Before Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his final regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series laps at Richmond Raceway, the track presented him with gifts supporting his commitment to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Richmond commits to supporting Blessings in a Backpack with a philanthropic contribution to support backpacks for hungry children. The track also commits to provide 88 backpacks to FeedMore for support throughout the school year. Richmond has also committed to dedicate staff to volunteer with FeedMore at a future event to further support efforts to make a difference in the life of a hungry child. 

The track also presented Earnhardt with a framed image including a photoshoot earlier this year on the backstretch. It includes images from Gatorade Victory Lane of Earnhardt’s three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Richmond. Attached is a copy of the framed image.

“Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a transformative driver that has upheld the legacy of his family to lift the sport to new heights,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “It was our goal as a track to support his commitment to raise awareness of childhood hunger today and in the future. We wish him all the best as he continues to serve the sport and its fans in the years to come.”

“We thank Richmond Raceway for their continued support of Blessings in a Backpack,” said Jenny Scherer, Director of Programs for Blessings in a Backpack. “Last year, we had a great response from our social media campaign with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Banana Mayo Sandwich. We appreciate Richmond Raceway and Earnhardt’s commitment to make a huge difference in the life of a hungry child.”

“Hunger is a daily challenge faced by over 50,000 children in Central Virginia each day,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer of FeedMore. “We are grateful for the increased visibility that Richmond Raceway and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have focused on this important issue. We are deeply appreciative for the gift from Richmond Raceway to honor Earnhardt’s final regular season Cup race to support our children’s meals programs. This support and visibility will make a significant difference to children throughout Central Virginia.”

Earnhardt has won seven races at Richmond in his career. He is a three-time Monster Energy Series race winner at Richmond with victories in the Crown Royal 400 in 2006, Chevy American Revolution 400 in 2004, and Pontiac Excitement 400 in 2000. Earnhardt has also won four NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Richmond with his most recent victory coming in the ToyotaCare 250 in 2016.

Earnhardt returns to the track at Richmond Raceway for two nights of racing “under the lights” on September 8-9. The fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will see history on display as Earnhardt makes his final, career, two-race appearance as a driver.

The weekend gets started today with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Pole Qualifying for both weekend races. The action then dials up as the rising stars of tomorrow compete in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the sport’s best take to the track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race as NASCAR crowns 2017 Regular Season Champion.

Tickets are available now for both races and can be purchased online at richmondraceway.com or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office, toll-free, at 866-455-7223.