For those of you who may not know, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is on to the Eliminatior Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and this week’s race was at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia in what is definitely Virginia Tech country. Traditionally, this race has had some sort of local band play the national anthem which is quite unique and cool given that most places usually have a big name singer sing the national anthem.
This race is in Southwest Virginia so it would seem to make sense that with a race in Southwest Virginia, NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway would go with a band from the nearby area.
Instead, the choice of band to play the national anthem was an out of state band that was in Virginia for the weekend.
The marching band for North Carolina was the band that played the national anthem and while they did do a very good job with it, the surprise is the fact that a race in Southwest Virginia chose to have an out of state band play the national anthem instead of the Marching Virginians or Highty Tighties.
I have nothing against the North Carolina marching band and I think it’s really cool that they go to do this but this race is in Southwest Virginia so if you’re going to choose a collegiate band, then it only makes sense to go with one of the two bands from Virginia Tech. This race is in the heart of Hokie Nation and even if they didn’t go with one of the Hokies’ two marching bands, it would still make more sense for a Virginia band to play the national anthem at a race in Virginia.
Hopefully, the Marching Virginians or Highty Tighties will get the chance to play at Martinsville next year.