Do they have carpet racing in or near Richmond?
My in-laws live there. I may even pay them a visit if I can get in a little carpet racing...
Just hang out at the track for awhile and learn...A lot of the fun about this hobby is the learning process. Somebody will be glad to help you.
FYI...I started with a XXX-S on rubber tires and progressed from novice through Sportsman. Didn't have to worry about tire truer until I made the switch to foams.