WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 9, 2001) -- It's good to have friends. Just ask Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. Campbell had two goals in mind as he prepared for this past weekend's racing activities. First, he had two...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 9, 2001) -- It's good to have friends. Just ask Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell.
Campbell had two goals in mind as he prepared for this past weekend's racing activities. First, he had two NASCAR-sanctioned events at his track to oversee, and second he had to find a way to get to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. in time to race in a Saturday night NASCAR Weekly Racing Series event.
With the help of friend and NASCAR Winston Cup car owner Rick Hendrick, Campbell was able to reach his second goal. As racing action came to an end Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick offered Campbell the use of his helicopter to fly down to North Carolina in order to drive the No. 55 Hayes Jewelers Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Taylor Motorsports.
With a track escort awaiting the arrival of Campbell, the helicopter landed at Caraway Speedway in time for him to make the driver's meeting and qualify for the race.
The trip was well worth it. Campbell started the limited late model feature from the pole and looked strong throughout the race. He was running second with a handful of laps remaining when he began to experience a tire problem. Campbell was able to finish the race in the fifth position.
"I first want to thank Rick Hendrick," Campbell said. "Without him allowing me to use his helicopter, I wouldn't have been able to make it to the track in time to race."
"I also want to thank Taylor Motorsports for allowing me the opportunity to drive a competitive racecar," Campbell said. "The car was good all night, but there at the end we had a tire problem that cost us. I'm just glad that I was able to make it to the track in time to race."
Campbell will pilot the No. 55 entry for Taylor Motorsports in select NASCAR Weekly Racing Series events this season at Caraway Speedway.