Richmond Raceway to Host DAYTONA 500 Watch Party on Sunday, February 18
Fans can welcome the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season at Richmond Raceway for the track’s DAYTONA 500 Watch Party on Sunday, February 18. RICHMOND NATION season ticket holders and the general public are invited to the event hosted at the track’s TORQUE Club overlooking the infield redevelopment project, Richmond Raceway Reimagined. Richmond and event attendees will celebrate the 60th running of The Great American Race with food, beverages, and more with fellow race fans.
“The DAYTONA 500 holds a special place in the history of NASCAR as the official start of the new season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As the green flag drops, we welcome loyal race fans to celebrate the new season together at the TORQUE Club. This is going to be an historic year for Richmond, so it is the perfect start to the season with fans watching The Great American Race overlooking our infield construction project, Richmond Raceway Reimagined.”
The watch party begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until the checkered flag drops for the end of the race. Fans in attendance will be treated to City Dogs, a local Richmond food staple, on a first come, first serve basis. Drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Light snacks will also be available.
Admission is free, but RICHMOND NATION members are asked to bring a guest to experience all the benefits the program has to offer. RICHMOND NATION members will also be entered into an exclusive raffle during the DAYTONA 500. Parking will be in Lot D, which is located at the corner of Carolina Avenue and Laburnum Avenue.
For fans who have not purchased their tickets to the spring or fall NASCAR race weekends at Richmond, tickets will be available to purchase at the DAYTONA 500 Watch Party. Richmond staff will help fans chose the best seats to give them a great view of the action on the track.
Season Launch Spectacular
Fans can get ready for the 2018 NASCAR season at the inaugural Season Launch Spectacular 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 showcase iconic race cars in NASCAR history including Martin Truex Jr’s the 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 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.
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 the TOYOTA 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 to members-only 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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and by downloading the Richmond Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.
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