Martinsville's Souvenir Day December 2

MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- Needy children will be the big winners when Martinsville Speedway hosts its Seventh Annual Souvenir Day on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a day of fun for race fans with Winston Cup ...

MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- Needy children will be the big winners when Martinsville Speedway hosts its Seventh Annual Souvenir Day on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a day of fun for race fans with Winston Cup souvenir vendors on hand selling their goods at amazingly low year-end prices and a 30-lap Allison Legacy Series race. But the fun doesn't end at the close of Souvenir Day. In fact, that is when the real fun begins, as hundreds of youngsters will find gifts under the tree on Christmas morning, the result of bighearted race fans . The event is free to the public, but shoppers can help the area's needy youngsters by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by the Henry County Baptist Association and distributed by the Salvation Army. Since the toy drive began in 1994, over 12,0000 toys have been donated to help brighten Christmas mornings throughout the area. Also, more than $10,000 has been collected during that period to purchase even more Christmas presents. "This is a wonderful opportunity for race fans to come together for a day of fun and do something wonderful for children in need," said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. "We have been amazed over the years just how generous race fans are." Vendors for Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte have already committed to the event. Many more are expected to commit in the next few days. Track officials expect more than a dozen Winston Cup vendors to be on hand on Dec. 2, along with the Martinsville Speedway souvenir trailer. The Souvenir Day sales are a great opportunity to buy a gift for that race fan in your life without shelling out big bucks. The vendors will have plenty of year-end closeout items on hand, priced far below normal cost. The souvenir vendors will be selling jackets, T-shirts, caps, collectibles and many other items that may be hard to find except at Winston Cup events. The souvenir trailers will be located in the track's infield area. There will also be an American Red Cross Bloodmobile at the track on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a goal of 30 pints and donors may make appointments by calling the speedway at (540) 956-1148.

The Allison Legacy cars will run a 30-lap race at 1 p.m. The Allison cars are approximately three-quarter scale and look similar to Winston Cup cars. The cars have B2200 Mazda truck engines that produce about 120 horsepower. The cars were designed and built by Kenny, Ronald and Donald Allison, the sons of former Winston Cup driver Donnie Allison. The next NASCAR Winston Cup action at Martinsville Speedway is the Virginia 500 on Sunday, April 8, 2001. Tickets are $40-$70 and are available by calling toll free at (877) 722-3849 or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Donnie Allison , Clay Campbell