For anyone who has ever wanted to drive on the famed half-mile oval at Martinsville Speedway, now’s your chance. You can also get an awesome view of the race track at the same time.
Martinsville Speedway will hold its annual new toy drive to benefit Martinsville-based Grace Network on Friday, Dec. 6, and anyone who donates a new toy or a cash contribution of $20 can make a lap around the track.
This annual event is a popular one in the greater Martinsville area and offers residents of Henry County and surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina a chance to experience what it’s like to drive on the same track as the NASCAR stars.
Area companies such as Appalachian Power (AEP) and Bassett Furniture along with Patrick Henry Community College also participate in the annual Toy Drive at Martinsville Speedway.
“The annual toy drive is something our entire staff looks forward to every year,” said track President Clay Campbell. “We can’t think of a better way for fans to experience Martinsville Speedway than to drive on the track and at the same time help bring a smile to a child’s face around the Christmas season.”
“We appreciate Appalachian Electric Power, Bassett Furniture and Patrick Henry Community College once again joining us as we give back to our communities that support us throughout the year,” he added.
New this year, fans who make a donation can also visit Club 47, where they can see Santa in the President’s Suite from 5:30 until 8 p.m., and enjoy refreshments courtesy of the speedway.
The donated toys will be distributed to area children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. The organization is a faith-based center that offers resources for families in need and is supported by Martinsville Speedway and congregations, individuals, civic groups, corporations, and foundations throughout the area.
“To be able to use Martinsville Speedway in a way that helps residents in our community is something that has always meant a lot to my entire family,” added Campbell. “This event is one of the most important things we do every year and we hope to have a great turnout this year.”
“Grace Network does a lot of great work throughout the year to help families in need and we’re honored we can help make the holiday season a little brighter for children in our county.”
Toys and donations will be accepted from 5 until 8 p.m. at Martinsville Speedway on Friday night, Dec. 6.