Richmond Raceway to premiere e-sports tournament Sept. 9

Richmond Raceway will host the first NASCAR Heat 2 video game competition with a 64-person tournament prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sept. 9, track officials announced this week. Participants will try their luck at the Xbox One version of the game with prizes awarded to the highest scoring players. NASCAR’s official video game licensee – 704Games – and GameStop and Aaron’s are joining with RR during Fan Appreciation Weekend to offer gamers a chance to see and play the game before its public release Sept. 12.

The tournament will be held in The Classic Amphitheater from 9 a.m. to noon. Gates open at 9 a.m. for open play, and the tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. The final two competitors will meet in the NASCAR Heat 2 tournament championship at 11:30 a.m., with prizes awarded to the top eight at the conclusion.

The grand prize winner will be awarded a Richmond Raceway “Champion Experience” for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with pre-race, suite and Victory Lane access. The champion and top eight finishers will also receive a copy of NASCAR Heat 2. All 64 participants will receive a downloadable content code for NASCAR Heat 2.

“We continue to look for innovative ways to reach new fans,” said RR President Dennis Bickmeier. “Our tournament will give gamers the first opportunity to play NASCAR Heat 2 ahead of the official release. It will bring new fans to the track to compete with NASCAR on the video game before they witness the iconic Richmond racing experience later that night under the lights.”

Registration for gamers and fans to participate opens on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. (ET). To learn more or register to participate in the NASCAR Heat 2Tournament, visit http://richmondraceway.com/esports.

“Richmond Raceway is home to some of the most intense NASCAR racing of the season,” said Paul Brooks, CEO of 704Games. “There's no better place to kick off the upcoming launch of NASCAR Heat 2 than this fantastic track, and we're excited for fans to experience all the action, rivalry and triumph of NASCAR for themselves with this one-of-a-kind event.”

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The raceway will host two nights of racing – Sept. 8 and 9. On-track practice for both the XFinity and Monster Energy series will be held Sept. 8, along with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Pole Qualifying for both weekend races. The Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will be held that night at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be held to crown NASCAR's regular season champion.

Track officials Friday announced that Reviver Records country music recording artist Kayla Adams will perform the national anthem prior to the Virginia529 College Savings 250. Adams also will perform a concert in The Classic Amphitheater prior to the start of the largest driver/crew chief meeting in NASCAR history before the Federated Auto Parts 400 the following day.

Tickets are available now for both races and can be purchased online at richmondraceway.com or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office, toll-free, at 866-455-7223.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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