Virginia Motorsports Park

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Virginia Motorsports Park
VirginiaMotorsportsLogo.png
LocationPetersburg, Virginia
Time zoneUTC−5
Coordinates37°09′59.29″N 77°31′26.51″W / 37.1664694°N 77.5240306°W / 37.1664694; -77.5240306Coordinates: 37°09′59.29″N 77°31′26.51″W / 37.1664694°N 77.5240306°W / 37.1664694; -77.5240306
Capacity23,000
OwnerTommy & Judy Franklin
Address8018 Boydton Plank Road
North Dinwiddie, VA 23803
Opened1994
Major events
  • NHRA
    • Virginia NHRA Nationals
  • PDRA
    • PDRA Firecracker Nationals
Dragstrip
SurfaceConcrete
Length.402 km (.25 mi)
Websitehttp://www.virginiamotorsports.com

Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) is a 1/4 mile (0.402 km) dragstrip in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, just outside of Petersburg.[1] It opened in 1994 and originally hosted the NHRA's Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals. It has a seating capacity of 23,000 spectators. After a brief time with IHRA beginning in 2010, the track returned to NHRA in 2012.

On January 30, 2018, NHRA announced that a pro national event will be returning to Virginia Motorsports Park in place of the Englishtown, New Jersey event which was cancelled after Old Bridge Township Raceway Park decided to cancel all drag racing operations there earlier in the month.[2][3] The Virginia NHRA Nationals took place in early June.

Virginia Motorsports Park is also a member track of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), a regional sanctioning body of professional 1/8 mile (0.201 km) outlaw door-slammer drag racing.[4] The current owners are Tommy and Judy Franklin, who purchased the facility in 2017.[5] Tommy Franklin is also one of the founders of PDRA.[6]

Virginia Motorsports Park has a dirt track located beside the dragstrip which hosts tractor pulling, motorcross and other events.[7]

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