SAWYER ANNOUNCES TWO DAYS OF FREE RIR SUPERTRUCK OPEN TESTING JUNE 5-6; NUMBER OF NASCAR DRIVERS PLAN TO ENTER ALL 3 RIR SEPTEMBER
RICHMOND, VA - Richmond International Raceway has scheduled a two day "no charge" open test session Monday, June 5th - Tuesday, June 6th for all competitors in the new NASCAR SuperTruck by Craftsman Series. RIR's grandstands will be open to fans both days, also at no charge.
According to Raceway president, Paul Sawyer, "We have had an unprecedented number of requests from teams wishing to book SuperTruck test sessions at RIR in order to prepare for the upcoming Thursday night, September 7th Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout. This includes requests from SuperTrucks teams who are not competing in the entire series, but plan to enter Richmond's Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout with Winston Cup and Grand National drivers.
"In order to be fair to the competitors running the entire series, I decided to open Richmond International Raceway on June 5th and 6th at no charge to all SuperTruck teams. That'll put all of 'em on even footing here. In looking at the calendar, I realized the SuperTruck Series was racing in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, June 3rd. It made sense to schedule the SuperTruck open tests here while the teams were on this side of the country and wouldn't incur additional travel expense," Sawyer explained.
Richmond's September 7-9 race weekend marks the only time this season that NASCAR's three premier series have races scheduled at the same track on the same weekend. Following the kickoff Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout on Thursday night, RIR plays host to NASCAR's Busch Series Grand National Autolite Platinum 250 "Showdown at Sundown!" on Friday night, September 8th and the premier Winston Cup Series Miller Genuine Draft 400 on Saturday night, September 9th.
"At first I was kind of taken by surprise when so many drivers began telling me they were going to enter all three NASCAR races here in September," allowed Sawyer. "However, when you consider the national attention that'll be focused on September NASCAR racing at Richmond, I guess it really isn't too suprising that sponsors want drivers in all three of these nationally televised races," Sawyer continued.
"From what I've seen, though, the Winston Cup and Grand National drivers are going to have their hands full from the performances I've seen Ron Hornaday, P.J. Jones, Mike Chase and the other SuperTruck regulars put on. There's no doubt in my mind that fans will see the greatest mix of drivers in one event that's ever been staged anywhere when the Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout goes green," predicts Sawyer.
SuperTruck by Craftsman Series teams wishing to take advantage of Sawyer's two RIR open testing days need only to appear ar Richmond International Raceway on June 5 and/or June 6 wityh their SuperTrucks meeting standard NASCAR rules. There is no pre-registration required to participate in the two days of free Richmond open test for September's Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout.
SuperTruck teams seeking additional information about the Richmond free open tests June 5-6 should contact Dennis Huth at NASCAR.
Adult general admission grandstand tickets to the Thursday, September 7 Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout are currently on sale at Richmond International Raceway for $15, with children age 12 and under admitted free with a ticketholder.
For additional information about the Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout contact RIR Ticket Office in person, by mail at P.O. Box 9257, Richmond, VA 23227, or telephone 804/345-RACE (7223).