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Motorsports Heat Up Spring in Virginia

by Casey | Posted on March 25th, 2013

For those who have the need to feel the heat of stock cars rushing past them and the surface beneath their feet rumble, Virginia is the perfect destination. You’re going to LOVE the dirt tracks, road course, NASCAR Home Tracks and two of NASCAR’s toughest Sprint Cup Series venues this spring.

Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

With a racing history that actually pre-dates NASCAR, Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, hosts two races each year. The spring race – STP Gas Booster 500 – is the highlight of a weekend full of events that kick off April 6 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 race.

Martinsville Speedway’s claim to fame is that it’s the shortest of all the tracks NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series runs. Dubbed “the paperclip,” Martinsville’s straightaways are only 800′ long and the turns are a shallow 12 degrees. Fans who turn out for races here are treated to plenty of beating and banging, which tends to result in terse words and fisticuffs.

Richmond International Raceway is located in Richmond, Virginia. Since its first NASCAR race in 1953 the track has operated under three names, five configurations and two surfaces. RIR is the only track to host all of its major events “under the lights,” and it’s the only track that all three Petty drivers – Lee, Richard (The King) and Kyle – have won.

Racing at RIR reconvenes April 26 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the ToyotaCare 250. Kids 12 and under are free for this race and the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, making it easy to introduce your child to motorsports. The following night at RIR the big boys of NASCAR take to the 3/4-mile “D” shaped track for the Toyota Owners 400. A night race under the lights is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Both Martinsville and RIR host NASCAR’s top echelon of drivers twice each year giving Virginia four races total. Within no other state can Sprint Cup fans choose from four races at two tracks just 180 miles apart. If you include Bristol Motor Speedway, as we  often do thanks to the VA/TN border splitting the downtown, that’s six races with Bristol just 170 miles from Martinsville. Yep, Virginia is a haven for NASCAR fans.

For a down-home race feel, check Virginia’s dirt tracks and NASCAR Home Tracks:

Learn more about NASCAR in Virginia and Virginia motorsports.

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Gary Sinise Concert Will Honor Virginia Marine

by Casey | Posted on March 21st, 2012

Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band

Award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump,” is coming to Martinsville next Saturday, March 31, with  The Lt. Dan Band to play a concert at Martinsville High School in honor of Cpl. J.B. Kerns, USMC of Ararat, Virginia.  The concert starts at 7 p.m.

100% of ticket sales from the show will go toward funding a specially-equipped smart home for Kerns, who lost both legs and his right arm last April in Afghanistan. Kerns was the victim of an improvised explosive device (IED). 

General admission to the concert is $25. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $75 which include a ticket to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and a Sunday morning meet-and-greet with Sinise at Martinsville Speedway.

Cpl. J. B. Kerns in Afghanistan

Cpl. J. B. Kerns in Afghanistan

Tickets may be purchased online at PiedmontArts.org or by calling 276.632.3221.

Can’t make it to Martinsville for the concert but want to help Cpl. Kerns? Buy a ticket online and note in the comments box, “Donate to a Veteran” and a local veteran will be given the ticket to go in your place! Again, 100% of the proceeds from this event goes to building a special home for Cpl. Kerns.

 

 

 



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Virginia is for Racing Lovers … including Me!

by Guest | Posted on August 23rd, 2011

Did you know that Virginia is for Racing Lovers?  Have you ever been to a NASCAR race?  It’s thrilling and one of the best experiences that I have had!  I went to the night race this past April at Richmond International RacewayA pit pass allowed me to be in the middle of it all while watching the preparations by the different crews.  It was relatively quiet in the pits.  Two hours later, I was covering my ears as the cars passed at more than 100 miles per hour.  My friends told me about the pace, the noise, the fans, the experience … but it’s one that you can’t describe until you’re there!   

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway

These drivers are athletes.  They race at crazy speeds with all these other factors surrounding them.  They sit in the same position for more than four to six hours at a time while risking their lives for our entertainment.  My favorite athlete, I mean, driver, is Denny Hamlin.  He stands for something both on the track and off, and was born right here in Virginia!

 The state itself has many contributors to NASCAR history.  Virginia is the only state that hosts 4 NASCAR races each year.  Virginia is home to Martinsville Speedway, which was actually founded in 1947, one year before NASCAR.  Remember Trevor Bayne, the youngest winner ever, from this year’s Daytona 500?  He drives for Wood Brothers Racing, a sixty year-old family organization founded and based in Virginia for fifty-three years, the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team.

 Virginia is currently offering three chances to win tickets to NASCAR races:

  • Hermie Sadler will be signing autographs and offering the chance to win IRWIN Night Race tickets at the Bristol Welcome Center (in Virginia) from 9-10am on Saturday, August 27;
  • Enter to win two suite tickets for the Martinsville Speedway race in October here: http://www.virginia.org/racesweeps/;
  • Virginia residents may also enter to win 2 VIP NASCAR experiences with Elliott Sadler and the Virginia Lottery for the Martinsvillle Speedway race in October:  http://valottery.com/promotion/facebook/martinsville.asp

So at the end of the day, Virginia is for Racing Lovers.  Seriously.  No kidding.  Between Richmond, Martinsville, and the NASCAR history that abounds, the experiences are unequaled.  This weekend I will be cheering for Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway.  It’s the IRWIN Tools Night Race but I hope that my experience isn’t a race at all.  

Jane Govoruhk is the Assistant International Marketing Manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation, avid Hokie and Steelers fan, NASCAR enthusiast, music junkie, and author of this post.



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Virginia is for Racing Lovers at Martinsville Speedway® Sweepstakes

by Casey | Posted on July 20th, 2011

Ready to get your vroom on?

Martinsville RacingNASCAR enthusiasts will converge on Martinsville Speedway® October 29-30, 2011 for the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) race and the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race. If you’re a fan of NASCAR, prizes like this are what dreams are made of.

Enter now to win an exclusive Virginia is for Racing Lovers prize that includes:

  • Two fan suite tickets for both the CWTS and NSCS races (Oct. 29 & 30)
  • Three nights’ lodging at Hotel Roanoke
  • Two economy round-trip airline tickets
  • Four days of rental car use
  • Reserved parking pass good for Oct. 28-30
  • Two general admission grandstand tickets for Oct. 28 (fan suites are not open for race practice viewing)
  • Two passes for a Guided Pit Tour that includes Hot Passes, Pre-Race Passes, and Victory Lane Access Passes
  • Two passes for a guided tour of Arrington Engines
  • Meet-and-Greet with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler on Oct. 29.

One First Prize Winner will receive four one-day tickets to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 race at Martinsville Speedway® on October 9, 2011.

Enter to Win

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There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. To participate log on to www.virginia.org/racesweeps and access the entry form. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter the required participant information. Sweepstakes ends September 16, 2011. Official Rules



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Be a VIP at Richmond International Raceway®

by Casey | Posted on February 22nd, 2011

If fast cars and intense competition get your heart pumpin’, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Richmond International RacewayYou and your guest could be our VIPs at Richmond International Raceway® on April 30, 2011 for the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400. NASCAR’s top drivers take to the 3/4-mile “D”-shaped oval under the lights and you could be watching from plush suite seats!

Twenty Grand Prize Winners of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers Sweepstakes will be given the VIP treatment to include exclusive parking, two weekend-long pre-race pit passes, two VIP passes for the Friday night Nationwide Series race – the Bubba Burger 250 – and two suite tickets for the Saturday night main event, not to mention all-you-care-to-eat suite food and the envy of your friends.

Should you fall short of Grand Prize Winner, we’re also showering ten First Prize Winners with some pretty nice “Adrenaline Junkie” swag, too. How do four tickets to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Late Model race and four tickets to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway® sound? Sounds like upwards of 800 horses to me. What’s more? Take four tickets to a variety of other Virginia motorsports facilities to enjoy racing throughout the year (arena racing, dragstrips, dirt tracks, road courses, etc.).

And we’re still not done!

Twenty more Second Prize Winners will score four tickets to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway®.

I tell you, folks, this is the racing giveaway to beat all racing giveaways. Good luck and “let’s go racin’, boys!”

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