Virginia Motorsports Park is an 11-turn, one-mile dragstrip located just outside of Petersburg, Virginia. It was originally built in 1994 and has since been host to the National Drag Racing Association (NDRA) 's annual Torco Racing Fuel Fest. In addition, it has a capacity for 23,500 spectators.
Located near the intersection of I-264 and Rt. 304, this race track offers many different racing events for fans of all ages. There are multiple racing divisions with the highest level of competition located on the lower levels. The events include stock and open division racing, super stock racing, oval racing, and street racing.
This park features a huge oval that is covered with high-intensity lights. The lights help to illuminate the corners and give them a much more defined effect when racing. The speedway runs through some trees which may not affect the cars. The track is only twenty-one feet wide, but is long enough to accommodate both stock and super stock.
The track is located behind the Virginia Motorsport parking lot. Visitors can enter through either the entrance on Rt. 304 or the front gate of the park. The entrances will be labeled with a “No Entry” sign. The main track will be located about fifty feet from the entrance of the park.
Visitors will find restrooms located on the left side of the parking lot of Virginia Motorsport Park. Inside the restroom there will be a change room as well as a television. Visitors should be aware that the restroom is small, and most people use it to take a break from racing. A small restroom is located in the back of the park near the parking lot. There are also several concession stands inside the facility that sell pizza, hot dogs, coffee, and snack foods.
There are open air parking lots located on the right side of the park. Visitors should note that these lots are not meant for cars or spectators, but for those using a shuttle bus that can get them close to the track. They offer a great view of the circuit. The parking lot is a good place to park, but it's not a great place to enjoy your morning coffee while listening to music.
Virginia Motorsport features two different sections of the dragstrip. The first section of the circuit consists of three corners with three lanes each and includes one of the longest straights on the circuit. The second section features four corners and two lefts and one straightaway. There is a “home stretch” with about half way down the course that includes one steep uphill curve.
In addition, the park is host to one of the largest drag racing events in the country. Known as the Dinwiddie Drift Series, this event features six cars going at fifty miles per hour, three hundred feet of speed and one ninety-degree turn.
The Drag Racing Open Air Area is open to the public every day. It is located between the front gate and the second turn. You can find all the equipment needed at the track on the day of the event, including car trailer rental services, trailers and tires. You will also need to bring some form of identification to check in and receive a wrist band for your vehicle.
There are also rules and regulations that govern the Drag Racing Open Air Area. If you plan on participating, you should be prepared for a lot of red lighted cones and traffic. When you arrive at the parking lot, there is usually a line that starts before you can enter the open air area.
As you are leaving the fairgrounds, you will see the Dinwiddie dragway and a large parking lot. From here, you will want to follow the road that leads up to the track. You may also see the “Dinwiddie Dragway Fire Pit” sign to mark the beginning of the road. To the left of the “Fire Pit” is a large concrete structure, the entrance to the track, where you should park.
After parking, the track is a few hundred feet away to the far right, which is the front gate of the park. When you enter the gate, there are restrooms, concessions, and a large grassy area. If you decide to go around the corner to the right, you will find the track in front of you. You can walk across the track and follow the paved road as you head back to the parking lot.