Richmond Raceway Launches Season Spectacular on January 26-27

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Richmond Raceway is set to wave the green flag to start the track’s historic 2018 season by hosting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup at the inaugural Season Launch Spectacular. Due to overwhelming demand, the event has been expanded to a two-day event on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at the Richmond Raceway Complex’s Old Dominion Building.

The Season Launch Spectacular will include fan photo opportunities with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Dale Earnhardt’s 1994 Winston Cup Series championship trophy. The event will also showcase iconic race cars in NASCAR history including Martin Truex Jr’s 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship #78 Bass Pro Shop/Tracker Toyota Camry, Dale Earnhardt’s #3 1993 Winston Cup Series championship car, Harry Gant’s #33 1989 Skoal Bandit car, and a 1969 #1 Winston Cup Special.

Fans will also get their first chance to race in the new Richmond Raceway Simulator powered by iRacing, meet and greet with 2018 Team Racing Virginia athletes,Richmond Raceway Reimagined infield redevelopment project update, NASCAR Heat 2 free play, tailgate games with exclusive prizes, food and beverages, and more.

“The Season Launch Spectacular is the first of many new initiatives this season, so we are pleased to expand the event to two days due to fan demand,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “From the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and iconic race cars to our state of the art racing simulator, we will be connecting with fans by sharing the history and future of motorsports at the Season Launch Spectacular and throughout the season.”

The Season Launch Spectacular will be held on Friday, January 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General public admission is $10 and free for children 12 and under. 2018 RICHMOND NATION members will receive free admission. RICHMOND NATION members are also invited to bring guests, equivalent to the number of 2018 tickets purchased, for free.

Fans interested in attending both NASCAR weekends at Richmond can upgrade to become a RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holder. 2018 membership benefits include invitations for exclusive member access at monthly events, a season parking pass, membership card, and the best ticket values for racing at Richmond Raceway. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com/richmondnation.

Richmond’s new state of the art two-seat, in-car driving simulator and Pro-Line Trailers hauler will make its Commonwealth debut at the Season Launch Spectacular. The new Richmond Simulator powered by iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation platform, will allow fans to get behind the wheel to drive Richmond’s famed ¾-mile D-shaped oval and 79 other tracks including some select Racing Virginia tracks. The Richmond Simulator will be officially unveiled at richmondraceway.comon Friday.

Stay connected to richmondraceway.com and our social channels on FacebookInstagramTwitter, Snapchat and YouTube for more information on the 2018 events schedule.

Richmond Raceway 2018 NASCAR Season

The Toyota Spring Race Weekend at Richmond Raceway returns “under the lights” in 2018, and a week earlier in the NASCAR schedule on April 20-21, 2018. The action starts with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend continues with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, followed by NASCAR’s best in theTOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at dusk and ending “under the lights” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Richmond’s Fall Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will make history with the grand opening of the Richmond Raceway Reimagined modernized infield along with hosting its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. The action begins on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. with the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. On Saturday, September 22, Richmond hosts the only Monster Energy Series playoff race “under the lights” with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular season tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend and Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

Fans interested in attending both NASCAR weekends at Richmond can upgrade to become a RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holder. 2018 membership benefits include invitations for exclusive member access at monthly events, a season parking pass, membership card, and the best ticket values for racing at Richmond Raceway. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com/richmondnation.

For a complete listing of events at the Richmond Raceway Complex, go to richmondracewaycomplex.com. Stay connected to Richmond Raceway on FacebookInstagram,Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and by downloading the Richmond Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.

About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, on a ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex’s 1,000 plus acre multipurpose facility hosts more than 200 live events annually including concerts with top national recording artists at The Classic Amphitheater. To learn more, visit richmondraceway.com and richmondracewaycomplex.com.