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Richmond, VA 23222

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If you are going to be tailgating at Richmond International Speedway for any of the Cup events this summer keep in mind that space is limited. You are allowed to tailgate only in the space your vehicle does not occupy in your parking space only. Also keep in mind that two hours after the race on Thursday and Friday, cars that are still in the lot are towed away at the owners expense. So be prepared to get it together to leave after the race is over. The good news is that if you are parking on the Richmond International Raceway property for some pre race tailgating the parking is free.

Richmond International Raceway is an older track, completed in 1946. Now it is surrounded by a residential area. Most camping is first come first serve. Once you retain a spot you like it would be a good idea to make next years reservation while you are there. If you are looking to just park your car and see the race, many local residence allow parking in their yards for a fee. Typically this will range from $20 to $50 depending on how conveniently located the yard is to the track.


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  • Food/Drinks
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  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
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Virginia is famous for a couple of foods. One is peanuts and another is ham. Richmond International Raceway is near the bay so seafood may be in order for your tailgating event. Virginia wine is also quickly becoming a standard affair, with over 130 wineries now in the state. So grab a bushel of clams, some peanut butter, a ham and a bottle of wine and let the party begin. Just kidding. Tailgating in Virginia is like most southern states. BBQ, sausages, cole slaw, cold beer are typical affair in Virginia although steamed clams would be really good while your that close to the coast. If you are not familiar with spoonbread, find some. It's good.


Seats: 112,029
Shape: D Shaped Oval
Distance: 0.750 miles
Turns: Banked 14 degrees
Straightaways: Frontstretch Banked 8 degrees, Backstretch Banked 2 degrees
Length of frontstretch 1,290 feet
Length of backstretch: 860 feet


Richmond International Raceway is one of a few race tracks to host all of its events under the lights. The track has sold out the last 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Richmond has hosted the final "regular-season" race, leading up to the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, each year since the Chase concept was introduced in 2004.


Richmond Raceway Complex also hosts the Intergalactic Bead Show, Virginia Golf Show, Bassarama, Richmond Home and Garden Show, RV and Camping Expo, Richmond Boat Show, Richmond Classic Sports Card Show, East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Expo, Craftsmen Classic Spring and Christmas Shows, Bizarre Bazaar Spring and Christmas Shows and other various arts and craft events.

Outdoor festivals currently hosted by Richmond Raceway Complex include the 102.1 "The X" chili cook-off, the ACCA Temple Pork Festival and concerts featuring local and national recording artists. Outdoor festivals that have been held there included the Virginia State Fair, Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival, March of Dimes Bikers for Babies, K95 Country Music Festival and the Virginia food festival.

The former name for RRC was Strawberry Hill until RIR bought out the Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1999. The Strawberry Hill Races, which are a series of steeplechase horse races were formerly held the third Saturday of April at the Richmond Raceway Complex. In 2001, the Races were moved to Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Virginia's first Thoroughbred racetrack.


Richmond International Raceway is home to two NASCAR races on both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. There are a pair of Spring races, usually held on the first weekend of May. The Nationwide race is currently 250 laps (187.5 miles) and is sponsored by Lipton. It is named the Lipton Tea 250. The Sprint Cup race is currently 400 laps (300 miles) and is sponsored by Crown Royal. Crown Royal currently holds a promotional contest where the winner is named the Grand Marshal, and the race is called "Crown Royal Presents The 'Your name here' 400" where the contest winner's name is used in the race's name.

There are a pair of Fall races, usually held on the second weekend of September. The Nationwide race is currently 250 laps (187.5 miles) and is un sponsored. The Spring cup race is currently 400 laps (300 miles) and is sponsored by Chevrolet. In 2001 and 2002, the race was named the "Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 presented by the Looney Tunes" and from 2003 on, the event was named the "Chevy Rock and Roll 400".

Until 2005, RIR was home to a fall Camping World Truck Series race. Starting with the 2006 schedule, that date was transferred to Talladega Superspeedway.


  • October 12, 1946 Driving an open-wheel car, Ted Horn wins the first race at Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds over a ½-mile dirt track.
  • April 19, 1953 Lee Petty wins the first NASCAR "Grand National Division" race with an average of 45.535 mph at Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds.
  • 1955 Paul Sawyer and legendary racer Joe Weatherly buy the property. Track is known as “Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds.”
  • March 10, 1964 race run under temporary lights
  • The track operated as a 0.5-mile oval through the spring race of 1988. During the spring and summer of 1988, the track was reconfigured to its current layout of 0.75 miles. The first race under the new configuration was in September 1988. Lights were added for the fall 1991 race.
  • The track was previously called Strawberry Hill, Virginia State Fairgrounds, and Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway, the annual fair made the track a popular venue.
  • Richard Petty holds the record of most wins at Richmond with 13 victories, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace are tied with six.
  • Richmond is the site of the famous battle between Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip in 1986. Earnhardt tapped Waltrip in turn 4 and both drivers hit the wall, handing the win to Kyle Petty who avoided the crash and won.
  • Richmond International Racewayhosted an International Race of Champions event in 2004 and 2005, won by Matt Kenseth in 2004 and Mark Martin in 2005. The series has folded as of the 2008 Season
  • Site of Kasey Kahne's first career Sprint Cup Series win in 2005.
  • Site of Tony Stewart's first career Sprint Cup Series win in 1999.


  • 1995 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Dale Jarrett, 1 hr. 47 min. 13 sec., 104.928 mph
  • 1997 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: Dale Jarrett, 2 hrs. 45 min. 4 sec., 109.047 mph
  • 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying: Brian Vickers, 20.772 sec., 129.983 mph
  • 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Kyle Busch, 20.874 sec., 129.348 mph
  • 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Qualifying: Sam Hornish Jr., 15.3197 sec., 176.244 mph


  • 1953 Lee Petty
  • 1955 Tim Flock
  • 1956 Buck Baker
  • 1957 Paul Goldsmith
  • 1958 Speedy Thompson
  • 1959 Tom Pistone
  • 1959 Cotton Owens
  • 1960 Lee Petty
  • 1960 Speedy Thompson
  • 1961 Richard Petty
  • 1961 Joe Weatherly
  • 1962 Rex Wright
  • 1962 Joe Weatherly
  • 1963 Joe Weatherly
  • 1963 Ned Jarrett
  • 1964 David Pearson
  • 1964 Cotton Owens
  • 1965 Junior Johnson
  • 1965 David Pearson
  • 1966 David Pearson
  • 1966 David Pearson
  • 1967 Richard Petty
  • 1967 Richard Petty
  • 1968 David Pearson
  • 1968 Richard Petty
  • 1969 David Pearson
  • 1969 Bobby Allison
  • 1970 James Hylton
  • 1970 Richard Petty
  • 1971 Richard Petty
  • 1971 Richard Petty
  • 1972 Richard Petty
  • 1972 Richard Petty
  • 1973 Richard Petty
  • 1973 Richard Petty
  • 1974 Bobby Allison
  • 1974 Richard Petty
  • 1975 Richard Petty
  • 1975 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1976 Dave Marcis
  • 1976 Cale Yarborough
  • 1977 Cale Yarborough
  • 1977 Neil Bonnett
  • 1978 Benny Parsons
  • 1978 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1979 Cale Yarborough
  • 1979 Bobby Allison
  • 1980 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1980 Bobby Allison
  • 1981 Darrell Waltrips
  • 1981 Benny Parsons
  • 1982 Dave Marcis
  • 1982 Bobby Allison
  • 1983 Bobby Allison
  • 1983 Bobby Allison
  • 1984 Ricky Rudd
  • 1984 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1985 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1985 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1986 Kyle Petty
  • 1986 Tim Richmond
  • 1987 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1987 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1988 Neil Bonnett
  • 1988 Davey Allison
  • 1989 Rusty Wallace
  • 1989 Rusty Wallace
  • 1990 Mark Martin
  • 1990 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1991 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1991 Harry Gant
  • 1992 Bill Elliott
  • 1992 Rusty Wallace
  • 1993 Davey Allison
  • 1993 Rusty Wallace
  • 1994 Ernie Irvan
  • 1994 Terry Labonte
  • 1995 Terry Labonte
  • 1995 Rusty Wallace
  • 1996 Jeff Gordon
  • 1996 Ernie Irvan
  • 1997 Rusty Wallace
  • 1997 Dale Jarrett
  • 1998 Terry Labonte
  • 1998 Jeff Burton s s s
  • 1999 Dale Jarrett
  • 1999 Tony Stewart
  • 2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • 2000 Jeff Gordon
  • 2001 Tony Stewart
  • 2001 Ricky Rudd
  • 2002 Tony Stewart
  • 2002 Matt Kenseth
  • 2003 Joe Nemechek
  • 2003 Ryan Newman
  • 2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • 2004 Jeremy Mayfield
  • 2005 Kasey Kahne
  • 2005 Kurt Busch
  • 2006 Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • 2006 Kevin Harvick
  • 2007 Jimmie Johnson
  • 2007 Jimmie Johnson
  • 2008 Clint Bowyer
  • 2008 Jimmie Johnson
  • 2009 Kyle Busch

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