RIDGEWAY – There were smiles all around at Martinsville Speedway during the American Cancer Society’s ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ event. Martinsville Speedway has been a part of honoring survivors for nearly a decade and this year’s event was another day for breast cancer survivors to spend time with NASCAR drivers, paint the start/finish line pink, take rides in the pink Camaro ZL1 pace cars and help raise awareness. Chevrolet, Martinsville Speedway and the American Cancer Society teamed up to host the event at the track with survivors being treated to pace car rides by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet drivers Kurt Busch and William Byron.
Joining the drivers was American Cancer Society Regional Coordinator, Nancy Keatts, and Chevrolet Motorsports Marketing Manager Bob Phipps. The speedway's president, Clay Campbell, enjoys hosting the event he marks on his calendar every year. “It’s one of the days I look forward to every year,” said Campbell. “Everyone at the track looks forward to helping promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We want the survivors to come out and have a great day and we appreciate Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society allowing us to be a part of this day.” For Busch, helping bring smiles to survivors is something he enjoys while giving pace cars rides on a track he and Byron will be back competing on in less than three weeks. “It’s a lot of fun to give the ladies around the race track,” said Busch. “We’ll never fully understand the battles they go through and it is fun to show them the battles we have on the race track.” Byron was participating in his first event at Martinsville Speedway with Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society. “It’s great to be out here meeting all these great (survivors) and supporting their cause to raise awareness of breast cancer,” said Byron. “This is the first time I’ve been asked to participate in this event and I was happy to do and help support a great cause.”