Martinsville Speedway will hold the 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event will welcome the greater Martinsville region to donate an unwrapped toy or $25 for the opportunity to drive laps around the iconic track in their personal vehicles. The Christmas Toy Drive will benefit the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.
“The 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive will have a tremendous impact in the lives of families in our community,” said Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway President. “As we enter the holiday season, we will rally the community to support this great cause, so we can share the joy of Christmas with those in need. We are grateful for our valued partners and fans across the region for joining us in supporting this event to touch lives through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.”
Over 27 years, the Christmas Toy Drive has impacted over 20,000 area children through nearly $300,000 in donations and over 50,000 toys to unwrap on Christmas morning in Martinsville and Henry County. The Christmas Toy Drive is one of the most popular events in the region with residents from Henry County and the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina coming to support the community and take laps on the same historic half-mile short track as NASCAR’s biggest stars. Last year’s Christmas Toy Drive raised over $12,000 and provided toys to over 700 children.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, Martinsville Speedway staff will welcome the community to the track and receive donations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For laps around the track, drivers must sign waivers and be 18 years of age or older with a valid state-issued driver’s license. All participants must adhere to Virginia state laws regarding the usage of seat belts and child safety restraints.
The donated toys and monetary donations will be distributed to 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.
For more information on the 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com/events/toydrive.
2022 NASCAR Season
As part of its 75th Anniversary season, Martinsville will host its first-ever consecutive three race weekend of night races with all three premier series on April 7-9, featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m., Dale Earnhardt Jr. will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Cup Series race on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In the fall, Martinsville will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale on Thursday, Oct. 27 and penultimate races of the Xfinity Series on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Cup Series with the Xfinity 500 on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. In short track battles that can only happen at Martinsville, the races will crown the Whelen Modified Tour champion and set the field for the Xfinity and Cup Series championships the following week at Phoenix Raceway.
2022 NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.
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 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the fall. 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.
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