Richmond to host series on IRL/USAC-SC weekend

December 3, 2003 - Richmond International Raceway officials announced today an addition to its 2004 season schedule, a series that three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford calls "one of the most exciting forms of racing to watch in...

December 3, 2003 - Richmond International Raceway officials announced today an addition to its 2004 season schedule, a series that three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford calls "one of the most exciting forms of racing to watch in the world." Fans will be treated to a USAC National Sprint Car Series event on Friday, June 25 as part of the fourth annual "Extreme Speed, Extreme Excitement" weekend. The all open-wheel weekend will also include the fourth annual SunTrust Indy Challenge IRL IndyCar Series race and the Dominic's of New York 100 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series event, both on Saturday, June 26.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series will practice, qualify and hold a last chance qualifying race before a 60-lap feature event, "The Showdown at Sundown." The $15 race ticket includes an IRL IndyCar Series drivers' autograph session and pole qualifying for the SunTrust Indy Challenge.

"We are very pleased to add another race to the SunTrust Indy Challenge weekend," said Doug Fritz president of Richmond International Raceway. "Our fans told us that they wanted additional racing on Friday night and we are thrilled to bring the USAC National Sprint Car Series to Richmond International Raceway. Regardless of the series, all of our races feature tremendous side by side action and I'm sure the USAC Sprint Cars will put on a tremendous show."

The USAC Sprint Cars are lightweight, open wheeled, non-winged, high horse powered cars. The 2003 schedule featured 35 points races on tracks ranging from a 1/4 -mile dirt track to a one-mile paved speedways.

The series helped launch the careers of many of today's top NASCAR drivers including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and 2003 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 winner, Ryan Newman. Open wheel stars that competed in USAC National Sprint Car Series include Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. Current drivers in the USAC National Sprint Car Series include 2003 champion J.J. Yeley who just signed with Joe Gibbs racing, 2002 title holder Tracey Hines and Dave Steele, who also won the last two Dominic's of New York 100 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series races at Richmond International Raceway.

The 2004 Richmond International Raceway schedule is now complete. NASCAR racing returns to Richmond for The Action Track's season opening weekend featuring the NASCAR Busch Series 250 on Friday, May 14 and the Chevy Racing 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on Saturday, May 15. After the Extreme Speed, Extreme Excitement Weekend June 25-26, the season concludes with a NASCAR triple-header weekend featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200 on Thursday, September 9, the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 10 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Chevy Racing 400 on Saturday, September 11.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Mario Andretti , Al Unser Sr. , J.J. Yeley , Dave Steele , A.J. Foyt , Johnny Rutherford