RIDGEWAY, Va. (WFXR) — Thousands of people have been looking forward to this weekend’s races at the Martinsville Speedway, which will not only be the first races in years with relaxed coronavirus restrictions, but they will also take place on the speedway’s 75th anniversary!
This will be the only weekend where all three top NASCAR series will race under the lights at the same venue.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 already took place on Thursday, April 7 and was won by William Byron.
However, there are still two more nights of racing left — the NASCAR Xfinity Series Call 811 Before You Dig 250 Powered by Call811.com at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, followed by the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
With the excitement of race weekend already underway, as well as the historic 75th anniversary celebration of the track, WFXR News is ready to join in the fun, as well! We were even live in Martinsville Friday night for “WFXR News at Six,” covering everything from the drivers and the local businesses to the historic grandfather clock and the world-famous Martinsville hot dogs, as you can see below:
While the Martinsville Speedway won’t be under the shadow of the pandemic for the first time in two years, there may be rain in the forecast.
Nevertheless, attendees say they won’t give in to the weather that easily.
In fact, some racing fans have been camping out at the track for days, so they won’t let the rain keep them from enjoying their music and firing up their grills at the campground.
“Just something you have to deal with and the race is gonna happen either way, so we’re here for it,” said Chris Field and Margot Tatum, both NASCAR fans.
Some fans say they sat through the rain at the last NASCAR event they attended, so it will be no different at the Martinsville Speedway.
Meanwhile, as professionals at the speedway got ready for the busy weekend ahead, kids learned about the ins and outs of NASCAR as part of NASCAR’s “Speediatrics” program.
A total of 110 children from the Boys and Girls Club learned about racing, from the drivers to the pit crew.
“Kids will rotate through five stops and they will all mimic things that happen in a NASCAR race, so everything from a pit stop to a gas can relay to Goodyear tire races,” said Nichole Kreiger, executive director of the NASCAR Foundation.
The children also had a chance to learn about their health. After a day of fun activities, everyone went home with free bikes and helmets, with organizers saying it’s all about showing kids that exercising and being outdoors is fun.