RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Start your engines, Richmond. It’s race weekend at Richmond International Raceway, and as you can imagine, fans are already filing in.
Those planning to attend can expect a few changes. For instance, the Sprint Cup race will run during the day on Sunday instead of Saturday night. That’s right, racing this year will not be under the lights as in year’s past.
RIR President Dennis Bickmeier says he knows the change was a bold move.
“We certainly respect our history of racing under the lights, and what’s interesting is that 18 years ago it was a bold move to take all the races to be under the lights, and I hope people think when they look back on this weekend to think it was an equally bold move to make a change,” he said.
For the first time in 18 years, RIR scheduled its main event, the Toyota Owners 400, to be run on Sunday. Bickmeier insists the move was made for the fans. He’s also hoping to change the trend of ticket sales dropping in recent years.
“They are creating some new traditions now because we have changed the schedule a little bit, so to me that is all very positive,” he said. “”We’ve got to keep our our long-time fans happy, and part of that will go with changes you have seen in the facility and how we have been able to update somethings and modernize some things.
“And we’re not going to stop on that, we’re going to continue to try and look for ways to improve the facility, and I think that really helps our long term fans, I think it helps new fans coming into the sport and I think it helps families who want to come as well.”
As far as fans are concerned, the jury is still out on Sunday racing.
“I don’t particularly like it,” one said.
Another fan added, “It brings back memories from years ago when it used to be Sundays.”
Tickets are still available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids are free to enter Friday and Saturday and can gain entry for as little as $10 on Sunday. Click here for more information.