While making the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup is all the buzz for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers as they prepare for the 26th race of the season at Richmond International Raceway, a milestone is all the buzz for track officials and fans.
Track President Doug Fritz announced today the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night, September 9 will mark the 30th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sellout at America's Premier Short Track, a streak that has now lasted 15 years. That means all 107,097 seats will once again be filled for the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
The sellout streak started with the Pontiac Excitement 400 on March 8, 1992 and has continued through each NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for the last 15 years. The track has hosted two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races each year since 1959. Nearly 2.5 million fans from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries have attended NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events at Richmond International Raceway during that time.
"We are very pleased to announce our 30th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sellout at Richmond International Raceway," said Fritz. "The sellout streak, which is unrivaled in NASCAR, proves that we have the greatest, most dedicated fans in the sport."
In addition to hosting the 30th consecutive sellout and the final race that will set the field for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the entire race weekend will again have a Rock & Roll theme. Chevrolet and track officials will also announce this week a Rock & Roll concert and driver/band partnerships that will be part of race weekend.
"We are honored to hold such a prestigious spot on the schedule and to once again have our great partners at Chevrolet bring back the popular Rock & Roll theme to Richmond," stated Fritz. "The drivers love racing here and think that Richmond International Raceway is the best track to decide who is in and who is out for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Just like the previous two years, the upcoming weekend will be remembered by fans for a long, long time."
Although tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 are no longer available, fans still have the opportunity to catch many NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers in the always-exciting NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250, set for Friday, September 8 "under the lights." Chesterfield, Virginia's own Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, defending champion Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, J.J. Yeley and Reed Sorenson are among the list of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars who plan to enter the Emerson Radio 250.
Tickets for the thrilling NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 on Friday, September 8, which includes FasMart Pole Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, are available online at www.rir.com or by calling 1-866-455-RACE (7223). Reserved seats are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the race. General admission seating is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the race. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission seating with a ticketed adult Friday night.