Richmond International Raceway and the Department of Veterans Affairs are “Driving VA Benefits Home” This September

RIR and VA Partner for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Qualifying on Friday, September 11

Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying

Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying will take place on Friday, September 11.

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Richmond International Raceway (RIR) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up to bring home greater awareness and access to VA benefits for our nation’s Veterans and Servicemembers.  The Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday, September 11 will set the field for the Federated Auto Parts 400 “Last Race to Make the Chase” on Saturday, September 12.

“The best way to reach Veterans is to involve partners that engage Veterans in the communities where they live,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “Through innovative partnerships like this, we have the opportunity to reach Veterans and their families who may not realize they are entitled to VA benefits and services or who may not know where to go for assistance,” said McDonald.

Drivers will participate in three rounds of knockout qualifying during the Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying on Friday afternoon. The fastest twenty-four drivers in the first round get to move on to the second round, where the stakes are higher. Only the top 12 can move on to the third and final round. Once the clock runs out in the final round, whoever is quickest secures the number one starting position and the coveted first pit stall.

In addition to the Pole Qualifying partnership with RIR, VA will have its Mobile Vet Center onsite throughout the weekend to answer questions, share information, and help Veterans sign up for benefits and services. You’ll find the Mobile Vet Center on the Midway, along with other interactive displays, food and shopping experiences. 

“Richmond International Raceway is proud to partner with such an important organization as the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Richmond International Raceway President, Dennis Bickmeier. “NASCAR is a very patriotic sport.  And here at RIR, we pride ourselves on supporting the men and women who currently serve and have served our country.  There’s no better way to do that than by partnering with the VA to set the field for the Federated Auto Parts 400 ‘Last Race to Make the Chase.’”

Want to see who makes it in with a few seconds to go? Or, who gets bumped out and sent back to the drawing board? Then, join us for the Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series!  It’s all part of Richmond International Raceway’s NASCAR weekend on September 10-12.

Start your weekend on Thursday, September 10 with the UNOH 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, where young guns lay down some laps at RIR. Friday, September 11 will be firing on all eight cylinders with all-day on track action that culminates with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race.  You’ll see the series where names are made when up-and-comers battle with current stars.  And you’ve heard it all year long, “It all comes down to Richmond.” The Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the “Last Race to Make the Chase,” and everything is on the line for NASCAR’s best. Who’s in and who’s out to run for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? No one will know until the checkered flag waves! For tickets or more information, click here or call 866-455-7223.

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