Tailgating At Richmond International Raceway: 5 Fast Facts To Know Beforehand

By Brittany Frederick

NASCAR will be hoping for a shorter and drier race when it drops the green flag on the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. It’ll be the 2015 season’s second Saturday race and should be an entertaining one. But what do you need to know before you go? Here are our five Fast Facts for Richmond.

1. If you haven’t booked a campsite yet, you’re out of luck (at the track, anyway)

This one is probably a given considering this is race week, but it bears repeating: RV and tent camping at Richmond is sold out and has been for a while now. If you’re trying to make last-minute plans, the folks at RIR have provided a full list of options on their website under Alternative Camping Suggestions, with addresses and phone numbers of other potential camping locations. How kind of them!

2. You have to buy at least two tickets when camping at RIR

If you’re looking to do a little solo tailgating at Richmond, forget about it. One of RIR’s policies is that you must have at least two race tickets in your account to purchase an RV or tent space at the track. So if you’re headed back here in September for the Federated Auto Parts 400, bring a friend. Isn’t it more fun to go to a race with somebody anyway?

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Fans enjoy the race action during the NASCAR Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

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3. Use your water wisely

RIR has a list of incidental charges on the bottom of the Camping page on their website, two of those are ones you’re going to want to know. They’ll charge you for fresh water at a price of $40 for up to 50 gallons. In addition, use of the track’s shower facilities is an extra $5 per person. If you’re looking to save some cash, we’d recommend bringing a few extra gallons of water with you when you come to this track.

4. Tents and RV’s do not mix

Richmond keeps its tent camping and RV camping strictly separate. Tent camping is not allowed in any of the RV camping lots and tents and RV’s are not permitted to be on the same site in any lot. So don’t think about letting your friends pitch a tent next to your RV this weekend. Instead, plan to have them visit before or after the race.

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5. Keep an eye on the size of your tailgate

RIR has only two simple rules for parking lot tailgating: It must be contained within your parking space and must not involve any campfires or outdoor fire pits. That sounds pretty simple to us. If that’s not enough room for you, the track also hosts its own tailgate known as the Miller Lite Party Zone near the frontstretch gate.

The Toyota Owners 500 takes place at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

Brittany Frederick is an award-winning entertainment and sports journalist, screenwriter, and novelist. You can reach her at her official website and on Twitter.


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