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Race Week At RIR

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond International Raceway has three nights of racing this week, culminating with the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Look to The Times-Dispatch all week for in-depth NASCAR coverage. At the track TODAY

9 a.m.: Grandstands open
10-11:55: Craftsman Truck Series practice
12-1:55 p.m.: Busch Series practice
2:05: Truck qualifying
3:35: Busch qualifying
6:15-7:15: Busch practice
7:30: IROC race
8:45: Kroger 200 TOMORROW

10 a.m.: Grandstands open
11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: Nextel Cup practice
3:10: Nextel Cup qualifying
6-7:15: Nextel Cup practice
8: Emerson Radio 250 SATURDAY

2 p.m.: Grandstands open
7:30: Chevy Rock & Roll 400 On television

Today's IROC race: SPEED

Today's Truck race: SPEED

Tomorrow's Busch race: TNT

Saturday's Cup race: TNT Tickets Seating is available for the Nextel Cup pole/Emerson Radio 250 Busch Series race tomorrow ($40 reserved, $35 general admission) and for the IROC and Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series races today ($30). Tomorrow's ticket also includes free admission to the Big & Rich concert. Because seating is limited, fans must stop by the Chevy Fan Fest at the track today or tomorrow to obtain free credentials for the concert. Any fan who purchases a ticket to the all-inclusive Party Zone for that night will be guaranteed a credential for the show. Staying informed Last week's storm didn't damage the racetrack but could affect traffic patterns because of road closures. Please visit www.rir.com for potential changes. Coming up Among the stories you can read in The Times-Dispatch this week are:

Tomorrow: Which teams will be feeling the heat this weekend in the final race before the cutoff for the Chase for the Nextel Cup?

Saturday: With so much at stake for so many teams, are drivers expecting this race to rank among the wildest in Cup history at RIR?

Sunday: Complete coverage of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Driver appearances

Today: Jeff Green, signing from 5-7 p.m., Kroger at Short Pump, 11280 W. Broad St.

Today: Brendan Gaughan, signing from 6-8 p.m., Circuit City near Short Pump Town Center, 11732 West Broad St.

Today: Dale Earnhardt Jr., fan Q&A from 6-6:45 p.m., signing from 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 3708 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. Pre-registered fans will meet Earnhardt for an autograph. Other fans will be permitted to take photos only.

Today: Chevrolet's Craftsman Truck Series drivers will participate in an autograph session under the grandstands between Turns 1 and 2 from 6-7 p.m. Anyone with a ticket to the truck race is welcome. Kelly Sutton, Matt Crafton, Paul White, Shane Hmiel, Jack Sprague, Dennis Setzer, Ken Schrader, David Starr, Phil Bonifield and Tracy Hines are scheduled to appear.

Tomorrow: Junie Donlavey, signing from noon-2 p.m., Speedway Souvenirs, 200 Turner Road.

Tomorrow: Bill Lester, Craftsman Truck Series driver, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Vernon J. Harris Health Center at 719 N. 25th St., promoting free cholesterol screenings. If your business or organization is hosting a driver appearance in Richmond, let us know. Here's how to contact us:

E-mail: tdsports@timesdispatch.com

Fax: (804) 775-8085

Phone: (804) 649-6554

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