THE UPTOWN MARTINSVILLE EXPERIENCE
by Dave Meredith
The Uptown ( Old Town) Martinsville was brought to life
as the sounds of the drivers along with their speed machines from the NASCAR
Whelen Modified& Southern Modified Tours invaded the calmness of the hilltop
region. Martinsville Speedway and Martinsville Uptown's Premier TGIF Outdoor
Concert Series, Pepsi and Coors Light provided the location for the mighty
modified to roar through the city streets of Uptown.
The Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway was
assigned the pole position in the #4 Mystic Missile usually piloted by
current WMT point leader Donny Lia as the group of 23 modified roared their
way through uptown creating a mini earthquake. However, after the redraw he
started in the third. The fans, especially the young were treated to a
sample of what will be on hand tonight as the Whelen Modified Tours at
Martinsville Speedway. The open wheeled racers were lined up next to the
TGIF concert on Church Street, as the throaty big engines quieted the
harmonic sounds from the Band of Oz entertained the crowd with their variety
of beach themed music all evening.
Church Street was flooded with racing and non-racing fans all
in search of autographs, souvenirs and refreshments. The youngsters on hand
had great as many of the teams gave the young race car enthusiasts an
experience of a lifetime. When they assisted numerous kids behind wheel into
the driver's seat and let them assume the controls.
Plenty of smiles were seen on the faces as the kids and the
parents that showed how happy they were. The crowd waned on the street and
flowed into to park for the music and refreshments. The drivers appeared on
stage just before the cars were loaded up.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars will be in town for the
running of the Made In America Whelen 300 NASCAR Modified Tour race on
Saturday, September 1.
"This was a great evening to be in Uptown Martinsville", said
Susan McCulloch, Executive Director of Martinsville Uptown Revitalization
Association. Mike Smith, director of Public Relation for Martinsville
Speedway, said: " I think we made a few new fans tonight, we used this as an
opportunity to show the public what modified racing is".
The practice session just ended and the track is quiet now
till about 5:00 pm.
September 1, 2007