RIDGEWAY, Va. (WFXR) — Everyone had a different reason to be at the Martinsville Speedway as it celebrated its 75th anniversary over the weekend.
Terry Machin reportedly came to watch “Kirk Bush win Saturday night;” Paul and Sue Purvis came to see Dale Earnhardt Jr.; and Matt Conlan, who was one of many campers at the Martinsville Speedway for the first time ever, came to spend time with his brother.
They might have different motives to be at the races, but they can all agree on why they decided to camp out.
“It’s a tight community,” said Conlan’s brother, Bob. “You walk along and stop and start chatting with anybody. It doesn’t matter if they’re in one of these fancy rigs or a small trailer, people when they camp, they’re good people.”
“It’s like family,” said Charmagne Kloski. “Everybody’s willing to help out. If you need something and somebody has it, they’ll lend it to you and you’ll make new friends from all over the place.”
The speedway sold out spots for its 75th anniversary racing weekend by the beginning of April.
“I’ve never heard of that,” said Machin’s wife, Kathy. “It’s pretty amazing for Martinsville to sell out.”
Campers, some of whom showed up on Sunday, April 3, say things can get pretty packed in the campgrounds, but that’s all part of the fun.
“It’s the NASCAR experience,” said Purvis.