Henrico prepares for heavy traffic during NASCAR races Sept. 5-6

Henrico's Richmond International Raceway (RIR) hosts both NASCAR and IndyCar Series events each year. Total seating capacity is 97,912, and RIR is the only track to hold all of its major events "under the lights."

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will temporarily alter traffic patterns on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., before the races, and from 10:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., afterward.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. Police also will post updates on its Twitter account, @henricopolice, and its Facebook site.

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