Richmond International Raceway Hosts Ninth Annual Neighborhood Picnic

Neighborhood Picnic


Richmond, VA (August 4, 2009)—Richmond International Raceway hosted its Ninth Annual Neighborhood Picnic, in conjunction with National Night Out Against Crime last night.  The track welcomed more than 400 of its neighbors, treating them to food, beverages, music, games, prizes and pace car rides around the ¾-mile oval at Richmond International Raceway.  Additionally, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett, Laburnum Elementary School principal Peggy Taylor, Henrico County School Board member – Fairfield District – Lamont Bagby, Representative of the 74th District of Virginia Joe Morrissey, Henrico County Police Chief Henry Stanley and Henrico County Fire Chief Ed Smith were in attendance.

“Each year we look forward to hosting our neighborhood picnic at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz.  “National Night Out is an important day in our nation, as community members come together to heighten awareness for crime and drug prevention and keeping our citizens safe through cooperation with our police departments and neighborhood watch programs.  Seeing our long-time neighbors and meeting our new neighbors is always something I enjoy.”

Richmond International Raceway began hosting a neighborhood picnic in 2001 to say “thank you” to its neighbors who live in the community near America’s Premier Short Track.  When International Speedway Corporation took over Richmond International Raceway in December 1999, Fritz established a Neighborhood Committee to facilitate dialogue between the track and its neighbors, providing a forum to voice ideas and questions.  The committee includes members of the local neighborhoods, track officials and Henrico County Police Department officials.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Richmond International Raceway’s next event weekend is September 11-12 for a NASCAR doubleheader weekend, including “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”  The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 12, will mark the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the championship, which ensures a fierce battle for 400 laps “under the lights.”  Saturday night’s tickets start at $40.  The weekend begins on 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.”  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 night only.  For tickets and information, please call the ticket office at 866-455-7223.

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