Martinsville, Virginia


Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. First to Join the STP 500 Pre-Race Experience at Martinsville Speedway

Fresh off a second-place finish in the Daytona 500, Bubba Wallace is the first driver to sign on to take part in Martinsville Speedway’s Pre Race Experience, which will take place prior to the STP 500 on March 25.

Wallace, a two-time winner in the Camping World Truck Series at the historic Speedway will take part in a moderated question-and-answer session on the frontstretch before the race.

“Bubba is the perfect fit for the Pre Race Experience,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “He has such an infectious personality and interacts with so many fans already through social media. We are thrilled to have him as a part of this fan-focused event.”

Wallace, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, has taken the wheel of Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43 for the 2018 season.

Additional personalities taking part in the Pre Race Experience will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Pre Race Experience gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the frontstretch.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, have a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, and enjoy music, games and prizes.

The cost of the Pre Race Experience is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, music, games and prizes will be held on the frontstretch beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until the conclusion of driver introductions.

Admission to the Pre Race Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

The STP 500 weekend presented by is March 23-25.

Advance ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at just $46 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under costing just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as Friday’s practice day.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

The STP 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on the East Coast, after the “West Coast Swing” and the first short-track race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, becoming the first driver to win in a Ford at Martinsville since 2002.

Tickets to both races are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at