Jamaica, VA – If you have ever been involved in a pinewood derby you know how exciting it is not only for the kids but for the adults. Saturday May 6th Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will bring that excitement and fun back to the speedway as it hosts the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby as part of Truckin Thunder Scout Night.

“We are extremely excited to once again host this event and to help raise money and awareness for ChildHelp. We have to thank Tom and Judy Brooks of Truckin Thunder for the amount of effort they put into this event and for being such a great sponsor,” commented General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

Gates will open at 5pm with registration with the Dirtwood National Pinewood Derby starting at 5:15pm.

After the Dirtwood Nationals all Scouts (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts) if wearing their uniform, will get free admission to enjoy a night of full sized dirt car racing. During the evening’s festivities, the Speedway will also help in raising money and awareness for the charity ChildHelp®.

“I can’t wait for this year’s Dirtwood Nationals event on May 6th. Every year the event seems to get bigger. Pairing a pinewood derby event with a full-scale racing night at Virginia Motor Speedway is a natural. Participants from the local Scouting Community and Virginia Motor Speedway’s racing family will make for a fun-filled evening that also will raise money for one of my favorite charities, ChildHelp®. I feel fortunate to have one of the ChildHelp Villages here in Virginia. Helping them with their work of rehabilitating and caring for severely abused and neglected children is very important to me,” commented Truckin Thunder owner Tom Brooks.

There will be two divisions for the Dirtwood Nationals, Scouts and fans. A champion will be crowned in each division and then there will be a run-off to see who will be the overall Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby Champion. Standard Scouting pinewood derby rules will govern the races. For anyone wanting to participate but not having a pinewood derby car, a limited quantity will be available for rent for a $10 donation to ChildHelp.

Competitor gates for Saturday May 6th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

All scouts (Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout) and well as pack leaders will be admitted FREE while in uniform. Class B uniforms are acceptable.

For more information on the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals and Scout Night call the track at (804) 758-1867.

About Childhelp®:
Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work.” Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

1 Comment

  1. Preston Roberts May 6, 2017, 12:38 pm

    Scouting is a great way for your kids to learn to deal with real life situations and how to be self sufficient.
    Get your kids involved and or donate. They always need equipment or a trailer.


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