Richmond International Raceway
(RIR) is a 3/4-mile (1.2 km), D-shaped, asphalt race track located just outsideRichmond, Virginia
in Henrico County
. It hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
and Nationwide Series
. "America's Premier Short Track" formerly hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
race, an IZOD IndyCar Series
race, and two United States Auto Club
sprint car races.
Richmond International Raceway is one of a few race tracks to host all of its events under the lights
. 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 Chase concept was introduced in 2004. The race is often referred to as "One Last Race to Make The Chase."
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