To recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Richmond Raceway and Federated Auto Parts will remember and honor the victims of the fateful day in our nation’s history by renaming the fall NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders.
“On a day we come together to cheer NASCAR’s best, we’ll also unite as one nation and sport to recognize 9/11 victims and first responders at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We are grateful to our long-time partners at Federated Auto Parts for working together to remember and honor those impacted by a day we will never forget.”
When the date of this year’s fall NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Richmond was announced, NASCAR and Federated Auto Parts recognized that this event would be the appropriate time to remember and honor the victims and heroes on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders will allow the industry and fans another way to pay tribute and say thank you to all of the first responders throughout the country who risk their lives every day to serve and protect others.
“At Federated, we knew it was appropriate that we honor the memory of the victims of one of the worst days in our country’s history and honor those who put their lives on the line that day,” said Phil Moore, Senior Vice President, Federated Auto Parts. “We will never forget the bravery of the police, firefighters, and ordinary citizens who ran into those burning buildings 20 years ago. Since then, first responders continue to provide essential services to our country, especially during the challenging months of the pandemic. Honoring them all during the Federated 400 is a way for us to show our gratitude.”
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Earlier this month, Richmond Raceway announced it will open its grandstands and FanGrounds to full capacity with no restrictions for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 10-11. The track’s 75th Anniversary season will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 11 with the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at 7:30 p.m. and the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 2:30 p.m. Grandstands will also be fully open for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Friday, Sept. 10.
“We are excited to be able to have the fans return to Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders,” said Moore. “We are looking forward to seeing our members, customers and vendor partners in attendance for an exciting weekend of racing and hospitality. We will also host a group of first responders as our guests so they can experience the race firsthand and participate in race-day activities. As always, we want to thank Dennis Bickmeier and the entire staff at Richmond Raceway for helping make our race day experience a first-class endeavor.”
Virginia-based Federated Auto Parts has been the entitlement sponsor for the fall Cup Series race at Richmond since 2012. The Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders will also be the 30th anniversary of the fall Cup race being held under the lights at Richmond.
Fans can purchase a single ticket for Saturday’s doubleheader with the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series Playoff race. Tickets are also available for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150, the first Whelen Modified Tour race at Richmond since 2002. NASCAR tickets can be purchased via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com.
About Federated Auto Parts
Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Va., is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America. Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses and experienced counterpeople who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology. For more information, visit www.federatedautoparts.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).
About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and either the NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, on the iconic ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond Raceway is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex hosts more than 200 live events over 280 event days annually including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the region’s only covered amphitheater. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com, richmondracewaycomplex.com, or vaculive.com.