group tailgate presented by mike d's bbq

Mike D’s BBQ Named the Official Sponsor of Group Tailgate at Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway announces a multiyear partnership with Mike D’s BBQ for naming rights to the Group Tailgate at America’s Premier Short Track. The official name will now be Group Tailgate presented by Mike D’s BBQ.

“Richmond Raceway’s Group Tailgate continues to be a popular option, so it is great to welcome a partner to make it even better for our loyal fans,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The new partnership with Mike D’s BBQ showcases the generational impact and reach of Richmond Raceway in the RVA community as we welcome Michael De Los Santos and his company back home as a sponsor.”

Group outings are best experienced with NASCAR’s best at America’s Premier Short Track. Group tickets for Richmond’s Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13 and NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21 are great options for businesses, civic groups, social clubs, and more. Advantages include group seating, discounted tickets, Fan Experience Packages, and fundraising opportunities for groups.

Richmond’s Group Tailgate presented by Mike D’s BBQ provides a reserved tailgate spot for groups, space for cars, pop-up tents, tables, chairs, grills and games, along with easy entry and exit through Gate 6. To learn more about the options for Group Tickets and Group Tailgate presented by Mike D’s BBQ, visit

"Growing up in Richmond, I always knew how important the track was to the city,” said Mike D’s BBQ founder Michael De Los Santos. “Being able to come back years later as a partner at Richmond Raceway and contribute to its legacy in RVA is exhilarating!"

Michael De Los Santos, nicknamed Mike D, is the founder of Mike D’s BBQ, an award-winning line of signature barbecue sauces and all-purpose dry rubs. For years, Mike D was refining his sauces and rubs to find the perfect combination of sweet and smoky with a little bite. After successfully competing in some amateur sauce maker competitions, Mike D’s BBQ launched in 2013. The following year, Mike D’s BBQ continued their strong sales and steady growth with the launch of a Sweet & Spicy rub.

Today, Mike D’s BBQ products have all won awards, including the All Purpose Rub winning the 2017 World Champion Dry Rub/Fowl in the World Hot Sauce Awards. The Spicy BBQ Sauce was named the 2017 People’s Choice Champion in the Sauce Boss Competition. In 2018, BIG Sauce won the professional division in the Sauce Boss Competition and the All Purpose Dry Rub was named the Grand Champion by the NC Specialty Foods Association.

To learn more about Mike D’s BBQ, visit For more information on Group Tickets and Group Tailgate presented by Mike D’s BBQ, visit

Richmond Raceway 2019 NASCAR Season

The 2019 NASCAR season at Richmond returns “under the lights” for both race weekends hosting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at America’s Premier Short Track.

The Toyota Spring Race Weekend will bring NASCAR’s best to Richmond for the ToyotaCare 250 NXS Dash4Cash race and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy Series race on April 12-13.

Richmond’s NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend will start the NXS Playoffs with the Go Bowling 250 playoff race and host the second race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs with the Federated Auto Parts 400 playoff race on Sept. 20-21.

Tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13 and Fall Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21 are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will run the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, March 30 at Richmond. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the day with feature events for Tour-Type Modifieds, MASS Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. To learn more, visit

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