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Friday February 27, 2015

From laps to cars, NASCAR is full of numbers, and there aren’t many as recognizable or iconic to the sport as the number three. During the morning of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, fans holding a ticket to the Green Flag Experience will hear from not one, but two people closely affiliated with the number.

Austin Dillon, the current driver of the famed number three, and Danny “Chocolate” Myers, long-time gas man for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and  Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio personality, have joined a lineup that includes Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson on race morning.

The pair will participate in separate question-and-answer sessions prior to the start of the STP 500.

“When fans come to Martinsville Speedway they know they are getting a first-hand look at a piece of NASCAR history, while also seeing into NASCAR’s future,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “By adding both Chocolate Myers and Austin Dillon to our Green Flag Experience our fans will be able to hear from two people who are closely associated with both the history and the future of one of our sport’s most famous numbers, the number three.”

Last season, Dillon became the first driver since the death of Dale Earnhardt to drive the number three in NASCAR’s top series. He immediately turned heads by winning the pole for the 2014 Daytona 500. He is also the grandson of car owner Richard Childress.

Myers was a crew member for Richard Childress Racing for more than 20 years and was a part of six of Dale Earnhardt’s record-tying seven Sprint Cup championship teams. He currently oversees the RCR Museum in Welcome, N.C.

The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions with well-known NASCAR personalities and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock victory lane, enjoy music, sign the start/finish line, games and prizes along with show cars and doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes, and show cars will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track portion will open at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions.

The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

Advance ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at just $45.

Tickets to the STP 500 on March 29, the Kroger 250 on March 28 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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