- In an ongoing effort to improve the overall fan experience during event weekends at Martinsville Speedway, the Pre-Race Experience returns this fall ahead of the First Data 500.
Martinsville Speedway will feature Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Corey LaJoie prior to the running of the First Data 500 on Oct. 27.
Busch is a two-time winner at Martinsville Speedway scoring his first series win at the track in the fall race in 2002 and scoring his second win in the 2014 spring event.
"We’re delighted to have these five drivers participate in our Pre-Race Experience prior to the First Data 500," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "While Kurt (Busch) has proven he knows how to get around Martinsville, all five drivers bring a unique perspective about competing at Martinsville that I’m sure our fans will enjoy hearing about before the race.
"We know fans come to watch a competitive race which Martinsville Speedway delivers, but this is another affordable way for our fans to make the entire day a memorable experience interacting with some of the top names in our sport."
In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre-Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, and enjoy music, games, and prizes.
The cost of the Pre-Race Experience is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under.
The driver question-and-answer sessions will be held on the frontstretch beginning at 10:30 a.m. and fans can remain on the frontstretch until the conclusion of driver introductions.
Admission to the Pre-Race Experience does not include a ticket for the First Data 500.
The weekend starts with a practice day for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday, followed by a truck series autograph session and the always popular Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade.
On Saturday, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is in action with the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 with qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 immediately following the truck race.
Advance ticket prices for the First Data 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200-lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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