RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just five days before the Sprint Cup cars take the track at RIR, their race finally has a name. Saturday's race will be called the Capital City 400 Presented by Virginia is for Lovers NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
That's a mouthful, but it's taken 9 months since Crown Royal pulled their "Your Name Here" race, and brought it to the Brickyard.
Richmond International Raceway, celebrating 60 Years of NASCAR this season, has hosted Sprint Cup races since 1953 – third longest among tracks on the circuit. The Capital City 400 name pays homage to the track's days of yore, when RIR hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that included the "Capital City" name annually from 1962 to 1980.
Virginia is for Lovers is the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country and stands for love, pure and simple. The Virginia Tourism Corporation promotes Virginia to potential travelers from throughout the world who are looking to completely connect with loved ones on a great Virginia vacation.
Virginia is the only state in the nation to host four NASCAR Sprint Cup races annually, representing a $600 million economic impact for the Commonwealth.