Saturday's NASCAR race still not sold out

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A big weekend for Richmond as night races are here once again.

Thousands of people are on their way for Friday and Saturday night's races. But there's a problem for leaders here: a sell out might be a stretch.

It's the last race to Make the Chase, and right now, crews are chasing after one thing - more people to buy tickets.

Tickets are still available, and it's been that way for the September Saturday race since 2008.

The lack of a sell out is something vendor Danny Batten has noticed not only here in Richmond, but at the 26 races he goes to each year.

"It's about half of what it was last year. In 2004-2006, I used to employ people. It's gone down. It puts a hamper on things. I can't employ nobody. I have to do it all by myself," said Batten.

The good news for Danny is the past few weeks, tickets have been going fast.

While race leaders expect the $40 tickets to sell out before race day, a return to the traditional sell out is really anybody's guess.

Still, this weekend is a money maker for many, and all of the RV and camping slots that are on RIR property are sold out.

Drivers are gearing up and of race fans here since earlier this week will be waking up ready for the nationwide race Friday night at 7 p.m. The Sprint Cup race is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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