Mitt Romney to attend Richmond race

Updated: September 13, 2012, 6:35 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR confirmed on Friday.

Officials said Romney will give the command to start the race in some form. He also is expected to participate in pre-race activities such as driver introductions, and possibly a few fan-related events.

Romney will be in the state earlier in the day for an appearance in Virginia Beach. His presence is not expected to impact traffic flow at RIR. Although there will be additional security at the track, fans will not be required to go through additional security checks.

The race is scheduled to start around 7:43 p.m.

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