MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR is showing its appreciation for some local doctors and nurses in a unique way.
NASCAR haulers paraded around Sovah Health in Martinsville Monday afternoon.
This is the 50th anniversary of the hospital there.
With the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway Wednesday, the hospital thought the parade would be a good way to help celebrate the hospital and the doctors and nurses that work there.
“This is a very special day for us, once again to honor those frontline heroes, many, many, many of which are in this audience today, and say ‘Thank you.’ We really appreciate NASCAR coming out and saying ‘Thanks’ to all of you, our team here at Sovah Martinsville," said Sovah Health Martinsville CEO Dale Alward.
After the parade, hospital employees were treated to meals.
Martinsville Track President Clay Campbell and Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace were also on hand to honor the workers and greet fans.
“To celebrate and recognize the people that put themselves out there, the front-line workers that unselfishly do there job is pretty special. It takes a special person that will put themselves at risk to do that and serve people that come in this hospital day in and day out,” Campbell said.
Rusty Wallace is a career 7-time winner at Martinsville Speedway. The race is scheduled for Wednesday evening, the first ever Cup race scheduled to start under the lights at the half mile of Mayhem.