Martinsville Speedway hosts 24th annual toy drive

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Right now the track is quiet now.
But come Saturday, it will be filled with folks for the speedway's 24th annual Martinsville Speedway Christmas toy drive, something that gets bigger, and arguably better every year.

"As always we work with Grace Network, and they went through the school system this year and we have over 500 kids that we need to touch and we have every intent of doing that," said Clay Campbell, president of the speedway.

"We did a great effort to try and find the kids that might not have such a merry Christmas this year," said Tracy Hinchcliff, the executive director for Grace Network.

Hinchcliff said the speedway event gets such a big response because, well its not just a toy drive, its a holiday activity that also helps those in need.

"You don't even have to be a fan but people love coming down and driving their car on the racetrack," said Campbell.

Here's how it works - come to the speedway between 3 and 5 on Saturday with a new toy or $20 and you get to drive you car around the track.

"There's a speed limit. We put our pacer car in front, so nobody gets out of hand, we don't want to hurt anybody," said Campbell.

But if you are looking for some more speed, you can donate $60 and ride with the president of the speedway who said he's just hopeful for a big crowd.

"This area is known for people who are generous with their money and time and resources to help with causes like this," said Campbell.