When the on track action ends at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 28, the fun will continue as the Speedway will host FanFest, a free event giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track.
Following the Camping World Truck Series race at 1 p.m., the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice for the First Data 500 at 4 p.m., FanFest will pit drivers against each other in games and contests and will rely heavily on fan participation and interaction.
“Fans are the most important thing we have at Martinsville Speedway, without them we wouldn’t have made in one year, let alone 70, so FanFest is a way that we can say ‘thank you’ for supporting us for so long,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Adding FanFest to our schedule also gives fans an opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers in a relaxed environment. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
FanFest will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 and will run until 8:30 p.m. Cup Series drivers will participate in the event throughout the evening with on-stage activities planned with heavy fan involvement.
Each week until FanFest, through official Martinsville Speedway social media accounts, a different driver set to participate in FanFest will be announced. These announcements will be made via Facebook (Martinsville Speedway), Twitter (@MartinsvilleSwy) and Instagram (martinsville_speedway).
FanFest will be free of charge to fans. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center.
The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Jimmie Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.