Richmond Raceway Returns “Under the Lights” as Preparations Begin for 2018 NASCAR Season
Once the lights went out on Saturday night following the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Richmond Raceway (Richmond) closed the final chapter on the track’s 2017 racing season. Now, the track begins writing a new chapter for next year as America’s Premier Short Track returns “under the lights” for the spring and fall race weekends and construction gets underway for the Richmond Raceway Reimagined redevelopment project to open in Fall 2018.
“It was an action-packed season on and off the track at Richmond Raceway in 2017,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As we turn our sights to 2018, we look forward to returning “under the lights” on Saturday nights, joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, and unveiling the new Richmond infield as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined. The iconic race weekend experience generations of Richmond fans remember will only shine brighter in 2018.”
Next season, Richmond will host the Toyota spring race weekend “under the lights” on April 20-21, 2018, and return in the fall with its first Monster Energy Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. Regular season tickets for Richmond’s 2018 NASCAR season go on sale December 1.
The lights will shine bright once again as the Toyota spring race weekend goes back to Saturday night racing at Richmond. With both race weekends “under the lights,” Richmond returns to the tradition it started with its first night race in September 1991 when “Handsome” Harry Gant took home the victory.
The road to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships will now lead through Richmond as the track joins the select number of tracks (ten) who host a Monster Energy Series Playoff race. The Commonwealth of Virginia is now the only state with a pair of Monster Energy Series Playoff races at Richmond and Martinsville Speedway. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs will also begin at The Action Track.
Renewals for the 2018 NASCAR season are currently underway. Fans can renew their tickets now through November 3 as well as upgrade to the RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket program. RICHMOND NATION members receive exclusive perks including a parking pass, admission to special events, a membership card, and more. For more information on RICHMOND NATION and renewals, visit richmondraceway.com/renewals.
In July, the track announced Richmond Raceway Reimagined, a $30 million redevelopment project. The new project will bring a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to the iconic Richmond infield. Fan access is the focus of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, which will showcase new Monster Energy Series garages with a fan-viewing walkway. The new modernized infield will also include new interactive fan engagement areas, an 80-person club experience and two new suites. The new infield will open for fans for the fall race weekend on September 21-22, 2018.
The track will break ground on the new infield this Thursday, and began the transformation process. Tickets for the new infield’s fall debut are available to purchase by visiting the Richmond Ticket Office or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). To learn more, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.
Richmond’s 2017 fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, showcased chaos at every corner as NASCAR’s best took to the track’s famed ¾-mile D-shaped oval. On Friday night, Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 for Team Penske, passed the Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, with 16 laps to go, and held on to the lead to take the checkered flag waved in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race.
On Saturday night “under the lights,” Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing, drove through the chaos under a rousing crowd to take the victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The No. 42’s pit crew was the difference in the race as their final pit stop allowed Larson to take the front for the overtime restart.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 for Furniture Row Racing, was crowned the 2017 Monster Energy Series Regular Season champion in an exclusive presentation on pit road at Richmond. The moment provided fans with a memorable conclusion to the track’s 14-year history as the final race of the regular season.
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