Richmond International Raceway takes a look at the storied careers of this year's NASCAR Hall of Fame class and their histories at RIR.

Premier Series Owner Stats: 2,736 Starts  |  105 Wins  |  48 Poles
Perhaps the brightest spot in the career of Richard Childress was his role in the success of the legendary Dale Earnhardt, who won six championships and 67 races while running for Richard Childress Racing between 1984-2000. But the story for this Hall of Famer goes far beyond the Dale chapter. Childress drivers have won 11 championships driving for RCR, and he was the first NASCAR team owner to win championships in all three of NASCAR's national series. Earnhardt's five wins at Richmond with RCR are sixth most all-time at the track, and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer have earned victories at Richmond International Raceway during their time under Childress as well.

Premier Series Owner Stats: 3,699 Starts  |  245 Wins  |  210 Poles
Founder of the most successful team in motorsports, Rick Hendrick's organization has helped shape the NASCAR modern era. Hendrick Motorsports lays claim to 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championships and 15 NASCAR Championships in total (both all-time records), all of which have come in the last 22 years. Highlighted by current champion Jimmie Johnson's three RIR victories, Hendrick drivers have taken the checkered flag in NASCAR's premier series ten times at the Action Track. Current Hall of Famers Tim Richmond and Terry Labonte also collected wins at Richmond while racing for Hendrick. 

Premier Series Stats: 882 Starts  |  40 Wins  |  56 Poles
Calling him the "greatest driver to never win a championship," doesn't do justice to the storied career Mark Martin put together in his 31 years behind the wheel. A force from the onset, he finished second in the championship standings five times and no worse than sixth every year from 1989-1999. In 2009, Martin put together one of the best campaigns in his career, with five wins and 14 top-5 finishes while competing at 50 years old. His 96 wins across NASCAR's three national series put him seventh on the all-time list, and six of his wins (one in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, five in the NASCAR XFINITY Series) came at RIR.

Premier Series Owner Stats: 18 Starts  |  2 Wins  |  2 Poles
Raymond Parks was one of NASCAR's founding fathers and is one of the first "team" owners in it's history. Parks's collaboration with mechanic Red Vogt in the late 1940's and early 1950's set the standard for early stock-car racing, and projected driver Red Byron for the first NASCAR modified title in 1948 and the first premier series title in 1949.

Premier Series Stats: 526 Starts  |  21 Wins  |  20 Poles  |  1 Championship
"The Professor" earned a top-10 finish in an 283 of his 526 career starts, an incredible ratio of 54%. His Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1973 is also regarded as one of the most dramatic in series history. After a lap 13 crash forced his car to the garage early, Parsons managed to get back onto the track 136 laps later and work his way back to a 25th-place finish, staving off reigning champion Richard Petty for his sole championship. In 29 starts at RIR, the Hall of Famer collected two wins, three poles, and 11 top-5 finishes.

Congratulations to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017! For fans looking to join in the celebration at Fan Appreciation Day - be sure to stop by the RIR display this Saturday. 
Debra has a lot memories from attending races at RIR since the 1980's.

Debra Lewis is a diehard NASCAR fan, and has done her part to share that fandom with friends old and new. She shares her Richmond experience as a part of the "My RIR Story" series.


The first time I visited Richmond International Raceway was in the mid-1980s. I went with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and remember telling him that he had to pick a favorite driver before we went. I was a Terry Labonte fan, and he wound up picking Dale Earnhardt (Sr.). You have to love the competition.

I’ve been to Richmond so many times since then, and going twice a year provides the opportunity to collect a lot of memories. I remember Richard Petty getting on a backhoe in 1988 after the race when they expanded the track. That man can drive anything. My favorite memory though, was when Terry (Labonte) won in 1994. I was a member of his fan club and made posters for every race. One weekend at Richmond, I even got to meet him. I’d gotten garage passes and when we met he invited me to his hauler and I got a picture with him.

There’s six of us that go to every race, but we use two of our tickets to bring someone new. This past September I brought a couple that we used to be very close with, but hadn’t seen in about 25 years. My husband and I had gone to their wedding and even drove them to the airport for their honeymoon. While we’ve kept in touch, we hadn’t seen each other in person in a long time.

Thanks to RICHMOND NATION, we could go on the track early for Gridside Live!, and this couple had never seen anything like it. They had never really experienced a NASCAR race weekend, so it was special to share our moments with them.

Over the years, we’ve seen more and more families come to the track. I enjoy seeing all the kids at the track and think the race is a kind of “family get together.” Being a part of RICHMOND NATION makes the experience even better. It makes me feel special, like I’m a part of a unique and exclusive group.

Debra Lewis

Timothy has been coming to races at RIR since he was just 12 years old

Racing is in the blood of Timothy Wilson, and he's been able to pass that passion along to his daughters through his RICHMOND NATION experience. He shares his Richmond experience as a part of the "My RIR Story" series.


I’m the type of person who likes to be a part of something.

When I read about RICHMOND NATION online and discovered how I can enhance my experience at the track, I knew I wanted to get everything I could out of being a member. When we attend a race weekend, it’s about more than just what happens on track – we’re there to see the drivers do Q&As, enjoy the food, and buy souvenirs. RICHMOND NATION enhances myexperience.

Certainly having our seats locked in each year is a great benefit. We love our seats and like all the fans who sit around us. It’s like a reunion every year when we get to see them. We get a free parking pass which I enjoy, along with the RICHMOND NATION receptions and drivers doing special Q&As. The parking and special events were why I joined, but I enjoy ALL of the benefits of RICHMOND NATION.

My first race was with my best friend when I was 12 years old. His father was a Henrico County Police officer, and he let us explore while he worked. It became a tradition, and each year we had one more friend show up. At that age, you remember the highlights. Seeing the wrecks and then the people you see on TV.

I don’t think I missed a race until I went to college. After graduating and marrying my wife, I joined the Kiwanis who would volunteer at the track each weekend to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. This was my way of getting back into the race track, which I did for many years until I moved away from Richmond.

Though I had a great time at the track with my friends growing up, it was more fun to start a new family tradition with my daughters. In 2002, my Father’s Day gift from my wife and daughters was tickets to the race. It was touching to see my younger daughter get so into it, and seeing in her eyes the same look I had back when I was 12. She’s caught the NASCAR bug.

The horsepower and the noise is something that gets into your blood. It is something I hope becomes a life-long passion. You can’t make anything better than that.

Timothy Wilson