Second Round of National Anthem Contest Set for Friday, August 13

Fans Invited to Come Out to Short Pump Town Center at 6:00 p.m.

The preliminary round is over and it’s on to the second round of competition at Richmond International Raceway’s National Anthem Contest, which begins this Friday at Short Pump Town Center. Twelve contestants will perform this week—the first of two weeks of the second round.

All of the second round contestants sang their way in through recorded submissions or judging at last week’s open audition at Short Pump Town Center. Fans are encouraged to come out to the Main Plaza beginning at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy some local talent who are belting out their songs for a chance to sing the National Anthem at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 10, prior to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

A few of the songs to be performed are: Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Sugarland’s “Stay,” Heart’s “Alone,” and Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” Following the performances, judges will decide who moves on to the final round on Friday, August 27.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 10-11 for another doubleheader weekend. The Air Guard 400 is “One Last Race to Make The Chase,” showcasing the final event before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets for the Saturday, September 11 race “under the lights” start at $40 and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.

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