FANS HAVE A LOT TO DO WHILE IN MARTINSVILLE FOR
'MADE IN AMERICA 300'
Racing is obviously the key ingredient of the Made In American Whelen 300 at
Martinsville Speedway Labor Day weekend, but fans can find plenty of
activities when they are away from the track.
The Made In America
Whelen 300 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race is scheduled for it’s second
running under the lights on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Martinsville Speedway.
“The Whelen 300
and the activities around it are a lot of fun for fans, but fans should plan
on coming early and staying late that weekend,” said Martinsville Speedway
president Clay Campbell. “So many race fans know Martinsville as a race
town, but there’s so much more to do in Martinsville and Henry County. We’ve
got rivers, lakes, a state park, campgrounds, hiking trails and museums.
There’s enough inexpensive fun here to keep a family busy all weekend.”
Practice and qualifying for the Whelen 300 are set for late
Friday, with Saturday’s action beginning at 7 p.m., leaving fans a lot of
time to explore the area.
For camping and exploring the outdoors, fans could visit
Philpott Lake or Fairystone State Park or take a guided kayak or canoe trip
on the Smith River or take a day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville offers
a unique glimpse into the past while the Piedmont Arts Association always
has an exhibit or two open to browse. The Stone Cross Museum displays many
types of the unique Fairystones found in the area of Fairystone State Park.
More information on the area may be found online at
The first on-track
action for the Made In America Whelen 300 will be a 90-minute practice
session at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. Time trials are scheduled for 8:30
p.m. followed by an autograph session in the infield.
Happy hour is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. The
50-lap Chatlee Boats last chance race is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the Made
In America Whelen 300 set to take the green at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Made In American Whelen 300 are $20 and may
be purchased in advance by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting
online. Tickets for pole day are $5 and may be purchased the day of
July 31, 2006