A new era in Virginia racing will take the green flag on Saturday, April 9 – and it will do so under the NASCAR banner.

NASCAR and Dominion Raceway and Entertainment announced today the .4-mile asphalt track will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning with its inaugural season in 2016. The brand new facility is located in Spotsylvania Country, Virginia, just 10 minutes south of Fredericksburg and 30 minutes north of Richmond.

“We can’t begin to describe how excited we are about the affiliation with NASCAR as we get ready to go racing at Dominion Raceway,” said track owner Steve Britt. “When we set out to build this facility, our goal was to put together a state-of-the-art short track for competitors and fans alike. To be part of the NASCAR program is a tremendous opportunity to raise the track’s profile even greater.”

In addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Dominion will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Monday, May 30 as the highlight to its first ComServe Memorial Day Classic.

“We are pleased to welcome Dominion Raceway to NASCAR,” said Kevin Nevalainen, NASCAR director of weekly racing operations. “We’ve known Steve for a number of years and the level of excellence he and his team bring to short-track racing. They have built a remarkable complex here and we look forward to their first season of NASCAR racing.”

Britt previously was principal track owner of Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia, from 2003 until the track closed in 2012. Britt then worked to have the new race track built, with its easy access to I-95 and within a short drive from Washington D.C. to help it become a crown jewel track in the Mid-Atlantic region.

That dream will become a reality this year.

Dominion is a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility which will host racing on four different tracks. In addition, Britt said the complex will offer drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more.

The 2016 NASCAR schedule kicks off on Saturday night, April 9. The 21-race schedule will be headlined by the Late Model division as the track’s Division I as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In addition, the track will feature Signature Home Settlements Modified (Division II), Honeybaked Ham Dominion Stock (Division III), U-Car (Division IV) and Mini Modified (Division V) as well as INEX Legends and Bandleros.

The track will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in May, and will have two more signature events: The Radley Chevrolet Duels on June 25 and Aug. 13, and a late model all-star shootout on Sept. 24, dubbed “The Big One.”

For more information go to dominionraceway.com or follow them on Facebook.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing with paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North American are among many showcases for Whelen products.