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Thursday, 06 February 2014

TOYOTA OWNERS 400 & ToyotaCare 250 Continue to Highlight Spring NASCAR Weekend

Richmond, VA (February 6, 2014) — With the excitement and electricity building towards the April 25 & 26 NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc. announced today an extension of their partnership at America’s Premier Short Track.

The Spring NASCAR weekend at RIR will continue to feature the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race for future seasons.   In addition, Toyota will maintain Pace Car rights for both NASCAR weekends at RIR.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Fans Will Be Thrilled With Three Races in Two Nights, April 25 & 26

NASCAR returns to RIR April 25 & 26 with three races in two nights. You’ve got to see Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and all your favorite drivers beating and banging at RIR on Saturday night, April 26 in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400. Advance tickets start at $35. New for 2014: tickets for kids 12 & younger are $25 off the adult price in ALL grandstands at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Be sure to click here to sign up to purchase early.

The weekend begins Friday, April 25, with a full day of on-track activity and two races “under the lights”! Don’t miss Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Brian Vickers and many up and coming drivers in the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance, and kids 12 & younger are admitted FREE in general admission.


Your April 25 ticket includes so much more:

  • BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race
  • Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)
  • NBC12 Pole Qualifying (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
  • Pole Qualifying (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East)
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice


Click here to sign up to purchase early.

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For Immediate Release

July 9, 2013

Richmond 2015 Names Jeannea Spence as Development Director

New Position to Focus on Global Corporate Partnerships and Individual Donors

(July 9, 2013 – Richmond, Virginia) — Richmond 2015 Inc., the organizing committee for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, announced today that it has hired sales veteran, Jeannea Spence to lead the organizations global development efforts.

Spence has more than 20 years of marketing, sales management and executive coaching experience, having run her own marketing consulting firm before excelling in media sales with publications like National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Newsweek’s Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel and the History Channel Magazine. Prior to joining Richmond 2015, Spence founded IndiSPENCEable Coaching, an executive coaching organization providing leadership development to executives in a variety of industries including tourism, financial services, and marketing.

“Our organization’s development efforts have made tremendous progress, having secured nearly $12mm to-date”, said Tim Miller, COO of Richmond 2015. “As we pivot towards discussions with national and international brands, having a senior resource, such as Jeannea, dedicated to the process is vital. Jeannea’s breadth of experience from executive coaching to marketing to advertising sales, with an emphasis in the travel and tourism industries, will be a great asset to our effort.”

“The 2015 World Road Championships provides such an outstanding platform to promote healthy, active lifestyles as well as the benefits of bicycling for transportation, recreation and fitness”, explained Spence. “We continue to have very engaging dialogue with a wide range of potential partners; clearly, our story is resonating in the marketplace.”

About Richmond 2015

Richmond 2015, Inc. is the independent non­-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The 2015 World Championships is projected to generate approximately $158 million in economic impact, 450,000 onsite spectators and a global television audience of more than 300 million viewers.

Founding Partners of Richmond 2015 include Altria, CarMax, Davenport & Company, Dominion, Genworth, Hourigan Construction, Kings Dominion, Lansing Building Products, MWV, McGuire Woods, Norfolk Southern, Piascik, The Community Foundation, VCU Medical Center and Williams Mullen.  In addition to its corporate partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County are all key partners to Richmond 2015.

About the UCI Road World Championships

The UCI Road World Championships is cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an international city as chosen by the UCI, the sports governing body. Upcoming World Championships will be held in Florence, Italy in 2013 and Ponferrada, Spain in 2014.

For more information about Richmond 2015, visit our website at, Follow us on Twitter or Friend us on FaceBook.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Former Assistant Coach James Johnson has just been officially named as Virginia Tech's new basketball coach.

Johnson spent the last five years working under Seth Greenburg, who was just recently fired last Monday. It seems that maybe Greenburg wasn't the fit that Virginia Tech needed-- a good guy from Long Island, he just didn't fit in culturally. He was brash, and definitely not the quiet type, but what pushed the decision forward?

Greenburg spent nine seasons with Tech, but it seemed that he wasn't making the connections that were needed with other staff members. The decision to fire Greenburg came after a second assistant coach in two weeks, and the sixth in four years, announced he was leaving Greenberg's staff. The lack of coaching continuity bothered Athletic Director Jim Weaver.

Johnson was offered the same position at Clemson, and he took it; although Tech offered to match the salary that Clemson had offered, he reportedly told Weaver that it had nothing to do with money. After leaving for a short period to go to Clemson, Johnson found his way back to Blacksburg quickly after rumors flew that Johnson was coming back as head coach.

"I can certainly understand some coaches leaving, but to have as many leave as we had sat the wrong way with me," said Weaver. He added in that the decision "had nothing to do with losing. It had nothing to do with NCAA appearances. It had something to do with people leaving and it had something to do with me wanting to change the direction and leadership of the program."

Weaver said that Johnson is a native of Powhatan and a graduate of Ferrum. His five-year contract is worth $680,000 a year. The current players lobbied for Johnson to be the new coach.

“I really appreciate you guys, your trust, your respect in me, believing in me. I think this is going to be a real good ride," said Johnson.

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Friday, 27 April 2012

nfl_draft_goodellI came across an interesting post on the great website CollegeFootballTalk that was written by John Taylor (presumably not the guy who played WR opposite Jerry Rice for so many years - or the bass player for Duran Duran for that matter).  He compared the hysteria of college football signing day with the hysteria on steroids of the NFL draft.  Then, he researched whether there was any correlation between the college rankings (the 5 star system, with top recruits getting 5 stars) and the players that get drafted in the NFL's 1st round.

Editor's note - I'm especially facinated by this type of research because: 1) I'm a bit of a data nerd, and 2) I'm generally too lazy to do this type of research myself.

Anyway, he found surprisingly little correlation.  Check it out:

Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the first round of the NFL draft:

5-star — 4
4-star — 13
3-star — 10
2-star — 4

5-star — 7
4-star — 11
3-star — 11
2-star — 3

5-star — 6
4-star — 15
3-star — 6
2-star — 5

5-star — 6
4-star — 12
3-star — 6
2-star — 7

(*Brandon Weeden, selected by the Cleveland Browns at No. 22 overall, was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2002 and played professional baseball through 2006.  He enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2007 as a “no-star recruit”.)

Now, this data is skewed a bit because there are FAR MORE 4 star recruits than there are 5 stars, more 3 stars than 4 stars, etc.  So, if you look at it on a percentage basis the vast majority of 5 star kids actually do get selected in the first round.  That said, it was still surprising to me how many 3 star and 2 star kids develop into top NFL prospects.

Good stuff.  If you aren't familiar with CollegeFootballTalk or its big brother ProFootballTalk you should definitely add them to your regular web-surfing list!


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