This is the 18th year for the toy drive and as always, the goal is to enrich Christmas for as many children as possible in Martinsville and Henry County. There is a different route to that goal this year with several online auctions of Martinsville Speedway race weekend packages serving as the key fundraiser.
The two-week campaign will culminate on Saturday, December 13 with a toy collection at the Martinsville Lowe’s between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Santa will make an appearance on December 13. The Martinsville Speedway pace car and a mock victory lane will be available for photos.
The auctions, which started last week on eBay and will run through December 12, give the fundraiser national appeal, attracting Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR fans from coast-to-coast. All proceeds will benefit Grace Network, an association of more than 100 churches in the Martinsville and Henry County area, to help families in need at Christmas.
The online auctions will allow the Grace Network to have more money to shop for families and buy specific items needed.
Fans will still be able to drive their personal cars around the historic Martinsville Speedway as part of the toy drive, but this year the window of opportunity is much larger. The drive-arounds will run through Dec. 12, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Five laps around the track will be offered for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation.
What goes on in a Drivers’ Meeting before a Sprint Cup race? Here is your chance to find out. Sit in as drivers attend the pre-race meeting. You will be able to watch as NASCAR officials talk to Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and all the rest.
After the meeting is over move to your seats and watch the action, as the package also includes two race tickets for the STP 500.
On the morning of the STP 500 you will get a feel of what it’s like riding around Martinsville Speedway when you and a guest get a ride in the pace car before the STP 500.
After your lap is over, watch closely as teams make their final preparations for the STP 500, with your Pre-Race Pit Passes. Then, move to your seats as you and your guest watch the STP 500 unfold, live and in-person.