Richmond plans expansion

PLETHORA OF PLANS FOR PAUL'S PERFECT PALACE PROGRESSING PRONTO; "DON'T BELIEVE HE'LL QUIT ADDING EITHER," CONFIDE SONS WAYNE AND BILL RICHMOND, VA - Nothing seems to be able to stop Paul Sawyer from making Richmond International...

PLETHORA OF PLANS FOR PAUL'S PERFECT PALACE PROGRESSING PRONTO; "DON'T BELIEVE HE'LL QUIT ADDING EITHER," CONFIDE SONS WAYNE AND BILL

RICHMOND, VA - Nothing seems to be able to stop Paul Sawyer from making Richmond International Raceway one of the premier racing facilities in the world as the veteran promoter continues his "fan friendly" expansion crusade into 1995 and beyond.

Since the second week in March, foundations have been set and a new concrete retaining wall replaces the steel guardrail that has acted as the inside backstretch wall since 1988. The new wall starts at the end of pit road. The new turn walls will protect the last phase of Sawyer's multi-million dollar permanent lighting system.

Ambitious plans to connect new RIR parking areas at the corner of Carolina Avenue and Meadowbridge Road to RIR property via a tunnel under Carolina Avenue will be completed by September's NASCAR weekend. A tram service will carry race fans to and from the Raceway grandstan areas.

The grandstands are getting some "fan friendly" attention as well. Seat backs are being placed on the remaining 7,000 contoured seats that had none in time for RIR's USAC Championship Twins, Saturday night June 17th. The new 8,000 + seat Henrico Tower Grandstand is being erected atop the existing Henrico Grandstand that runs the length of the backstretch.

Black gold continues to rain on RIR as paving crews lay asphalt around the outside of the track to make the grandstand areas more accessible to fans. The remainder of RIR's infield is being paved for additional competitor parking. When asked about "his" plans Sawyer replies, "I like to keep'em all guessing, even my sons Wayne and Bill."

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