MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 25: <>during practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Last One, Best One – Final Speediatrics Fun Day Festival of 2019

And that’s a wrap! Our sixth and final Speediatrics Fun Day Festival of the year took place this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway. More than 120 kids and volunteers from the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge joined The NASCAR Foundation and NASCAR drivers at the track to celebrate our last Speediatrics Fun Day Festival before heading into 2020.

For two weeks leading into the Speediatrics Fun Day Festival, the kids who attended the event tracked their steps using pedometer watches provided by The NASCAR Foundation, watched NASCAR-themed videos and filled out activity sheets to get a preview into our Speediatrics Fun Day Festival. These different initiatives provide kids the opportunity to learn more about the importance of living a healthy life.

At our Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals, the lessons learned come to life. When the kids arrived on Friday, we kicked off the event with stretching, squats and a dance party with The NASCAR Foundation mascot Chase. After warm-up, we started the clock to begin our five different stations of NASCAR-themed activities, including Gas Can Relay, Goodyear Tire Race, Pinewood Derby, Looking for Lug Nuts and Pit Stop Challenge.

As always, the core message of our events is to educate the children that being healthy is important and can also be fun. That’s why we had NASCAR drivers, including Ross Chastain, Austin Wayne Self, Jeb Burton, Spencer Boyd, Gus Dean and Tyler Dippel, participate in the activities alongside the kids. Our drivers and crew members need to stay healthy in order to achieve success on the track. And that is no different for children – they need to be healthy in order to be successful in both school and other aspects of their lives.

To make our last event extra special, Harvest Youth Board donated $5,000 to support The NASCAR Foundation and our mission of helping children in our racing communities through our Speediatrics Children’s Fund. The local Chick-fil-a also sent each child home with a healthy snack.

Thank you to Martinsville Speedway, the Boys & Girls Club and Harvest Youth Board for making our final Speediatrics Fun Day Festival a success! Click here to view the different photos captured of the kids, drivers and volunteers.