Martinsville Speedway will play host to the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series. In the April Cup race, Ryan Newman captured the checkered flag after two controversial incidents, initiated by David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer, prevented either of the top running Hendrick drivers (four-time champion Jeff Gordon and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson) from making it to Victory Lane. This race track holds a special place in the heart of that organization and they will definitely be looking to capture the checkered flag this time around.
The racing weekend will also mark the return of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. who had been sidelined for two weeks due to injuries sustained from consecutive concussions.
This week’s Travel Tips will consist of fan event information about events happening throughout the race weekend.
Friday, Oct. 26:
- NASCAR Fall Pole Day (3:40 p.m.) – Qualifying of the Tums Fast Relief 500, Children 12 and under FREE.
- Turn 5 Concerts (5:00 p.m.) - Broken Glass, Fatz and John Anderson will be performing – location is adjacent to the Martinsville Speedway Campground on Clover Road. Ticket Price, $10/day or $15/two-day.
Saturday, Oct. 27:
- Eddie Sharp Racing Q&A (9:15 a.m.) – Driver appearances will include Justin Lofton, Max Gresham and Cale Gale at the Chevy Display.
- Binding Time Author’s Festival (10:00 a.m.) – NASCAR writer Monte Dutton will be participating in this event along with 15 other local authors and artists. The venue is located at 1115 Spruce Street, Martinsville, VA.
- Turner Motorsports Q&A (12:15 p.m.) – Driver appearances will include James Buescher, Miguel Paludo and Nelson Piquet Jr. at the Chevy Display.
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m.)
- Turn 5 Concerts (6:00 p.m.) – Rebel Guns and Jaida Dreyer, location is adjacent to the Martinsville Speedway Campground on Clover Road. Ticket Price, $10/day or $15/two-day.
Sunday, Oct. 28:
- Chevy Display Q&A – Driver appearances will include Jamie McMurray (10:15 a.m.), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10:45 a.m.) and Kasey Kahne (11:00 a.m.)
- Chevy Display Pit Crew Autograph Session (11:15 a.m.) – No. 42 Chevrolet
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Race – Tums Fast Relief 500 (1:00 p.m.)
For Martinsville Speedway Fan Guide information, click here.
For Martinsville Speedway weekend schedule, click here.
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For local restaurant information, click here.
For local area attraction information, click here.
Race Broadcast Schedule:
Oct. 27– NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 200
TV: SPEED, 1:30 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 1:45 p.m. ET
Oct. 28 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Tums Fast Relief 500
TV: ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 12:30 p.m. ET
Unique Hiram is an Associate Editor/Contributing Writer/Media Rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Additionally, she is also the author of "Fast Lane Poetry," which was published April 2011. Unique can be contacted via email or through Twitter.