Things To Do In Virginia: Virginia International Raceway @VIRnow

Virginia International Raceway~

Virginia International Raceway

Hey, race fans, if you are unfamiliar with the historic Virginia International Raceway, located just outside of Danville, Virginia, then you should brush up on your racing history. This track has hosted legendary racers like Carroll Shelby (creator of the legendary Shelby Cobra cars), Richard Petty and even Paul Newman! It is one of the premier road racing courses in the world, and I have included a little about the history of the Virginia International Raceway below.

Virginia International Raceway

The Virginia International Raceway originally opened in August 1957 with a race that featured Shelby and several other notable road course racers. This event became a fixture at the track over the next couple of years. However, with its location in the heart of NASCAR country, the Virginia International Raceway had a tough time drawing huge crowds. As a result, the property’s lease was reverted from a national sports car racing enterprise to a local owner, Col. Paul Rembold. He along with the track’s manager, Henry Wallace, were able to successfully operate the track until 1974. After the fuel crisis of 1973, Virginia International Raceway was once again falling upon hard times. The track was closed, seemingly for good in 1974.

Virginia International Raceway

In 1998, New York real estate developer and racing enthusiast Harvey Siegel purchased the lease and began plans to re-open the track. Siegel had grand plans for the Virginia International Raceway. He had the track widened and repaved, added three hotels on-site as well as several restaurants, and the track re-opened in 2000. For those who came to the new venue, it was a wonderful site. The re-worked venue now plays host to the American Le Mans Racing Series as well as being the top motorcycle racing venue in the nation.

Virginia International Raceway

The Virginia International Raceway is also very prominent for all three of the top series of NASCAR. Each has a few road track races per year, however, each team is allotted only a few tests per year on tracks where the respective series actually runs, so running on these tracks poses a predicament for teams who may need those test sessions for other configurations in which they struggle. Therefore, Virginia International Raceway has become a wonderful option for road course testing and improving both car and driver performance for those tricky road courses on the NASCAR schedules. It is not unusual to find NASCAR regulars such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson running laps at Virginia International Raceway.

Virginia International Raceway is open to the public, and offers a variety of events for entertainment as well as the opportunity to go on the track with go kart rides available for a small fee. The restaurants offer a variety of tasty foods and are also open to the public. If you are looking to see a premier race track with a whole lot more to offer than just the track to look at, then the Virginia International Raceway is the place to go!


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The Breezy Oaks Farmhouse Bed And Breakfast Welcomes All Racing Enthusiasts!

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Breezy Oaks Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

This post was brought to you by Breezy Oaks Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Alton, Va., where all race car drivers and fans are welcome. Breezy Oaks Farmhouse features restful rooms with double showers, fireplaces and jacuzzis. Enjoy a full country breakfast in the morning and homemade cookies in your room at night, as well as the decadent smell of handmade soaps that make your stay extra special. Also featuring couple and individual massage therapy by appointment, the Breezy Oaks Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast is open year round and is only a few minutes from Virginia International Raceway and just a short drive from Danville, Va. To check on rates and availability, please call 434-822-5841 {if no one answers, please leave a message}.

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  1. Jenna Wood says:

    This would be a great birthday getaway or fathers day excursion for any man who loves racing. And that bed and breakfast looks like the perfect cozy place to keep the wife happy!

  2. I have sooo many friends that love racing and travel to see them so I will be sharing this article and this bed and breakfast as I know they’d love to stay there.
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  3. That B&B looks great, and it’s nice that it’s so close to the track. I think my husband has raced there before, and now I know for next time (if he ever gets his car running again, ha!). It’d be nice to stay at a place that’s actually nice, and not just your standard “big box” hotel, so that I can get a little R&R!
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  4. That bed and breakfast looks amazing! I have never stayed in a B&B but would love to give it a try some time!
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  5. Not really into racing, but I do love finding cute corners to get away from it all. Wonder if there are any stables nearby that B&B where you could rent out horses or trail ride for the day!

    • Dawn McAlexander

      I am not sure if there are stables nearby. We *think* we saw one while we were there nearby but I know that the bed and breakfast has at least one horse. 🙂

  6. What a great looking Farmhouse. Looks like a nice place to stay!
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  7. What a fun experience. I’ve never been to a raceway like this, but it looks like a really fun experience! What a neat idea to stay at a place like this bed and breakfast instead of just a chain motel. Really makes the stay so much more personable.
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  8. Well the Raceway might be fun, but you’d find me hanging out at the amazing Bed and Breakfast, hanging out in the Jacuzzi and using the handmade soap!
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  9. OH that would be so much fun to go to the International raceway. I love that car in the first shot! And that Bed and breakfast looks fantastic! I love staying at bed and breakfast locations. Such a fun atmosphere.
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  10. I would love to go to this racetrack and the bed/breakfast looks unbelievable! What a totally neat experience!

  11. I am not much of a racing fan. I’d rather be at the bed and breakfast and relax!
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  12. Love races, so much excitement! The bed & breakfast is beautiful! Looks and sounds like a very comfy place to stay!
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  13. i would love to see that we are going somtime next spring and then you gave me some idea for picture taking when i go home and not been there in 20 years

  14. that looks like it would be a lot of fun to visit! the races especially look fun
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