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2017 Anthem Annual February

Richmond International Harrelson Photography Inc. RICHMOND International Raceway Raceway is a favorite among both fans and drivers. With its rich history and action around every turn, RIR continues to be a popular destination for all. Built in 1946, RIR has been a staple in the racing and Richmond area from its first day. The very first race was held here on Oct. 12, 1946, and Ted Horn won in an open-wheel car. This race was the first of many and the start of a long-running history. From the first NASCAR race in 1953 to today, RIR has seen a lot. Changes in name, track surface and even a few reconfigurations are all part of the history of America’s Premier Short Track, and helped shaped it to what it is today. As the only three-quarter-mile track on the NASCAR schedule, RIR provides an unparalleled racing experience. The unique layout of this track provides the traditional beating and banging of a short track, while allowing drivers to reach speeds high enough to give it a superspeedway feel. This uncommon blend gives fans the side-by-side racing they love, all while the drivers’ skills are put to the ultimate test. Always striving to take things to the next level, RIR introduced some major changes in 2016. The first change was a return to Sunday afternoon racing. The 2016 spring weekend featured a day race instead of the traditional night racing to which the track has become accustomed. For many fans, this was the first day race they had witnessed and it allowed multiple generations of NASCAR fans to attend and create memories together. To say “thanks” to the great fans of NASCAR, RIR announced the inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend during the September 2016 race weekend. Every week, tracks and drivers thank fans for all they do for the sport. However, the weekend at RIR was a unified one for the entire industry to say “thanks” under the lights during the regular season finale. Of course, there is more to RIR than just racing. A unique aspect of the track is the Richmond Raceway Complex that hosts over 180 events, ranging from consumer/trade shows to outdoor festivals. The Complex, which consists of five permanent exhibition/meeting facilities with over 150,000 square feet of space, hosts corporate and private events in the 15,000 square feet executive level TORQUE Club that overlooks the track. The Complex also includes The Classic Amphitheater, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017. Music icons such as Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams Jr. have performed at The Classic Amphitheater, and the concerts will continue in 2017. RIR is not only a staple in the Richmond area, but within the entire NASCAR industry. With big moments throughout its storied history, RIR will continue to bring the best experience for both fans and drivers in years to come. 114 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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