Track president Clay Campbell and the rest of his staff at Martinsville Speedway are among the classiest in NASCAR.
While they operate the track as a business, they also are deeply vested in helping the surrounding community.
And boy, did the Speedway ever help out in 2014, contributing more than $750,000 in either cash or other donated services to the Martinsville and surrounding Henry County (Va.) area.
“It has always been a big part of our philosophy here to give back to the community in every way we can,” Campbell said in a media release. “Every member of our staff lives in this community; they are vested in what happens here and want to do everything we can to make it better.”
The track is the center point for a number of community-based activities, including Martinsville High School’s annual after-prom party, the annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular, and a canned food drive that benefits local food banks as well as the United Way.
The track also is a big supporter of first responders, donating over $25,000 to local volunteer fire departments and rescue squads for their work on the speedway’s two annual NASCAR race weekends.
In addition, the Piedmont Criminal Justice Academy also utilized the track for more than a week during 2014 for training exercises.
Among charities that were big beneficiaries of the track’s largesse were the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martinsville and Henry County, the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, 4-H, Raceway Ministries and the Grace Network.
Speaking of the Grace Network, which helps underprivileged children and families, the 18th annual Speedway toy drive raised over $13,000 and over 200 toys for local children for Christmas.
Americrown, the food service division Martinsville Speedway’s parent company, International Speedway Corp., also paid nearly $100,000 to area non-profits that staffed concession stands during this past season’s race weekends.
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