Richmond International Raceway
(RIR) is a 3/4-mile (1.2 km), D
-shaped, asphalt race track located just outside Richmond, Virginia
in Henrico County
. It hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
and Xfinity Series
. Known as "America's premier short track", it formerly hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
race, an IndyCar Series
race, and two USAC
sprint car races.
Until 2016, Richmond International Raceway was one of several race tracks to host all of its events at night
. The track sold out 33 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The sellout streak ended in September 2008 partially due to the economic downturn, though the major factor in ticket sales was the impact of Tropical Storm Hanna
Richmond has hosted the final "regular-season" race, leading up to the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
, each year since the concept was introduced in 2004.
In 2010, Richmond International Raceway introduced a state-of-the-art video scoring tower that boasts more LED square footage than any other in the motorsports industry. The cap features four high definition LED screens that measure 38-feet wide by 24-feet high. The screens broadcast live race action and pre-produced video and graphics. The stem shows running order and has the ability to rotate through the entire field.
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