Virginia Senators' official guests at Martinsville II

Virginia's two United States Senators will take President Bush's advice Sunday and get back to normal life with a trip to Martinsville Speedway for the Old Dominion 500 Winston Cup race. Sen. John Warner and Sen. George Allen will be on hand at...

Virginia's two United States Senators will take President Bush's advice Sunday and get back to normal life with a trip to Martinsville Speedway for the Old Dominion 500 Winston Cup race.

Sen. John Warner and Sen. George Allen will be on hand at Martinsville Speedway Sunday and will join in pre-race festivities.

Warner, a four-term Republican, will be the Grand Marshal for the Old Dominion 500.

Allen, a Republican in his first term in the Senate, will be the Old Dominion 500's official starter.

"It's a high honor and a privilege to join you as Grand Marshal for the Old Dominion 500. President Busch recommends all of us to get out and go about our lives," said Warner. "NASCAR, the racing teams, Martinsville and some 86,000 race fans -- all of us are doing just that and demonstrating that terrorist threats will not dictate how we live our lives."

Both Warner and Allen are Martinsville Speedway veterans. Warner made his first trip to the .526-mile track in the mid-1970s when he was making his first run for the U.S. Senate. Warner made several trips to the track during his term as governor of Virginia.

Warner will give the command "gentlemen start your engines" to signal drivers to fire their motors. Allen will wave the green flag from the flagstand on the first lap to officially start the Old Dominion 500. Warner is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate's Environment and Public Works and Rules and Administration Committees which includes the Senate Transportation Subcommittee he chaired.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Senate, Warner ahs served as Under Secretary and Secretary of the Navy.

Allen serves as Deputy Whip for the 107th Congress, working with the Majority Party leadership to formulate policy, develop strategy and generate support for the Party's legislative priorities in the Senate. He's a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Small Business Committee.

Allen was the governor of Virginia from 1994 to 1998.

Action kicks off at Martinsville Speedway on Friday with the first NASCAR Winston Cup practice taking the green flag at 11:20 a.m.

Bud Pole qualifying is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Friday with a 30-lap Anderson Tractor John Deere Allison Legacy Series race to follow.

On Saturday action begins at 8:15 a.m. with a 90 minute Featherlite Modified practice for the Advance Auto Parts 200. After Modified time trials at 11 a.m., there will be a 45-minute Winston Cup practice at noon. The final Winston Cup practice session is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. The Advance Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race kicks off at 2:45 p.m.

The Old Dominion 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race will take the green flag at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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