015 after the venue slowly widened seats. The purpose of the move is to improve the race experience for fans. This is phase two of the track's plan. In October of 2013, the venue removed its Henrico Tower, a portion of backstretch seating. RIR is also changing prices for seats on Turn 2, in order to to accommodate racing fans who purchased the backstretch seat tickets. Those Turn 2 seats will now cost $35, the cost of the seats the venue will be removing. Track personnel is still determine what will replace the space vacated by the removed stands.(WWBT)(1-6-2016)

Richmond adds more security near catchfence: Richmond International Raceway officials have added metal barriers and more security personnel in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last fall's fence climber. A spectator disrupted last September's Sprint Cup race at the 0.75-mile track by climbing atop the catchfence separating the main grandstand from the track. Track president Dennis Bickmeier told USA TODAY Sports that "bike racks," movable metal barriers, have been placed along the track concourse in front of the fence from end to end to keep fans away from the area. Additionally, Bickmeier said more security officers - he didn't provide a number - will work the fence area during on-track activity to guard against fans approaching the fence. Bickmeier also said new "No Trespassing" signs have been posted in the area.(USA Today)(4-25-2015)

Cushioned Seat Rentals available at Richmond: Richmond International Raceway and IMG Seating are teaming up to offer padded seat rentals for the September 6-7 NASCAR weekend at RIR. Seat rentals are $8 per event and available for both the Saturday, September 7, Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Friday, September 6, Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The seats feature three-inch padded cushion and back support and will be attached to your seat and waiting for you before you enter the grandstand gates on race day.* To reserve your seat, you can add on during your purchasing process; or, if you already have tickets, click here to add your cushioned seat rental for Saturday. Go to rir.com or call 866-455-7223 for more info. This service is not available for guests who sit in the Commonwealth Tower Grandstand, as these seats already have seat backs. Guests who have general admission seating for the Friday, September 6 race must pick up their cushioned seats at any customer service location on-site with a photo ID.(RIR)(9-4-2013)

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