Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell is one of three finalists for the 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year award that is given yearly to someone in the NASCAR industry for his or her philanthropic efforts.

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was recently announced as a finalist for the 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year.

The annual award is given to someone in the NASCAR industry to recognize philanthropic efforts.

In a news release from the speedway, it is noted that Campbell is recognized for his efforts to support Henry County and Martinsville, as president of Martinsville Speedway and the Campbell Family Foundation. The other finalists for the award are Matt Kaulig of Kaulig Racing and Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs and NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace of the Live to be Different Foundation.

“This year, more than ever, it’s important to shine a spotlight on how these remarkable individuals within the sport of NASCAR are using their platforms to make a positive impact on so many lives around them,” Matt Lederer, vice president of brand partnerships and activation at Comcast, said in the release. “This year’s finalists embody the spirit of one of Comcast’s core values, community impact, by working tirelessly to make a long term, lasting change in the community.”

“I am honored to be recognized with Matt Kaulig and Bubba Wallace as a finalist for the Comcast Community Champion of the Year,” Campbell said. “Our family has always believed it is our civic duty to be good citizens who actively care for our community. I am grateful to Comcast for the humbling recognition of my small role in supporting Martinsville and Henry County.”

Campbell became president of the speedway in 1988 at the track that his grandfather, H. Clay Earles, founded. Campbell was born and raised in Martinsville where he works to make the area a better place. Some of the things Campbell and his foundation have done include helping the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program come to the area, supporting the Grace Network through a Christmas toy drive that has impacted more than 10,000 area children with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning. The speedway also hosts an annual free Independence Day celebration with Campbell covering the cost for carnival rides for the children.

He has also served as president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Martinsville YMCA board of directors, president of the Chamber Partnership for Economic Growth, trustee at Ferrum College and board of directors at the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and currently serves on the board of directors for the Blue Ridge Airport Authority Board.

A panel comprised of Comcast and NASCAR executives, as well as Dover International Speedway President Mike Tatoian who received the award in 2019, will select the winner of the 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV