Martinsville Speedway Goodys Fast Relief 500It’s Sunday morning of race day in Martinsville, Virginia, and our family travel day is mapped out and we’re ready to roll. Almost. It seems that no matter what we say we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it, we always leave home for our annual trip to the spring NASCAR race an hour (or two!) later than the “early” start we think we’re going to have. You know what that means then, we’re racing to get to the race!

I grew up less than 10 miles from the racetrack and could hear the sound of the cars’ engines roaring as they raced the short-track oval of the Martinsville Speedway.

I loved it when my dad would take me to the races. Mom did not care to go to the races all that much, she usually stayed home and cooked so there would be a spread ready for the after-race get-together.

I no longer live in Martinsville, but I still have family there and when the spring race comes to town, my husband, kids and I join them for a day at the race. 

Funnel Cakes mean Family Friendly

This year, at the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, I decided to take a moment and, instead of looking round and round at the racetrack, take a look around at the crowd. I wanted to take note of how many people were there were families traveling with kids. Funnel Cake means Family Friendly

There were plenty– kids of all ages were there. Then, I took note of the snacks available at the concessions: cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and funnel cakes. Does anyone other than a kid eat funnel cakes? We pack our own lunches to eat on race day, but I have to admit, getting a funnel cake at the race is one thing my son always looks forward to. 

Our lives aren’t changed by who wins the race, but the time we spend doing something together does keep us on the right track.

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