Kahne Ready To Sell Tickets

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While a call to the Richmond International Raceway ticket office or a visit in person always means a warm "hello" and friendly customer service, race fans will have a very unique opportunity to purchase tickets from one of the stars that helps make NASCAR such a great sport.

On Wednesday, August 16 NASCAR superstar Kasey Kahne will visit the Richmond International Raceway ticket office to lend a helping hand as the ticket office prepares for one of the busiest and most popular weekends on the NASCAR schedule: the September 8-9 NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series doubleheader at America's Premier Short Track.

Although the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race is sold out, Kahne will help the staff of the Richmond International Raceway ticket office sell tickets for Friday's activities, which include FasMart Pole Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 and the Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race.  Kahne has one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole to his credit at Richmond International Raceway, which he won en route to his first series victory in May of last year.

This season, Kahne is on a roll. He is tied with points leader Jimmie Johnson for the most victories (four) and he leads the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with four poles.  But like many drivers hovering around the top 10 in the points standings, his short-term goal is to be in the top 10 after the checkered flag waves in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, guaranteeing him a place in his first Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.  Leading into this weekend's race at Watkins Glen, Kahne is 37 points out of that coveted 10th place spot. 

But next Wednesday, Kahne will be front and center in the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to help sell tickets to Friday's events.  He will personally sign each ticket he sells on Wednesday and all fans who purchase a ticket  that day (either in person or over the phone) will receive a limited edition "One Last Race to Make the Chase" poster.

Kahne will then meet the Richmond area media at 9:45 a.m. to help preview one of the biggest and most important race weekends of the year.  He will then fly to Washington D.C. to meet the media at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Washington D.C. at 12:30 p.m.

Although tickets are no longer available for the sold-out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, fans have a chance to see all of the drivers on Friday, September 8 for FasMart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.  Additionally, Friday night's ticket includes a seat for the Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race, featuring several drivers running double-duty, including defending race winner, Kevin Harvick, Chesterfield, Virginia native Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, J.J. Yeley and Reed Sorenson.  Tickets for Friday are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance and $50 (reserved) and $40 (general admission) on race day.  Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult.  For tickets visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-7223.

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