Richmond chosen to host 2006 test sessions

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST SIX TRACKS TO HOST OFFICIAL NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES TESTS IN 2006 RICHMOND, VA- November 11, 2005- Reinforcing the popularity, importance and significance of Richmond International Raceway's NASCAR ...

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST SIX TRACKS TO HOST OFFICIAL NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES TESTS IN 2006

RICHMOND, VA- November 11, 2005- Reinforcing the popularity, importance and significance of Richmond International Raceway's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, NASCAR officials announced yesterday that the track will be just one of six facilities-and the only short track- that will be permitted to host official series tests for teams during the 2006 season.

The dates for testing at Richmond International Raceway have not been announced yet, but that did not stop track president Doug Fritz from containing his enthusiasm for being one of the tracks chosen as part of NASCAR's new testing policy. "Being included in this testing policy just reinforces how important and prestigious of a stop Richmond International Raceway is on the NASCAR schedule," Fritz said. "Richmond International Raceway has always been a favorite among race fans, the drivers, media members and race officials. But there is no question that over the past few years, Richmond's profile within our sport has risen dramatically and that we are America's Premiere Short Track. With Richmond International Raceway hosting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 which sets the field for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, even our NASCAR weekend in May has taken on more significance."

Fans will also be allowed to be part of the action. Richmond International Raceway will maintain its long-standing policy of allowing fans to watch testing for free. "We have always been fan friendly at Richmond International Raceway and we will continue to allow fans to watch testing free of charge," Fritz said. "What will probably be different for fans from the past is that we anticipate that all of the teams will test, so fans are virtually guaranteed the opportunity to watch their favorite driver test."

The tests will also assist local and regional media members who wish to cover the test sessions as a way to preview the NASCAR events at Richmond International Raceway. "I am also very pleased that this test should greatly assist our area media members in their advance coverage of our NASCAR races," Fritz said. "Not every track will have this opportunity, so we feel fortunate that being included as part of this policy will help the drivers, the fans and the media."

The 2006 NASCAR season at America's Premiere Short Track features NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series doubleheaders "under the lights" May 5-6 and September 8-9. For more information, fans can visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-RACE (7223).

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