Mayor, speedway president to visit Canadian city
June 20, 2008
Martinsville's mayor and the president of the Martinsville Speedway hope to build relations with the Canadian city of Martensville with a visit to central Saskatchewan this weekend.
Mayor Kimble Reynolds Jr. and Clay Campbell are making the trip for the first time at the invitation of Martensville's leaders after much communication between the two communities.
"They have also been through a redevelopment period" in that area of Canada, Reynolds said. "We're drawing a sort of kinship to our efforts to revitalize areas uptown."
The two cities are one letter and thousands of miles apart, but they share a love of auto racing. Near Martensville, Canada, is the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, a 3/8 mile race track. On Saturday, Reynolds and Campbell will attend the A&W Martensville 100 race, the largest steel-body stock car race in Canada.
"In addition to being able to connect the two communities by way of motorsports, we're going to look at some of the other aspects of Martensville, Canada, and the neighboring city of Saskatoon to see what relationships and connections can be made," Reynolds said.
Martensville is a 5,000-person bedroom community of Saskatoon, the largest city in the province, with a population of 220,000.
For the past two years, the winner of the summer Tiger Automotive Martensville 150 Street Stock Invitational has received tickets to the Subway 500 NASCAR race at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Last October, an eight-person delegation from the Canadian city traveled south for the race, including Herman Hordal, business development manager for the northern speedway.
"They've always been very nice when they've come down to our race," Campbell said. "Hopefully there are some things we can learn from each other."
NASCAR has purchased its Canadian counterpart, CASCAR, Campbell said.
"There's a lot of interest in NASCAR in Canada. I think that's good, and there are a lot of people we can tap into," he said.