POST­CARDS FROM DAY­TONA

Den­nis Bick­meier, Rich­mond Race­way pres­i­dent, is at­tend­ing Speed­weeks at Day­tona Beach, Fla. He will be send­ing a daily post­card to bring read­ers of the Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch be­hind the scenes.

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Could you hear the roar of the en­gines all the way from Florida last week­end? As haulers ar­rived last week and race cars made their first laps around Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, it sig­naled the start of the new NASCAR sea­son.

The green flag has been waved for the be­gin­ning of Day­tona Speed­weeks lead­ing up to The Great Amer­i­can Race, the Day­tona 500, next Sun­day.

On Sun­day, the Rich­mond Race­way road trip started as mem­bers of our team loaded up an RV and Toy­ota Tun­dra with a trailer hold­ing our state-of-the-art, in-car driv­ing sim­u­la­tor for the trip south to Day­tona, Fla. As part of the trip, Rich­mond Race­way’s team will sup­port the start of the rac­ing sea­son by vis­it­ing short tracks across five states. With the be­gin­ning of the third year of Rac­ing Vir­ginia, an un­prece­dented col­lab­o­ra­tion among Vir­ginia’s auto rac­ing venues, it pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity to visit short tracks on our road trip. You can learn more about Rac­ing Vir­ginia at rac­ingvir­ginia.com.

The tour be­gan with a stop at his­toric Larry King Law’s Lan­g­ley Speed­way in Lan­g­ley, which opened for auto rac­ing in 1950. The road trip trucked south with vis­its to South­ern Na­tional Mo­tor­sports Park in Lu­cama, N.C., and Myrtle Beach Speed­way in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

With each stop, we were hon­or­ing Rich­mond Race­way’s mis­sion to sup­port grass­roots rac­ing in mo­tor sports.

The road trip will con­tinue with vis­its to Oglethorpe Speed­way Park in Pooler, Ga., New Smyrna Speed­way in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and con­clude at our In­ter­na­tional Speed­way Corporation sis­ter track, Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. The Rich­mond Race­way RV will be lo­cated in the heart of the ac­tion with fans in the GEICO Grounds Red Premium RV Camp­ing through­out Day­tona Speed­weeks.

Over the next week, I’ll be shar­ing my per­sonal Day­tona di­ary to bring you to the track for the start of the NASCAR sea­son. Although the Rich­mond Race­way road trip started Sun­day, my trip to Day­tona be­gins Mon­day. I look for­ward to shar­ing our ex­pe­ri­ences as we pre­pare for the re­turn of NASCAR’s best to Rich­mond on April 12-13 for the Toy­ota spring race week­end. Get your tick­ets at rich­mon­drace­way.com.

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