Is Richmond International Raceway America’s longest short-track, or its shortest superspeedway? Either way you look at it, Richmond embodies the characteristics of both and is a rocket-fast challenge to every driver who competes on the three-quarter-mile oval. Racers from NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup series, as well as the competitors in the annual Indy Racing League, USAC Silver Crown and USAC National Sprint Series events find that Richmond requires both power and handling. To win here, you’ve got to have it all.
Richmond International Raceway started out as a half-mile dirt track on the Richmond fairgrounds, first hosting race cars in 1953 under the name Strawberry Hill Speedway. Fifty years and four track configurations later there are 112,000+ grandstand seats, and since 1991 all major events have been held in the evening, under the lights.