Mooresville, NC 7/21/21 – Youngster Jonathan Shafer, a Ashland, Ohio native, that lives just across the corn field from where Tim Richmond and his family grew up, will get the opportunity to pay tribute to “Hollywood” in the 4th Annual “Honeywell Home Throwback 276 presented by Baker Distributing” on July 31st at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Shafer will sport the colors of follow Ashland, Ohio native Tim Richmond’s 1987 NASCAR Cup Series ride driving for Hendrick Motorsports with sponsorship from Folgers Coffee.
Shafer’s family has tight connections to the Richmond family in his hometown of Ashland. Jonathan’s father, Todd Shafer, drove a Late Model and ARCA Series car for Tim Richmond’s father Al in his early racing career.
Now his son Jonathan will carry on the legacy of Richmond, who raced the final eight races of his career in 1987 with the same colors Shafer will display. During that 1987 season Richmond made 8 starts and scored two victories, one of which came in his very first race back at Pocono. The following week Richmond found Victory Lane again at Riverside.
Six races later Richmond would depart from Hendrick Motorsports due to health reasons. Richmond would pass away at the early age of 34 in August of 1989.
Richmond ended his career with 13 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 2 Busch Series wins, and 1 ARCA Series during his stock car career. In addition Richmond competed in sprint cars, USAC, and Silver Crown machines throughout his career. He was also named the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Race.
Tickets for the 4th Annual Baker Distributing “Throwback 276” presented by Honeywell Homes are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate on sale via the CARS Tour website at www.carsracingtour.com. Fans can also pre order Throwback 276 merchandise via the website by clicking on the “Store” button located on the menu at the top of the page.
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