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New president named for Richmond track

Richmond International Raceway has had a change at the top.

Track owner International Speedway Corp. announced Wednesday that Richmond track president Doug Fritz has resigned to pursue other opportunities. He'll be replaced by Dennis Bickmeier, who has worked in an executive post with another ISC facility, Michigan International Speedway.

Bickmeier, 44, oversaw ran communications, corporate partnership sales, and ticket sales and operations at the Michigan track. He previously worked in public relations at ISC's track in Fontana, Calif. He also has worked in PR for the Disney-owned Anaheim Sports Inc., owners of baseball's Anaheim Angels, now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the National Hockey League’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Bickmeier also in collegiate sports and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

International Speedway Corp. is a publicly traded sister company to the France family's privately held NASCAR. In addition to the Richmond and Michigan tracks, the company owns and/or operates 13 major motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway among others.