Virginia Motorsports


    Rich in NASCAR History


    Drivers race under the lights at Richmond International Raceway.

    Virginia hosts six of NASCAR's top series racing events each year, including Bristol - one of the shortest tracks on the circuit. 

    Virginia is also home to several NASCAR Home Tracks. For race fans who need a weekly fix, check out the local tracks around Virginia.

    Central Virginia | Southern Virginia
    Blue Ridge Highlands | Heart of Appalachia
    Hampton Roads | Shenandoah Valley 



    Central Virginia

    Richmond - Richmond International Raceway is Virginia's biggest motorsports facility. Experience racing under the lights at this 3/4-mile "D" that has been hosting races since NASCAR was established in 1948. RIR seats 97,912 fans, not to mention 700 seats in the TORQUE Club and 40 luxury skybox suites. Expect to indulge in two NASCAR weekends at RIR each year.

    Dinwiddie - Virginia Motorsports Park is one of the top drag racing strips in the nation. On a given day, you can also see action in the Mud Bog Pit and Motorcross circuit.

    Midlothian - Southside Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, has three primary divisions: Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, and Grand Stocks. Other divisions include U-Car, Street Stock and Winged Champ Karts. Track runs on Friday nights. Season is April-September. This is where NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin got his start!

    Sandston - Richmond Dragway is a quarter-mile racing facility sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association. The track presents more than 60 events a year and is home to the 2003 IHRA Bracket Finals Team Champions! Open March-November.


    Drivers slide through turn four at Martinsville Speedway.  

    Southern Virginia

    Martinsville - Martinsville Speedway has been NASCAR-sanctioned since a year after its opening in 1947. It is the shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. With its 12-degree banking in the turns, Martinsville is referred to as "two drag strips with a turnaround at each end" which makes it a prime candidate for the most beating and banging of the season! Martinsville is host to two NASCAR Cup events.

    South Boston - South Boston Motor Speedway, home track of Ward and Jeff Burton, is a 4/10-mile oval that has racing every Saturday night, April-October. The track has been made famous by driver Elliott Sadler for its bologna burgers. The track also has a swimming pool, arcade and playground. It's on its way to becoming the nation's first "super short track."

    Halifax - Not on the NASCAR circuit, but every bit as popular, is VIRginia International Raceway in Halifax County. Its 3.27 mile natural terrain road course is a renovated, historic track that is fast becoming the premier motorsports facility of its type in America. This is where NASCAR drivers practice for the road courses! Each racing season brings a dozen exciting spectator events to VIR featuring vintage and modern sportscars and motorcycles.

    race cars at VIR

    Sutherlin - Birch Creek Motorsports presents AMA Pro Motorcross and Extreme Dirt Track racing. Open March-November.



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Bristol - Bristol Motor Speedway has been coined "the world's fastest half mile" and is one of the most anticipated races of the NASCAR season. BMS opened in July of 1961 on what used to be a dairy farm.

    The first race at BMS had 42 cars start and only 19 finish. Being a half-mile oval and having 36-degree bankings in the corners, it is a track that is known for wrecking and flared tempers. The night races add to the excitement, too.

    Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR race

    Radford - Motor Mile Speedway is Southwest Virginia's only NASCAR-sanctioned track. The track has five divisions competing weekly on a 4/10-mile track. Runs Saturday nights from April-October. Overnight camping is permitted at no cost!

    Callaway - The Franklin County Speedway is home to the AllStar Race Truck Series on a 3/8-mile high-banked paved track.



    Heart of Appalachia

    Coeburn - Lonesome Pine Raceway features racing every Saturday night from April-September on a 3/8-mile track. Major events include the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup in April and the UARA-STARS Touring Late Model in July and August.



    Hampton Roads

    Norfolk - Langley Speedway is a 4/10-mile oval, which is rated one of the top 10 NASCAR weekly racing series in the country. There are five divisions that compete weekly. Season runs April-October.



    Shenandoah Valley

    Shenandoah - Shenandoah Speedway is a 3/8 asphalt oval running races from April-October. It's "Where the Mountain Roars!"


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Last Updated: 4/7/2014 8:44 AM
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