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Richmond International Raceway and local hotels promoting reduced room rates

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -  Richmond International Raceway has taken another step to help make race weekend more affordable for NASCAR fans in this ongoing recession.

Six weeks from now, the first weekend in May, race fans will be taking in all the sights and sounds of the NASCAR doubleheader.

On top of reducing some ticket prices, RIR is now trying to help fans shell out less for a place to stay.

People may have even less money to spare for everything involved in attending a NASCAR race.

To help, track president Doug Fritz says RIR and the Convention and Visitors Bureau reached out to hotel owners to offer special room rates for the May NASCAR events.

"We've got over fifty hotels already on board and the discounts are tremendous compared to over a year ago it's 20 to 50 percent off the rates last year," said Fritz.

For example, the Double Tree in downtown Richmond is offering a 179 dollar room rate.

In prior years, a stay there would have set you back 280 dollars or more.

"Not only did gas go up in the past year people have lost their jobs this is a one time shot at having a nice vacation attending a race we want to do the best to offer that to them," said Double Tree General Manager, John Cario.

Hotels are also either reducing or waving length of stay requirements.

Cario says for the first time, his hotel will even offer free shuttle service to RIR's satellite parking lots during race weekend.

RIR already reduced its ticket prices for the Henrico Grandstand seats.

"We draw fans from all 50 states usually about a dozen foreign countries so their experience here in Richmond is about their experience from the time they get to this area to the time they leave and we want them to come back," said Fritz.

Fritz expects more hotels to jump on the bandwagon. 

He also says the track will have discounts on some food and merchandise race weekend.

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