MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Racing is back! Capacity is up to 30% for in-person racing at Martinsville Speedway and the fans were flocking to the track on Thursday.
Many visitors set up RVs and travelled in from states away.
Longtime NASCAR fan Sam Russo drove two and a half hours from South Carolina to see his first race at the Martinsville Speedway.
Russo said he turned up for one reason: “I’m here for the modified race, but I’m going to stay until hopefully Sunday. Hopefully, it doesn’t rain on Saturday.”
Clay Campbell, the President of the Martinsville Speedway, is ecstatic to have fans back in town. He says the economic impact will be in the millions from this one weekend. In addition, according to Campbell, “camper culture” is welcome.
“Our fans, especially on the campground, we have so many that have been coming here for years and years, and they just love it,” Campbell said.
Carolyn and Mark Lewis have traveled from West Virginia to see Martinsville races for 16 years. They say they missed in-person racing.
“It was pretty tough,” Mark explained. “We got to see the, we got tickets to the Fall race, but yeah it wasn’t fun.”
Now they, as well as many fans, are getting back into the groove of things.
“We usually come three or four days before the race and really enjoy the whole atmosphere,” Carolyn stated.