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Area Roundup: Producers of ‘The Bible’ named grand marshals
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Pictured in this undated photo are Executive producers, Mark Burnette and Roma Downey on the set of “The Bible”. (PRNewsFoto/The History Channel)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Four-time Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, who together co-produced the cable miniseries adaptation of “The Bible,” will be the co-grand marshals for the STP Gas Booster 500 on April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, according to a release from the speedway.

Burnett and Downey will give the command to start the engines in addition to being introduced at the drivers’ meeting and participating in pre-race ceremonies, the release said.

Downey, who stars in the miniseries as Mary, also is known for her nine seasons as the star of the series “Touched By an Angel.” That role earned her multiple best actress nominations for the Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

Burnett has produced more than 1,200 hours of television programming, airing in more than 70 countries worldwide. His current network series include Survivor (CBS), The Voice (NBC), The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) and Shark Tank (ABC).

“It is an incredible honor for us to host Mark and Roma. They are two exceptional talents who are known worldwide for their work,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said in the release. “We are delighted and proud to be able to share a bit of our world with them for the STP Gas Booster 500.”

“The Bible,” which premiered on The History Channel on March 3, is airing every Sunday through Easter, the release said.

Campbell expects good

racing from Gen-6 cars

The first short-track racing by the new Gen-6 Sprint Cup cars at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday provided a post-race feud between Denny Hamlin and former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano and plenty of close-quarter action on the track.

The two drivers had a couple on-track altercations, which led to frayed tempers and a little pushing and shoving in the pits. It didn’t end there; the two had a spirited exchange on Twitter later in the evening.

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell believes that should have racing fans excited about the upcoming STP Gas Booster 500 on April 7 at Martinsville Speedway.

“Now with one short-track race in the record book, I think the Gen-6 car is perfect for Martinsville Speedway,” said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway. “I thought all along that this new car, especially being 100 pounds lighter, will certainly make a good race car on a half-mile track. They should be faster than ever.”

Tight racing on short tracks typically leads to lots of bumping and banging, which leaves driveres irritable and angry.

“With the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville being the next short-track race, you can bet tempers will flare, scores will be settled and favors returned,” Campbell said. “That’s what fans always expect to see here and I’m sure they won’t be disappointed.”


G.W.-Danville 8

Martinsville 1

Martinsville’s boys tennis team lost to G.W.-Danville 8-1 on Tuesday in Danville.

L.B. Fox, Martinsville’s only returning starter, was the only player to pick up a win for a young Bulldog squad that features a handful of newcomers.

Martinsville (0-2) will play Halifax County at 4:30 p.m. today in South Boston.



L.B. Fox (MHS) def Christian Blankenship 8-4

Gunar Rojas def. Tyler Hairston (MHS) 8-0,

Marcus McCoyd def. Darrius Simmington (MHS) 8-2

Junaid Khan def. Carson Rigney (MHS) 8-0

John Moss def. Chris France (MHS) 8-2

Merlin May def. Tyshawn Williams (MHS) 8-0


Blankenship/Rojas def. Fox/Hairston (MHS) 8-4

McCoy/Junior Roberts def. Smmington/Rigney (MHS) 8-6

Khan/Moss def. France/Williams (MHS) 8-0

Bassett 9

Patrick County 0

Bassett’s girls tennis team defeated Patrick County 9-0 on Tuesday in Bassett.

The Bengals improved to 2-0 and will play again at 4:30 p.m. today against G.W.-Danville in Martinsville.



Claudia Morris (BHS) def. Cecelia Hylton 8-1

Ellie Hampton (BHS) def. Sarah Clark 8-1

Kat Seay (BHS) def. Ashley Madison 8-0

Whittney Smith (BHS) def. Ana Salcedo 8-1

Sam Seay (BHS) def. Taylor Conner 8-0

Allie Hylton (BHS) def. Alisha Arbogast 8-1


Morris/Smith (BHS) def. Hylton/Salcedo 8-0

Hamtpn/K.Seay (BHS) def. Clark/Madison 8-1

Sally Hubbard/Hylton (BHS) def. Conner/Arbogast 8-0


Jefferson Forest 3

Martinsville 0

Martinsville’s boys soccer team lost 3-0 to Jefferson Forest on Tuesday in Forest.

The Bulldogs gave up a goal in the 15th minute to Ben Cavanaugh and hoped to keep it at 1-0 heading into halftime. But JFHS’s Ryan Hardey chipped in a goal in the first half’s stoppage time to go up 2-0.

Cavanaugh scored Jefferson Forest’s third and final goal in the 60th minute. Martinsville head coach Pete Scouras said the game provided good experience for his younger players. Jefferson Forest (1-0) won the state tournament in 2011 and made it to the state semifinals in 2012.

Martinsville (0-2-1) had two shots on goal and JFHS had 13. MHS keeper Cody Martin had 11 saves.

Martinsville plays again on Thursday at home against Halifax County.


PHCC drops doubleheader

Patrick Henry Community College played a doubleheader against Onondaga on Tuesday and lost both games.

The Patriots lost the first game 1-0. Jordan Eubank took the loss pitching five innings and giving up an earned run.

In game two, PHCC lost 9-2 and Tyler Belcher took the loss going 5 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs. Edgar Lozano hit a 2-run home run to give the Patriots their only runs of the game.

PHCC plays Anne Arundel C.C. at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Hooker Field.


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