February 1, 2016

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast meeting on ““Martinsville Speedway – A driving force in the region for 70 years” on Tuesday, February 23.

The breakfast will feature Clay Campbell, President of the Martinsville Speedway. Campbell will talk about the speedway, its place in NASCAR, and the impact it has on the region. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).

Campbell was born into a world of racing. The grandson of Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles, Campbell could be found at the track from a very early age. After graduating from Drewry Mason High School, the Martinsville native started full-time at the track in 1978. Over the next decade, Campbell would work in nearly every department the track has, from outside maintenance, to ticketing, to public relations and marketing.

In 1988, Campbell was named Track President, a role he serves in to this day. Campbell not only understands the sport from a track perspective, but from the looking out the windshield as well. He raced go-karts throughout the southeast for seven years, raced NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars at weekly race tracks in the region, including the Caraway Speedway Limited Late Model Sportsman track championship in 2001, the NASCAR K&N East Series in 2012, and has raced in the ARCA series at Daytona and Talladega.

A certified multi-engine, jet and instrument rated pilot, Campbell has been flying for more than 25 years.  In the racing world, Campbell is a past member of the National Stock Car Racing Commission, is a member of the Nominating Committee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame and is a voting member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Outside of the sport, Campbell has served on numerous boards throughout the region. Currently, he serves as a Board Member of the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, President of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership for Economic Growth, is a member of the Blue Ridge Airport Authority Board of Directors, and is a Trustee at Ferrum College.

The breakfast meeting, which is open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.