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All Richmond ticket holders can walk track

March 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

All Richmond ticket holders can walk track
Festival-like scene points out locations of Dale Earnhardt Jr. spin, Martin Truex Jr. wall ride

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Richmond International Raceway announced Tuesday that every NASCAR fan with a ticket will be able to walk the track on Saturday, April 26 before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.

The track's news release compares the experience to other major league sports: "This is every sports fan's dream! Think of how cool it would be to feel the grass on an NFL field or kick up some dirt at an MLB stadium. We're making it happen NASCAR-style at RIR when your feet hit the very pavement that your favorite driver will be racing on later that evening. You can even sign the Start/Finish line!"

The facility is calling it a "Track Takeover" -- #TrackTakeover on social media -- and fans have several ways to take charge of their experience at "America's Premier Short Track."

(Courtesy: Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

The short track will look like a festival from 2 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Fans can sign the start/finish line, which also will host a stage for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Q&A and live music. On the backstretch, fans can go behind the scenes with educational and interactive exhibits.

Fans can also take a lap around the 3/4-mile oval and see memorable spots where history was made. Remember when Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. made contact in Turn 3 in 2008? Take your own photo where the smoke has cleared, but the pain remains for Junior Nation.

(Courtesy: Richmond International Raceway)

In 2005, Martin Truex Jr. was nudged up into the backstretch wall by Mike Wallace and went vertical, riding along the wall in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Take a snapshot and share on social media with friends and followers. There will be several spots along the way where unforgettable events occurred.

Following the festival, fans can proceed to their seats to make new memories as the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship format could see a driver all but clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Then come back to the Last Race Before the Chase in September as the drivers have a final chance to make NASCAR's playoffs.

(Courtesy: Richmond International Raceway)

 

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