Martinsville Speedway held its 26th Annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County on Friday, Dec. 4. Thanks to the tremendous support of the community and partners the Christmas Toy Drive raised $12,350 along with hundreds of toys to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.
“In this unprecedented year, I’ll never forget how our community rallied together to support those in need for the Christmas Toy Drive,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “Thanks to the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County and our valued Martinsville Speedway partners for donating to support our efforts with the Grace Network to help families this holiday season.”
The Christmas Toy Drive welcomed the greater Martinsville region to donate an unwrapped toy or $20 for the opportunity to drive laps around the iconic track in their personal vehicles. In addition to hundreds of members of the community, AEP, Bassett Furniture, Campbell Family Foundation, Clarence’s Steakhouse, Raceway Ministries, and Williams Auction Company all made significant contributions to the Christmas Toy Drive. The monetary and toy donations will impact over 700 children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.
“Once again, we are so grateful to Martinsville Speedway for hosting the annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year has been challenging on so many levels, but the steadfast commitment of our community holds true as we work together to make sure the kids are served,” said Tracy Hinchcliff, Executive Director, Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. “I can’t imagine being a kid this year, having to learn and function in a different way and for so many, with parents facing financial challenges, the need was greater than ever before. We are so pleased with the outcome of the Christmas Toy Drive, along with being filled with appreciation for all of the volunteers for Grace Network and staff at the Speedway. Without all of these ‘Santa’s Helpers’, we could not make this happen.”
The donated toys and monetary donations will be distributed to over 700 area children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, which is a faith-based, first-stop center for resources for families in crisis. The organization supports those in the community who need support to keep a roof over their heads, homes warm and lighted, and food on the table with short-term assistance and long-term solutions. To learn more about the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, visit gracenetworkmhc.org.
Over 26 years, the Christmas Toy Drive has impacted more than 10,000 area children with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning in Martinsville and Henry County. The Christmas Toy Drive is one of the most popular annual events in the greater Martinsville region as residents from Henry County and the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina come to support those in need in our community.
Martinsville 2021 Season
The NASCAR spring race weekend will be under the bright lights for three days of night racing action with the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, April 10, 2021, NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, April 9, 2021, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Martinsville will host the penultimate races of the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the second consecutive season. On Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, the Cup Series will set the field for the Championship 4 in the Xfinity 500 Playoff race. On Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, Martinsville will host a doubleheader with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series Playoff races.
The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, returns for an evening of intense competition at Martinsville on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. The race will include two 50-lap heat races followed by the 200-lap feature with a 40-car starting field.
2021 NASCAR race tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com. Fans can view the full 2021 schedules and purchase tickets atnascar.com/tickets.
About Martinsville Speedway
Founded by H. Clay Earles in 1947, Martinsville Speedway is the only NASCAR track to host NASCAR Cup Series races every year since its inception in 1949. At .526 miles in length, the track annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Martinsville Speedway also annually hosts the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. For more information about Martinsville Speedway, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).