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Participants in last year’s Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5K take off from the start/finish line at Bedford Baptist Church. Festive outfits are a trademark of the event.

Holiday light show returns to Richmond Raceway — The Richmond Holiday Light Show welcomes families and friends from around the state for a family-friendly drive-through experience at Richmond Raceway.

This year’s experience opened on Friday, Nov. 18, and runs until Dec. 31.

The show features a mile of towering displays including hundreds of thousands of colored lights synched to festive seasonal music and digital animations.. The experience lasts 20-25 minutes and runs on select dates. The show begins nightly at 5 p.m. and, on some nights, runs as late as 11 p.m.

“The expansive family-friendly experience will offer the community a safe, festive experience to enjoy the holidays,” said Lori Collier Waran, Richmond Raceway President.

“The Holiday Light Show delivers something new and unexpected every year,” said Matthew Glaser, CEO of BOLD Media, the parent company and producer of The Holiday Light Show. “Our displays portray a diversity of holiday traditions, so there is truly something for everyone. Nothing brings the joy of the holidays to life like a festival of holiday lights. This year’s Richmond Holiday Light Show is sure to amaze both new and returning guests of all ages.”

Advance tickets are $25 per car or $62.50 for unlimited visits, with no reservations. Tickets purchased online in advance allow guests the flexibility on when they choose to attend. Tickets are also available at the gate. To purchase tickets and view the full calendar of dates and times, visit holidaylightshow.com.

SoBo opens season March 4 — The SoBo Drifts will mark the first spectator event of the 2023 season at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 4.

“We had a great time at our two drifting events this season and we’re looking forward to welcoming it back in 2023,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Chase Brashears.

“We made some substantial improvements from the first drifting event to the second drifting event this past season, and the participants and spectators really enjoyed it. Drifting has become a part of our business, so our team is committed to making it bigger and better for the March date as well as other potential dates in 2023 and beyond.”

The pace of the 2023 season picks up quickly following the March 4 event. On the following weekend, Saturday, March 11, 2023, SoBo will hold its annual pre-season testing event, a day on which the region’s racing teams will have the opportunity to get some track time and prepare for the speedway’s opening NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series event to be held on Saturday afternoon, March 18.

South Boston Speedway’s four NASCAR racing divisions, the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division, the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division, and the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division, will be in action in the March 18 opener.

A total of 13 racing events are currently in place on the track’s 2023 season schedule. Additional details regarding the 2023 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Moore, Zimmerman to be inducted into UVa Hall of Fame — Former Virginia standouts Shawn Moore and Ryan Zimmerman will be inducted into the University of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on its 50th induction weekend April 21-22 in Virginia Beach.

The legendary Cavalier duo is among nine honorees selected by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Honors Court Committee, features athletes, coaches, and contributors that have enjoyed success at all levels of sport.

The 2023 Induction events will include a Sponsor Welcome Reception on Friday, April 21, Breakfast with Champions the morning of Saturday, April 22, and the VIP Reception and Induction Ceremony later that evening.

Both the Breakfast of Champions and VIP Reception and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach. Tickets can be purchased on vasportshof.com.

In his three seasons as UVa’s signal caller, Moore set the standard for Cavalier quarterbacks. He led UVa to two New Year’s Day Bowl appear­ances and a share of the school’s first-ever ACC cham­pionship.

Moore finished his career in 1990 holding 41 school, ACC, and NCAA individual records. His 83 total touchdowns (55 pass, 28 rush) still stands as a school record to this day. He led Virginia to the Sugar Bowl as well as a No. 1 ranking in the nation for three consecutive weeks.

A 2005 All-American at UVa, Zimmerman was a three-year letterman for the Cavaliers and a two-time All-ACC selection. He left as the program’s record holder for hits in a season (which has since been surpassed) and currently ranks tied third in program history in single season hits (92), fifth in career batting average (.355) and eighth in career hits (250).

Zimmerman was selected fourth overall in the 2005 MLB Draft and made his MLB debut with the Washington Nationals in the same season, just over two months after his last collegiate game.