But the bigger changes are clearly underway at SHR, which didn't reveal where Smithfield will be in the organization in 2018. Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch both need sponsorship on their cars, too.
"Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date," SHR said in a statement. Busch, the Daytona 500 winner, does not have a deal with SHR for next season.
The statement came shortly after Smithfield Foods said it will leave Richard Petty Motorsports to become a primary sponsor at Stewart-Haas next year.
The news is a blow to RPM, but it also forced changes at Stewart-Haas, which has struggled with sponsorship for three of its four cars, including the No. "It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons," Patrick wrote.
Outdoor festivals currently hosted by the Richmond Raceway Complex include the 102.1 "The X" chili cook-off, the ACCA Temple Pork Festival and concerts featuring local and national recording artists.
Outdoor festivals that have been held there included the Virginia State Fair, the Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies, the K95 Country Music Festival and the Virginia Food Festival.
The track sold out 33 consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races.
The Richmond Raceway Complex also hosts the Intergalactic Bead Show, Virginia Golf Show, Bassarama, the Richmond Home and Garden Show, the RV and Camping Expo, the Richmond Boat Show, the Richmond Classic Sports Card Show, the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Expo, the Craftsmen Classic Spring and Christmas Shows, Bizarre Bazaar Spring and Christmas Shows and other various arts and craft events.Until 2005, Richmond was home to a fall Craftsman Truck Series race.Starting with the 2006 schedule, that date was transferred to Talladega Superspeedway.The cap features four high definition LED screens that measure 38-feet wide by 24-feet high.The screens broadcast live race action and pre-produced video and graphics.