Richmond Raceway to Host Track Laps “Under the Lights” on September 7

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will host the second Track Laps event of the 2019 NASCAR season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place “under the lights” and prepare fans for the upcoming NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend presented by Who’s Your Driver on Sept. 20-21. Track Laps gives fans the opportunity to drive their personal vehicle around America’s Premier Short Track for just $20. All proceeds benefit Richmond Raceway Cares, the charitable arm of the track which assists nonprofits throughout the Greater Richmond Region.

“Track Laps allows us to showcase America’s Premier Short Track by offering fans the chance to see the historic ¾-mile D-shaped oval from a unique view,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “It’s a special moment for fans to take their personal vehicle with family or friends for a spin around one of NASCAR’s elite tracks while supporting Richmond Raceway Cares efforts to have a positive impact in the community.”

Richmond will open its gates for fans to drive five laps around the track on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Fans can sign up in advance by visiting or on event day. Fans are invited to take a tour of the FanGrounds, turn a few laps in the Richmond Raceway Simulator, or grab a bite to eat from the Hollywood Cheesesteaks food truck.

  • To participate, drivers must be 18 years of age or older with a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Maximum speed is 55 miles per hour, and drivers must stay behind the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car of Richmond Raceway.
  • Drivers must stay up to speed and refrain from lagging behind in order to speed up. Violation may result in removal from the track.
  • Seatbelts must be worn at all times.
  • Laps may be postponed due to inclement weather.
  • Motorcycles are permitted.
  • Richmond has the right to cancel due to weather or safety conditions. If a cancellation is necessary, Richmond will make its best effort to contact guests in advance of their visit.

The action will begin on the historic Richmond track on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 7 with the third annual Checkered Flag 10K. Runners have the option to run in the 10K or 5K, and children ages 14 and under are invited to race in the one-mile Kids Run. The race will start and finish on the historic Richmond Start/Finish line, where some of NASCAR’s best drivers have captured memorable victories. Runners will also get a unique view of the expansive Richmond Raceway Complex facility, including the track’s popular GEICO Campgrounds.

All race participants will receive a Checkered Flag 10K t-shirt and medal. The race will be run in partnership with Bishop’s Events with 25 percent of all profits going to Richmond Raceway Cares, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation.

The Checkered Flag 10K will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K beginning at 9 a.m., and the one-mile Kids Run starting at 8:25 a.m. Early bird registration is $55 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K $15 for the Kids Run and $12 for the virtual option through August 15. For more information and to register for the Checkered Flag 10K, 5K, or one-mile Kids Run, visit

For more information on Track Laps, visit To learn more about Richmond Raceway Cares, visit

Richmond Raceway 2019 NASCAR Season

NASCAR returns “under the lights” to Richmond for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend presented by Who’s Your Driver on Sept. 20-21. America’s Premier Short Track will start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with the Go Bowling 250 playoff race on Friday, Sept. 20. Richmond will host the second race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs with the Federated Auto Parts 400 playoff race on Friday, Sept. 21.

Tickets for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at

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