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Dale Earnhardt Jr. stopped at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday prematurely of the monitor’s September NASCAR weekend and was joined by 5 gamers from the Washington Redskins, together with quarterback Kirk Cousins (second from proper). (Photograph: Richmond Raceway)&#thirteen;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stopped at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday prematurely of the monitor’s September NASCAR weekend and was joined by 5 gamers from the Washington Redskins.
The NFL gamers are at present busy in coaching camp, situated in Richmond. The day on the monitor gave Earnhardt and the Redskins gamers a chance to see how every athlete competes of their respective sport.
The day began with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney presenting a proclamation to Earnhardt declaring eight/eight (Aug. eight) “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreciation Day,” congratulating Earnhardt for his accomplishments on the racetrack and profitable achievements off it.
Earnhardt, a lifelong Redskins fan, gave gamers a singular view of Richmond by driving a number of laps round Richmond Raceway’s three-quarter-mile oval in a two-seater No. 88 Chevrolet. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, cornerback Josh Norman, linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Will Compton, and proper deal with and Richmond native Morgan Moses stopped by the monitor to take a journey with Earnhardt.
“Being a fan, it’s nice to satisfy the gamers and chat with them,” stated Earnhardt. “You by no means assume you are going to have the ability to take them round a monitor like Richmond in a racecar. It has been an unimaginable expertise for me, from the monitor to coaching camp.”
“I felt like we have been a foot or two from the wall going one hundred ten, one hundred twenty, one hundred thirty (miles per hour) and to go that quick and be that near the wall is unbelievable,” stated Cousins. “You begin speaking about foot-hand-eye coordination. It is spectacular.”
“I can’t wait to get in my automotive and drive as a result of I really feel like I’m in my rookie yr in NASCAR, now,” stated Moses. “Just one rule about racing. You must go quick otherwise you go house.”
As soon as the Redskins obtained to really feel what it is wish to race at Richmond, Earnhardt took to the frontstretch to go to with a number of hundred of the monitor’s season-ticket holders. Motor Racing Community’s Mike Bagley, host of “NASCAR Stay,” moderated a Q&A with Earnhardt and the followers. Bagley requested the game’s Most Common Driver about his ideas on Richmond, their shared ardour for the Redskins and his remaining season as a full-time Cup Collection driver.
“As we draw nearer to Fan Appreciation Weekend, we needed to take the primary alternative to thank our loyal ‘Richmond Nation’ members by internet hosting an occasion with Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” stated Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “It was a fantastic day of partnership with our Richmond associates on the Washington Redskins, celebrating the large athletes in NASCAR and the NFL. We sit up for welcoming Dale Earnhardt Jr. again subsequent month for his ultimate profession look at Richmond on September eight-9.”
Earnhardt later made his option to Washington Redskins coaching camp. There, he noticed apply and chatted with gamers. On the finish of follow, he was invited to expertise what it’s wish to be an NFL participant by operating some performs as a large receiver with quarterback Cousins and being defended by cornerback Norman. Earnhardt caught two passes and ended the drill with Norman handing over his apply-used Redskins gloves.
The day concluded with Norman and Earnhardt handing out snow cones to youngsters watching the follow.
Richmond has partnered with JR Motorsports to provide any member of “Junior Nation” the last word expertise race weekend. Followers can buy the “2 for $88” ticket package deal that features two tickets to the Sept. 9 Federated Auto Elements four hundred Monster Power Collection race in rows 1-5 of the Capital or Commonwealth grandstands. Followers may also buy a common-admission ticket to the Sept. eight Virginia529 School Financial savings 250 NASCAR Xfinity Collection race for $20. The supply comes with an unique JR Motorsports t-shirt. For extra info on each ticket packages, go to www.richmondraceway.com/jrnation.
Tickets can be found now for each races and could be bought on-line at www.richmondraceway.com or by calling the monitor’s ticket Workplace toll-free at 1-866-455-7223.