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Tuesday January 20, 2015

The last time Dale Earnhardt Jr. visited Martinsville Speedway he found himself in Victory Lane, taking home his first grandfather clock trophy.

When the Diet Mountain Dew driver returns for the STP 500 on March 29, fans will be able to get an up-close look at NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, as he’s the first person scheduled to be a part of the Green Flag Experience. Earnhardt will take part in a question and answer session prior to the race.

In addition to his win at Martinsville, Earnhardt won three other races in 2014, including the Daytona 500.

Additional drivers participating in the Green Flag Experience will be announced in the coming weeks.

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, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock Victory Lane, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30.

“Fans have told us they want more opportunities to see their favorite drivers up-close and personal,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “By adding Dale Jr., the most popular driver in our sport, to the Green Flag Experience, we feel that we are just enhancing what is already the best experience in NASCAR.”

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 Green Flag Experience, as well as 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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