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How fans got to drive around track at Richmond Raceway: 'It’s really cool'

Posted at 7:06 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 23:42:49-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Richmond Raceway was filled with fans Saturday, not to watch a race but to get their opportunity to drive on a NASCAR track.

Track Laps for Charity is a fundraiser started by The Raceway a few years ago to benefit their charity, Richmond Raceway Cares.

Partnering with Sheetz this year, proceeds earned will also benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

For $20, drivers were able to take five laps around the D–shaped oval in their cars.

“Seeing the expression of people when they can get out on the racetrack, even here in the staging area as you see them start to pull out, they get these big smiles on their faces," Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier said. "Then if you could see them when they come off the track, it’s really cool."

The track was packed all the way up until the end of the event.

Some drivers were having so much fun, they decided to get back in line and get a few more laps in.

The next Track Laps for Charity event is Nov. 7.