Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars take to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500, the haulers transporting the cars will take to US 220, for the first ever Martinsville Speedway Hauler Parade.
On Thursday, the haulers will start at the city limits and drive down 220 south to the race track, giving fans the opportunity to cheer for their favorite car along the route. The parade will start around 5 p.m.
"This is something we've looked at doing for a long time," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "We were able to work with local officials to make it happen this year and I think it's going to be great.
"I love seeing how excited the fans get when race weekend starts, especially the kids who love to watch the haulers come in, and this will give people a chance to feel that excitement before the trucks even arrive at the track."
Haulers from all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will join the parade and fans are encouraged to line along the route to cheer for their favorites.
The parade route will remain open to regular traffic, however, people traveling along 220 may encounter some delays.
Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway March 31-April 2.
This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
Children 12-and-under are admitted free to the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday with the running of the STP 500.
Ticket prices start at $55 and tickets in the Bill France Tower are $60.
The race is the first short-track race of the season and marks the series' return to the east coast after the "West Coast Swing."
Last year Kyle Busch became the first driver in the tracks storied history to win both the Truck and Premier Series races in the same weekend.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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