Richmond prepares for race weekend

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY BRACES FOR LARGEST SPORTING EVENT IN HISTORY OF VIRGINIA AS NASCAR RACES COME TO RICHMOND FOR THREE NIGHTS RICHMOND, VA- Richmond International Raceway is preparing for the largest sporting extraganza to...

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY BRACES FOR LARGEST SPORTING EVENT IN HISTORY OF VIRGINIA AS NASCAR RACES COME TO RICHMOND FOR THREE NIGHTS

RICHMOND, VA- Richmond International Raceway is preparing for the largest sporting extraganza to ever hit the Commonwealth of Virginia. On Thursday night September 7, the SuperTruck Series by Craftsman opens RIR's three night NASCAR race weekend with the FasMart SuperTruck Shootout.

Friday night September 8, the Busch Series Grand National visits RIR for the Autolite Platinum 250 "Showdown at Sundown!". NASCAR's premier Winston Cup Series headlines the weekend with the Saturday night, September 9, Miller Genuine Draft 400 on Paul Sawyer's "Fan Friendly" 3/4-mile oval.

Richmond International Raceway is the ONLY track in 1995 to have NASCAR's top three touring series at one facility in back to back racing action on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

The Raceway will play host to an estimated 175,000 attendees as NASCAR madness settles on "The Action Track!" For three straight nights under the lights, Richmond will become the mecca of NASCAR as fans flock from the reaches of the continent to descend upon the promised land.

Action kicks off Thursday morning September 7, when the SuperTruck Series by Craftsman takes the track for the first practice at 9:00 a.m. Grand National Series cars alternate practice time with SuperTracks until 2:00 p.m. Then it's pedal to the metal pole qualifying excitement for the SuperTruck by Craftsman as drivers vie for position on the grid for Thursday night's Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout.

Grand National cars practice for an hour prior to final SuperTruck practice at 4:00 p.m. At 6:00 pm., the evening moves into high gear for the raw power of first round GN pole quailifying for positions 1 - 25.

The green flag drops on the Fas Mart SuperTruck Shootout at 8:40 p.m. Thursday for 150 laps of truck racing action. Many drivers from Grand National and Winston Cup ranks plan to pilot SuperTrucks for the Richmond race. Among those Hermie Sadler, Ken Schrader, Terry Labonte, Geoff Bodine, Todd Bodine, and Darrell Waltrip. Ernie Irvan may compete if given medical clearance from NASCAR.

At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Grand National cars begin practice for the Autolite Platinum 250 and second round qualifying. Winston Cup cars get on the track 11:30 a.m. and practice until 2:00 p.m. Second round qualifying for the Autolite Platinum 250 gets underway immediately following Winston Cup practice. After Grand National positions 26 - 36 are determined, Winston Cup cars get one final practice before pole qualifying for the Miller Genuine Draft 400.

Grand National entrants in the Autolite Platinum 250 are allowed one last Friday practice from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winston Cup Series pole qualifying for the Miller Genuine Draft 400 starts at 5:30 p.m. The fastest of two laps earns positions 1 - 20 for Saturday's starting grid. The Autolite Platinum 250 "Showdown at Sundown!" fires up at 7:40 p.m. Friday as 38 cars take the track for 250 edge of the seat laps of excitement. Grand National regulars have dominated Winston Cup entrants in 1995, winning all but three of 17 Grand National races.

Saturday, September 9, the roar of Winston Cup cars on Richmond International Raceway can be heard and seen at 2:00 p.m. for an hour. Then Winston Cup chauffeurs begin second round qualifying at 3:30 p.m. for the Miller Genuine Draft 400. Drivers will be competing for positions 21 - 34 with four provisionals positions for non-qualifiers.

At the conclusion of second round qualifying, Winston Cup entrants are allowed a 30 minute practice for final adjustments prior to the Miller Genuine Draft 400. At 7:40 p.m. Saturday night, September 9, 90,000+ attendees will hear "Gentlemen Start Your Engines!"

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Todd Bodine , Ken Schrader , Hermie Sadler