As a long time NASCAR fan, I've seen my fair share of races at my "home track," but on May 1-2, 2009, I had my first opportunity to take a look beyond the grandstands of Richmond International Raceway as a credentialed member of the media.
It was an experience that I will not soon forget.
Many thanks to Bleacher Report for helping to make this happen. Your support and encouragement does not go unnoticed.
Here is an up close and personal look behind the scenes at what goes on before the race begins.
Once you're in, you'll never want to come out!
Kara Martin, Unprofessional Photographer.