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March 30, 2022

Track profile: Richmond Raceway


RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09:  A general view of the action during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 9, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
A general view of the action during the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 9, 2017. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Known as America’s Premier Short Track, Richmond Raceway has played host to NASCAR racing since 1953, when Lee Petty drove a Dodge to victory on what was then a half-mile dirt track located at the Richmond Fairgrounds.

A lot has changed since then, and the track is now a 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval that has played host to more than 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.

Located just outside the Richmond, Virginia, city limits, the track is among the most popular on the NASCAR circuit due to the traditionally tight racing that takes place at the historic facility.

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In addition to the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visit the facility on a regular basis. As if that wasn’t enough, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour also returned to the track in 2021 after a nearly 20-year hiatus.

Below is everything to know about Richmond Raceway.

Richmond Raceway

Track Profile

Ryan Preece, driver of the #6 Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet, wins the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia on September 10, 2021. (Ryan M. Kelly/NASCAR)
Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 6 Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet, wins the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 10, 2021. (Ryan M. Kelly/NASCAR)
Track Richmond Raceway
Location Richmond, Virginia
Opened 1953
Length 0.75 miles
Surface Asphalt

Originally known as Strawberry Hill due to the farm previously located on the site, what is now known as Richmond Raceway began life as a half-mile dirt track shortly after World War II. The track’s first race was held in 1946, with legendary open-wheel racer Ted Horn the winner.

While the track hosted NASCAR-sanctioned racing in the late 1940s, the first NASCAR Cup Series race at the track didn’t take place until 1953. The series returned to the facility two years later in 1955, and it has been a staple in Richmond, Virginia, ever since.

The track has been through several redesigns, including paving the former dirt track in 1968. The track became a 0.542-mile oval, but prior to the 1988 season, it was reconfigured into the current 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval.

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Today, Richmond Raceway continues to welcome the NASCAR Cup Series twice every year. The NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour also regularly visit the historic facility, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

While Lee Petty may have won the inaugural race on the half-mile dirt oval in 1953, countless other NASCAR legends have also visited Victory Lane at the track. They include Speedy Thompson, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, just to name a few.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series first visited Richmond Raceway in 1982, when Tommy Houston drove a Pontiac to victory ahead of Bubba Nissen. The track has since hosted the series 75 times.

Terry Labonte holds the distinction of winning the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway in 1995. Starting from the pole in a Chevrolet owned by Rick Hendrick, Labonte defeated Geoffrey Bodine by a margin of .006 seconds. After a 15-year break, Richmond Raceway welcomed the Truck Series back in 2020, with Grant Enfinger driving to victory lane in a Ford for ThorSport Racing.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its debut in Richmond, Virginia, in 1990. Driving a car owned by Curt Chase, Rick Fuller became the first Modified Tour winner in Richmond Raceway history. Legendary drivers like Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero are among the Modified Tour winners at the track.

Below are the all-time results from those series’ visits to Richmond Raceway dating back to the 1950s.

Justin Bonsignore, driver of the #51 Coastal Fiber Chevrolet, races during the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia on September 10, 2021. (Ryan M. Kelly/NASCAR)
Justin Bonsignore, driver of the No. 51 Coastal Fiber Chevrolet, races during the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 10, 2021. (Ryan M. Kelly/NASCAR)

NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1953-06 4/19/53 Lee Petty
1955-16 5/22/55 Tim Flock
1956-12 4/29/56 Buck Baker
1957-16 5/5/57 Paul Goldsmith
1958-46 9/14/58 Speedy Thompson
1959-23 6/21/59 Tom Pistone
1959-38 9/13/59 Cotton Owens
1960-19 6/5/60 Lee Petty
1960-43 10/23/60 Speedy Thompson
1961-17 4/23/61 Richard Petty
1961-44 9/10/61 Joe Weatherly
1962-10 4/1/62 Rex White
1962-47 9/9/62 Joe Weatherly
1963-15 4/7/63 Joe Weatherly
1963-47 9/8/63 Ned Jarrett
1964-09 3/10/64 David Pearson
1964-53 9/14/64 Cotton Owens
1965-07 3/7/65 Junior Johnson
1965-49 9/18/65 David Pearson
1966-19 5/15/66 David Pearson
1966-44 9/11/66 David Pearson
1967-16 4/30/67 Richard Petty
1967-42 9/10/67 Richard Petty
1968-06 3/24/68 David Pearson
1968-41 9/8/68 Richard Petty
1969-14 4/13/69 David Pearson
1969-43 9/7/69 Bobby Allison
1970-05 3/1/70 James Hylton
1970-40 9/13/70 Richard Petty
1971-06 3/7/71 Richard Petty
1971-46 11/14/71 Richard Petty
1972-03 2/27/72 Richard Petty
1972-25 9/10/72 Richard Petty
1973-03 2/25/73 Richard Petty
1973-23 9/9/73 Richard Petty
1974-03 2/24/74 Bobby Allison
1974-24 9/8/74 Richard Petty
1975-03 2/23/75 Richard Petty
1975-26 10/12/75 Darrell Waltrip
1976-04 3/7/76 Dave Marcis
1976-23 9/12/76 Cale Yarborough
1977-03 2/27/77 Cale Yarborough
1977-23 9/11/77 Neil Bonnett
1978-03 2/26/78 Benny Parsons
1978-23 9/10/78 Darrell Waltrip
1979-04 3/11/79 Cale Yarborough
1979-24 9/9/79 Bobby Allison
1980-03 2/24/80 Darrell Waltrip
1980-24 9/7/80 Bobby Allison
1981-03 2/22/81 Darrell Waltrip
1981-24 9/13/81 Benny Parsons
1982-02 2/21/82 Dave Marcis
1982-23 9/12/82 Bobby Allison
1983-02 2/27/83 Bobby Allison
1983-23 9/11/83 Bobby Allison
1984-02 2/26/84 Ricky Rudd
1984-23 9/9/84 Darrell Waltrip
1985-02 2/24/85 Dale Earnhardt
1985-21 9/8/85 Darrell Waltrip
1986-02 2/23/86 Kyle Petty
1986-22 9/7/86 Tim Richmond
1987-03 3/8/87 Dale Earnhardt
1987-22 9/13/87 Dale Earnhardt
1988-02 2/21/88 Neil Bonnett
1988-22 9/11/88 Davey Allison
1989-04 3/26/89 Rusty Wallace
1989-22 9/10/89 Rusty Wallace
1990-02 2/25/90 Mark Martin
1990-22 9/9/90 Dale Earnhardt
1991-02 2/24/91 Dale Earnhardt
1991-22 9/7/91 Harry Gant
1992-03 3/8/92 Bill Elliott
1992-22 9/12/92 Rusty Wallace
1993-03 3/7/93 Davey Allison
1993-23 9/11/93 Rusty Wallace
1994-03 3/6/94 Ernie Irvan
1994-24 9/10/94 Terry Labonte
1995-03 3/5/95 Terry Labonte
1995-24 9/9/95 Rusty Wallace
1996-03 3/3/96 Jeff Gordon
1996-24 9/7/96 Ernie Irvan
1997-03 3/2/97 Rusty Wallace
1997-24 9/6/97 Dale Jarrett
1998-13 6/6/98 Terry Labonte
1998-25 9/12/98 Jeff Burton
1999-11 5/15/99 Dale Jarrett
1999-25 9/11/99 Tony Stewart
2000-11 5/6/00 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2000-25 9/9/00 Jeff Gordon
2001-11 5/5/01 Tony Stewart
2001-26 9/8/01 Ricky Rudd
2002-11 5/5/02 Tony Stewart
2002-26 9/7/02 Matt Kenseth
2003-11 5/3/03 Joe Nemechek
2003-26 9/6/03 Ryan Newman
2004-11 5/15/04 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2004-26 9/11/04 Jeremy Mayfield
2005-11 5/14/05 Kasey Kahne
2005-26 9/10/05 Kurt Busch
2006-10 5/6/06 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2006-26 9/9/06 Kevin Harvick
2007-10 5/6/07 Jimmie Johnson
2007-26 9/8/07 Jimmie Johnson
2008-10 5/3/08 Clint Bowyer
2008-26 9/7/08 Jimmie Johnson
2009-10 5/2/09 Kyle Busch
2009-26 9/12/09 Denny Hamlin
2010-10 5/1/10 Kyle Busch
2010-26 9/11/10 Denny Hamlin
2011-09 4/30/11 Kyle Busch
2011-26 9/10/11 Kevin Harvick
2012-09 4/28/12 Kyle Busch
2012-26 9/8/12 Clint Bowyer
2013-09 4/27/13 Kevin Harvick
2013-26 9/7/13 Carl Edwards
2014-09 4/26/14 Joey Logano
2014-26 9/6/14 Brad Keselowski
2015-09 4/26/15 Kurt Busch
2015-26 9/12/15 Matt Kenseth
2016-09 4/24/16 Carl Edwards
2016-26 9/10/16 Denny Hamlin
2017-09 4/30/17 Joey Logano
2017-26 9/9/17 Kyle Larson
2018-09 4/21/18 Kyle Busch
2018-28 9/22/18 Kyle Busch
2019-09 4/13/19 Martin Truex, Jr.
2019-28 9/21/19 Martin Truex, Jr.
2020-28 9/12/20 Brad Keselowski
2021-09 4/18/21 Alex Bowman
2021-28 9/11/21 Martin Truex, Jr.

NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Richmond Raceway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1982-02 2/20/82 Tommy Houston
1982-09 5/2/82 Butch Lindley
1982-25 9/11/82 Butch Lindley
1983-02 2/26/83 Sam Ard
1983-28 9/10/83 Morgan Shepherd
1984-02 2/25/84 Sam Ard
1984-24 9/8/84 Tommy Ellis
1985-21 9/7/85 Tommy Ellis
1986-25 9/6/86 Dale Earnhardt
1987-22 9/12/87 Mark Martin
1988-25 9/10/88 Harry Gant
1989-24 9/9/89 Bobby Hamilton
1990-02 2/24/90 Michael Waltrip
1990-25 9/8/90 Rick Mast
1991-02 2/23/91 Harry Gant
1991-26 9/6/91 Harry Gant
1992-03 3/7/92 Harry Gant
1992-26 9/11/92 Robert Pressley
1993-03 3/6/93 Mark Martin
1993-21 9/10/93 Mark Martin
1994-03 3/5/94 Joe Nemechek
1994-24 9/9/94 Kenny Wallace
1995-03 3/4/95 Kenny Wallace
1995-22 9/8/95 Dale Jarrett
1996-03 3/2/96 Jeff Purvis
1996-22 9/8/96 Kenny Wallace
1997-03 3/1/97 Mark Martin
1997-25 9/5/97 Steve Park
1998-14 6/5/98 Jeff Burton
1998-25 9/11/98 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
1999-12 5/14/99 Mark Martin
1999-26 9/10/99 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2000-11 5/5/00 Jeff Green
2000-26 9/8/00 Jeff Burton
2001-11 5/4/01 Jimmy Spencer
2001-26 9/7/01 Jimmy Spencer
2002-10 5/3/02 Jason Keller
2002-26 9/6/02 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2003-10 5/2/03 Kevin Harvick
2003-26 9/5/03 Johnny Sauter
2004-11 5/14/04 Kyle Busch
2004-26 9/10/04 Robby Gordon
2005-12 5/13/05 Carl Edwards
2005-28 9/9/05 Kevin Harvick
2006-11 5/5/06 Kevin Harvick
2006-28 9/8/06 Kevin Harvick
2007-11 5/4/07 Clint Bowyer
2007-28 9/7/07 Kyle Busch
2008-11 5/2/08 Denny Hamlin
2008-28 9/7/08 Carl Edwards
2009-09 5/1/09 Kyle Busch
2009-27 9/11/09 Carl Edwards
2010-09 4/30/10 Brad Keselowski
2010-27 9/10/10 Kevin Harvick
2011-09 4/29/11 Denny Hamlin
2011-27 9/9/11 Kyle Busch
2012-07 4/27/12 Kurt Busch
2012-25 9/7/12 Kevin Harvick
2013-07 4/26/13 Brad Keselowski
2013-25 9/6/13 Brad Keselowski
2014-08 4/25/14 Kevin Harvick
2014-25 9/5/14 Kyle Busch
2015-08 4/24/15 Denny Hamlin
2015-25 9/11/15 Chase Elliott
2016-08 4/23/16 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2016-25 9/9/16 Kyle Busch
2017-08 4/29/17 Kyle Larson
2017-25 9/8/17 Brad Keselowski
2018-08 4/20/18 Christopher Bell
2018-27 9/21/18 Christopher Bell
2019-08 4/12/19 Cole Custer
2019-27 9/20/19 Christopher Bell
2020-24 9/11/20 Justin Allgaier
2020-25 9/12/20 Justin Allgaier
2021-25 9/11/21 Noah Gragson

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Richmond Raceway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1995-15 9/7/95 Terry Labonte
1996-17 9/5/96 Mike Skinner
1997-20 9/4/97 Bob Keselowski
1998-20 9/10/98 Jack Sprague
1999-21 9/9/99 Greg Biffle
2000-21 9/7/00 Rick Carelli
2001-19 9/6/01 Jack Sprague
2002-16 9/5/02 Tony Stewart
2003-17 9/4/03 Tony Stewart
2004-17 9/9/04 Ted Musgrave
2005-18 9/8/05 Mike Skinner
2020-16 9/10/20 Grant Enfinger
2021-06 4/17/21 John Hunter Nemechek

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Richmond Raceway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1990-03 4/8/90 Rick Fuller
1991-02 3/24/91 Mike Stefanik
1991-16 8/3/91 Reggie Ruggiero
1992-03 4/5/92 Doug Heveron
1993-01 4/3/93 Mike Stefanik
1997-23 11/1/97 Mike Stefanik
1999-04 5/13/99 Ted Christopher
2000-02 5/4/00 Reggie Ruggiero
2001-09 6/29/01 Tony Hirschman
2002-07 6/28/02 Todd Szegedy
2021-12 9/10/21 Ryan Preece
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