Martinsville Speedway held the 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County on Saturday, Dec. 4. The traditional holiday event raised over $17,000 in donations and collected nearly 2,000 toys that will be distributed to families in need this Christmas season.
“We are always humbled by how our Martinsville and Henry County community comes together each year for the Christmas Toy Drive to touch the lives of others in our community,” said Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway President. “Thanks to our valued Martinsville Speedway partners, race fans and community for donating to support the Grace Network’s efforts to support families this Christmas season.”
The Christmas Toy Drive welcomed 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. In addition to hundreds of members of the community, AEP, Bassett Furniture, Campbell Family Foundation, Patrick & Henry Community College all made significant contributions to the Christmas Toy Drive.
“Once again, we are so grateful to Martinsville Speedway for hosting the 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive. Last year with all of the challenges the community and the country faced, we were so grateful for the success and didn’t think it could be surpassed, but this year was amazing. The dedication of all of the Speedway staff and Grace Network volunteers along with such a supportive community made this year a record breaker! The weather was great for the folks to drive on the track and everyone had a wonderful time,” said Tracy Hinchcliff, Executive Director, Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. “Kids are still struggling with getting back to normal and parents are too, so to bring joy to some of these families is the gift we all want to share. We are so grateful for all of the ‘Santa’s Helpers’ because without them, this would not be possible. May all of our community have a very Merry Christmas!”
The donated toys and monetary donations will be distributed to 600 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.
To download images from the 27th Annual Christmas Toy Drive, click here.
For 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 remains one of the most popular charitable events in the region with residents from Henry County and the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina supporting the community and take laps on the same historic half-mile short track as NASCAR’s biggest stars.
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.
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 (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro 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, 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’).