Virginia College Savings Plan To Hold Race Entitlement for NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

Track officials at Richmond International Raceway announced today that the Virginia College Savings Plan will hold the race entitlement for the September 11, 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at America’s Premier Short Track.  The race will officially be titled the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, joining the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway.  Additionally, the Virginia College Savings Plan has been named the Official College Savings Plan of the track.

“The Virginia College Savings Plan is honored to be named the Official College Savings Plan for Richmond International Raceway and thrilled to launch the Virginia 529 College Savings 250,” said Mary Morris, CEO of the Virginia College Savings Plan.  “With such a broad fan base, Richmond International Raceway can help us reach thousands of people with the message that it’s never too early—or late—to start saving for higher education, for yourself or anyone you know.”

“We are excited to have the Virginia College Savings Plan on board with Richmond International Raceway as an Official Partner and a race entitlement partner for our September NASCAR doubleheader weekend,” said track president Doug Fritz.  “The Virginia College Savings Plan is a great organization assisting Virginians who are seeking higher education across the Commonwealth.”

The Virginia College Savings Plan (VCSP) provides four 529 college savings programs under its umbrella and each aims to appeal to a broad group of people interested in saving for college by providing options which suit their pocketbooks, their risk tolerance and their college planning time horizon.  The VCSP offers the Virginia Prepaid Education Program (VPEP), the Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST), CollegeAmerica, and CollegeWealth.  These programs are marked by their flexibility, affordability, diversity of investment options, strength of underlying managers and performance, and superior customer service. Its efforts were recognized most recently in April by the investment research firm Morningstar Inc., which ranked Virginia’s two mutual fund savings programs—CollegeAmerica and VEST—among the Best Five college savings programs in the country.  The VCSP has been in existence for 13 years and is now the largest 529 plan in the country, with almost 2 million accounts and more than $23 billion in assets under management, as of May 31, 2009.

The September 11-12 NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway will feature two great races under the lights.  On Friday, September 11, the track is packed with activity, including practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.”  Friday’s tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance.  Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.

On Saturday, September 12, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the track for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”  Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will be eligible for the championship, making the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 one of the most important races of the season.  Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by logging on to or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). 

About Richmond International Raceway:
Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers great night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events, two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series and an open-wheel racing weekend featuring the IndyCar Series, under the lights on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit online.

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