Martinsville, Virginia


Meet Mike Smith

Meet a Martinsville Insider: Mike Smith. As the Director of Public Relations for Martinsville Speedway, Mike has the unique opportunity to entertain more than 65,000 guests each April and October when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races come to Martinsville. In between the busy race weeks he enjoys spending time being involved in the community. Here are his insider tips for enjoying Martinsville-Henry County.  

Where do you take friends and family when they come to town? 

"I like to show off some of our many natural resources like Philpott Lake, the Smith River and walking trails. And of course a tour of Martinsville Speedway. My grandkid's favorite spot is the playground at the Smith River Sports Complex."

Where do you go to enjoy sports and recreation? 

"I think two great options here are fishing the Smith River or taking advantage of one of the area's many golf courses."

What is the best kept secret in Martinsville-Henry County?  

"I don't think outsiders have a clue about the great quality of life here. Housing is inexpensive. We have good schools. We have good restaurants. And we have a strong, resurgent arts and entertainment community."

What's the best part of raising a family in Martinsville-Henry County?

"The pace of life. You have time to enjoy the wonder years with your kids." 

What is the most interesting tidbit about Martinsville Speedway?

"I think it's pretty cool that we are the only track still running cup races that was on the schedule the first year, 1949."

Get out and explore Martinsville-Henry County to see for yourself!