Martinsville's Campbell receives award

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell Receives Pretigious Jack Dalton Award MARTINSVILLE, VA. (December 15, 2003) -- Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was awarded the Jack Dalton Community Service Award Monday night by ...

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell Receives Pretigious Jack Dalton Award

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (December 15, 2003) -- Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was awarded the Jack Dalton Community Service Award Monday night by the Henry County Board of Supervisors.

The award is based on community service and dedication to Henry County and its residents and is considered the most prestigious award presented annually in the county.

"This is really an honor," a surprised Campbell said from the podium after receiving the award. "Jack meant a lot to me and to my family. I really can't put into words what this means to me."

The 43-year-old Campbell was chosen by the Board from nominees presented by Henry County residents.

"Clay Campbell is a very deserving recipient of this award," said Board chairman David Davis. "The Martinsville Speedway has a huge financial impact on our area but, more importantly, Clay's community spirit and involvement have a huge personal impact on our citizens. I can think of no better candidate for this year's award."

"The Martinsville and Henry County area is our home. The area is important to us," said Campell. "It is a wonderful place to live and to work and we believe it's important to be involved with the community to make it even better for those of us who live here."

Campbell has served as president of Martinsville Speedway since 1988, but he has been a part of the track virtually from his birth. Campbell's grandfather, the late H. Clay Earles, founded the track in 1947 and the family has operated the facility ever since. Campbell began his full-time career at the track as a member of the maintenance staff while he was a teenager.

During his tenure as president, Campbell has been the driving force behind multiple upgrades and expansions that have kept the facility at the forefront of all NASCAR tracks.

Campbell also is a community leader. He and his staff play host to and help underwrite the costs of the community's annual July 4 celebration, which is a free event that includes children's rides, a free concert and a fireworks display. The facility also plays host to an annual Toy Drive and Souvenir Day at which toys are collected for area children. This year's event, held last Saturday, collected more than 3,200 toys for needy children in Martinsville and Henry County.

Campbell also has established the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation, which assists area young people through many avenues. He is a past president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and serves on many local boards and commissions.

The award is named for the late Jack Dalton, who served on the Board of Supervisors for more than 24 years. Dalton, who represented the Collinsville District on the Board, was serving as the Board's chairman at his death on May 24, 2000.

Campbell is the third recipient of the Jack Dalton Award. Bill Adkins won the award in 2002 and Dr. Calvin Rains in 2001.

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