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Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer accepts pace car duties at Martinsville
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will go from the gridiron to the oval this Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
Beamer will be the honorary pace car driver for the STP Gas Booster 500, going behind the wheel for the laps leading up to the start of the race before turning duties back over to regular pace car driver Brett Bodine.
"My only question is, has anyone ever wrecked the pace car?" Beamer said in a release by the speedway. "If not, I hope I'm not the first."
Beamer, who grew up in Hillsville, a little over an hour away from the speedway, has attended the Martinsville race for years. He's friends with track president Clay Campbell.
"Frank is a friend of mine, a friend of Martinsville Speedway and a friend of NASCAR. He truly loves our sport and he understands our sport," Campbell said in a release. "When Frank comes to a race, it's to watch and enjoy the race. He's a real race fan."
"I'm disappointed that one of my favorite drivers, Denny Hamlin, whose crew chief Darrian Grub is a Virginia Tech alumnus, won't be racing but I'm excited about being a part of this race at Martinsville," Beamer said.
"Being on a tight track ... that is going to be interesting because I've always been a short-track guy."
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