Henrico County sports

RIR to host playoff race in 2018

Track also returning spring race to evening time slot
For the first time in its history, Richmond International Raceway next year will host playoff races in both of NASCAR's top two series, track officials announced May 23.

The track will host a NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race Sept. 21, 2018 and a Monster Energy Cup Series playoff race the following day. (The Monster Energy Cup Series is the highest level of NASCAR competition.)

RIR also will move its spring Monster Energy Cup Series race – which has been held on Sunday afternoon the past two years – back to Saturday night, on April 21. RIR previously had hosted night races since 1991 but moved the spring race to the afternoon in an attempt to attract more families. But attendance at least month's race was one of the lowest in recent memory.
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RIR to host Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship


The season finale of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will take place at Richmond International Raceway during the track’s fall NASCAR race week festivities. QubicaAMF, whose U.S. headquarters are in Richmond, will install four state-of-the-art lanes inside the Old Dominion Building for the event as part of its new sponsorship of the PWBA.

The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is set for Sept. 3-6 in the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The 16-player field will be composed of PWBA members who win a 2017 event and completed by point earners for the season.
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RIR bringing back red stripes to track walls


Richmond International Raceway is bringing back classic red stripes on the track's walls this year.

It will be the first time since February 1988 that the stripes appear on the walls. At that time, RIR was only a half-mile track with metal guardrails striped in red.
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Strawberry visits Tuckahoe Little League


The Tuckahoe Sports' Titans baseball program hosted its inaugural lead-off banquet at the Hilton Short Pump Jan. 17, featuring former Major League Baseball superstar Darryl Strawberry as keynote speaker. The event focused on the organization's leadership group and community service projects.

Strawberry, who was an eight-time MLB all-star and four-time World Series champion, gave the keynote address. He urged attendees to be positive mentors, and to seek the advice of positive mentors, and to seek out their purpose in life while helping others along the way. He later signed autographs for all those in attendance.

Pictured above (from left) are Tuckahoe Sports' Vice President of Baseball Chris McKinght, Titans player Colin Estrada (receiving an award) and Strawberry.
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Champions!

Highland Springs High School claimed the Division 5A state football championship Dec. 12 with a 27-7 win against Stone Bridge in Charlottesville to complete a 14-1 season. The Springers’ last won the state football title in 1961.
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Athlete of the Week – July 3: Kayla Sell

Henrico H.S., girls volleyball
Kayla Sell, Henrico High School’s volleyball captain, has grown up around the sport. Her parents play on teams at the Richmond Volleyball Center, and Sell began playing there herself when she was 10. She played all four years at Henrico while playing on a club team as well.

“I just kind of grew up around the sport,” she said. Sell now also spends her evenings reffing adult league games at the RVC. “The volleyball community in Richmond is a great community. We’re inseparable,” she said.

Sell, who is 6-foot-4, was elected captain of her high school team in 10th grade. She said that one of the highlights of her high school career was watching her team grow in skill during the past four years.
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Athlete of the Week – June 19: Sydney Whitaker

Deep Run, girls' lacrosse
Rachel Haslip, head coach of the Deep Run girls' lacrosse team, handed each of her players a puzzle piece one day after practice. Each piece had the girl's name written on it. When the girls assembled the puzzle, they saw the word that Haslip had emphasized all season long: one.

One, as in one team one unit, one goal, was the theme of this year's team. The team reached the state tournament, where it fell in the semi- finals to the eventual state champions, Stonebridge.

The message of unity had been issued by Haslip, and the team bought in, largely due to the skill and leadership of junior captain Sydney Whitaker. Whitaker laughed when describing the puzzle demonstration.
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Steward School’s Enright drafted by NY Mets


Steward School senior pitcher Nic Enright was selected by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft last week. Enright, 18, was named the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year after going 6-1 with a 0.79 earned run average with 50 strikeouts and just nine walks in 44.1 innings this season. He helped the Spartans to a 15-8 overall record and a berth in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2 state semifinals. Enright was a four-time VISAA Division 2 First Team All-State selection.

Enright was a Perfect Game USA Preseason Third Team All-American and led The Steward School to the state title as a junior, in addition to leading the EvoShield Canes to the 2014 World Wood Bat Association championship last summer.
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