Richmond International Raceway to Host NASCAR Foundation Track Walk

Event Will Run Saturday, September 12, Prior to Chevy Rock & Roll 400

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Richard Petty, Reed Sorenson and A.J. Allmendinger to Participate

August 31, 2009—Have you ever wanted to walk the historic pavement on which some of the most legendary NASCAR drivers have raced?  Well, now is your chance, because Richmond International Raceway will be hosting The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk Presented by Kroger, in partnership with The Petty Family Foundation and Richmond International Raceway CARES, benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America and The NASCAR Foundation on Saturday, September 12, prior to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at America’s Premier Short Track.

By making a tax-deductible donation—which will benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America and The NASCAR Foundation—fans will have the opportunity to walk around the ¾-mile D-shaped oval, along with Richard Petty, Reed Sorenson and A.J. Allmendinger.

Donations* for participating in the track walk are $30 online, in advance (sign up at or $35 when signing up at Richmond International Raceway on race weekend, September 11-12.  Registration will be located at Gate 70, on the outside of the track behind Turn 4.  Children 12 and under may walk for free with a paid adult.  All walkers, including children, must have a grandstand ticket to the Saturday, September 12, Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in order to participate.  Participants will not be able to enter the track without presenting a ticket.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.  All participants must check in prior to 1:00 p.m. in order to participate in the walk.**  Late arrivals will not be allowed to participate.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 for another doubleheader weekend.  Saturday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks “One Last Race to Make the Chase.”  When 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 a shot at the series championship.  The weekend begins Friday, September 11, with a full day of on-track activity, including practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the Nationwide Series, practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.”  For tickets and information, please call 866-455-RACE (7223) or visit

*Donation is non-refundable, including event cancellation due to inclement weather or otherwise.

**All participants, including online registrants, must stop by the registration booth, near Gate 70, on the outside of the track behind Turn 4, to sign waivers.

About The Petty Family Foundation:

The Petty Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation, has a strong belief in family values, integrity, education and compassion for others. It is these ideals upon which we build our foundation, giving back to our community and those in need. We aspire to enrich the lives of families affected by serious illness and injury through a variety of charitable events and educational programs. With the help of others, the Petty Family Foundation will build stronger communities as well as bring joy to the lives of those in need.

Donations collected on behalf of the Petty Family Foundation at the 2009 NASCAR Foundation Track Walk presented by Kroger will benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization found in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of its members—veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury of dysfunction. PVA is the leading advocate for quality health care for its members, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits available as a result of its members’ military service and civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of its members.

About the NASCAR Foundation:

The NASCAR Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.  The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family.  The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.  For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:

About Richmond International Raceway CARES:

Richmond International Raceway CARES is dedicated to assisting charities, causes and events in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area that focus on—but are not limited to—youth, education and recreation.

Through The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Richmond International Raceway CARES donates racing-related items and offers financial support to assist community outreach programs and other nonprofit charities.  Working with The NASCAR Foundation, Richmond International Raceway CARES was started and is run by the Richmond International Raceway staff.

Richmond International Raceway CARES strives to help meet the needs of the local area by bettering the community through fundraising opportunities, providing donations and volunteering time and effort for local worthy causes.  Richmond International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway CARES aim to improve the quality of life for the residents in and around the Greater Richmond Metropolitan community.

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