MARTINSVILLE (WSLS 10) - Willie Martin has been helping park cars at Martinsville Speedway on race weekend for almost 50 years.
"About 25 years for the fella who owns this place and before that I did it for probably another 20 years with my fire department," Martin said as he stood in the driveway of a property along Highway 220 just outside the main entrance to the speedway.
A family connection and the excitement of race weekend keeps him motivated.
"This is a friend of my dad's. I love being around this excitement," said Martin. "It's a fun time, you meet a lot of folks from all over the place. [Saturday], I parked somebody from Nova Scotia."
Bahman Maalizadeh sells scanners at Martinsville Speedway.
"No matter how cold or rainy, snowing, or sunshine as it is today the fans always come here. They're so loyal," Maalizadeh emphasized.
His bigger passion though is helping Christians in Iraq and Syria who are under attack from ISIS.
He has just returned from his latest trip and is in the process of putting a report together.