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
March 2015 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 68.843mph, started 15th
October 2015 race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 69.643mph, started 5th
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
March 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 98.461mph, finished 3rd
October 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 98.548mph, finished 37th
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: Jeff Gordon, 9; Jimmie Johnson, 8
Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15
Most Poles - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7
Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8
Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty; Active leader - 29 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 37 - Jeff Gordon
Lead Lap Finishes: Jeff Gordon 36 in 45 races
Laps Led (all time): Cale Yarborough - 3,851 laps
Laps Led (active): Jeff Gordon - 3,779 laps
Most Cautions: 19 - 10/23/2005
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/25/1971
Most Caution Laps: 125, 10/24/2004
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
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)
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