Horse or car, Virginia goes racing! If the ponies are your thing, we have Colonial Downs. For auto racing aficionados, there are many tracks in Virginia, some of them dating to the early days of NASCAR.
So buckle up, let’s go racin’!
Langley Speedway – Your NASCAR home track for over 60 years! Today, Langley remains southeastern Virginia’s longest-running professional sports enterprise and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth.
In the 1960’s and early 1970’s it hosted nine Grand National races (now, Sprint Cup) featuring many of NASCAR’s greatest drivers: Richard Petty, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons, James Hylton, Marvin Panch, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Tiny Lund, Junior Johnson, Donnie Allison, Pete Hamilton, Dave Marcis and Wendell Scott.
Additional information can be found on the Langley Speedway website
Richmond International Raceway
Six decades of NASCAR memories, and many more to come. That’s the theme at Richmond International Raceway this year, as 2012 marks 60 years of NASCAR at RIR. The venue has hosted the third-most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races ever (111), making it one of the most historic landmarks in motorsports.
For more information, visit the Richmond International Raceway website
Located about 45 minutes from Williamsburg, Colonial Downs features autumn harness racing and is the home of the Virginia Derby, Colonial Turf Cup, and All Along Breeders’ Cup graded stakes runs.
One of the largest racetracks in the country, it is the only 1 and 1/4 mile track in North America with harness racing and features a one turn mile. The horses start from a chute on the backstretch. Harness racing times at Colonial Downs are the fastest in racing.
For more information visit the Colonial Downs website.