Racing at Richmond – It’s as Simple as Day and Night

Sunday Racing Returns in April – September Night Race Celebrates the NASCAR Regular Season Finale

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Fans can experience the best of both worlds at RIR in 2016.


Take a look through history and you’ll see that everything has a way of becoming popular again – Star Wars, bell bottoms, muscle cars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, tie-dye, penny loafers.  For more than 40 years NASCAR fans packed into Richmond International Raceway for Sunday races, and after almost two decades of hosting all night races, day racing returns to Richmond in April 2016.

NASCAR fans will be able to experience the best of both worlds at RIR in 2016 – a return of day racing on Sunday, April 24 and the 25th Anniversary of The Night Race on Saturday, September 10.

“It was a bold move when we made the shift to two night races in 1998,” explained RIR President Dennis Bickmeier.  “And now we’re making another big move and asking our fans to come along for the ride as we look forward to hosting two unique NASCAR weekends in 2016.”

The TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will headline The Spring Classic weekend, April 22, 23 & 24, 2016.  “It’s going to be a three-day weekend, full of cars, families, friends and fun,” continued Bickmeier.  “We’re working on some special elements for the weekend to bring friends and families together at RIR and look forward to announcing our plans over the next few months.”    

Sunday afternoons in the spring are a time when families and friends gather together outdoors, enjoying the sun and warmer weather.  That tradition is what excites NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace the most about the return of Sunday racing at Richmond.  “It really brings back the history of Richmond.  When I came into NASCAR it was always Sundays; bright, sunny, everyone saw the cars gleaming under the sunshine – it was a NASCAR tradition.  There’s just something about being under the bright sunshine that seems right to me,” said Wallace, the last winner of a scheduled Sunday race at Richmond (March 2, 1997).

And while Sunday afternoon racing at Richmond evokes tradition for some fans, Saturday night racing at Richmond does the same for others who remember the first scheduled night race at Richmond, won by Harry Gant on September 7, 1991.  In 2016, RIR will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Night Race with the Last Race to Make The Chase Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 10. 

“We’re offering the best of both worlds for a NASCAR fan,” added Bickmeier.  “Getting back to our roots with Sunday racing allows us to focus on the family experience and growing new generations of race fans in April, while still celebrating the NASCAR regular season finale ‘under the lights’ on Saturday night in September.” 

RIR 2016 NASCAR Schedule

The Spring Classic Weekend

Cars On Track
Friday, April 22  |  Practice and Pole Qualifying times to come
ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race
Saturday, April 23  |  Start Time: TBD
TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race
Sunday, April 24  |  Start Time: TBD

25th Anniversary of The Night Race

Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race
Friday, September 9  |  Start Time: TBD
Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race
Saturday, September 10  |  Start Time: TBD

Renewal invitations for fans who purchased tickets to last month’s NASCAR weekend at RIR will be mailed on November 4th. New renewal options will be included in the invitation, and more details about the renewal process can be found here.  Tickets for the Spring Classic Weekend at RIR, as well as season tickets which include the April and September weekends go on sale to the public January 15, 2016.  Click here to sign up to receive emails with ticket information and special offers, as well as the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public

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