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MID-ATLANTIC AUTO RACING OPENS AT RICHMOND MARCH 3-5 WITH NASCAR STARS; VIRGINIA'S 1ST $MILLION+ PURSE SET FOR PONTIAC EXCITEMENT WINSTON CUP RICHMOND, VA - Major league automobile racing returns to the mid-Atlantic region for a three day run...

MID-ATLANTIC AUTO RACING OPENS AT RICHMOND MARCH 3-5 WITH NASCAR STARS; VIRGINIA'S 1ST $MILLION+ PURSE SET FOR PONTIAC EXCITEMENT WINSTON CUP

RICHMOND, VA - Major league automobile racing returns to the mid-Atlantic region for a three day run March 3-5 when Richmond International Raceway opens its 50th consecutive season with a Friday through Sunday format featuring NASCAR's top two series and Virginia's first $1 million+ racing purse.

The seven figure prize money is on the line for Winston Cup drivers competing in Sunday's March 5 Pontiac Excitement 400 at RIR. The third scheduled event in 1995's Winston Cup Series, which has its traditional opening on February 19 with the Daytona 500. A limited number of tickets remain for the Pontiac Excitement 400, which will attract a Raceway capacity of 79,000+.

NASCAR's Busch Series Grand National Division, returning to V-8 engines for 1995, is scheduled to stage the 250-lap Hardee's Frisco 250 at Richmond on Saturday, March 4. Bringing together top stars from both the Winston Cup and Grand National ranks, the Hardee's Frisco 250 consistently serves up spectacular racing action.

Some are predicting that the closest March racing could come during Friday's FAS MART Pole Day when drivers entered in both races will try to qualify each other in two lap timed sprints.

Richmond track operator, Paul Sawyer continues another proud tradition by allowing children aged 12 and under to attend all Friday and Saturday activities free when accompanied by a ticketholder.

Richmond ticket information is available by phoning 804/345-RACE.

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