The NASCAR Foundation Gives Day Of Fun, New Bikes To Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Blue Ridgeby Press Release April 8, 2022 0 comments
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Thursday, The NASCAR Foundation surprised more than 100 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge with new bicycles as part of special field-day event at Martinsville Speedway.
The Speediatrics Fun Day Festival powered by Kaulig Racing was held in The 1948 tent, just outside of the racetrack, and featured a variety of fun, pit crew-themed activities for Boys & Girls Club members, including the Goodyear Tire Race, Pit Stop Challenge and Gas Can Relay. Each child also received a new bicycle, bicycle helmet and safety training during the event.
“For many of these kids, this is a first-time NASCAR experience so to have the opportunity to engage them at this age, introduce them to our sport and create a fun atmosphere around our race events is really important,” said Nichole Krieger, Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation. “It’s been amazing to partner with Kaulig Racing to provide such a fun and memorable experience for the next generation of NASCAR fans.”
The two-hour festival event culminated a week-long, NASCAR-themed program designed to inspire youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge to be physically active and lead a healthy lifestyle. At the track, kids from three local clubs rotated through a series of activities demonstrating the various roles that NASCAR pit crew members perform during a pit stop.
“I had the most fun I’ve had in a long time and my favorite part was the lug nut relay race,” said Anala, 10, of nearby Bassett, Va. “It was really cool to learn about how the pit crews do their jobs and train to get ready for the races.”
To begin the event, Kaulig Racing drivers AJ Allmendinger, Landon Cassill and Daniel Hemric were on hand to help The NASCAR Foundation present a $15,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge. The partnership between The NASCAR Foundation and Kaulig Racing is facilitated by Kaulig Giving, the philanthropic arm of Kaulig Companies.
Thursday’s event Martinsville Speedway is one of nine Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals planned for the 2022 race season. The events are held in NASCAR race markets nationwide as an extension of The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which supports the needs expressed by hospitals, specialty clinics, camps and other organizations providing children’s medical and health care services.
In 2021, NASCAR announced Boys & Girls Clubs of America as its Official Youth Community Partner and this year both NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation are hosting youth from local clubs for unique, at-track experiences across 15 NASCAR race weekends.
2022 NASCAR Season
As part of its 75th Anniversary season, Martinsville Speedway continues its first-ever consecutive three race weekend of night races with all three premier series with the Call 811 Before You Dig 250 Powered by Call811.com NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race featuring NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 Cup Series race on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In the fall, Martinsville will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale on Thursday, Oct. 27 and penultimate races of the Xfinity Series Playoffs in the Dead On Tools 250 on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m. and the Cup Series Playoffs in the Xfinity 500 on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. In short track battles that can only happen at Martinsville, the fall races will crown the Whelen Modified Tour champion and set the field for the Xfinity and Cup Series championships the following week at Phoenix Raceway.
The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, will return for an evening of intense competition on Saturday, Sept. 24.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.
About Martinsville Speedway
Founded by H. Clay Earles in 1947, Martinsville Speedway is the only NASCAR track to host NASCAR Cup Series races every year since its inception in 1949. At .526 miles in length, the track annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the fall. Martinsville Speedway also annually hosts the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. For more information about Martinsville Speedway, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc. (NASCAR) established The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006 to support initiatives that positively affect the lives of children throughout the United States. The 501(c) (3) non-profit entity partners with medical experts and other charitable organizations to fund children’s health care programs. The NASCAR Foundation has cumulatively donated more than $36 million to reach more than one million children. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, visit NASCARfoundation.org. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter at @NASCAR_FDN.
Source: Martinsville Speedway