State Troopers Break Bread at Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway recently hosted the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Virginia State Police Annual Fellowship Dinner.
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Troopers from the Virginia State Police and North Carolina Highway Patrol were all over Martinsville Speedway Monday, but there was no race or emergency.

The two departments held their annual Fellowship Dinner at the half-mile speedway.

“It gives us a chance to get together with our counterparts and put a face to a name, just to get to know each other better,” 1st Sgt. Eric Malone with the Virginia State Police said. “It helps us work better together.”

With the two divisions being so close to the Virginia/North Carolina boarder, it’s not uncommon for the two agencies to work together.

“We may have some kind of investigations that go across the state line that we need to work with each other,” 1st Sgt. Richard Hester of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

“It’s better to know the people you’re working with in advance, in a crunch situation,” Malone added.

For Malone and the Virginia State Police, a night of fellowship at the track is a far cry from what they’re used to.

“This is a lot more pleasure and not as much work,” he said. “During a race, we are very, very busy.”

The night included a lot more than a dinner, as the Troopers went to a shooting range set up at the speedway and took pace car rides with Track President Clay Campbell.

While law enforcement officers are no stranger to going at high speeds, usually they’re driving the car, not riding as a passenger.

“I might turn a little green,” Hester laughed. “I might have to get him to slow it down a little bit.”

For Campbell, being able to host the event was a no brainer.

“These men and women do so much for us not only on race day, but every day,” Campbell said. “I was honored when the Virginia State Police approached us to ask if we could host. I didn’t think twice about it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway in October.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is scheduled for October 16. The race is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race.

NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series return October 28-30 for the Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 race weekend.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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