Quantcast

VIR Open House Draws Hundreds of Visitors for a Good Cause - abc27 WHTM

VIR Open House Draws Hundreds of Visitors for a Good Cause

Posted:

Alton, VA - Martinsville Speedway isn't the only venue hosting race fans in our area this week.

Virginia International Raceway held an open house today -- with food, celebrity guests, and plenty of fast cars.

This year VIR offered patrons a chance to drive their own cars around the track for a small fee.

The proceeds from that and other activities went to Victory Junction, a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses run by former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty.

"This is one of our most revered events of the year, " said Owner Connie Nyholm.

Nyholm says it offers visitors the chance to experience every aspect of the motorsport resort - from the restaurants to the race track.

"We want everyone to come in and see the variety of things we have to offer and have a chance to drive on the historic four course race track, " she said.

Patrons had the option to drive their own cars or ride shotgun with the pros in a high-performance vehicle, and for those who weren't brave enough to get on the track, the on-site spa offered a variety of complimentary services.

"It's a great facility. This is the first time I've been here. It's a lot of fun, a lot of nice cars around...just a good atmosphere to be around, " said visitor Clif Burcham.

For many, the best part was knowing that their donations were making a difference.

"It's been incredibly gratifying to watch these kids grow up, " said Kyle Petty.

Petty represented the camp which has helped more than 17,000 chronically ill children experience the joy of summer camp.

As a driver and humanitarian, Petty saw the event as a true success.

"I've already met two families here whose kids have gone to camp and they're here today to ride around and donate back to camp. So being at VIR today is a good day, " he said.

VIR officials say the event is great for increasing business at the resort, and having the race at the Martinsville Speedway in the same week makes it a win-win for race fans.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:05 GMT
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
  • At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:28:46 GMT
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
  • Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:15:22 GMT
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow