UPDATED: Fan climbs to top of RIR catchfence during NASCAR race, brings out ‘security caution’


UPDATE: In what seemed almost like a comedy routine, here’s what drivers Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin had to say during a press conference after Saturday’s race about the wayward fan:

            DENNY HAMLIN:  Yeah, I saw that.

            KEVIN HARVICK:  Those Virginia folks.

            DENNY HAMLIN:  That caution put me two laps down.  Knucklehead.

            KEVIN HARVICK:  It used to be okay.  I remember the first race I won, the whole backstretch grandstand was hanging on the fence.  They never threw a caution then.

            DENNY HAMLIN:  If he wants to play in traffic, it’s his problem.

            KEVIN HARVICK:  Wasn’t a NASCAR employee, was he (smiling)?


It had to be encouraging to NASCAR officials that Richmond International Raceway was close to having a sellout for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup race.

But one fan apparently wasn’t happy with the big crowd, or maybe he just wanted to get a better perspective or be closer to the action.

Whatever his motivation, the unidentified and shirtless race fan decided it would be a good idea to climb the catchfence near Turn 4.

While the race was going on, we might add.

When informed of the interloper, NASCAR officials immediately called a caution on the event with about 70 laps remaining. Officials also apparently instructed drivers to go low at that part of the track – just in case the fan, well, fell over and went splat.

If that happened, it likely would have qualified as a caution for debris on the pavement.

Okay, we’re joking on that one.

But to be serious, the apparent real ruling for the caution from NASCAR was for one of the rarest calls you’ll likely ever hear at a race – for “security.”

Fortunately, the fan’s better judgment and common sense finally caught up with him and he realized just how bad of an idea it was to be perched where he was.

With a posse of police and security personnel waiting for him back on terra firma, the fan climbed back down and was immediately taken into custody.

(It’s a good bet he wasn’t allowed to stick around to see the rest of the race.)

What we don’t understand is how the guy got past what appeared to be a massive security presence and climbed the estimated 75-foot high catchfence without being initially detected.

Not only did the fan get to the top of the fence, he appeared to make himself at home for at least a couple of minutes before he drew attention to himself, thus bringing out the caution.

Methinks someone with RIR security, as the late Desi Arnaz used to tell Lucille Ball, has some ‘splainin’ to do to racetrack and NASCAR officials, which was confirmed in a tweet by Jenna Fryer of The Associated Press.

As for the so-called fan, he’s been booked by police for, what else, “drunk and disorderly,” according to another tweet by Fryer .

Drunk and disorderly, huh? Somehow, we’re not surprised.

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Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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