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Starting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 race day on Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway with a convincing practice and qualifying effort, two-time series champion Todd Bodine looked to have put his streak of misfortune in the rear view. After starting the night from the third position, Bodine kept his No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra within the top-five, saving his equipment for the closing laps to make a run for the win. His chance contending for that victory was stolen away by another competitor with less than 40 laps remaining, as Bodine was sent spinning after contact into the turn four wall. With irreparable damage, Bodine finished 31st.
Crew chief Rick Gay and his Red Horse Racing crew helped Bodine find speed early during Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) practice sessions, adjusting on the balance of their Tundra to get Bodine turning better through the exit of the turns. "The Onion" followed up his practice efforts with a third place qualifying effort, giving him a prime spot ahead of the pack of traffic for the green flag.
Remaining quiet on the radio for the entirety of the first segment of the race, Bodine only radioed to Gay under the first caution on Lap 82 that he was a little loose in and off the corner, but needed only minor adjustments. A flawless stop by the Red Horse pit crew sent Bodine back into NCWTS competition in second behind teammate Timothy Peters, with four fresh tires, a small chassis adjustment and enough fuel to make it to the finish.
Working with Peters on the restart, Bodine settled comfortably into the runner up spot where he remained for the next sixty laps. Spotter Jimmy Kitchens worked to help Bodine search for a better line to help his Tundra through the turns, finding a suitable line just a half a truck length above the bottom lane to help him ride through the final stages of the night. Less than ten laps later, a caution on lap 148 bunched the field up once again for the restart setting up tight racing quarters for most of the field. While battling for the third position, another competitor slid up into the left side of Bodine's Toyota Care Tundra, cutting down the left rear tire. With no control heading into the next turn, the No. 11 spun around and made contact with the outside retaining wall. Unable to repair the damage with less than forty laps remaining, Bodine and his crew ended the night with a disappointing 31st place finish.
"Unfortunately this has been the story of pretty much every race since Dover for us," Bodine explained. "This racing is so close and so competitive, it's hard for drivers with less experience to understand that there are a lot of times during the race that you just have to let off. A younger driver pushed up into us and cut down our left-rear tire and there was nothing I could do. I've got nothing against him, but there's times where you just have to say it wasn't the time to pass and let off the gas so you don't wreck yourself and those around you.
"It's really hard to look at the results from our last few races because this Toyota Care team and all of Red Horse Racing do such an amazing job building these Tundras. We had a great shot at the win today or at the very least a top-three finish. Just disappointing to send another fast Toyota Tundra home without a good finish to show for it."
In just his second start driving under the Red Horse Racing banner in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Parker Kligerman made an impressive march through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. From his ninth place starting position, Kligerman and crew chief Chad Kendrick improved on the handling conditions of his Tundra with just one pit stop in the UNOH 200. Keeping his equipment spotless, Kligerman maneuvered his way to his career best finish at the half-mile track, crossing the stripe in second place.
Following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) practice sessions on Wednesday afternoon, Kendrick and Kligerman went to the drawing board to make plans for loosening up their No. 7 Tundra on the entry and exit of the turns. Finding a better balance during qualifying, Kligerman asked for just a little more help so he could keep the front end of his Toyota glued to the bottom of the track.
From his ninth place starting position, Kligerman quietly rode inside the top-10 and called out his first assessment of the truck to Kendrick after climbing into the seventh position, claiming he was now loose on entry and exit, but was worried more about getting help on exit. Under the first caution on lap 82, Kligerman had driven up to the top-five and brought his Tundra down pit road to the attention of Kendrick and the crew for the first and only pit stop of the night. The No. 7 pit crew went to work to remedy the loose handling conditions and clicked off a fast four-tire stop. A small mishap followed as Kligerman made his exit from the pit stall as he stalled out the engine, but quickly re-fired and joined the field in the seventh position.
The adjustments gradually kicked in for Kligerman as he methodically picked his way through traffic, knocking on the door of the top-five with less than 75 laps remaining. Kendrick radioed to his driver at that time thathis Tundra was just as quick as the leaders and it was time to make his moves to the front. Not wasting any time, the Connecticut- native slid into fourth place just a few short laps later, riding right behind teammate Todd Bodine.
Following a restart with just over forty laps remaining, Kligerman took over the third position from teammate Bodine and set his sights on the top two. His chance for taking over the next position came with under ten laps to go, setting him up inside teammate and leader Timothy Peters on the final green-white-checkered restart. Not able to stay door-to-door with Peters as the green flag was displayed, Kligerman tucked in behind the No.17 Tundra and easily held off the competition for the second place finish.
"I'm just so proud to be a part of a one-two finish for Tom DeLoach, especially on his birthday," Kligerman noted. "I got a bad restart there on the green-white-checkered and Timothy took off. I'll beat myself up over that bad restart but I'm happy with the finish. The guys on this Red Horse Racing team never give up and have worked every day for the last three weeks to get these fast Toyota Tundras on the track. The entire organization is one whole team. They promised me I'd have the best equipment they could put together and it showed at Michigan and again here tonight. To come out of Bristol in second with a chance to win just makes me that much more excited and ready for Atlanta."
For the first time since 1997, a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series led all of the laps en route to the victory. Wednesday night, Timothy Peters was the driver who repeated history and made it happen in dominating style in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Starting from the outside of the front row and leading all 204 laps, including a green-white-checkered finish, Peters nabbed his second victory of the year.
Unloading for practice on Wednesday with a stout setup underneath their No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Peters and crew chief Butch Hylton made only minor adjustments during both sessions to help the balance. Peters followed up his practice comments by laying down the second quickest lap in qualifying to place him on the outside of the front row for the 200 lap shootout.
"I can't thank you guys enough for this Tundra. You should see the view from where I'm at out here on the front row. It's amazing," Peters radioed to the crew during the pace laps.
His comments would preface the view he would have for the duration of the night, as he jumped ahead of the pole sitter before turn three on the first lap, quickly putting the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) field in his rear view. Maintaining patience through the first green flag segment of the race with help over the radio from Hylton and spotter Tony Hirschman, Peters cleanly weaved his way through slower traffic without any issues.
Under the first caution of the night on lap 82, Hylton elected to bring his driver down pit road for four tires, fuel and a very small adjustment. The Red Horse Racing pit crew went to work and clicked off a blazing fast stop, putting Peters back on top without losing the lead. Able to make it to the rest of the way on fuel, Hylton relayed to Peters that he needed to take care of his Tundra and save his tires through the second half of the race.
With a commanding restart, Peters once again resumed his reign over the field and continued to control the restarts through the next four cautions. The minor adjustment made under the night's lone pit stop was just enough to help the NCWTS points leader maintain a several truck-length lead over second place throughout the second half of the night and Peters was set to cruise to the finish.
A late race incident with five to go shook things up and set the field up for a green-white-checkered finish, placing Peters in the hot seat with competitors drawing up to the back bumper of his Toyota Tundra. His confidence unshaken, the Red Horse Racing driver wheeled his No. 17 machine through another great restart and held off the field to take the checkers.
"It's an awesome feeling to go out there and lead every lap like that. These races are so hard to win anyway, and to do it in that fashion is just unbelievable," Peters recapped after his visit to victory lane.
"This Red Horse Racing team works so hard to give me fast Toyota Tundras like I had here tonight and I can't thank them enough. When you have a team like we do, with the work ethic and attitude that they have, it just pushes me to perform that much better. This win is a great birthday present to our owner Tom DeLoach, who gave me an awesome opportunity back in 2009 to drive for this team and the sky has been the limit ever since.
"We had great speed in our Tundra during the first practice, but a flat tire kind of got us off track a little bit during the second practice. Butch Hylton is so good about getting this team together and used his experience to calm us down and make the changes. Boy, this truck was flawless tonight."
Hylton followed up Peters' comments with compliments to the wheelman and his performance not only at Bristol, but throughout the season thus far.
"Timothy drove his guts out tonight. He was absolutely flawless on the restarts and that really sealed the deal for us. I know how hard he's worked on that and on improving on everything this year. He's really done his homework and we've really started to come into our own as an organization. I just feel blessed to have a race like that and work for a team like this," Hylton said.
On Thursday, Aug. 23, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and defending winner of the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to host a dolphin race between two of the aquarium’s resident dolphins.
The two dolphins, nicknamed “Jimmie” and “Dale” for the event, went head-to-head to determine which one was the fastest dolphin in Atlanta. Gordon waved the green flag to signal the start of the race and “Jimmie” claimed victory with Gordon waving the checkered flag. Gordon awarded “Jimmie” with a trophy full of fish for his win. He also asked “Jimmie” if he’d be ready to race against 42 other dolphins, which was answered with an emphatic shake of his head, “no.”
The event at the Georgia Aquarium was to promote the upcoming AdvoCare 500 at AMS. Gordon explained why he loves racing at Atlanta to the media attending the event. “I think one of the reasons so many drivers and teams love Atlanta is the track does have a lot of grip, a lot of banking, a very fast race track, especially when you look at the qualifying speeds,” said Gordon. “But when you see what happens in the race, it’s very fast but it has a lot of fall off, so the tire wear is significant, the balance of the car changes throughout a run. As a driver, you have to drive through those things and it puts on one of the best races because its three and four wide grooves, and so many different grooves that can make the car run faster through one end of the racetrack versus the other. So I know it’s a favorite of mine for all those reasons, and that’s the case for a lot of other drivers. It’s an older surface, but we find today that those older, abrasive surfaces seem to be one that offers some of the best racing in the series.”
If Gordon can log another win next weekend at AMS, he will tie Bobby Labonte for the most Cup wins at the track among active drivers. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. still holds the record for most Cup wins with nine victories.
Penske Racing and Miller Lite announced today they will honor Rusty Wallace’s 2013 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with a special, throwback paint scheme on the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).
The paint scheme will be an exact replica of the scheme Rusty used to sweep both races at BMS in the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series season, including his landmark 50th career victory in the March 26 Food City 500. Brad Keselowski, current driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, will attempt to continue the tradition and pull off the same season sweep this weekend.
“Rusty had a tremendous ability to excel on short tracks and demonstrated that unique talent many times, especially at Bristol,”said Roger Penske. “The 2000 season was really a special year for us there. I’m honored that we could help recognize Rusty’s crowning achievement.”
The No. 2 Miller-sponsored car from Penske Racing has scored a total of 10 wins at BMS, with seven of those wins coming with Wallace in the seat. Wallace tallied 37 NSCS victories as driver of the No. 2 car that he made famous.
“As the first driver to get behind the wheel of the No. 2 Miller-sponsored car in 1991, Rusty Wallace had a brilliant career and made a big contribution to the ongoing success of the Penske-Miller partnership over the years, which now continues with Brad Keselowski,” said Adam Dettman, MillerCoors sports and entertainment marketing director. “We were able to visit Victory Lane with Rusty at a variety of different racetracks, but he loved winning at Bristol. He always placed a premium on this half-mile track, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to honor him and the legacy of the Blue Deuce in this way.”
Wallace is part of the five-member class that will receive induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next May. The Hall chose BMS – site of nine of the 55 wins by Wallace during his illustrious career – as the perfect venue to honor the career of the 1989 NSCS champion.
The career totals for Wallace in the Miller-sponsored car at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” are spectacular. In 30 Bristol starts he garnered seven wins, 16 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s. In the iconic No. 2, Wallace led 3,404 laps at the track. His first win in the No. 2 came on April 14, 1991. Those stats are part of an impressive legacy of the Penske Racing No. 2 car at BMS. In 43 starts the No. 2 car has picked up 10 wins, 20 top-five finishes, 28 top-10s and has led a total of 4,075 laps.
“Being elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame is such an enormous honor,” said Wallace. “This sport has done so much for me and I hope that I can keep giving back to it for many years to come. I couldn’t think of a better place to be honored for my induction than Bristol Motor Speedway. I’m very proud of my record there; it’s such a special venue where everyone wants to win.”
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Former NASCAR Winston Cup (currently Sprint Cup) owner Jim Mattei will sell an expansive, historic ranch estate with three separate residences and a ranch manager's home, located on 517 acres of rolling pastures, wooded hills and open spaces at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, just 50 miles north of Charlotte, at a live auction Without Reserve on September 27 th. Originally part of the old stagecoach road that ran through Washington, DC to Atlanta, GA, Rocky Creek Ranch has never been on the market and has only had two owners in the last 110 years. NYC-based Concierge Auctions will handle the sale in cooperation with Derek Rowley of Mountain Sotheby's International Realty and Mary Boykin and Carol Hickman of Sotheby's International Realty in Palm Beach, Florida.
"Rocky Creek Ranch evokes the ultimate in peace and tranquility, with the added bonus of modern day recreation and amenities. It is an outdoor lovers' utopia thanks to easy access to horseback riding, shooting sports, hayrides, mountain biking and hiking and riding trails," Rowley stated. "The property is unique in so many ways, particularly since it has multiple homes, which lends a variety of uses. The possibilities are endless."
The first of the four residences at Rocky Creek Ranch – also known as 196 Old Stagecoach Lane – is the Mill House, which sits on a bluff overlooking the meandering Rocky Creek, close enough to be heard from the porch. This stone home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a screened-in sleeping porch with its own fireplace and a large playroom. Toward the front of the property lies the largest of the three residences, the Gate House, which has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a gourmet chef's kitchen, great room, formal living and dining rooms, a large game room with a built-in entertainment center and a three-car garage. Selling fully furnished, its spacious, open floor plan, large deck and fenced backyard provide ample space for family entertaining. Also selling furnished, the Bunk House is an authentic log cabin, tucked under an oak and maple tree canopy. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sleeping loft and a central stone fireplace, which makes for a true log cabin experience. The property also includes a two-story idyllic farm-style residence for a full time ranch manager.
The Lake Pavilion is the common gathering place of the entire property. Here, residents can cook and dine in the screened-in porch; relax, fish or feed the ducks off the spacious deck suspended over the lake; lay out and swim from the lakefront beach; play on the children's playground; or retreat just a few steps away to the covered patio with additional seating and dining space. Equestrian lovers will appreciate the nearby grand stable overlooking the lake complete with a fully-outfitted tack room, horse washing bay, lounge with kitchenette, full bath and a riding ring and pastures.
"We have sold a number of our assets over the past 10 years through the auction process, including our race facility," stated the seller, Jim Mattei. "Since we live in Palm Beach, we simply aren't able to enjoy Rocky Creek Ranch as much as we used to. Having witnessed Concierge's success with selling other one-of-a-kind properties, we are confident they will achieve a fair, market-driven price."
Rocky Creek Ranch has a rich history, which has been delicately preserved by only two owners in the last 110 years. The property was originally settled in 1827 by Baker Holland, a wagon maker from Maryland. The road alongside Rocky Creek was the center of much activity, as it ran through Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. There were wagon shops, a general store, a doctor's office and a grist mill, and the property became a popular community center within the northern part of the county. After the Holland family sold the property, it eventually ended up in the hands of Thomas Summers in 1903. Summers' granddaughter Elsie Hall then inherited the land. The current owners purchased the property from Elsie in 1999 and named it Rocky Creek Ranch. They have worked diligently to preserve the history and natural beauty of this one-of-a-kind property.
"Concierge Auctions continues to attract luxury buyers nationwide who seek to purchase the most premier, incomparable properties," stated Laura Brady, Vice President of Marketing for Concierge Auctions. "Rocky Creek Ranch could be utilized in a variety of ways, be it a vacation home, a full-time residence or a corporate retreat. The sellers are committed to finding a new steward for the property, and we look forward to finding out who that will be on September 27 th."
Rocky Creek Ranch is located minutes from historic downtown Statesville, which was first settled in 1753. It is home to Fort Dobbs State Historic site, the only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War. Statesville is located approximately 50 miles north of Charlotte and is in close proximity to a corporate airport with a 7,000-foot runway. The area enjoys four beautiful and distinct seasons.
The auction of Rocky Creek Ranch will be held on September 27 th. A 3% commission is offered to the buyer's representing broker. The property is open for preview daily from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment only. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information visit RockyCreekAuction.com or call 877.705.9361.
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Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Millennium VIP Group Private Jet Services Chevrolet raced through the field in a fight for the championship on Wednesday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway ("World's Fastest Half-Mile). After damaging his No. 6 Chevrolet during his qualifying attempt, Lofton had to start near the back of the pack and raced through the field from the 32nd position on the World's Fastest Half-Mile. The championship contender closed in on the competition to race all the way up to the 10th position before the checkered flag waved.
Starting near the back of the field, Lofton paced himself to move up the leaderboard during a long green-flag run at the beginning of the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 26-year-old picked up 20 positions before coming down pit road during the lap 82 caution period. With the truck just a little loose, the Millennium VIP Group Private Jet Services team went to work changing four tires, adding fuel and making a wedge adjustment to Lofton's truck before sending him back on the track.
Lofton continued to stalk the competition, slowly picking up position after position to move into the top 10 by lap 180. As cautions bred cautions during the closing laps of the 200-lap event, the field bunched up, resulting in some damage to the No. 6 truck. On lap 193, one of the frontrunners engine sputtered causing the rest of the field to step on the brakes. Lofton's teammate Cale Gale was turned off the nose of another competitor and spun into the inside wall as everyone else tried to avoid making contact. Lofton couldn't get slowed in time, and ran into the back of the truck in front of him causing damage to the nose of his truck. With the hood bent up, Lofton continued to run as best he could for the final green-white-checkered restart. Coming to the checkered flag, Lofton was racing side-by-side and got pushed up out of the groove while two other competitors dove to the inside to take positions. As a result, the championship contender crossed the finish line in the 10th position.
"We really fought hard to work our way up through the field," commented Lofton. "We got a couple of breaks along the way, but lost an opportunity at the end when the No. 9 truck got in to us in turn three coming to the checkered. It cost us a couple of spots, but we finished top 10. For starting in the 32nd position, I would say it was a pretty good race at Bristol."
Leaving the World's Fastest Half-Mile, Lofton is still sitting in fourth place in the championship point standings, just 31 points out of first place. Nine races remain in the 2012 season.
Cale Gale and the No. 33 Rheem team had a day full of ups and downs on Wednesday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway ("World's Fastest Half-Mile"). The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender nabbed his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole to lead the field to the green, but finished the race with a trip to the infield care center after making hard contact with the inside wall with just seven laps remaining.
With a fast truck, Gale paced most of the opening practice session and posted speeds inside the top 10 throughout final practice on Wednesday afternoon. A few hours later, Gale strapped in the truck and ran a 15.656-second lap-his quickest of the day-to secure the pole position at the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
Wednesday's NCWTS event was the debut of a new track configuration at Bristol Motor Speedway where the upper groove was removed. As a result, passing became more challenging than it had been in years past. Gale decided to lead the field to the green from the outside line, but when the No. 17 truck got a good jump off the start, Gale quickly settled into the second position.
A long green-flag run kicked off the UNOH 200 and there was little movement inside the top-five competitors throughout the opening 80 laps. A caution on lap 82 finally gave the field a chance to mix it up. Well inside their fuel window to make it the distance, everyone came down pit road. Gale called into the crew to report that his truck was a little snug when he was racing by himself, but got a little loose when racing around other competitors. Still overall pleased with the handling of the Rheem Chevrolet, the team opted to service Gale's truck with four tires, fuel and no adjustments before sending him back on the track.
As the laps wound down, tempers started to heat up and cautions became more and more frequent. Gale was involved in an incident on lap 161 as a result of hard side-by-side racing, but was able to drive away with just minor damage to the rear bumper of the Rheem Chevrolet. Gale stayed in the hunt racing inside the top five before briefly dropping to the sixth position on the lap 170 restart.
With just seven laps to go, the No. 29 of Brad Keselowski sputtered on fuel in front of the field while running second. Gale, who was running sixth, checked up to avoid contact with the truck in front of him, but got turned by the truck behind him. The contact sent Gale hard into the inside wall and resulted in terminal damage to the right side of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet. Gale climbed out of his Chevrolet and took the short ambulance ride to the infield care center. Within minutes, Gale was released from the care center and credited with a 28th-place finish in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"Today was a wild day," commented Gale. "I'm so proud of my Rheem team for all their hard work and getting the pole this afternoon; but I'm so disappointed in how everything ended tonight. We've had such great trucks from Eddie Sharp Racing all season, but it just seems like we haven't had any luck. I can't thank Jerry [Baxter, crew chief] and the guys enough for all their hard work and standing by me all season; we had a strong truck tonight and we were definitely coming for a top-five finish. I feel like our team has really bonded and that we're on the right track; hopefully we'll be able to carry the momentum of the pole award and strong run into the race at Atlanta next week."
Children of Drivers, crew members will sing National Anthem Prior to start of Irwin Tools Night Race
Without question one of racing’s most popular renditions of the national anthem comes each year at Bristol Motor Speedway prior to the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
Building on the tradition, Motor Racing Outreach brings the children of NASCAR drivers and crew members together to sing the anthem before the green flag falls on the Aug. 25 event.
Prior to the start of the Food City 250 Friday Night, Technical Sergeant Frances Kness, a member of the Band of the Air Force Reserve, will sing the anthem. Kness is stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Robins, Ga.
Presentation of colors on Saturday will come from the Tennessee Army National Guard while Lt. Trint R. Callison of the Tennessee Army National Guard will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to both Friday and Saturday’s events.
Cherokee High School’s NJROTC will present colors Friday while the Tennessee Army National Guard will present colors Saturday.
Friday’s flyover will feature a KC-135 from the Tennessee Air National Guard. Saturday’s flyover features a pair of T-45s from Naval Air Station Meridan.
When fans flock toRichmond International Raceway September7-8 for the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Weekend, they will notice several new amenities, as well as some returning fan-favorite activities. Those who don’t already have tickets for the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race can log on to www.rir.com for tickets and information. Here is a list of the great amenities awaiting fans:
General automobile parking at Richmond International Raceway has always been and continues to be absolutely FREE.
Bring Your Own Food & Beverage
Did you know fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverage inside the gates of Richmond International Raceway? The maximum allowed cooler size is 14”x14”x14” – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages. No glass containers are allowed.
Video Scoring Tower
RIR’s Video Scoring Tower remains the largest in NASCAR, displaying live race action, pre-race ceremonies, post-race Chase celebration, various events happening on Raceway property and many pre-produced videos and graphics. Additionally, fans can stick around after the checkered flag to watch Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations and post-race driver interviews from the Media Center both September 7 and 8.
Virginia 529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia
Kids 12 and younger can enjoy their race day in the Virginia 529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia, which is a playful and educational environment featuring inflatable moon bounces, as well as scientific exhibits that will enrich their minds. While there, parents can sign their kids up for the free RIR Kids Club, with benefits including an official membership card, Kids Club gift, e-newsletter, birthday e-card, special ticket offers and contest opportunities.
Available on Apple and Android devices, RIR’s free mobile app provides fans with a customizable schedule with reminder notifications; interactive GPS map with search capabilities; detailed Midway, parking and facility maps; seating charts; first aid, Will Call and ATM locations; “Friend Finder” to locate your friends on property and a race weekend postcard where you can take a photo with an RIR background to upload to your social media accounts.
Miller Lite Party Zone
Miller Lite brings the ultimate tailgate party to fans on race weekend, featuring live music, tailgate games, a mechanical bull, the Miller Lite show car and cash bar serving great tasting Miller Lite and food items for sale. Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Party Zone is the place to be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. While in there, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen televisions.
Nearly all of the grandstand seats have been widened and now measure 22 inches wide.
More than twenty 42” televisions have been installed throughout the concourse, underneath the grandstands.
Outside of the grandstands, Richmond International Raceway offers one of the best interactive and shopping experiences in all of racing, the Midway. The Midway features track and driver souvenir merchandise rigs, interactive displays, games, giveaways, music and more/
The Virginia Industry Business Expo (VIBE), located on the Midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building, is an indoor display area, featuring displays and exhibitions from regional businesses, open to the public on Friday and Saturday.