NASCAR Drivers Announced for Free Fan Q&A at RIR This Thursday

Contenders Hoping to Race Their Way Into the Chase on Hand for Fan-Friendly Event

One Last Race To Make The Chase

The stage is set and it’s now or never for several drivers hoping to race their way into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. There’s one moment – one opportunity – left for some, and those drivers will participate in a fan question & answer session at Richmond International Raceway this Thursday evening, in advance of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 – “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

The drivers participating in the Q&A are:

  • Kasey Kahne
  • Kyle Busch
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Carl Edwards
  • Paul Menard
  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Ryan Newman
  • Joey Logano

While Kahne and Busch currently hold the Wild Card spots, they are anything but guaranteed a spot in the Chase with six other drivers nipping at their heels. Gordon, Edwards, Menard, Ambrose, Newman and Logano have one thing on their mind – winning at Richmond. And don’t forget about the top nine drivers who are locked in, but would love a notch on their belts for a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane, as well as the all-important bonus points heading into the Chase. Some are calling it – very fittingly – “checkers or wreckers.”

Thursday night’s event, which is FREE and open to the public, starts at 5:30 p.m. on the backstretch of RIR’s ¾-mile track. Fans are asked to submit their questions for the drivers in advance by tweeting @MissSprintCup and @RIRinsider. Please be sure to include #AskMSCRIR in order to have your question considered. Questions can also be submitted at or via e-mail at

Guests attending the Q&A session on Thursday are asked to enter Richmond International Raceway through Gate 7 off Carolina Avenue and park in the Henrico Parking Lot.  Please enter the grandstands at Gate 60 on the backstretch and proceed to the crossover gate.  The Q&A session will take place on the backstretch apron. Trams will be provided for guests in Overnight RV Parking in Lot J, as well as the Main and Laburnum Overnight RV Parking lots.

This free event is weather permitting. Should it be cancelled, Richmond International Raceway will notify fans through RIRUPDATES, an informative texting service to keep fans informed on race weekend. To sign up for race weekend updates, text “RIRUPDATES” to 69050. Additionally, push notifications will be sent out though the RIR mobile app, which is free and available for download on most Android and Apple devices.

Welcome NASCAR back to Richmond International Raceway this Saturday, for the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, which is “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend begins Friday, with a full day of on-track activity, including the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $35, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

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