Richmond Int'l Raceway test days announced

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST FOUR TRACKS TO HOST NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES TEST SESSIONS IN 2008 Richmond, VA (December 4, 2007)--Adding even more excitement to Richmond International Raceway's 2008 preseason, NASCAR ...

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST FOUR TRACKS TO HOST NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES TEST SESSIONS IN 2008

Richmond, VA (December 4, 2007)--Adding even more excitement to Richmond International Raceway's 2008 preseason, NASCAR officials announced this week that America's Premier Short Track will be one of just four tracks--and the only short track--that will be permitted to host official NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly known as the NASCAR Busch Series) tests next season. Richmond International Raceway's test session is scheduled for March 24-25, 2008.

"Richmond International Raceway has always been an important stop on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, and for the third straight year, we will be the only short track to host NASCAR Nationwide Series testing," said track president Doug Fritz.

Richmond International Raceway will continue its longstanding policy of allowing fans to watch testing from the grandstands free of charge for the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series test sessions. With many of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers also running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, fans can expect to see many of their favorite drivers from both series at America's Premier Short Track in March.

"We encourage all of our fans to come out for both days of testing in March to see their favorite drivers turn laps in preparation for the NASCAR doubleheader at America's Premier Short Track in May," said Fritz.

NASCAR instituted the track testing policy in 2006, pre-setting a schedule for when and where NASCAR tests are to be conducted. The scheduled tests are the only opportunities teams will have to test at each series' tracks. The policy was implemented to serve as an aid to maintain better overall competitive balance for the teams and contain costs.

"NASCAR received input and recommendations from each of the crew chiefs that was valuable to our decision making process," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president for competition. "The tracks that were selected provide the teams with a wide variety of layouts, surfaces and track characteristics that should provide them with an opportunity to have success in 2008."

The 2008 season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off Friday, May 2 with the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, as well as pole qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The weekend continues Saturday, May 3 as the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 race showcases the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Tickets are available now for the FUNAI 250. Tickets for the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will go on sale to the general public January 5. Please call 1-866-455-7223 or visit www.rir.com for additional information.

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