Martinsville Speedway gets hauler parade

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Fans were treated to something a little different this year at Martinsville Speedway. For the first time in 70 years, fans were treated to a NASCAR hauler parade.

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It took nearly three quarters of a century, but the fans at Martinsville Speedway finally got a hauler parade.

Lined up, one after another, 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers paraded from the city limits to end up at the track.

"It just brings everybody together. It starts the weekend off," Thomas Edwards, a fan, said.

It provides an up close and personal experience for the fans who come out to show their support for their favorite driver.

"To see all the trucks roll in is just fascinating because you don't get this close to any other sport," Edwards said.

Although their driver isn't the one behind the wheel, these fans show up for what is inside these trucks.

"Everybody has this passion for the sport, passion for the drivers and even though they know their drivers not here, they know they're driver's car is in that hauler and they get real excited to see something like that," Matt Johnson, a fan, said.

Fans weren't the only ones excited. DeWayne 'Ryder' Zirkle from Roanoke drives the hauler for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and was thrilled to see fans line up.

"We were really impressed the people that came out honking the horns and the people were real excited like a little static in the air to get this thing going," Zirkle siaid.

Ask these fans and they can sum up the first ever hauler parade at Martinsville with two words.

"It's awesome!"

Fans also said they'll be at the gate waiting for it to open so they can get down in the garage area to hopefully get a look and autograph from their driver. Gates open at 9 am.