MARTINSVILLE - The 2019 Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive to benefit Grace Network keeps getting bigger and better every year and now the speedway has added another opportunity to experience the track like never before.
In addition to fans who can drive their car on the track by bringing a new toy or donating $20 or more on Friday night, Dec. 6, fans can also make a bigger impact for children during the holidays and get a thrill of a lifetime.
For anyone who makes a donation of $60 or more, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell will give fans a ride in a specially-built two-seat race truck owned by NASCAR legend Ken Schrader.
“We want to thank Ken Schrader and his race team for offering to bring their truck here for us to help children in our community around the holidays,” Campbell said.
“We’ve been fortunate to offer this opportunity in the past and are happy we can do this again to help as many children as we can and have a great time as well,’’ Campbell said.
In addition to Martinsville Speedway, area companies and organizations such as Appalachian Power (AEP), Bassett Furniture and Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) also participate in the annual toy drive.
“We’re blessed with corporate support from partners such as Appalachian Electric Power, Bassett Furniture and Patrick Henry Community College and they all help us help make a difference for children in our communities,” Campbell said. “We’re very fortunate to have so many people in our backyard that care about kids.”
New this year, fans who make a donation can also visit Club 47 and see Santa in the President’s Suite from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and enjoy refreshments courtesy of the speedway.
The donated toys will be distributed to area children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.
The organization is a faith-based center that offers resources for families in need and is supported by Martinsville Speedway and congregations, individuals, civic groups, corporations, and foundations throughout the area.
“To be able to use Martinsville Speedway in a way that helps residents in our community is something that has always meant a lot to my entire family,” Campbell said.
“This event is one of the most important things we do every year and we hope to have a great turnout this year,’’ Campbell said.
“Grace Network does a lot of great work throughout the year to help families in need and we’re honored we can help make the holiday season a little brighter for children in our county,’’ Campbell said.
Toys and donations will be accepted from 5 until 9 p.m. at Martinsville Speedway on Friday night.
Editor’s Note: Tim Southers is the Director of Communications at Martinsville Speedway.