75th Anniversary


One of the most legacy-rich venues in all of motorsports, America's Premier Short Track is celebrating its storied history from half-mile dirt to today's iconic 3/4-mile D-shaped oval. During the 2021 season, we'll be celebrating the storied history of Richmond Raceway during our 75th Anniversary Season.

As Richmond celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season, America's Premier Short Track will recognize its legacy in the history of motorsports with future announcements and events throughout the year. 

As part of the 75th anniversary season, Richmond Raceway will unveil the 75 Greatest Moments in track history.

The 75 Greatest Moments presented by Virginia is for Lovers was selected by the Richmond Historical Committee, which is chaired by long-time Richmond Times-Dispatch and Racing Virginia motorsports writer Randy Hallman. The members of the Richmond Historical Committee are Dick Conway, Al Pearce, John Dodson, Billy Thurston, John Harrelson, Bill Sawayer, Dave Fulton, Linwood Burrow and Lane Casadtone. Richmond and NASCAR staff represented on the committee are Dennis Bickmeier and Brent S. Gambill. The Richmond Historical Committee was founded in 2017.

Moments 45-36

Moment 36: (9/12/09) In The Chase cutoff race, Brian Vickers upsets Kyle Busch, sneaking into The Chase; Virginia's Denny Hamlin break through at home track

Moment 37: (9/7/08) In one of the most exciting side-by-side battles at America's Premier Short Track, Jimmie Johnson beats Tony Stewart

Moment 38: (2/25/92) Mark Martin wins his only Richmond Cup race; carburetor fails inspection and point difference loses him championship

Moment 39: (2/20/82) Tommy Houston wins the first-ever late model sportsman Touring Series race in track history

Moment 40: (10/12/75) Darrell Waltrip gets second career Cup Series win; Virginia legend Lennie Pond finishes second after leading over 200 laps

Moment 41: (5/8/55) Paul Sawyer and Joe Weatherly lease the Atlantic Rural Exposition, setting in motion decades of upgrades, improvements and growth into the Richmond we know and love today

Moment 42: (9/10/72) Richard Petty's car ends up sliding on the guardrail, but he still comes back to win the race

Moment 43: (6/30/01) Richmond Raceway welcomes IndyCar to the track for the first time; Buddy Lazier wins

Moment 44: (3/2/97) Rusty Wallace spins early, comes back to win after epic battle with Dale Jarrett, Geoff Bodine and Jeff Gordon

Moment 45: (4/7/57) Virginia's Glenn Wood wins the first of only three NASCAR Convertible Series events at Richmond

Moments 49-46

Moment 46: (3/1/70) Roanoke, VA's James Hylton beats Richard Petty for his first Cup Series win in 1970.

Moment 47: (9/13/69) David Pearson beats Richard Petty in the first 500-lap race at Richmond.

Moment 48: (2/21/82) Davis Marcis picks up his final career win as leader Joe Ruttman wrecks and he stays out, then the race is called due to rain.

Moment 49: (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) Kyle Busch wins four straight spring events at Richmond from 2009-2012.

Moments 55-50

Moment 50: (9/7/96) Ernie Irvan outduels Jeff Gordon in his first full season back from injury, his second win since almost losing his life at Michigan in 1994.

Moment 51: (9/8/84) In the first race with the iconic Richmond white fencing gone, Tommy Ellis takes the Miller 150.

Moment 52: (6/26/04) Dan Wheldon grabs the second victory of his career in the SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Moment 53: (9/13/19 + 9/21/19) Martin Truex Jr. finally breaks through at Richmond and on a Cup short track in the spring, comes back from a mid-race spin to pass the field and win in the fall.

Moment 54: (May 1950) Norfolk's own "Little Joe" Weatherly wins the American Motorcycle Association championship on the 10-mile dirt surface in 1950.

Moment 55: (2/24/91) Dale Earnhardt outduels Virginia's Ricky Rudd on late-restart side-by-side battle.

Moments 59-56

Moment 56: (6/19/68) Donnie Allison wins the final NASCAR GT Series on the dirt surface.

Moment 57: (9/12/98) Virginia's Jeff Burton held off Jeff Gordon in one of the closest finished at Richmond.

Moment 58: (9/31/81) In the first Richmond race with an entitlement sponsor, Benny Parsons wins the Wrangler SanforSet 400.

Moment 59: (6/25/05) Helio Castroneves wins the closest IndyCar race in Richmond history, celebrates on front stretch.

Moments 64-60

Moment 60: (4/26/14) In one of the best battles in recent Richmond history, Joey Logano outdueled Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth to win.

Moment 61: (April 2020) Richmond Raceway pivots to an all-digital race week including the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and NASCAR Pro Invitational, which William Byron won.

Moment 62: (9/14/64) Cotton Ownes wants to teach his young driver, David Pearson a thing or two as he comes out of retirement.

Moment 63: (6/17/95) Jack Hewitt wins first-ever Silver Crown race at Richmond; Tony Stewart makes first ever start at Richmond.

Moment 64: (9/10/88) Handsome Harry Gant was victorious in the Commonwealth 200, christening the 3/4-mile layout at Richmond; race also counted at K&N race.

Moments 69-65

Moment 65: (9/10/61 + 9/9/62 + 4/7/63) Joe Weatherly, who was one of the biggest promoters of Richmond Raceway, won at Richmond for three straight years.

Moment 66: (3/7/93) Davey Allison wins the final race of his NASCAR career before being tragically killed later that year.

Moment 67: (9/5/02 + 9/4/03) Tony Stewart goes back-to-back with Truck series wins at his favorite track.

Moment 68: (5/6/00) Dale Earnhardt Jr. passes Dale Earnhardt in waning laps and holds on to win his second career Cup race; becomes the third father/son combo to win at Richmond.

Moment 69: (6/4/97) Bob Keselowski secured the only Truck series win of his career at Richmond Raceway.

Moments 75-70

Moment 70: (2/24/85) Dale Earnhardt in a budding rivalry with Geoff Bodine, beats him for his very first Richmond win.

Moment 71: (3/26/89 + 9/13/59) The beginning of two Cup races a year every year until 2020 when the pandemic was canceled in the spring of 2020.

Moment 72: (4/27/12) In one of the closest finishes in track history, Kurt Busch prevails over. Denny Hamlin in a near-photo finish.

Moment 73: (3/26/89 + 9/10/89) Rusty Wallace wins his first two Richmond races on the way to the 1989 championship.

Moment 74: (4/27/13) Kevin Harvick slices through traffic. on new tires to best the field after Juan Pablo dominates.

Moment 75: (9/8/90) Virginia Native Rick Mast wins for Virginia native car owner Alan Dillard Jr.


NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to competition in the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 11. To recognize the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, JR Motorsports and long-time partner Unilever will recognize those lost on 9/11, including first responders, with a special United for America paint scheme on his No. 8 JR Motorsports race car.