Richmond Int'l Raceway - Jeff Burton spotlight

JEFF BURTON TOURS RICHMOND'S NEW GRANDSTAND; "THE BEST TRACK NOW HAS THE BEST VIEW" Richmond, VA (March 26, 2007)- "The best track now has the best view." With that, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jeff Burton today succinctly summed up...

JEFF BURTON TOURS RICHMOND'S NEW GRANDSTAND; "THE BEST TRACK NOW HAS THE BEST VIEW"

Richmond, VA (March 26, 2007)- "The best track now has the best view."

With that, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jeff Burton today succinctly summed up his first visit to Richmond International Raceway since work started last fall on the track's new 7,843 seat, 180-foot high grandstand.

With the grandstand approximately 95% complete, Burton took a tour of the three-tiered structure to meet with the media to help preview the track's NASCAR doubleheader weekend May 4-5. Burton will drive the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet in the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night before taking the wheel behind his No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet in the Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday evening.

"I can't wait to get back here and race," Burton said of the ¾-mile oval. "This is my favorite track that we go to and it has the best racing."

While standing at the highest point of the grandstand-which is the tallest structure in Henrico County and two feet taller than the Richmond International Airport Tower- Burton was amazed at the view. "This is incredible," he said. "Whoever is lucky enough to have a seat in this grandstand has one heck of a view. Even from a driver's point of view, I'm standing up here seeing things I've never seen before."

Burton also took time to shake hands with and thank a 100-person construction crew for their hard work on the project. "I have family in the construction business, so I know how difficult some projects can be," he said. "What you have all done here so far is amazing, and keeping a project of this magnitude on schedule is not easy. I can't wait to see it when it is finished."

Burton toured all three levels of the new Commonwealth Grandstand, including the 700-person club level called TORQUE. That level has 16,000 square feet of indoor space, open areas for buffet stations and bars, along with outdoor seating for 700. The season ticket package that is still available for TORQUE also includes parking and pre-race pit passes for each race, along with a $250 food credit.

Over the next 10 days, the construction crew will install plumbing fixtures, lay carpet and tile, install more than 60 televisions and pave the ground underneath the grandstand.

The other phase of the project is the removal of nearly 3,000 low-row seats in turns three and four. With the removal of those seats and the additional 7,843 seats in the new Commonwealth Grandstand, Richmond International Raceway's capacity will rise by 4,932 from 107,097 to 112,029.

Tickets are still available for both the Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (Saturday, May 5) and the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series race (Friday, May 4). Additionally, fan hospitality passes are available for Saturday's Green Flag Zone and Friday's Party Zone. Tickets and information are available by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 1-866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.

-credit: rir

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton