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 2014 race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 70.725mph, started 23rd
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 2014 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 99.905mph, finished 16th
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: 8 - Jimmie Johnson & Jeff Gordon
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 - 28 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 36 - Jeff Gordon
Lead Lap Finishes: Jeff Gordon 35 in 44 races
Laps Led (all time): Cale Yarborough - 3,784 laps
Laps Led (active): Jeff Gordon - 3,744 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
My Martinsville Party will return for the fall: The first My Martinsville Party at Martinsville Speedway was such a success the track is bringing it back in the fall as part of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 race weekend. Any fan that purchases Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 race tickets by April 10 will automatically be enrolled in the members-only My Martinsville program. The inaugural My Martinsville party, which followed the Kroger 250 on Saturday night of the STP 500 weekend, was one of the many benefits of being a member of the speedway's exclusive members-only My Martinsville. Special guests included Rusty Wallace, Brad Keselowski, Kroger 250 race winner Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick, Miss Sprint and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. There was also live music, free snacks and plenty of giveaways. The second My Martinsville with a similar lineup of guests, events and food is scheduled to follow the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 31. In addition to the My Martinsville party, members get to enter the track through members-only gates, get a hard-card and lanyard and receive the best prices on race tickets.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-9-2015)
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 honor long-time photographer: The first year Mike Wray shot photos at Martinsville Speedway, Cale Yarborough and Richard Petty visited victory lane, the Beatles were still a band and Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. Since those first races in 1968 the recently-retired Martinsville Bulletin photographer shot more than 340 feature races at Martinsville Speedway in about 10 different divisions. When you add in the many heat races that used to accompany the track's double and triple-headers, that total number of races photographed is closer to 700. Wray did more than cover races at Martinsville Speedway for the local daily paper. He shot countless other events and activities at the track every year of his more than four decades of work. He and his wife Ginny Wray, who was the Bulletin's editor, both retired earlier this year. For his diligent work and dedication to Martinsville Speedway, the track announced it was naming its photo center the "Mike Wray Photo Center." The Mike Wray Photo Center is the work area for photographers covering NASCAR events at Martinsville Speedway. About 50 regional and national photographers work out of it, disseminating images around the world.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-25-2015)
Army Herald Trumpet Band to perform Anthem before STP 500: The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Herald Trumpets will perform a traditional version of the National Anthem prior to the start of Sunday's STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The TRADOC Herald Trumpets are a fanfare ensemble of 14 trumpeters and a snare drummer based out of Fort Eustis. The TRADOC Heralds are comprised of both soprano and tenor instruments. The ensemble produces the sound of a full-bodied orchestral brass section. The TRADOC Heralds are part of the larger TRADOC Band that serves as an outreach asset for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Members of the band have passed a highly selective audition and are among the finest musicians in the Army band program. The majority of band members have studied music at some of the finest colleges, universities, and conservatories in the United States and abroad.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-24-2015)
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)
Seats still available at Martinsville: The STP 500 race weekend at Martinsville Speedway is just two weeks away but great seats still remain for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup short-track event of the year. The speedway, the only original NASCAR track still on the Sprint Cup schedule, not only offers some of the best racing of the season, it also boasts some of the best ticket prices. Frontstretch seats start at just $45 for the STP 500 on March 29. The .526-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 fans wanting to bring the entire family to the race, the track offers the Family Four-Pack, which includes two adult and two youth (12 and under) tickets in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14, for just $110. For fans wishing to see the action from the frontstretch, there is a Family Four-Pack available in the Sprint Tower for $150. Fans can also add to their race-day experience by purchasing the Green Flag Experience. The Green Flag Experience gives fans the opportunity to see emceed question-and-answer sessions with drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, walk on the track prior to the race, take a picture in the flag stand, watch driver introductions from the track and much more. Pricing for the Green Flag Experience is $30 and does not include a ticket to the STP 500. Ticket prices increase the week of the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-14-2015)
Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours: In an effort to give fans even more flexibility when it comes purchasing tickets for the STP 500, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office is extending its hours. With race day just six weeks away, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office will be open on Saturdays beginning this week to give fans more opportunity to drop by the track and pick out their seats for the March 29 race. Beginning Feb. 21, the speedway ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fans have many great deals to choose from for the STP 500, including:
The Family Four Pack: With the Family Four Pack, a family of four can attend the STP 500 for just $110. The Family Four Pack includes two adult seats and two youth 12 and under seats in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14.
Youth and Teen Prices: Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $15 in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 15-52. Teen tickets (ages 13-17) in the same area are $25. Youth and teen ticket prices are good with the purchase of an adult ticket to the STP 500.
Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $5 to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 and youth are admitted free to Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27. Adult tickets for the Kroger 250 are $30 in advance and $35 on race day.
Adult ticket prices for the STP 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50.
In addition to buying tickets at the track, tickets to the STP 500 on March 29, the Kroger 250 on March 28 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or purchased online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-17-2015)
Jimmie Johnson to appear at Martinsville Green Flag Experience: NASCAR fans want access to the biggest names in the sport and Martinsville Speedway is doing its part to ensure that happens. First it was Dale Jr., now it's Jimmie Johnson. When the six-time champion returns to NASCAR's shortest track for the STP 500 on March 29, fans will have the opportunity to see him at the Green Flag Experience. Johnson has joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the second driver to take part in the race morning tradition. Johnson will participate in a question and answer session for Green Flag Experience ticket holders before the start of the STP 500. 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. In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions with well-known NASCAR personalities and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock victory lane, enjoy music, sign the start/finish line, games and prizes along with show cars and doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes, and show cars will be held in The Plaza from 8:00am until 12:00pm. The track portion will open at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-4-2015)
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)
Martinsville Speedway Offers High Level Of Action For Small Price: The first short-track race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, comes with an amazingly high excitement level and at an equally amazing low price. Tickets for the STP 500 begin at just $45 and family packages start at only $110. If past races at the .526-mile oval are any indication, the STP 500 will be full of edge-of-your-seat action and close racing. In last spring's race there were 33 lead changes and 14 caution periods. Last fall's Goody's FAST Pain Relief 500 had perhaps the most exciting finish ever at Martinsville with Dale Earnhardt Jr. holding off Jeff Gordon to claim his first grandfather clock. Post-race fan surveys consistently show Martinsville Speedway events as some of the most popular on the circuit, not only in the quality of racing, but in affordability, staff friendliness and ticketing, among others. STP 500 tickets are remarkably affordable from top to bottom. While the entry level ticket is $45, the most expensive is just $85. Martinsville Speedway also offers two Family Four Pack packages.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-15-2015)
Martinsville Speedway's local charitable impact topped $750,000 in 2014: Martinsville Speedway proved once again in 2014 it has a mighty big heart when it comes to its neighbors. In 2014, Martinsville Speedway gave more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the Martinsville and Henry County area, either in cash and ticket contributions, in-kind donations, free use of the facility, fundraising activities or staff hours worked at different community events at the track. The largest and most visible is the annual Fourth of July Celebration event the speedway has hosted for 16 years. It is a free-to-the-public community party with nationally-known musical acts, carnival rides and fireworks. Many area businesses support the show with financial donations and the speedway promotes it as if it were a race, the track's entire staff spending days working on the show. Area food banks also benefited from Celebration 2014 with a canned food drive spearheaded by the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. While race weekends are big money-makers for area businesses, they also provide a boost for local fire and rescue units and other non-profits. Area volunteer fire departments and rescue squads were awarded over $25,000 for their race-weekend work during 2014. Americrown, International Speedway Corp.'s food service division, paid out almost $100,000 to area non-profits for staffing concession stands during 2014 race events at Martinsville Speedway. The speedway worked with many non-profits, governmental and community agencies to host fundraisers, meetings and training events in 2014.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-11-2015)
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 Speedway's Christmas Toy Drive Raises More Than $13,000 For Grace Network: The holiday season is a time for giving and Martinsville Speedway's 18th annual Christmas Toy Drive showed that the NASCAR community is willing to do just that. The toy drive raised more than $13,000 and saw 200 toys donated for the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. A network of more than 100 area churches, the Grace Network will use the money to provide toys and clothes to undeserved and underprivileged children in the area. The Grace Network gets lists of names from the churches in the network and then is able to take the money raised and shop according to each child's needs and wishes. This year's toy drive reached a bigger audience than ever before, thanks to some ticket packages that were put up for auction. Race fans from all over the country bid on race experiences like getting a picture taken in Victory Lane with the STP 500 winner or the opportunity to ride in the Official Pace Car for the start of the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-19-2014)
Brannock promoted To Vice President At Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced that Matthew Brannock has been promoted to Vice President, Operations. It was one of two promotions and a new hire announced by Campbell. Ashley Oakes has been promoted to Marketing Coordinator while Heather Motley has been hired as a ticket agent. Brannock, a Ridgeway native, joined the speedway as Director of Operations in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Virginia State Police. Brannock is a member of the 2014 NASCAR Services Event Standards Development Committee; a member of the ISC Severe Weather Preparedness Committee; and presently chairs the Martinsville Speedway Event Traffic Management Committee in association with representatives from Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation and the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Brannock, a 1993 graduate of Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, is married and has two children.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-16-2014)
Martinsville begins construction Of new restrooms: Work has begun on the demolition of an existing restroom facility and the construction of a new one in the second-turn area of Martinsville Speedway. This construction marks the replacement of all original fan restrooms at the speedway. The completion date for the project is early March, well before the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend scheduled for March 27-29. The new building, located behind the Clay Earles Tower in turn two, will be approximately 1,500 square feet. It will contain full men's and women's restroom facilities, including baby-changing stations. Both restrooms will be handicap accessible.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2014)
Print at home and have Martinsville tickets for Christmas: What's the easiest way to make sure there are Martinsville Speedway tickets under the Christmas tree? Martinsville Speedway's print-at-home tickets. The print-at-home option allows you to have access to your tickets for the STP 500 on March 29 almost immediately. "This is a great way fans can guarantee they have Martinsville tickets for Christmas morning," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "It's an easy process that just takes a few minutes online. And I guarantee it will help make for a lot of smiles Christmas day." The print-at-home process is simple. First, call Martinsville Speedway at 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com and order your tickets. After selecting the print-at-home delivery option, log-in to your account from the track website and print your tickets. Tickets for the STP 500 weekend, including the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27 and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 and the STP 500 on March 29 are on sale.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-3-2014)
Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Has New Look, Same Goals: This year's Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive will have a new look and feel, but the goal will remain the same: to brighten Christmas morning for as many children as possible in Martinsville and Henry County. The centerpieces of the 2014 toy drive will be five online auctions of VIP race experiences at Martinsville Speedway and toy collection at the Lowe's in Martinsville between 11am and 2pm on December 13 complete with Santa Claus, the Martinsville Speedway pace car and a mock victory lane for photos. The auctions, which will be on eBay, will make the fundraiser a national event, drawing from Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR fans from all over the country, which in turn should mean the ability to raise more money. The auctions will be announced on Martinsville Speedway's website, www.martinsvillespeedway.com and via social media. Some of the items included in the auctions will be pre-race passes, pit passes, suite tickets and victory lane passes. All proceeds will go to the Grace Network, an association of more than 100 churches in the Martinsville and Henry County area, to help families in need at Christmas. Fans will still be able to drive their personal cars around the historic Martinsville Speedway as part of the toy drive, but this year the window of opportunity is much larger. Beginning Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 12, Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm, five laps around the track will be offered for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-20-2014)
Earnhardt, Jr. wins at Martinsville: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st at Martinsville and his 23rd career win. He took the lead from #14-Stewart with 3 laps to go. Stewart had stayed out after a late race caution while Earnhardt and most of the leaders pitted.
#24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin. #47-Allmendinger, and #34-Ragan.
Polesitter #1-McMurray finished 16th.
Among the Chase drivers, #4-Harvick suffered damage after contact with #20-Kenseth. He had to go behind the wall for repairs and finished 33rd. #2-Keselowski broke an axle with less than 70 laps to go and finished 31st.
There were 24 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were 15 cautions for 105 yellow flag laps. The race was red flagged twice, one on lap 436 for nearly 11 minutes and on lap 490 for almost 9 minutes, both for track cleanup after accidents.
The average speed was 70.725mph.
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 UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Junior Johnson to drive pace car at Martinsville: One of the most successful and iconic drivers in the history of NASCAR will be back behind the wheel for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, as he was most of his career, he will be leading the pack. Junior Johnson, a charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and winner of 50 Sprint Cup races, will be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Johnson recorded two wins and eight top-five finishes in just 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway. In a short career Johnson had 50 Sprint Cup wins and 121 top-five finishes. He retired suddenly in 1966 when he was just 35 years old and turned his efforts to fielding cars for other drivers. In 31 years as a car owner, he notched 139 wins and picked up six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-24-2014)
Drivers' meeting at Martinsville to be held on pit road: Whether it's before the race or during it, Martinsville Speedway prides itself on getting fans as close to the action as possible and the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Oct. 26 will be no exception. In an effort to give fans more access than ever before, the historic half-mile track is moving the drivers' meeting to pit road, just inside turn four. "Our number one goal is to make sure the fans have the best experience possible when they come to a race here," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "They've grown accustomed to feeling a part of the action during the race and now, by getting a view of what goes on in the drivers' meeting, they will feel a part of what goes on before the race as well." Fans who have added the Green Flag Experience to their ticket package will be able to be on the track, while the drivers' meeting takes place. In addition to being on pit road, the drivers' meeting will be broadcast live on SprintVision.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-21-2014)
Richard Petty named Grand Marshal at Martinsville: They say the best relationships are formed over time, and two of the longest in NASCAR are the ones Richard Petty has formed with Goody's and Martinsville Speedway. The three will come together Oct. 26 as Petty has been named Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Petty, whose 15 career Martinsville wins stand alone as the most all-time at the historic half-mile track, will say the most famous words in motorsports when he gives the command to start the engines. "Having Richard Petty serve as the Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at a historic track like Martinsville is a testament to his legendary career in NASCAR and his long-time partnership with the Goody's brand," said Joseph Juliano, Brand Director, Goody's. "It is a true honor to be associated with the King of Speed, and we are extremely fortunate to have a living legend like Richard Petty on the Goody's team."(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2014)
Mixed Martial Arts star Miesha Tate to wave green flag at Martinsville: Close quarters' full-contact action is something mixed martial arts star Miesha Tate does every time she steps into the octagon. Martinsville Speedway is also no stranger to close quarters' full-contact action. The two will come together when the Sprint Cup Series returns to the iconic half-mile track on Oct. 26. UFC's number two ranked women's bantamweight fighter was named the honorary starter and will drop the green flag to start the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2014)
Marching Tar Heels to play National Anthem at Martinsville: From presidential inaugurations to Final Fours, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Marching Tar Heels have performed nearly everywhere; everywhere except Martinsville Speedway. That is, until now. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced The Marching Tar Heels will perform the National Anthem as part of the prerace ceremonies for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Oct. 26. The UNC Band was formed in the fall of 1903 and performed for the first time at a 1904 baseball game. In the early 1930s the band began performing at home football games and other university events. As they enter their second 100 years of existence, the UNC Bands continue to represent the Department of Music, the Athletic Department and the University at events on campus and around the country. More than 450 students, representing nearly every major on campus, participate in the UNC Bands.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-14-2014)
Warbirds Will Take To The Air Over Martinsville Speedway History will come alive once again, both on the track and in the air, as Martinsville Speedway welcomes back The Warbirds Flyover Team for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Oct. 26. The Warbirds, a group of five former military pilots flying vintage post-World War II-type aircraft, will present the pre-race flyover. The Warbirds have performed since 2009 at other sporting events, including the 2013 CokeZero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins football games, and the Players Championship golf tournament. The Warbirds are based out of the Southeast and are led by Henry K. "Hoot" Gibson, a former naval aviator and Gulf War veteran.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-11-2014)
2015 Martinsville Schedule Traditional, Exciting: Martinsville Speedway will welcome the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back to the east coast after a lengthy west-coast swing next spring and again host the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup next fall. Both of Martinsville Speedway's 2015 Sprint Cup races are in their traditional spots on the calendar with the STP 500 scheduled for March 29 and the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1. The STP 500 will be Sprint Cup series' first stop at a half-mile track in 2015 and will offer the season's first taste of true short-track racing with all the action only the Half-Mile of Mayhem can offer.
"Although our dates are relatively the same as they have been in the past, the schedule has changed around us and we're very enthused about that," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "I'm thrilled to be the first race after the west-coast swing. I'm sure fans will be more than ready for racing action to return home to one of the most historic and traditional venues on the circuit."
The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Nov. 1, 2015 is the only race on a half-mile track in the Chase, and will again kick off the Eliminator Round of the Chase. It may be the most important race in the Eliminator Round because a win guarantees the driver a spot in the Championship Round, while a bad race will have the opposite effect. "Martinsville's position in the Chase has always been a key one, and it's even more important than ever now," said Campbell. "We believe the seventh race in the Chase is important to the drivers and teams and even bigger for our fans." Martinsville Speedway also retained its traditional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates, with the Kroger 250 scheduled for March 28 and the Kroger 200 on October 31.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-26-2014)
Down Syndrome Rally For Research Makes Successful Stop At Martinsville: Monday may have marked the first "road rally" at Martinsville Speedway, and even though speeds probably didn't top 60 mph in the few laps run, it was an overwhelming success. The third stop in the three-day Race for Research for Down syndrome was at Martinsville Speedway Monday afternoon, with more than 20 two-person teams circling the half-mile oval. More than 40 teams are entered in the rally, but not all are participating in the full three days. By Monday afternoon, the fundraiser had topped $80,000 and $100,000 seemed to be a realistic goal. Sprint Cup driver David Ragan and his wife Jacquelyn were co-chairs of the event, helping to give it a NASCAR flavor. Other stops on the rally include the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, the Richard Childress Winery, Front Row Motorsports, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and several other race tracks. Ragan helped kick off the rally in Charlotte Monday morning, but couldn't make the full trip because of a doctor's appointment he and Jacquelyn had with their newborn baby girl Julia, who is less than a week old. David's father, Ken Ragan, who made more than 50 starts in NASCAR's premier series, led the group of cars around the track. He was joined by David's mom Beverly and his older brother Adam, who was born with Down syndrome.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-17-2014)
Agencies Shine Is Special Preparedness Exercise For Martinsville: More than 100 representatives from law enforcement, public safety, fire, EMS, hospitals, public health departments, department of transportation, Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR gathered Monday to help continue to guarantee the safety of race fans on event weekends at Martinsville Speedway. It was part of a five-hour table-top exercise for discussion and review of first responder agencies and regional hospital plans and how those plans are best coordinated with those of state and federal agencies in case of a major incident at Martinsville Speedway during an event weekend. Exercise participants were presented with a fictional but plausible threat scenario that required them to respond in real time to a race-day emergency at Martinsville Speedway. It was part of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program sponsored by the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance.
"I came away from Monday's exercise very impressed. Everyone reacted to real-time situations amazingly," said John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corporation, Martinsville Speedway's parent company. Saunders made the trip from ISC's corporate offices in Daytona Beach, FL, to witness the exercise. "I'm a big believer in these types of table-top exercises. It's something we try to do often at all of our tracks. We have to make sure our tracks and all of the organizations supporting them are as prepared as possible for any possible situation. After witnessing Monday's exercise, I know our fans at Martinsville Speedway are in good hands."
The table-top exercise was made as realistic as possible. It even involved determining how many beds were available in several hospitals at the exact time the exercise was running. "The primary goal of this exercise was to determine the preparedness of regional hospitals in case such an incident occurred here," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "Not only did we find out they were prepared, we discovered that all of our supporting agencies have effective plans in place. Just as importantly, we were amazed at how well all of the many agencies interacted and worked together. The end result was very reassuring."
Participants in the exercise included Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR, Virginia State Police, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Henry County Department of Public Safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Air Care, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, Danville Regional Medical Center, Pioneer Community Hospital, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, Carilion Medical Center, Lewis Gale Medical Center, Lynchburg General Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, High Point Regional Health System, Morehead Memorial Hospital, Annie Penn Hospital, Northern Hospital of Surry County, Virginia Department of Health West Piedmont Health District, and Virginia Department of Health Western Region.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-30-2014)
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)
STP to sponsor April race at Martinsville: co-sponsor on #43: Martinsville Speedway and the STP brand announced a multi-year entitlement sponsorship agreement at Daytona International Speedway. The sponsorship kicks off with the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for April 7, 2013 at the historic Virginia track. "STP and Martinsville Speedway have both been a part of the NASCAR family for decades. To work with a company that has such legendary status in our sport is exciting to me," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "Bringing together two companies that have so much history and such fan recognition is going to be a winning combination for everyone, especially the fans." The Martinsville Speedway entitlement is the latest addition to the STP brand's motorsports portfolio which includes entitlement sponsorships of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide events at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, respectively, and the entitlement sponsorship for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
In addition to sponsoring the race, the STP brand will be a co-primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports and the #43 Jani-King STP Ford Fusion driven by Aric Amirola at the Martinsville spring race. The paint scheme will be commemorative of the first time the STP logo was on Petty's car at Riverside in 1972.
"STP, Richard Petty Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway were made for each other. It is surprising this hasn't happened sooner! Everyone at the STP brand is very proud to support Martinsville Speedway, the fans and Richard Petty Motorsports," said Jamie Kistner, Brand Director, STP. "The sponsorship is a perfect way to introduce our latest product innovation, STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment. This is the first time that we've leveraged an entitlement sponsorship to launch a new product. The STP brand continues to develop innovative technology and believes NASCAR provides a perfect platform to share the news with fans."
STP Gas Booster is a modern approach to fuel system treatments. One treatment of STP Gas Booster starts working immediately to help restore lost power and performance, and this unique formulation also helps to restore fuel economy by cleaning the fuel system. The STP brand continues to develop breakthrough technology to help consumers keep their engines running better longer.
"It is hard to believe my relationship with STP started more than 40 years ago, and here we are today announcing yet another chapter in the brand's history with me, Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR," said Richard Petty. "During my time with STP I've watched the brand become a fan favorite with products that give them The Racer's Edge and this partnership is yet another example of their commitment. I can't wait to see the '72 Riverside STP car paint scheme back on the track."
Richard Petty and the #43 STP machine have a storied history at Martinsville: Petty has the most wins with a total of 15
· Petty has the most grandfather clocks, awarded to the winner, with a total of 12
· Petty has an amazing 67 starts, the most of any driver
· Petty has the most top-10 and top-five finishes
· In 1960, Petty won the spring race at the age of 20, becoming the youngest winner at Martinsville
· The last "ride" by Petty came on the side door of the famous #43 STP car with John Andretti driving him to Victory Lane in April of 1999; that year also marks the last time the #43 STP machine won there
The STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, the day after the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Pole Day is Friday, April 5. Ticket prices for the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start as low as $37. Tickets for the STP Gas Booster 500, the Kroger 250 and Martinsville Pole Day may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-12-2013)
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