17th Annual Toy Drive Scheduled For December 14


Santa Claus will roar into Martinsville Speedway on Dec. 14.


Martinsville Speedway will host its 17th Annual Toy Drive on December 14 and this year there will be fun for racers and runners.

In addition to the opportunity to ride in a real Sprint Cup car or drive your personal car around the track, there will be an early morning 5K race, the Girls on the Run 5K.

The toy drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the infield of Martinsville Speedway while the Girls on the Run 5K will start at 9 a.m.

For the second year fans will be able to lap the historic half-mile track in a real Sprint Cup car. They will be dressed in full racing gear, fire suit, helmet and HANS Device, for the ride along with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, who has raced stock cars for more than two decades. Cost for the ride-along is a $50 donation to the toy drive.

Those donating a toy or making a $10 donation will again be able to drive their personal vehicles around the track. Pace cars will lead the personal vehicles around the track.

All toys and monetary donations from the day will go to the Grace Network, which will distribute toys to families in need for Christmas.

The Girls on the Run 5K is open to all runners. Entry fee is $25 or $35 for stroller runners. Entry forms may be picked up at the YMCA of Martinsville and Henry County. Proceeds will go to Girls on the Run of Martinsville and Henry County, an organization which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The Martinsville Speedway staff will be manning the infield concession stand for the toy drive, making and serving The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog™. Hot dogs and Pepsi products are $1 each, with proceeds going toward purchasing toys.

Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance at the track at noon.

Anyone who would like to donate a toy, but cannot make it to the toy drive, can drop them off at the Martinsville Speedway ticket office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monetary donations can also be dropped off at the Martinsville Speedway ticket office. All checks should be made out to the Grace Network.

The Grace Network, a local group comprised of almost 100 churches, will distribute the collected toys to families in need. The monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys. All of the toys will remain in the Martinsville and Henry County area.

The car used for the ride-alongs is an authentic NASCAR Sprint Cup car from Andy Hillenberg’s Fast Track High Performance Racing School.

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