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The Daly Planet

Are We There Yet

How to Carry a Bag at Richmond
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By Carol Einarsson | 09/09/2010
Category: Are We There Yet

The anthem will be sung Saturday night by Staff Major Sergeant Cynthia Seaman. As a note, though, RIR had a national anthem contest and the winner, Ryan Corbin, will perform on Friday night.

The last time this race was run on 9/11 was 2004. Jeremy Mayfield won.

Jimmie Johnson has won two of the last three fall races at Richmond.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a three-time Richmond winner. He's tied for most wins among active drivers with Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. That record pales in comparison, though, to Richard Petty's 13 wins.

Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, both with ESPN now, are past winners here.

This is a track where both Davey and Bobby Allison have won. Father and son Earnhardt are also both winners, but the Petty family has won in three generations with Lee, Richard, and Kyle.

In fact, the King won eight of nine races in Richmond between 1970 and 1975. The spoiler to his nine-race streak was Bobby Allison in the spring of '74.

The last time a driver won three consecutive races at Richmond was Bobby Allison in '82 and '83.

There have been nine season sweeps at Richmond since the first race in 1953. Richard Petty is responsible for four of them.

In the most recent nine races here, only Chevy and Toyota have had a turn in Victory Lane.

Kyle Busch has five wins here, but as Kyle Busch statistics go, of course those weren't all at the Cup level. We just like to use the highest number we can so he appears more successful than anyone else has ever been.

Of active drivers, nobody has more starts at RIR than Mark Martin's 49.

Nobody with more than five starts has a better win ratio than Joe Weatherly who, in nine starts, won three times.

Jeff Gordon, with two wins, has racked up $3.2 million in winnings.  Richard Petty's 13 wins put about $327,000 in the bank.

Unlike many tracks that are merely in the area of their name, Richmond International Raceway is actually IN Richmond, VA.

RIR has sponsored a section of their grandstands, so no longer are they called the generic "non-alcohol sections", but rather, every reference in the guide refers to them as "RIR Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan."

Entering the track, one soft-sided bag/cooler may be brought in. You can choose a cooler, a scanner bag, a fanny pack, a purse, a diaper bag, a backpack (but only if it's clear), or a binocular bag. The rules go on to say that you may carry the bag "in any manner, i.e. by handle, with shoulder strap, by a belt, etc." I wonder who thought it was necessary to outline the ways a fan might carry a bag into the track.

Beach balls are strictly prohibited.



Bill B
09/09/2010 6:08 am (1)
I think you might have left out the word "million" regarding Jeff Gordon's winnings. $3.2 seems a little low.
09/09/2010 7:22 am (2)
When discussing the career earnings of Jeff Gordon, the term "million" is implied.

I was going to go to Richmond this weekend, but when I found out that I wasn't allowed to drag my soft-sided bag/cooler behind me like a recalcitrant terrier, I figured "forget it."

Those 49 starts for Mark: Those are just Cup starts, right? Shouldn't you also include BGN/NNS, and Truck starts (if any)? Hey, fair's fair. If you're going to inflate Kyle Busch's stats, you have to inflate everyone's.

I remember when RIR used to be called "Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway." They still have the state fair there, don't they? Or has the whole facility been taken over by the race track?

I know what I'll do. I'll wait until Mrs. Luvracing finishes her PT for her shoulder surgeries, and gets her knee fixed. Then, I'll go to RIR, send her into the track first, then chuck the soft-sided bag/cooler over the fence to her like Doug Flutie.

Betcha they'll have a rule on their Website about _that_ next year!!

Bill B
09/09/2010 9:04 am (3)
Ahh, like "trillion" is implied when our government cites the cost of something.
09/09/2010 9:41 am (4)
I also hear the "RIR Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan" have self-adjusting cylinders. That's pretty cool.

It's a bad idea to run extra tall intake manifold at Richmond. Just ask Jack Rousch and Mark Martin...

and I am with giluvracing:
There is nothing that adds to the race weekend experience like dragging my bags around. Thanks Richmond, you just helped me buy tickets to Pocono....

One of the most impressive things I have ever seen at Richmond was Robby Gordon in the #31 Cingular car making up 2 laps under green. Don't think he ended up winning, but it was fun to watch.

I love Richmond. If they ever change their anti-dragging policy, I'd love to go there. I love racing it on the simulator games, I love watching the races there, and I love just how often the races are great there!

I sure hope my VCR works.... :)
09/09/2010 10:49 am (5)

The fair is no longer held there anymore, a few years back ISC bought the property.
09/09/2010 10:51 am (6)
an addendum to the above:

The Virginia State Fair is now held in Doswell, VA next to Kings Dominion
09/09/2010 11:29 am (7)
LOL Uh.. yeah... let's go with the "it's implied" rule. But I'll change it anyway. Thanks for your eyes!

09/09/2010 12:14 pm (8)
Where does it say you can't/ or have to drag your bag?? Was something edited out? If you can carry it in any manner, what's the issue
09/09/2010 2:18 pm (9)

Technically, "dragging" isn't "carrying".

I wonder if you're allowed to carry the bag by balancing it on top of your head?

09/10/2010 7:01 am (10)
OOoohhh...I never thought of that, possum! If it's allowed, they should publicize that fact in their literature. Might be a way to tap into that sub-Saharan African market.

And, fear not, eddo...if you can fit your bag/cooler/whatever into the template that they have (14" x 14", if I'm not mistaken) and there's no glass in it, it's welcome at Pocono!


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