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Pro All Stars Series to promote new Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway

Richmond Reimagined

Add yet another marquee event to the PASS National Super Late Model tour.

Officials from both the Pro All Stars Series and Richmond Raceway announced on Tuesday a new event at the historic Virginia short track. The October 19-20 event has been christened the PASS Commonwealth Classic and will feature 100 laps for the PASS Super Late Models and a 75-lapper for the NASCAR style Late Model Stock Cars.

The event will also feature races for Limited Late Models and Street Stocks.

A practice day for all divisions is scheduled for Friday, October 19 that will see all cars attending go through a mandatory safety inspection.  Additional practice, qualifying, and all features will take place on Saturday night, October 20, all ending under the lights of Richmond Raceway.

“Many have said that Richmond Raceway is the perfect short track for fans and racers…we agree and believe the Commonwealth Classic will be a bucket list event for short trackers for years to come,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry in a press release. “We’ve been working with Dennis [Bickmeier] and his staff at Richmond for the better part of the year to give short track racers and fans this new event and are glad that Super Late Model racers, along with Limiteds and Street Stocks, will have the chance to race at Richmond for the first time ever.

“We’re also glad that Late Model Stocks will be returning to Richmond and one of the first tracks that ever ran that division back in the early 1980s.”

Richmond is in the middle of an extensive renovation project and track officials are actively seeking new motorsport events. The track has made no secret of its desire to host the Camping World Truck Series and this will be just the second race at the speedway with a completely renovated infield.

The event is a track rental agreement but the Raceway is expected to market the event.

Track director of communication Brent S. Gambill says RIR is excited for the first of what could be several new events over the next couple of seasons.

“We’re going to have a brand new infield and we’re excited to share with other pockets of the industry some of the things we have going on at Richmond Raceway,” Gambill said. “We definitely want to add more events to our schedule and this is a great way to use our facility in a way that benefits the entire industry.”

The Commonwealth Classic at Richmond will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series.  Now entering its 11th season, Super Late Model racing’s only national championship will bring drivers together from all over North America to compete this fall at Richmond Raceway.

The Commonwealth Classic will consist of a 100 lap event for the PASS Super Late Models, paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start.  Additionally, Late Model Stocks will return to Richmond Raceway for the first time since the 2012 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, competing in a 75-lap race, paying $7,000 to win and $700 to start.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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