Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States
The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Sept. 25, 1949
The track was paved in 1955
The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956
Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976
PO Box 3311
Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Ridgeway, Virginia 24148
Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
Straights: 800 feet
Grandstnd Seating: 55,000
Length: 28 feet
Width: 14 feet
April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 80.088mph, started 7th
October 2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 78.540mph, started 3rd
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991
Youngest Race Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960
April 2016 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 97.043mph, finished 11th
October 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 98.206mph, finished 7th
Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, March 28, 2014, 100.201mph, set in first round of qualifying
Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987
Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981
Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 8
Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15
Most Poles - Active Driver: Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, 3
Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8
Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty; Active leader - 19 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 10s: 38 - Jeff Gordon; Active leader, 24 - Jimmie Johnson
Lead Lap Finishes: Jeff Gordon 38 in 47 races
Laps Led (all time): Cale Yarborough - 3,851 laps
Most Cautions: 21 - 10/21/2007
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/25/1971
Most Caution Laps: 127, 10/21/2007
Fewest Caution Laps: 3, 4/25/1971
Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 4/18/1999 and 4/1/2007
Fewest Running at the Finish: 4 - 5/6/1951
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kurt Busch, Oct 2002, started 36th
Most Lead Changes: 33 - 3/30/2014
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/9/1961
Most Leaders: 14 - 10/15/2001
Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11 times last on 9/26/1976
Most Wins by Manufacturer:
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4 - John Andretti 4/18/1999
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 493 - Fred Lorenzen, 9/27/1964
Experience a Full Weekend with the Family at Martinsville Speedway: This year families can take in the STP 500 race weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org at Martinsville Speedway for just $324 with the Weekend Getaway Family 4 pack. The package includes camping, race tickets for all on track activity and food. The Weekend Getaway Family 4 pack is geared toward families with children 12-and-under, giving them the opportunity to spend a weekend at the track with only one click of the mouse. Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway March 31-April 2 for the STP 500 race weekend. The campgrounds open on March 25. This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary. The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday with the running of the STP 500. The race is the first short-track race of the season and marks the series' return to the east coast after the "West Coast Swing." Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-11-2017)
Martinsville to test lighting system UPDATE: Martinsville Speedway will test its new LED lighting system on Wednesday. NASCAR's oldest venue, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, announced the project to illuminate the half-mile paperclip-shaped circuit last October. For track president Clay Campbell, whose grandfather H.Clay Earles founded Martinsville Speedway in 1947, the progress has been exciting to watch. "They put the last light pole up last week," Campbell told Motorsport.com. "They've got another month to do the wiring and focus all the individual lights. I think each light pole has about 19 or 20 lights on it, so each one has to be individually focused. We're doing a test this coming Wednesday with all the lights on the backstretch to start focusing those. It's pretty thrilling to see 'em coming up. They're pretty well on schedule so it will be ready shortly."(Motorsports)(1-25-2017)
UPDATE: The spotlight, or spotlights to be more specific, shined on Martinsville Speedway Wednesday night, as four of the track's new LED light towers were powered on. The lights, located along the backstretch of the half-mile racetrack, gave engineers and track staff the first glimpse of what the "Light Up Martinsville" project will look like when complete. "This is really exciting and such a historic day for Martinsville Speedway," Track President Clay Campbell said. "I think we all had an idea of what it would look like, but know you can really visualize it. I can't wait to see the whole track lit up. I think the fans are really in for a treat." Campbell said he thinks there isn't a more fitting way to celebrate the track's 70th anniversary than by looking to the future. The $5 million project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the country with LED lights. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race is the first race scheduled to be held under the lights, on September 23.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-26-2017)
Martinsville Speedway Offers Replica Grandfather Clocks With STP 500 Ticket Purchase: As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Martinsville Speedway is offering fans a little something extra when they purchase a ticket to the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 2. Any fan who purchases the "Grandfather Clock Ticket Package" will receive a six-inch commemorative replica of the track's iconic grandfather clock trophy. The $70 ticket package includes a race ticket in select seat locations throughout the track and a voucher to be redeemed at the track to pick up the clock. The "Grandfather Clock Ticket Package" will be available while supplies last or until January 31. In addition, each person who purchases a ticket will be entered into the Fans 500 Sweepstakes, where one lucky ticket holder will receive the same grandfather clock trophy the winners take home. Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(PR)(1-7-2017)
First Light Poles at Martinsville Speedway Installed: Martinsville Speedway's "Light Up Martinsville" project hit a major milestone Tuesday as the first of 19 light poles was put in place. The project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the United States to have LED lighting. NASCAR's only remaining track from its original 1949 schedule will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017 and Track President Clay Campbell said he doesn't know of a more fitting way to celebrate the past than by celebrating the future. "It's a big day for Martinsville," Campbell said. "Who would have ever thought we would have had lights here? For a long time, that was not really in the cards. We're excited to finally have the lights going up. I think it's going to be an exciting year being our 70th anniversary. Our first night race. It's just an exciting day. You're finally getting to see something and it's exciting for all of us. While the installation of the lights marks the visual, Campbell said the work started not long after the track announced they would be installing the lights. "There's been a lot of work going on ever since we made the announcement," Campbell said. "But, you get a visual now of what this place is going to look like with the lights on. We're pretty excited. We're finally getting to the point where you're seeing something happen, not just what's underground." Campbell said the project is on schedule and should be completed around the end of January. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-21-2016)
Martinsville Speedway debuts new logo for 70th Anniversary: In 1947 there were no credit cards, no computers and no NASCAR. However, there was Martinsville Speedway. The half-mile racetrack opened its doors for the first time and has held races ever since. In celebration of 70 years, the track will have a special 70th anniversary logo and will brand itself as "The Original," an homage to its being the only track remaining from NASCAR's original 1949 schedule. "Seventy years is something to be really proud of and something we're taking great pride in," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "We wanted to give an iconic look to such an iconic place; a place that's a true piece of NASCAR history. I think the logo does just that by focusing on the past, while also celebrating the present." The 70th Anniversary logo features a 70 highlighting Martinsville's unique paperclip-shaped layout. The seven represents the frontstretch grandstands that were in place when the track first opened at the zero represents the track, in its modern form. The words "The Original" are also featured on the logo, in a script font, much like the fonts used on early stock cars.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-15-2016)
Martinsville to give Grandfather Clock Trophy to Ticket Holder: In celebration of 70 years, the winner of the STP 500 won't be the only one leaving Martinsville Speedway with an iconic grandfather clock trophy. One lucky ticket holder will win one as well. For each ticket purchased before March 29, fans will be entered into the Fans 500, a drawing to win the same Martinsville Grandfather Floor clock the winner takes home. Fred Lorenzen won the first clock in the spring of 1964 and the track has given one away to every NASCAR Premier Series winner since. Since 2005 every winner at the historic half-mile speedway has taken home a clock. For more information, eligibility and the rules and regulations for the Fans 500 Grandfather Clock Contest visit http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/Fan-Info/Subscriptions/Clock-Sweepstakes.aspx. The STP 500 race weekend is March 31-April 2, 2017.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-9-2016)
NASCAR offers big economic boom for Virginia: NASCAR has seen attendance decline at its events in recent years, from 7.66 million in 2008 to under 6 million in 2015, and tracks are removing seating. Its teams struggled to get by as the Great Recession left sponsors less able to put money into their brand and into the sport. But despite these setbacks, the sport continues to be profitable and popular. Not only that, but it has proved to be a major draw and huge economic driver in the state. The Old Dominion University report said that while many studies and surveys talk about economic impact of sporting events and activities, such as college football games, it often excludes what it called "displaced expenditures." NASCAR fans from across the country come to where a race is being held and spend days in the area. They spend money lodging at local hotels, fueling up at area gas stations, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local stores. The report highlights two economic studies from 2009 on tracks in Virginia. One showed that Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR premier series events every year, generates $557 million for the state, including $36 million in local and state tax revenues. The other showed that Martinsville Speedway generates $170 million a year statewide. That track also hosts two events a year. The report said stock car racing plays a major role in many parts of the state, both economically and socially. However, its concern is that if the trend of weakening attendance continues, it not only affects the sport, but also hurts the economies of these smaller communities in southern Virginia that in many cases are already struggling.(in part from WTOP)(12-6-2016)
GEICO To Sponsor Restart Zone at Martinsville Speedway: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced that GEICO, the second-largest private auto-insurance company in the U.S. will sponsor the track's restart zone, starting in 2017. The multi-year partnership includes several tracks owned by Martinsville Speedway's parent company, International Speedway Corporation. The GEICO Restart Zone is the defined area between turn four and the start/finish line where the lead car can start to accelerate when taking the green flag. "I'm very excited that GEICO views NASCAR as a great platform to showcase their brand," Campbell said. "They're involved at many levels, from car sponsorship to track entitlement and now in a role at many tracks. The restart zone will also bring added visibility to GEICO, both for fans watching on TV and fans at the track." The GEICO Restart Zone will be in place when NASCAR's Premier Series returns for the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(11-30-2016)
Martinsville Speedway Already Planning Historic 2017: The calendar still says 2016, but 2017 is already shaping up to be one of historic proportions at Martinsville Speedway. Not only will the track be installing a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, but will also be celebrating its 70th anniversary. Founded in 1947 by the late H. Clay Earles, the historic half-mile oval is the only track from the original NASCAR schedule that is still visited by NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. For 2017, the track is planning celebrations to last throughout the year. The celebration starts at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January, where Mr. Earles will receive the Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to NASCAR. Racing at Martinsville Speedway starts with the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2. The weekend starts Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be in action on Sunday with the STP 500. Tickets for the STP 500 race weekend are on sale now. The new lighting system will also be put to the test for the first time ever as the 2017 ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race will also be the brightest. The race will be the first held under the lights. The Chase for both Cup and Trucks will also return to Martinsville in the fall of 2017. For more information about Martinsville Speedway or to purchase tickets for the STP 500 race weekend, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-15-2017)
Pedestrians struck after Martinsville race UPDATES: Multiple pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in a Martinsville Speedway parking lot after Sunday's race, a track official confirmed. A track spokesperson told NBC Sports that it didn't appear that there were any life-threatening injuries. The spokesperson stated that some pedestrians were evaluated and treated on scene and others were taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia. A track spokesperson also stated that one person was taken into custody after the incident. At least four ambulances and eight police cars were spotted at the scene.(NBC Sports)(10-30-2016)
UPDATE: More than 20 people were injured when a vehicle hit them in a parking lot after Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. According to the Virginia State Police, 22 people were injured, with the majority treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities among those injured, whose ages ranged from 13 to 65. Of the 22 injured, 13 patients were treated at the scene for minor injuries; another nine patients were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Seven individuals were transported to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, Virginia, with two taken to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina. The accident occurred about an hour after the race, when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several nearby pedestrians. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, according to the state police.(ESPN.com)(10-31-2016)
UPDATE2: Virginia State Police say they've charged a man with reckless driving after a crash injured 22 people in a Martinsville Speedway parking lot after a NASCAR race. Police said in a statement Monday that 65-year-old Gary T. Edem of Fairfax, Virginia, was released after a magistrate placed him on unsecured bond. Troopers say Edem was driving a Chevrolet when he tried to pass a Jeep in the disabled parking area Sunday evening. Investigators say Edem struck the Jeep and the pedestrians. The incident remains under investigation. (Associated Press)(11-1-2016)
Variety of factors let to long caution at Martinsville: The convergence of several unusual incidents during Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway, produced a record 29-lap and nearly 20-minute delay - one NASCAR officials vowed not to let repeat in the future. At the end of an unusually long green-flag run and in the middle of green-flag pit stops, Carl Edwards' #19 Toyota blew a tire on Lap 356 of 500 which immediately put the race under caution. Many teams had not yet completed their stops when the caution was displayed and several teams were caught on pit road, a phenomena which typically causes scoring headaches for NASCAR. In addition, the race leader at the time of the caution, A.J. Allmendinger ran out of fuel and was forced to pit, while Jimmie Johnson - one of the cars still on the lead lap - had a fuel pickup problem and accidentally hit his engine kill switch, which briefly cut off his engine.
The individual problems kept delaying the restart, as some drivers took it upon themselves to pull up along other cars - a practice to indicate to NASCAR they were questioning their position in the lineup.
"Today's situation was very unique and we were in the middle of green-flag pit stops," said Sprint Cup Series director Richard Buck. "That presents one set of issues and then as we got the lineup ready we had the leader run out of fuel, so we had to start over. We understand the stakes of the Chase - they are extremely high. Our job is to get it right. We then had another dynamic with (a large group) of wave-arounds. We took our time to make sure we got it right. It took a while but we felt very confident we got it right." Buck said NASCAR would consider a stopping the race (a red flag) but the problem Sunday was the circumstances kept changing. "We felt we were headed to a quick resolution and then we were presented with completely different circumstances and we were focused on making sure we got it right."(Motorsport)(10-31-2016)
Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 9th win at Martinsville and 79th career win. Johnson led 92 of the 500 laps.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #88-Gordon, pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr., #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, and #47-Allmendinger.
Three Chase drivers finished off the lead lap - #4-Harvick in 20th, #41-Busch in 22nd, and #19-Edwards in 36th.
#19-Edwards cut a tire down with just over 100 laps to go and hit the wall. He had to go to the garage for repairs. NASCAR had to throw the caution during green flag pit stops, which led to a 29 lap caution period as NASCAR had to work to determine the restart positions for all drivers.
There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps.
Average race speed: 78.540mph
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Sprint's Meesters to serve as honorary pace car driver at Martinsville: For the last 13 years, Sprint has led NASCAR, by serving as the entitlement sponsor of the sport's top series. On Sunday, they will once again be out front of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but this time it will be in a more literal role, as Kimberly Meesters, the general manager of the NASCAR Sprint Cup sponsorship will serve as the honorary pace car driver before the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. While Meesters will be holding the steering wheel, she said she is just the representative for the entire Sprint family. "It's a very kind gesture from Martinsville Speedway to recognize us in such a visible way," Meesters said. "We have really worked hard to be a member of the motorsports family and I think this is a great example of that coming to fruition." Meesters said looking back there are too many memories to list, but seeing the first class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Jimmie Johnson make history with five straight Sprint Cup Series championships, the start of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup and the retirement of Jeff Gordon all come to mind as some of the highlights.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-28-2016)
Tricia Helfer to give command to fire engines at Martinsville: A star on the FOX hit drama "Lucifer" and long-time NASCAR fan Tricia Helfer will say the most famous words in racing, "Drivers, Start Your Engines," before the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, Cylon 'Number Six' in the critically acclaimed Syfy series, "Battlestar Galactica," Helfer has since gone on to book leading roles on a wide variety of networks. Before acting, Helfer launched her modeling career at age 17, and erupted into an international superstar after winning the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-27-2016)
Ticket Prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Increase on Monday: With the Goody's Fast Relief 500 race weekend at Martinsville Speedway just a week away, there is no better time to purchase race tickets, as prices increase on Monday. The Goody's Fast Relief 500 is the only short-track race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The half-mile speedway offers great views of the entire track from nearly every seat and every seat has a view of the action on pit road. For families, the track is once again offering the Family 4 Pack. Starting at just $119, the package includes two adult and two youth 12-and-under tickets in the Clay Earles Tower rows 6-14. Families can also add four Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dogs and Four Pepsi products for just $20. For fans looking to enhance their race day experience, the Green Flag Experience returns on Sunday morning. Fans will hear from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch Kasey Kahne and more in the Plaza on the top of the hill outside turn four. They can then walk on the frontstretch, sign the start/finish line and watch driver introductions from the track. The Green Flag Experience is $60 for adults and $20 for youth 12-and-under. Ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 weekend will increase $10 on Monday. Adult ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-22-2016)
Danica paints Martinsville Speedway's Curbs Pink: Danica Patrick joined Chevy Racing, the American Cancer Society and four breast cancer survivors Wednesday to Paint the Curbs Pink at Martinsville Speedway. The event is part of Team Chevy and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program. In addition to painting the iconic curbs, Chevy Racing will donate $350, up to $50,000, to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for every caution lap run during the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30. Last year the race saw 109 caution laps.
"What's unique about Paint the Curbs is it's like a precursor to the event weekend that's coming up in a couple of weeks," Jeff Chew, senior marketing manager for Chevy Racing, said. "So we want to one bring out the survivor group from the local community to join us and we want to make a splash in the local media, in the community and in the area about what's coming. The whole Martinsville Speedway Paint the Curbs Pink program is so cool. It's the only one I know of in the sport."
"It's a great honor to be a part of something that is so important," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "Breast cancer has affected most of us in some way and we are thankful that Chevy Racing and the American Cancer Society want Martinsville Speedway to be a part of it."
Like most everyone, Patrick has a personal story about the importance of breast cancer awareness and research. Her story isn't about her or even an immediate family member, but a high school classmate. "I have a very good friend who, 10 years ago we were in our mid-20s, she was tested for the breast cancer gene, because it ran in her family," Patrick said. "Her results were overwhelming and she decided to have a double mastectomy to take away the chance that she would develop breast cancer someday. "Those kinds of things happen because of events like this. People like Chevrolet that donate so many millions of dollars, $6 million since 2011, that's very, very cool. Those things help with research and everything. That is why my friend won't have to worry about (breast cancer)."
For breast cancer survivors the day was filled with emotion. "When you look at the effort that everyone makes towards helping me is awesome. It's absolutely awesome," Beverly Rakes, a breast cancer survivor said. "I'm one who doesn't like attention and am just getting used to being called a survivor. It was October of last year that I got the diagnosis." "It's wonderful," April Hammock, a three year survivor, said. "I didn't even realize they did all of that for breast cancer awareness. I had no idea they do the donations for each caution lap." And from a fan standpoint, Hammock was also grateful to get to spend some time with Danica. "She was fun. I've never been that up-close-and-personal with her. I've seen her close and gotten to take pictures of her, but I've never gotten to talk to her. She's great. She's really down to earth. I liked getting to spend some time with her."
In addition to donating money for caution laps, Team Chevy will donate $5, up to $500,000, to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer every time the hashtag #IDriveFor is shared on Instagram or Twitter. The Goody's Fast Relief 500 Race Weekend is October 28-30.
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in action Sunday with the Goody's Fast Relief 500. Adult ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50. Ticket prices increase the week of the race. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(PR)(10-20-2016)
Martinsville Speedway to install lights: After nearly seven decades of automotive racing without lights, historic Martinsville Speedway is finally set to flip the switch. International Speedway Corporation announced that it will commit $5 million to equip the track with LED lighting, making it the first major motorsports facility to do so. The lights, which will begin installation following this year's Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30 and are scheduled to be in place by January 2017, represent the largest capital investment by ISC into Martinsville to date. "Bringing lights to Martinsville Speedway is something that has been a priority for us," said ISC President John Saunders. "But just like Martinsville, we wanted the lights for this project to be unique. They had to be of the highest-quality for both the competitors and the fans." The project, dubbed "Light Up Martinsville," will see the installation of an industry-leading LED lighting solution, which provides better illumination, greater flexibility and more efficiency than traditional metal halide lights. In addition to enhancing the fan experience at Martinsville Speedway, LED lighting will also enhance the quality of the broadcast for fans watching at home. The lighting solution will consist of multiple structures located around the perimeter of the facility and the infield of the track.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-12-2016)
Martinsville Speedway won't make changes to track surface: After trying a suggestion from a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Martinsville Speedway won't make any changes to its track surface for its Chase race later this month. #4-Kevin Harvick suggested NASCAR use the same substance on Martinsville Speedway that was applied to Bristol Motor Speedway's surface in August. Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used at the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR stated that resin was put on that track after the Camping World Truck Series race and then the Xfinity Series race. The result was two-wide racing. The 20 lead changes in Bristol's Sprint Cup race ranked second among the track's last eight races. Harvick applauded the changes and said more tracks should be treated as Bristol was. Martinsville Speedway applied the substance to its top groove in the corners during Wednesday's tire test, the second of a two-day test. #78-Martin Truex Jr., one of four drivers who took part in the session designed for the 2017 season, doesn't think Martinsville should do anything to its track next year. "It wasn't as tacky as it was at Bristol,'' Truex said of Martinsville's surface after it was treated. "I don't know if there was less of it down. The thing I didn't like about it was that you could pretty much run anywhere on the racetrack in the concrete in the corners and run like the exact same speed."(NBC Sports)(10-7-2016)
Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville's Green Flag Experience: Two-time Martinsville winner and the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion is the latest driver added to the Green Flag Experience lineup, prior to the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, who won at Martinsville most recently in 2014, joins Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and his brother, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, as drivers scheduled to participate in the moderated question-and-answer sessions on race morning. Additional drivers participating in the Green Flag Experience will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the moderated question-and-answer sessions, the Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. Fans have the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, enjoy music, games and prizes along with doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $60. Admission to the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for Goody's Fast Relief 500. Advance ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 begin at just $45.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-29-2016)
Martinsville Ticket Office to Open on Saturdays: With the Goody's Fast Relief 500 quickly approaching, Martinsville Speedway will once again open the ticket office from 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturdays, starting this weekend. The ticket office will also be open on Sunday, October 23 from noon until 4:00pm. Fans can also stop by the track Monday through Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm. Fans have many great deals to choose from for the Goody's Fast Relief 500. Adult ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50. Ticket prices increase the week of the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-15-2016)
Virginia Lottery returns to Martinsville Speedway as pole day sponsor: The Virginia Lottery is returning to Martinsville Speedway to once again sponsor Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 28, Speedway President Clay Campbell announced. The Virginia Lottery, which has partnered with the race track since 2014, will also sponsor Pole Day for the STP 500 race weekend in the spring of 2017. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. In addition to qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500, there will be plenty of more excitement on Virginia Lottery Pole Day. The Camping World Truck Series will practice for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will practice for the Goody's Fast Relief 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-19-2016)
Texas Roadhouse namesake of Martinsville fall Truck race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 29 has a new name. The race is now the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions. "Alpha Energy Solutions has enjoyed a great partnership with Texas Roadhouse for several years across multiple states," said Gerry Lewis, Director of Sales for Alpha Energy Solutions. "During the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 weekend at Martinsville Speedway in April, we stayed next to the construction site of a new Texas Roadhouse in Roanoke that will be opening soon. We had such a great experience at Martinsville Speedway, so we decided to approach Texas Roadhouse to join us for the fall race. We are thrilled to share the excitement the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions will add to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series chase for the championship." Texas Roadhouse is an casual dining chain that with 485 restaurants in 49 states.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-13-2016)
Kyle Busch wins at Martinsville: #18-Kyle Busch won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Martinsville Speedway and 35th career win. He led the most laps - 352 of 500 laps.
#47-Allmendinger finished 2nd, followed by #42-Larson, #3-Dillon, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #14-Vickers, #27-Menard, #49-Johnson, and #31-Newman.
Pole winner, #22-Logano, lost a lap early but got back on the lead lap and finished 11th.
There were 11 lead changes among 5 drivers and 8 cautions for 51 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 80.088mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Melissa Joan Hart to drive pace car at Martinsville: Melissa Joan Hart, star of God's Not Dead 2 will lead the field to green as the Honorary Pace Car Driver in Sunday's STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Having made her first national commercial at age four, Hart is now a veteran of television, film and theater. She is best known for her starring roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains It All, and Melissa & Joey. On the big screen, Hart starred in the romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy, for which she won a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and she made a memorable appearance in the graduation night comedy Can't Hardly Wait. It was recently announced that Melissa and Paula Hart's Hartbreak Films will be collaborating with 44 Blue Productions to develop the docuseries, Sweet Harts. The docuseries will follow the Hart family and its journey as they open their dream dessert shop.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-31-2016)
Martinsville Speedway using Kenseth-Logano feud in advertising: The controversial accident between #20-Matt Kenseth and #24-Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway last fall happened and track president Clay Campbell will not shy away from it. In a TV commercial advertising the upcoming STP 500, footage is used of Kenseth intentionally wrecking Logano. The act resulted in Kenseth being suspended for two weeks while Logano failed to advance from the second to last round in the Chase. It's why some are upset the track would use the wreck as a promotional tool. But according to Campbell, including it wasn't a difficult decision.
"Yeah, it stirred up controversy but what do people want me to show, the pace lap? That would be like (the media), you write about the deal after it happened but you can't do it anymore," Campbell said on Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame promoting this weekend's race. "Is that going to sell newspapers? Is that going to sell what you do? I get paid to sell tickets. I don't think that crossed over the line." Campbell referenced other incidents that have also been highlighted throughout the years, such as the fight after the 1979 Daytona 500. While lore has it NASCAR didn't feel it was good for the sport at the time since it was the first race broadcast flag-to-flag on cable TV, it has been shown over and over since then. "No, I wouldn't think twice about it. Unfortunately, somebody did get penalized on it, that was the bad part about it, but we didn't make a highlight out of that incident. It was just a small blurb of it. Was it a difficult decision, no," Campbell reiterated. "I wouldn't be doing my job, and I don't think anyone sitting in this room would have done anything any different if what I'm paid to do is sell tickets. The golden rule is that if there's an injury or anything like that, certainly you don't cross over that line."(Popular Speed)(3-30-2016)
Rusty Wallace Speaks at Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting: It's been 11 years since Rusty Wallace wheeled a race car around Martinsville Speedway, but the seven-time winner at the historic half-mile was back in town Thursday night [Jan 21] as the guest speaker at the Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Wallace, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013, talked to a group of more than 200 business leaders at Chatmoss Country Club about some of his favorite memories both at the track and around town. "My very first win here at Martinsville," Wallace said when recalling his favorite wins. "I won at Bristol, Tennessee about three weeks before that and a lot of people thought that was just a fluke. Then I came to Martinsville and I won again. When I won, in my heart I said I've made it. It wasn't a fluke. It was the real deal. I'd locked up two victories in a three or four week period." Wallace also talked about his final career win as another victory that will always stand out in his mind. "I had a spell where I didn't think I was going to win again because it was getting tough on me," he said. "Then, I come here and win for my 55th victory and lock it down and announce my retirement from driving a car and that was it." Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said that for what Wallace did on the track, he has done just as much for the sport in retirement. "Since the day Rusty stepped out of the car he has been working to help grow the sport," Campbell said. "Rusty's been involved as a car owner, broadcaster and works tirelessly as an ambassador for NASCAR. Having him here tonight certainly helps Martinsville Speedway, but it also helps NASCAR as a whole." Wallace is no stranger to the venue for the dinner either, as he said it was one of his favorite places to visit, not just in Martinsville but on the whole tour. "Talk about relaxed and feeling good, when I had a chance to go golfing that was a really cool time. And this particular place where at right now, Chatmoss, they always took care of me real good," he said. "I'm a big golfer. I love to golf and all the drivers love to golf. So when I leave the racetrack, we get done with practice on Saturday at noon, and when we get done with practice the first thing I would do is load up and come right out here to go golfing." Of course it helped that he always felt at home on the track at Martinsville, as well. "If you hate short track racing, I'm already in your head, because I'm going to kick your butt dude," he said. "I love this place and it's was just one of those race tracks I always looked forward going to."(Martinsville Speedway)(1-24-2016)
Martinsville truck races to be sponsored by Alpha Energy Solutions: Alpha Energy Solutions will sponsor both Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway for the next three years, Track President Clay Campbell announced. Alpha Energy Solutions is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway. In 2014, they sponsored the Pole Award for the STP 500. The Louisville-based company sees the race sponsorship as a way to grow their relationship with Martinsville Speedway and the International Speedway Corporation. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on April 2 and the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 on October 29 will be their first race entitlements. NASCAR announced last week that the Camping World Truck Series will have a seven-race, eight-driver playoff with two drivers being eliminated after the first three races and again after the second three races, setting up a four driver championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Alpha Energy Solutions 200 will be the first race in the Round of 6.(Alpha Energy Solutions)(1-23-2016)
Martinsville Speedway Promotes 2016 Season With "It's Time": Clocks tell time and Martinsville Speedway is known for clocks. After all, for more than 50 years race winners at the historic half-mile speedway have received a grandfather clock as the trophy. This year the track will promote the race season with the phrase "It's Time". "Obviously the clock is one of the first things people associate with Martinsville Speedway, so that was the start of it. But there is so much more to 'It's Time," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "It's time for short-track racing. It's time for family. It's time for excitement. It's time for hot dogs. It's time for Martinsville. It's like we started the sentence, but the fans can finish it." The track's slogan remains "The Half-Mile of Mayhem" and "It's Time" will be used to compliment that. "We've certainly seen our share of mayhem through the years and last year ranks right at the top of the list," Campbell said. "We don't want to get away from that, as our fans can truly identify with it. What we want to do is give fans the opportunity to feel even more a part of Martinsville Speedway than they already do." (Martinsville Speedway)(1-7-2016)
Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Raises More Than $10,000: Martinsville Speedway took full advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies to raise more than $10,000 and more than 300 toys for Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, through the 19th Annual Martinsville Speedway Christmas Toy Drive. The money raised goes to give Christmas presents to underprivileged and underserved children in the Martinsville and Henry County area. Grace Network Executive Director Tracy Hinchcliff said there are more than 175 children who will benefit from the drive. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell got in on the action himself, giving laps in a two-seater stock car to people who paid $50. Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County is a network of more than 100 area churches that help provide assistance to people in need throughout the year.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2015)
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell Receives Buddy Shuman Award: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was honored as the 2015 NASCAR Buddy Shuman Award recipient at the annual NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas. The award was established in 1957 and named for racing pioneer Buddy Shuman. The Buddy Shuman Award is given to annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing. Past recipients have included Bill France Sr., Richard Petty, Ken Squier, and Rick Hendrick. "All I can say is I am quite honored to be among the list of recipients of this award," Campbell said. "When I was young I remember seeing the passion people like my grandfather (Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles), Bill France Sr. and Richard Petty had for our sport. I got a lot of my passion for NASCAR from them and I just hope that I have been able to share it with others." Starting at a young age, Campbell could often be found at the speedway following in his grandfather's footsteps. When he graduated high school he started working full-time at the track and was named track president in 1988. Martinsville Speedway was founded in 1947 and is the only remaining track from NASCAR's original schedule. "Nearly 70 years since its founding, Martinsville remains a cornerstone of Cup racing, an impressive feat that is largely due to Clay Campbell's visionary leadership and relentless focus on the fan experience," said Michael Proud, director of marketing, North America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, the award sponsor. "We are proud to celebrate his significant contributions to our sport through this prestigious award."(Martinsville Speedway)(12-4-2015)
Gordon presented with the H. Clay Earles Award: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell presented Jeff Gordon with the H. Clay Earles Award. The award, given for "Outstanding Dedication to Auto Racing", was established in 2000 and is named for Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles. "Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest drivers NASCAR has ever seen," Campbell said. "However, if you look at what he has meant to the sport - the commitment he has made to it and the role he played in helping grow it to a popularity never seen before - that's what I'll think of when I look back on his career and that's what the H. Clay Earles Award is all about." Gordon, an eight-time Martinsville winner, said receiving the award means a lot, for a variety of reasons. "This place is special; more than just the race track. It's what they've done to the track to keep it authentic, to keep the fans engaged. I'm really honored by it." Former NASCAR President Bill France Jr. was the first recipient of the award.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-2-2015)
$10 holds seat for Spring race at Martinsville: The STP 500 is five months away, but it's never too early to make sure you've got your seat locked in for the first short-track race of the season. All it takes to hold your ticket for the STP 500 is a $10 deposit. Tickets for the STP 500 range from $45 to $85. There are also great packages and pricing for families. The STP 500 is the first race back on the east coast after the "West Coast Swing" and the first short-track race of the season. To reserve your tickets for the STP 500 and set up a payment plan, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-2-2015)
Gordon wins at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 9th win at Martinsville and 93rd career win. Gordon led 35 of the 500 laps.
Gordon automatically advances to the Championship round of The Chase with the win.
#1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #18-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #31-Newman, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, and #14-Stewart.
Several Chase drivers ran into trouble during the race. Less than 200 laps into the race, #18-Kyle Busch spun, #47-AJ Allmendinger checked up, and #19-Carl Edwards got into the rear of Allmendinger. He suffered hood damage and lost a lap, before getting it back late in the race. Busch and Edwards recovered for top 15 finishes.
With just over 50 laps remaining, #2-Keselowski got into #20-Kenseth, spinning him into #41-Kurt Busch. Keselowski and Busch had to go to the garage for repairs. Kenseth pitted and stayed on track. Then with 46 laps to go, Kenseth got into the back of Logano in turn 1, sending them both into the wall. NASCAR parked Kenseth for the remainder of the race. Logano called the move intentional, Kenseth denied that.
There were 21 lead changes among 9 drivers and 18 cautions for 109 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 69.643mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(11-1-2015)
New SAFER barriers narrow Martinsville track: The push to anchor SAFER barriers to every square foot of unprotected concrete in the Sprint Cup Series has been an ongoing crusade this season aimed at benefiting drivers. The addition of 1,600 feet of the energy-absorbing walls at Martinsville Speedway also could benefit fans who enjoy the 0.526-mile oval's reputation for engendering contact. "First of all, (NASCAR drivers) appreciate the SAFER barriers," Carl Edwards said. "The fans should appreciate it (at Martinsville) because it's going to make it more narrow than it was. It seems driving down the straightaway trying to pass cars even in practice, it just seems really tight. As narrow and tough as this place was, it's just going to be narrower and tougher."
The track erected SAFER barrier over the summer along the exterior of the frontstretch and backstretch, removing about 30 inches of racing surface from each of the 800-foot straightaways. Jeff Gordon said he apparently scuffed the right side of his #24 Chevy in practice, but a reduction of the racing surface wasn't as significant as initially feared when looking at an updated photo of the track. "I looked at it, and my eyes got big, and I thought, 'Wow, that's a pretty big change,' " Gordon said. "It wasn't as big a deal as I thought it would be."
Martinsville already had SAFER on the interior of the frontstretch and backstretch and the outside of the turns, leaving the interior turns (which have curbing) as the only sections without the barrier.(NBC Sports)(10-31-2015)
Richard Petty, Goody's and Martinsville Speedway are like three old friends who can't be separated. The three iconic NASCAR symbols will join together as Petty, a 15-time Martinsville winner, has been named co-Grand Marshal for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Tom Harman, marketing director of Circle K stores, will join Petty as co-Grand Marshal and in giving the command to start the engines. "I can hardly remember a time when Goody's or Richard Petty wasn't a part of Martinsville Speedway, and it's great to have both back here again." Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "For Goody's to bring a new brand in, it goes to show their commitment to growing our sport."
"Goody's is very honored to have our spokesperson Richard Petty serve as Grand Marshal, along with Tom Harman of Circle K at this year's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 race," said Joseph Juliano, brand director for Goody's. "It is a privilege to have Richard on the Goody's team as he is not only one of the most famous names in NASCAR, but an icon in the sport. Tom and the Circle K have shown true commitment and support to the Goody's brand and we appreciate having them here with us today."(Martinsville Speedway)(10-31-2015)
PowerShares QQQ becomes official Investment Management Company of Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway has entered a partnership with PowerShares QQQ. As a result of the partnership, PowerShares QQQ will be the Official Investment Management Company of Martinsville Speedway starting in 2016. PowerShares QQQ is a subsidiary of Invesco Ltd., a leading independent global investment management firm, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-31-2015)
American Cancer Society to represent Cancer Survivors as Honorary Starter at Martinsville: When the green flag drops to start Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, it will not only start a race, but represent hope for cancer survivors throughout the nation. Mark Hurley, the Senior Marketing Manager for the American Cancer Society, has been named the Honorary Starter. Having a large audience will hopefully give the American Cancer Society the chance to achieve some of its goals. "This is a huge opportunity for the organization," Hurley said. "This gives us a great visibility to let people know that there are thousands of volunteers around the country that are helping to raise money and helping with our mission programs to battle this disease."(Martinsville Speedway)(10-30-2015)
Ned Jarrett to drive pace car at Martinsville: NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett, a championship winning driver and legendary broadcaster, has experienced just about everything in the world of NASCAR. However, there is one thing he has never done, until now. Jarrett will be the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Jarrett, who recently turned 83, said Martinsville is the perfect place for him to drive. "One of the things that makes me feel good about it is knowing that the track hasn't changed much," Jarrett said. "They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle, well maybe I won't have forgotten how to drive a car around Martinsville Speedway. I certainly look forward to it. It's quite an honor." Jarrett, who won 50 races in his career, never won at Martinsville, despite it being his favorite type of track. In addition to Jarrett leading the field to the green flag, Martinsville Speedway will welcome back the N.C. State University Marching band to perform the National Anthem. The Bandit Flyover Team will once again fly over the track before the race and the Rev. Jonathan Fallwell will give the invocation.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-27-2015)
Kyle Larson Helps Paint Martinsville Speedway's Curbs Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness: In what has become an annual tradition at the only short-track in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, breast cancer survivors joined Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell in painting the curbs pink for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1. The event to raise breast cancer awareness is a part of Team Chevy and the American Cancer Society's #IDriveFor social media campaign. "To paint them pink and help them stand out even more definitely helps raise awareness for breast cancer," Larson said. "To be able to come here and play a small part to help those families beat it is pretty cool." This marks the second year Martinsville Speedway has had a driver on hand to help paint the curbs, but pink curbs in October is something that dates back even longer. "We're honored to be able to use our iconic curbs in this way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month," Campbell said. "We all know someone who has been diagnosed with this terrible disease. I'm very pleased that on November 1, millions of people will see these pink curbs and be reminded that we all can play a part in finding a cure. We've done this for a number of years and will continue to each year." In addition to the pink curbs, a pink Chevy SS will pace the field in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 and Team Chevy will donate $350 to the American Cancer Society for every caution lap run during the race. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1, the Kroger 200 on October 31 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 30 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or purchased online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-10-2015)
Mike Smith honored by City of Martinsville: Longtime Martinsville Speedway Public Relations Director Mike Smith was honored Tuesday by the City of Martinsville and Henry County for his contributions to the area over the past four decades. Smith, who will be leaving the speedway this Friday, was presented a joint proclamation from the city and the county "proclaiming their thanks and appreciation to Mike Smith for his dedication to our community, Martinsville Speedway, and the thousands of fans and journalists upon who he had such an impact."
"I really can't put into words what this means, and for those who know me, speechless is a rare thing," said Smith, who has lived in the Martinsville and Henry County area since the late 1970s, first as a reporter and sports editor for the Martinsville Bulletin, and as the track's public relations director since the fall of 2000. "This area has been home for me all of my adult life. It is a special place to me; it always will be. It was a great area to raise a child; it has provided a wonderful work environment. There are so many things I will miss, but we are excited about the next chapter." Smith will be relocating to Bristol, TN, where he will join wife Aleeta and begin work with his own public relations consulting business.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-16-2015)
Goody's and Martinsville Speedway extend relationship: Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands the significance of the long-term relationship between Martinsville Speedway and Goody's and was excited when he found out the two had renewed their partnership for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. "The great thing about the Martinsville-Goody's relationship is that it goes back over so many years. It really shows the kind of devotion that Goody's has to the sport and to the Martinsville racetrack and the area," said Earnhardt, a student of the history of the sport. "They're very proud of that relationship and they've grown it over the years. It's been very productive for them and you just sort of associate one with the other: Martinsville and Goody's." Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and Joseph Juliano, Brand Director, Goody's, announced this week that the long relationship would continue with the renewal of Goody's sponsorship for the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup race for 2016. It will mark the 29th year of involvement between Goody's and Martinsville and the 36th Martinsville race sponsored by Goody's.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-11-2015)
Hamlin wins at Martinsville: #11-Denny Hamlin won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 5th win at Martinsville Speedway and his 25th career win.
#2-Keselowski finished second followed by #22-Logano (pole winner), #20-Kenseth, #18-Ragan, #78-Truex, Jr., #10-Patrick, #4-Harvick, #24-Gordon and #1-McMurray.
#25-Chase Elliott, making his Sprint Cup debut, was involved in an early accident and spent some time behind the wall for repairs. He finished 38th.
#42-Regan Smith, filling in for Kyle Larson, overcame a spin midway through the race to finish 16th.
Harvick's 8th place finish is his first finish outside the top 2 since Martinsville in October last year.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead, now 24 points over #22-Logano.
There were 31 lead changes among 13 drivers. There were 16 cautions for 112 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 68.843mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-29-2015)
Martinsville to install tire barriers: After a full track evaluation by NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Martinsville Speedway will add to its existing barrier system in advance of the STP 500 weekend March 27-29. Tire pack barriers will be installed on the inside wall at the end of the backstretch, prior to the entrance of pit road. "We are committed to the continued safety of the drivers and our fans," said Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway President. "We will continue to collaborate with ISC and NASCAR for additional safety enhancements deemed necessary."(Martinsville Speedway)(3-23-2015)
Grand Home Furnishings renews as provider of Martinsville Grandfather Clock: Martinsville Speedway and Grand Home Furnishings, two companies with long and storied histories and deep Virginia roots, are continuing their long-standing relationship. Roanoke-based Grand Home Furnishings, which has long been the source of the iconic grandfather clock winner's trophy, has extended its status as the official provider of the grandfather clocks. This marks the 51st year the track has given a grandfather clock to the race winner. Fred Lorenzen took home the first clock in 1964. Since then the clock has found its way into the homes of the sport's biggest stars. Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are just some of the drivers who have taken home multiple clocks. Most recently Dale Earnhardt Jr. added his name to the list of clock owners, with his win last fall.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-20-2015)
Jesse Jones hot dogs out at Martinsville: When fans go to the concession stand at Martinsville Speedway next weekend seeking the "Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog," for the first time in nearly seven decades the red hots and chili will not be produced by Jesse Jones Southern Style Hot Dogs. Calling it a business decision, the track has elected to switch to Valleydale Hot Dogs, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, which is a primary sponsor on Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Sprint Cup car, driven by Aric Almirola. But according Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, the new hot dog and chili will taste the same as the old standby.
"Does anybody think I'm crazy enough to change something so iconic and so cherished as the 'Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog?' " Campbell told NASCAR Talk. "We're not in the habit of taking steps backward, we're always going forward. The fans will still have the 'Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog' and it'll be just as good as it has been. I assure you that. We wouldn't do anything to change that. Number one, my grandfather would come back to get me if I did, and Bill France Jr. would be after me. So we're not changing it to where fans will notice any difference whatsoever. The color, taste and texture will still be the same."
The move ends one of the longest-standing relationships between a speedway and vendor in NASCAR annals, said Jesse Jones motorsports marketing director Stephen Drummond.(NBC Sports)(3-18-2015)
Martinsville Speedway's Mike Smith Recognized for "Helping Others": For Mike Smith the role of Director of Public Relations at Martinsville Speedway is one in which he always goes the extra mile to ensure everyone, from fans to media, leaves the track having a positive experience. His hard work does not go unnoticed. Smith was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA), in conjunction with Talladega Superspeedway, at the NMPA's annual awards dinner. "Ken Patterson set the standard in working with the media and I'm beyond humbled to receive the award that honors his legacy. I'm very fortunate to work with a team at Martinsville Speedway that appreciates the media and understands their importance in what we do," Smith said. "When I was in the newspaper business, our track's founder H. Clay Earles always told me that next to race fans, the press was the most important people a track works for. It's a philosophy that I hold close." Named for the former Talladega Superspeedway Director of Public Relations Ken Patterson, the award recognizes a public relations representative in the motorsports industry who has exhibited the kind, generous qualities that Patterson always demonstrated. Patterson died in 2004 from complications of myelodysplasia syndrome. In addition to the award, Talladega Superspeedway will donate $1,000 in Smith's name to the Ken Patterson Educational Trust Fund.(Martinsville-Speedway)(2-3-2015)
My Martinsville program will reward Martinsville Speedway's most loyal fans: Martinsville Speedway has announced a new fan-loyalty program that rewards ticket renewal customers with exclusive benefits and allows them to show off their pride in being one of Martinsville Speedway's most loyal fans. The advantages of becoming a My Martinsville member include:
" Exclusive My Martinsville membership hard-card and lanyard which is separate from the race ticket.
" Access to My Martinsville quick-entry gates.
" My Martinsville members event Saturday of race week which will include question and answer session with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and others to be announced. Live music and snacks included.
" Hot laps around Martinsville Speedway, dates TBA.
" Opportunity to win surprise gifts on race weekends when spotted wearing My Martinsville membership card.
Ticket customers who have already renewed their tickets for the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on March 29 are automatically members of My Martinsville and will receive information in the coming days. For those who have not renewed their seats, the speedway is re-opening the STP 500 renewal price period for three days, January 7-9, to offer the opportunity to become My Martinsville members. You may take advantage of this offer by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-7-2015)
Martinsville Mobile App will improve fan experience: Race fans can begin downloading the new Martinsville Speedway Mobile App which should make their next trip to Martinsville Speedway a much easier experience. The new app, which is available at no cost for iOS and Android, has features that will help visitors navigate their way around Martinsville Speedway's property on event weekends. The first event fans will be able to utilize the Martinsville Speedway App will be the STP Gas Booster 500 weekend April 5-7. Key features of the new App include: interactive GPS map, detailed facility maps, race weekend schedule, ability to find your friends at the track, and much, much more.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-8-2013)