Richmond Raceway

Old Track Names: Richmond International Raceway & 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 Raceway website
ISC Motorsports
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

Track Records & Stats

September 2017 Race Winner: #42-Kyle Larson, 99.417mph, started 4th
April 2017 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 93.685mph, started 5th
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 2017 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 122.421mph, finished 38th
April 2017 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 121.076, 23rd
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): 21 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: 38 Chevy; 31 Ford; 17 Dodge; 10 Toyota

Races won from starting pos 1: 25 [of 123 races]
Races won from starting pos 2: 13
Races won from starting pos 3: 17
Races won from starting pos 4: 10
Races won from starting pos 5: 6
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: 71 of 123
Races won from the top 10: 96 of 123

Track News and Announcements

Kyle Busch won the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. The win is his 3rd win of 2018, 5th win at Richmond and 46th career win.
#9-Elliott finished 2nd (his 8th career 2nd place finish) followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer, and #19-Suarez.
Pole winner #78-Truex, Jr. lead 121 laps, but had a slow pit stop near the end of the race and finished 14th.
The race ended after the first attempt at NASCAR overtime, set up by a caution when #17-Stenhouse, Jr. hit the wall.
Stages 1 and 2 were both won by #22-Logano. He finished 4th.
There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 6 cautions for 46 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 96.215mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points (pdf)
Owners Points (pdf)

Richmond announces fan-focused pre-race ceremonies: Richmond Raceway announces fan-focused pre-race ceremonies to honor Service Members of the Military prior to the green flag for the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Pre-race is one of the most memorable moments of the Toyota Spring Race Weekend with the roar of the flyover, a special rendition of the National Anthem, and Toyota owners commanding drivers to start their engines.[More](4-18-2018)

DC Solar to sponsor Richmond infield: Richmond Raceway and DC Solar announce a partnership on the naming rights to the modernized infield as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined), the track's $30 million infield redevelopment project. The new Richmond infield will be officially named the DC Solar FanGrounds.[More](4-17-2018)

Michael Rooker named honorary pace car driver at Richmond: Richmond Raceway announces actor Michael Rooker as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on Saturday, April 21. The American actor known to motorsports fans for his role as Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder will lead the field to green in the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car for the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race "under the lights."[More](3-31-2018)

Federated Auto Parts extends entitlement of Richmond Cup race: Federated Auto Parts announced an extension of its entitlement sponsorship of the fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway (Richmond). The Virginia-based company has partnered with the track for an additional five years through 2022. The 2018 Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 22 will mark the seventh consecutive year of the entitlement sponsorship, and the race will move two weeks later into the playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](3-1-2018)

Richmond Raceway strikes with Go Bowling as fall XFINITY Series sponsor for the Go Bowling 250: Richmond Raceway (Richmond) announces an extension of its relationship with the bowling industry as Go Bowling becomes the entitlement sponsor for the fall NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race. The Go Bowling 250, set for Sept. 21, 2018, marks the start of the 2018 NXS Playoffs and will be the first playoff race in Richmond track history. The race also will mark the grand opening of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, the $30 million infield redevelopment project.[More](2-5-2018)

Richmond Raceway to launch new fan engagement initiative, Richmond Raceway eSports: As eSports grows across the globe, the gaming evolution continues at Richmond Raceway with a full slate of interactive initiatives for the 2018 NASCAR season. Richmond has partnered with 704Games, NASCAR's official video game licensee, and Richmond-based Sim Seats to introduce Richmond Raceway eSports. The new initiative will feature multiple tiers of online engagement featuring NASCAR Heat 2 on XBOX One and Playstation 4. Gamers and race fans will now have the opportunity to battle in the popular NASCAR Heat 2 game throughout the 2018 NASCAR season.[More](1-12-2018)

Richmond Raceway Reimagined construction milestone with new pedestrian tunnel installation: Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined) hit a major milestone Monday with the installation of the new pedestrian tunnel. The $30 million infield redevelopment project at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) has been moving forward since the groundbreaking in September. The expanded pedestrian tunnel installed near Turn 1 will allow more fans to have access to the modernized infield.[More](12-5-2017)

Federated Auto Parts renews sponsorship of fall Richmond race: Virginia-based Federated Auto Parts (Federated) announced a renewal of its entitlement sponsorship of the 2018 fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway (Richmond). Next fall's Federated Auto Parts 400 will also join a select group as the race moves two weeks later to the Monster Energy Series Playoffs on September 22, 2018. This will be the eighth consecutive year of Federated Auto Parts' entitlement at Richmond.[More](9-21-2017)

Richmond Raceway Breaks Ground on Infield Redevelopment Project: Richmond Raceway and International Speedway Corporation (ISC) held a groundbreaking for Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined), a $30 million infield redevelopment project. The new infield will offer a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to the iconic Richmond infield. Fan access is the focus of Reimagined, which will showcase new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages with a fan-viewing walkway. The new infield continues the track's mission of being the most fan-friendly track on NASCAR's schedule. The official Reimagined groundbreaking ceremony was held on the frontstretch at the edge of the infield near Turn 1. Guests for the groundbreaking included Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce & Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Delegate Lamont Bagby of the Virginia House of Delegates, John Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager, Frank Thornton, Vice Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, and Rita McClenny, President & CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.(Richmond Raceway)[Read More Here](9-14-2017)

Kyle Larson won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway for his 4th win of 2017, 1st win at Richmond, and 5th career win.
#22-Logano finished 2nd. #31-Newman was third, followed by #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #77-Jones, #19-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, and #24-Elliott.
#78-Truex dominated most of the race, leading 198 laps. He was leading the race by more than 3 seconds with 4 laps to go when the caution came out. He fell to second during pit stops. On the final restart, which was an Overtime finish, Truex was running second when #11-Hamlin got into the rear of the #78 and sent him into the wall. The race ended under caution with Truex, Jr. in 20th.
#18-Busch won the first stage. #78-Truex Jr. won the second stage.
Pole sitter #20-Kenseth finished 38th. He led 89 laps early but ran into the back of #14-Bowyer while coming on to pit road during the 5th caution of the night. An ambulance mistakenly entered the track during the caution and stopped near pit entrance forcing several cars to check up coming on to pit road.
The 16 drivers who made the 2017 playoffs are #78-Truex, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #3-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray. Those drivers' points have been reset to 2000 plus the playoff points they acquired so far this season.
Truex, Jr. will start the playoffs with a 20 point lead over Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 7 drivers and 7 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 99.417mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Official Richmond Race and Points Report (pdf)

Richmond International Raceway now known as Richmond Raceway: Richmond International Raceway officially rebrands as Richmond Raceway (Richmond) reflecting a bold brand identity to forge a greater connection to the local roots of racing in RVA and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new brand logo unites the past and present to showcase the vibrant future of the sport at Richmond Raceway. The new Richmond Raceway brand identity has a simplified color palette of red and black. Pantone Black represents the track's iconic Richmond night racing experience. Red (Pantone 185C) signifies the red stripes that are part of the past and present of the track walls and logo. The double RR's in the logo are inspired by the organization's Richmond International Raceway logo introduced in 1988 designed by Sam Bass, who is NASCAR's first officially licensed artist. Bass is a Hopewell, V.A. native and Virginia Commonwealth University graduate. To learn more about the new Richmond Raceway brand, visit richmondraceway.com/rebrand. The webpage includes additional information about the rebrand as well as a downloadable style guide and logo assets.(Richmond Raceway)[Read More Here](7-11-2017)

Logano wins at Richmond: #22-Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 18th career win. Logano led just 25 of the 400 laps after starting the race in the back due to a transmission change. He took the lead for the final time with 16 laps to go after passing 6 cars that stayed out during the final caution.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #43-Almirola, and #78-Truex, Jr.
Polesitter #20-Kenseth led 163 laps on the day, but cut a tire late and finished 23rd.
There were 18 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 93.685mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs named official hot dog of Richmond: Nathan's Famous has been named as the official hot dog of Richmond International Raceway (Richmond). While the track has had many signature food items through the years, Nathan's Famous is the first official hot dog in Richmond history. From its original restaurant in Coney Island to thousands of supermarkets across the country, the partnership will connect NASCAR fans in Richmond to an American Original Hot Dog.[More](4-29-2017)

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 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)

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)

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)

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