Richmond Raceway Hosts Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship on September 4-6


Before NASCAR takes to the track, the season finale of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour comes to Richmond Raceway for the track’s fall race week festivities. The 16-player field will be comprised of PWBA members who have won a 2017 event and completed by point earners for the season to compete for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship on Sept. 4-6.

Reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick automatically earned spots in the finals as the top two players on the 2017 PWBA Tour points list. Monday and Tuesday’s best-of-five matches will take place two at a time as contenders compete in a single-elimination, best-of-five match-play bracket to determine the two competitors who will advance to the finals to challenge Johnson and Kulick. The final four competitors will compete in the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship televised live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

“Before the racing world descends on Richmond, we will award the first championship of the week as part of the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to hosting this world-class bowling event to provide another great experience for fans that makes our fall race week a destination.”

Virginia-based Smithfield Foods is the title sponsor of the PWBA season’s final major for the third consecutive season. QubicaAMF, whose U.S. headquarters are in Richmond, has installed four state-of-the-art bowling lanes in the historic Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. QubicaAMF is the world’s largest manufacturer of bowling products.

The full schedule of events for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is below. All times are eastern.

  • Monday, September 4          Session 1: Matches 1-6 at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 5         Session 2: Matches 7-12 at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 6    Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship at 8 p.m.

Doors open to the public 90 minutes before bowling gets underway each day.

Tickets for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is $25 for three days of access on Sept. 4-6. Individual tickets for the PWBA Tour Championship on Sept. 6 is $20 and Sessions 1 and 2 on Sept. 4-5 are $10 per event. Tickets are available at the Richmond box office, via phone at 866-455-7223 and online at

To learn more about the PWBA Tour Championship, visit for information about the PWBA Tour including the Tour Championship bracket, news, player biographies and more.

Richmond Raceway hosts NASCAR for two nights of racing “under the lights” on September 8-9. The fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will see history on display as Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his final, career, two-race appearance as a driver.

The weekend gets started on Friday, Sept. 8, with on-track practice for both series and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Pole Qualifying for both weekend races. The action then dials up as the rising stars of tomorrow compete in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the sport’s best take to the track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race as NASCAR crowns 2017 Regular Season Champion.

Tickets are available now for both races and can be purchased online at or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office, toll-free, at 866-455-7223.

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