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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

Phone:
(877)-RACE-TIX (Tickets)
(276) 956-3151

Address:
Martinsville Speedway
PO Box 3311
Martinsville, Virginia 24112

Speedway Road
Ridgeway, Virginia 24148

Track Specs:
Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
Straights: 800 feet
Grandstnd Seating: 61,000

Pit Stalls:
Length: 28 feet
Width: 14 feet

Track Websites and Social Media:
Martinsville Speedway
ISC Motorsports
Facebook - Martinsville Speedway
Twitter - MartinsvilleSwy
Martinsville Speedway App


    Track Records & Stats

  • March 2014 Race Winner: #41-Kyle Busch, 72.176mph, started 22nd

  • October 2013 race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 70.337mph, started 9th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 99.674mph, finished 14th

  • October 2013 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 99.595mph, 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: 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 - 27 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 34 - Jeff Gordon

  • Lead Lap Finishes (all time): Rusty Wallace 29 in 44 races

  • Lead Lap Finishes (active): Jeff Gordon 33 in 42 races

  • Laps Led (all time): Cale Yarborough - 3,784 laps

  • Laps Led (active): Jeff Gordon - 3,593 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: 52 - Chevy; 27 - Ford; 10 - Dodge; 5 - Toyota; 40 - Others

  • 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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 130]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 15
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from starting pos unknown: 4
  • Races won from the top 5: 69 of 130
  • Races won from the top 10: 95 of 130


Track News and Announcements

  • 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)

  • Kahne Helps Promote Breast Cancer Awareness At Martinsville: #5-Kasey Kahne is familiar with the curbs in the turns at Martinsville Speedway. He's raced around them, and sometimes over them, for a decade. Wednesday he got a different view of those curbs as he helped 10 breast cancer survivors paint a section of them pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Our curbs are famous in the sport. They are iconic," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "So it is fitting that we paint them pink for such a great cause."
    "It's a pretty tough curb," said Kahne, speaking from experience. The curbs will be pink for the Goody's Headache Relief ShotŪ 500 weekend Oct. 24-26. Chevrolet also rolled out the pink Chevrolet SS Sedan pace car that will be used for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. It is part of a larger program sponsored by Chevrolet that includes a contribution of $250 for every lap the pace car leads under caution during the race. "Last year we had 111 caution laps in the October race here," said Jeff Chew, marketing manager for Chevrolet's racing program. "I hate to say keep it up, Clay (Campbell), but keep it up and we'll generate some money." This is Chevrolet's fourth year of raising money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. To date Chevy's efforts have netted more than $3 million. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-2-2014)

  • Larson joins Green Flag Experience at Martinsville: Last fall Kyle Larson made his Martinsville Speedway debut. When the talented rookie returns this fall, he will be a part of the Green Flag Experience prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Oct. 26. Larson, who is not only contending for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for wins week in and week out, will join Chase contenders Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Jamie McMurray and David Ragan for the question-and-answer portion of the Green Flag Experience. 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 each individual driver and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars and simulators, plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-21-2014)

  • Martinsville ticket office extends hours: Can't get to Martinsville Speedway during the week to buy tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500? Well, there is good news race fans. With race day just seven 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 Oct. 26 race. Beginning Sept. 13, the speedway ticket office will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Fans have many great deals to choose from for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-12-2014)

  • 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)

  • Harvick Joins Earnhardt In Martinsville Green Flag Experience: Kevin Harvick, the winner of two NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, has been added to the Green Flag Experience prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26. Harvick will join Diet Mountain Dew Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has three wins this season, Jamie McMurray and David Ragan in the question-and-answer portion of the Green Flag Experience. 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. In addition to the emceed driver question-and-answer sessions and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars and simulators, plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-15-2014)

  • Green Flag Experience available at Martinsville: For the first time fans will have the opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway. The rare on-track opportunity for driver intros is the premier portion of the new Green Flag Experience which will also include a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza. The Green Flag Experience on October 26 will include everything from driver question-and-answer sessions from a stage under the tent and show cars at The Plaza to pre-race availability to walk the frontstretch of the track along with a presence at driver introductions. Diet Mountain Dew Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time winner this season, is scheduled for an emceed question-and-answer session in The Plaza, along with seven-time Sprint Cup winner Jamie McMurray and David Ragan, winner of two Sprint Cup races. Other drivers and racing personalities will be announced soon.
    The Green Flag Experience, which costs just $30, includes:
    · Opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track
    · Emceed driver Q&A sessions
    · Doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice
    · Music, games and prizes in both areas
    · Show cars and simulators
    · Access to the frontstretch of the track
    · Photo opportunity in the flag stand
    The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes and show cars and simulators will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track will open for fans purchasing The Green Flag Experience at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions. The Plaza is located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. The $30 charge for The Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. Ticket prices for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger begin at just $37. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-24-2014)

  • 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)

  • Virginia Lottery Pole Day Sponsor For Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500: The Virginia Lottery will sponsor pole day at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery Pole Day is scheduled for Friday, October 24 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will qualify for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-5-2014)

  • 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.
    Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway October 24-26 with the Goody'sŪ Headache Relief ShotŪ 500 weekend. To purchase tickets call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-30-2014)

  • $10 Will Hold You Seat at Martinsville Speedway: There are many reasons to purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 early, but the biggest incentive may cost. For as little as $10 down, you can lock in your seats for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26. This offer is good through April 15. Ticket prices for the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup range from $37 to $79. Always a pivotal stop in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this fall's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 could be bigger than ever with the new Chase format. It will be the first race in the Eliminator Round to help trim the Chase field to just four drivers for the season-finale at Homestead-Miami. To reserve your tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 and set up a payment plan, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-2-2014)

  • Virginia Army National Guard's 29th Army Band to perform National Anthem at Martinsville: The Virginia Army National Guard's 29th Army Band, one of the oldest and most decorated military bands in the nation, will perform the National Anthem prior to the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. "We believe our National Anthem should be played with great respect and pride, and having heard the 29th Army Band perform the anthem, we know we will get a that type of performance," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "We are truly honored to have such a patriotic and historic band perform here. I'm looking forward to hearing their version Sunday." The 29th Army Band has been in existence since 1922 and has served the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation with distinction. It was pressed into active duty during World War II and joined in the assault on Omaha Beach, duty for which its members received the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. The band saw action in four European campaigns during World War II: Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-25-2014)

  • Warbirds to perform flyover at Martinsville: The Warbirds will offer up an encore flyover performance for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, repeating their amazing effort from last fall. The Warbirds, a group of five former military pilots flying vintage post-World War II-type aircraft, will present the pre-race flyover for the STP 500 on March 30. 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' team is led by Henry K. "Hoot" Gibson, a former Naval aviator and Gulf War veteran.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-19-2014)

  • Martinsville Speedway Offers Great Family, Youth Prices For STP 500: Martinsville Speedway's family-friendly philosophy runs right through the ticket office. Tickets prices at the historic Virginia track have always been low, but track officials have always made the extra effort to make sure families can afford to come and watch their favorite drivers compete. With the Family Four Pack, a family of four can attend the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on March 30 for less than $100. The Family Four Pack includes two adults seats and two youth 12 and under seats in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14 for just $90. Youth 12 and under tickets in the Clay Earles Tower for the STP 500 are $10 with teens 13-17 for $25 and adults only $57. Youth 12 and under are admitted free to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Series race on March 29 and to Pole Day on March 28. Adult ticket prices for the STP 500 start at $37. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $42. The STP 500 weekend at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for March 28-30. The Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for March 29 and Pole Day on March 28.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-4-2014)

  • Martinsville Speedway's Party Plaza getting bigger: The party in Martinsville Speedway's Party Plaza keeps getting bigger for the morning of the STP 500 on March 30. NASCAR Hall-of-Fame members and race Grand Marshals Richard Petty and Dale Inman are the latest to join the Party Plaza lineup for March 30. Also new to the Party Plaza are Sprint Cup driver Marcos Ambrose, retired Sprint Cup star Ken Schrader, Miss Sprint Cup and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. Sprint Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne had committed to Party Plaza appearances earlier. In addition to celebrities, there will be loads of fun and excitement in the Party Plaza. There will be four NASCAR show cars and trucks, plus racing simulators and lots of games for all ages with plenty of prizes to giveaway. A live DJ will be featured with music all morning long. Vendors will be selling food and Pepsi products. There will be a beer garden offering an assortment of beer. Admission to the Party Plaza, which also includes a Pre-Race Track Pass to walk along the front-stretch of Martinsville Speedway, is just $30.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-3-2014)

  • Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Now Open on Saturday: With the STP 500 just weeks away, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open on Saturdays to give fans more opportunity to drop by the track and pick out the seats they would like for the March 30 race. The speedway ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open daily, 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 less than $100. The Family Four Pack includes two adult seats and two youth 12 and under seats in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14 for just $90.
    Youth And Teen Prices: Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $10 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. Youth 12 and under are admitted free to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on March 29 and to Pole Day on March 28. Adult ticket prices for the STP 500 start at $37. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $42. Tickets to the STP 500 on March 30, the Kroger 250 on March 29 and Pole Day on March 28 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-2-2014)

  • Petty, Inman Reunited as Grand Marshals at Martinsville: One of racing's most potent partnerships is reuniting for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30. Richard Petty and Dale Inman, who combined for more wins than any other driver-crew chief team in the history of NASCAR, have been named Grand Marshals for the STP 500. With Petty behind the wheel and Inman turning the wrenches and calling shots from the pits, Petty Enterprises dominated the sport for nearly three decades. They combined for 193 victories and eight championships, both records for a driver-crew chief. Petty and Inman notched 15 wins together at Martinsville Speedway, tops for both driver and crew chief at the historic half-mile track. And they will get one more chance to shine at Martinsville Speedway when they give the command for drivers to start their engines on March 30.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-27-2014)

  • Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Battling Mall Madness: Christmas is getting closer and shopping malls are getting crazier, but Martinsville Speedway can take the crazy out of your last-minute shopping. Without leaving the comfort of your home or the warmth of your fireplace, you can purchase the best possible gift for your favorite race fan: tickets to the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on March 30. Tickets to the STP 500 are guaranteed to deliver smiles on Christmas morning and action and excitement on race day. And we have tickets to fit everyone's budget and needs. Tickets to the STP 500 start at just $37. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $42. Youth 12 and under tickets in the Clay Earles Tower are $10 with teens 13-17 for $25 and adults only $57. The Family Four Pack which includes 2 adults and 2 youth 12 and under is just $90. Tickets may be purchased as Christmas presents by calling at 877.RACE.TIX or order online at martinsvillespeedway.com. Select print at home and you can print your tickets to wrap up just in time for Christmas. The STP 500 weekend at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for March 28-30. The Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for March 29 and Pole Day on March 28.(12-15-2013)

  • Martinsville tickets on sale: Just a few days after fans witnessed one of the most exciting races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Martinsville Speedway, tickets go on sale for the next amazing Martinsville race, the STP 500 on March 30. Tickets for the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Martinsville Speedway are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Martinsville Speedway tickets remain the most affordable in racing again in 2014, with STP 500 tickets starting at $35 and Kroger 250 tickets at $25. This guaranteed special pricing is available for a limited time, now through December 3. The 2014 season roars to life at Martinsville Speedway March 28-30, with Pole Day on Friday, March 28, the Kroger 250 on March 29, and the STP 500 on March 30.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-2-2013)

  • Warbirds to provide flyover for Goody's 500 at Martinsville: Six vintage post-World War II-type aircraft will supply the pre-race flyover for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 27. The flyover will be performed by the Warbirds, a group of former military pilots who regularly perform flyovers and other airshow entertainment in their vintage fighter planes. 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 Golf Championship. The Warbirds' team is led by Henry K. "Hoot" Gibson, a former Naval aviator and Gulf War veteran.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-19-2013)

  • Junior Johnson named Martinsville Grand Marshal: Junior Johnson was in the spotlight at Martinsville Speedway many times as a driver and car owner. He'll be back in that spotlight on October 27, but in a different role. Johnson, a charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and winner of 50 Sprint Cup races, will be the grand marshal for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. "I really enjoy doing things like this," said Johnson, who will give the famous "drivers start your engines" command from the start-finish line. "It's an honor for me. When something gives you so much like racing did for me, you have to give back." The legendary driver, who went on to be one of the most successful car owners in NASCAR history, said he couldn't think of a better place than Martinsville to be grand marshal.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-18-2013)

  • Lizard Lick's Amy Shirley To Be Honorary Starter For Goody's 500: There is reality TV and then there is Lizard Lick, the true-life story of Ron and Amy Shirley and their tow-truck business that has gathered rave reviews since it first appeared on Tru-TV in the winter of 2011. The show, which Tru-TV describes as "actuality, not reality" TV, highlights the day-to-day running of Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery, which is full of controversy, drama and a lot of humor. Amy won't be driving any of the company's 20 tow trucks on October 27, but she will be in the flag stand at Martinsville Speedway waving the green flag as honorary starter for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. There will be one of the Lizard Lick tow trucks on display for the weekend. Lizard Lick is a small North Carolina town located near Raleigh, N.C. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 and tickets for Pole Day, Friday, October 25 are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on both October 25 and 26. To purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2013)

  • Fans Will Find New Restrooms, Concession Stand at Martinsville: Race fans will discover new restrooms and a new concession stand along the concourse in the first-turn area of Martinsville Speedway when they arrive for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. The 3,000-square foot building located under the South Terrace has men's and women's restrooms and two family restrooms. It also contains a concession stand with full cooking capabilities. This is the third restroom construction project in three years at Martinsville Speedway. The new building is on an elevated platform constructed in the superstructure of the grandstand and ties into the existing concourse that not only doesn't affect the flow of traffic, but actually allows for a better traffic flow because it is set behind the concourse. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 and tickets for Pole Day, Friday, October 25 are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on both October 25 and 26. To purchase tickets for the Goody'sŪ Headache Relief ShotŪ 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-16-2013)

  • Sprint Cup Teams Keep Martinsville Speedway Busy With 10 Hours Of Testing: From rookies without a lap on the track to tried and true veterans, 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers spent 10 hours testing at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday in preparation for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. They were all searching for the same thing: that one little extra millisecond that would improve their performance at the half-mile oval in 19 days. "We've learned a few things. Just trying to figure out a few dos and don'ts today," said veteran driver Greg Biffle. "The things that worked in the spring don't always work in the fall, so it's good that we are back here testing."
    For 21-year-old Kyle Larson, who had never seen Martinsville Speedway before Tuesday, the test was of ultimate importance. The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger will be just his second-ever Sprint Cup start. "We're mainly working on getting through the center (of the turns) and getting good drive off," Larson said of the test that ran from about 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. "I've never been to a track with the long straights and tight corners like this. We've got pretty good on the long runs. We're not the fastest, but not the slowest either. We've got to get a little better, but I think we'll be OK for race weekend."
    David Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports team wasn't worried nearly as much about speed on Tuesday as they were on trying new things that would make them faster in a few weeks. "Of course we never accomplish everything we want to in a test unless the track lets us line up and throw the green flag. For us, though, we want to change some of the bigger items today that we don't have time to work with on race weekend. Suspension parts and pieces, brake parts and pieces," said Ragan. "Tomorrow we'll work on handling and more race stuff. Today has been perfect. The weather has been perfect, the track has rubbered in good. We couldn't ask for anything better."
    Joining Biffle, Larson and Ragan Tuesday were Biffle's Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; Richard Childress Racing drivers Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton; Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano; and Furniture Row driver Kurt Busch.
    There were also a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers on hand, including Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney with Brad Keslowski Racing and Ben Kennedy, who will be making only his third truck series start, with Turner-Scott Motorsports.
    All the teams will return Wednesday for a second day of testing. Grandstands will be open at no charge all day. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 and tickets for Pole Day, Friday, October 25 are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on both October 25 and 26. To purchase tickets for the Goody'sŪ Headache Relief ShotŪ 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-9-2013)

  • Several teams to test at Martinsville The roar of NASCAR Sprint Cup engines will be filling the air at Martinsville Speedway this fall long before the green flag falls on the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. Five Sprint Cup teams and a total of nine Sprint Cup drivers will test at Martinsville Speedway October 7-9. The test sessions will be open to the public at no charge. Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Front Row Motorsports and Furniture Row racing will be on hand those days testing. Cup drivers testing will included #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing); #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton and #27-Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing); #42-Kyle Larson (Earnhardt Ganassi), #38-David Gilliland (Front Row) and #78-Kurt Busch (Furniture Row). Brad Keselowski Racing, which fields teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will also test on October 7-9. There will be more truck series testing later in October, with Red Horse Racing on October 14 and Richard Childress Racing's truck teams on October 14-15. Another Sprint Cup team, Swan Racing, will share the track with the RCR truck teams on October 15. Testing will run from 9:00am-5:00pm/et each day with an hour break at noon. Grandstands will open at 9:00am/et each day and are open to the public free of charge.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-24-2013)

  • N.C. State Band to play Anthem at Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway announced that the North Carolina State University Marching Band will perform the National Anthem prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. The band, which has over 335 members, is known for its Saturday afternoon performances in Carter-Finley Stadium for Wolfpack football games, but "The Power Sound of the South" has played for United States presidents, performed in the Rose Bowl and marched through the streets of Dublin, Ireland for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. They will be playing in Spain in 2014.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-18-2013)

  • Extended ticket office hours at Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway's ticket office is expanding its hours so fans will have plenty of time to purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, which is just six weeks away. The ticket office will extend its hours to Saturdays and Sundays, beginning this Saturday, Sept. 14 through the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. The ticket office will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-3:00pm and on Sundays from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Normal ticket hours, Monday through Friday, are 9:00am-5:00pm.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-14-2013)

  • Martinsville Speedway Bringing Chase Across America To Streets Of Roanoke: Seven-hundred horsepower will roar to life in Downtown Roanoke on September 11 when one of NASCAR's top drivers will pilot a Sprint Cup car through the streets and onto the Historic Roanoke City Market. The event, presented by Martinsville Speedway, is part the Chase Across America, a nationwide kickoff celebrating the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR's final 10-race championship chase. Martinsville Speedway hosts the seventh race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. One of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup will drive a Sprint Cup car down Jefferson Street, across Campbell Avenue and onto the Historic Roanoke City Market where he will be met by a marching band, cheerleaders and a crowd of fans. After leaving his car, the driver will be greeted on a stage in front of Center In The Square by Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, Roanoke City officials, and Jaclyn Rooney, Miss Sprint Cup. He will be honored by Roanoke City leaders, address the crowd and conduct a question-and-answer session with the fans. The identity of the driver will not be known until drivers are locked into the Chase in the coming weeks. It will be one of the top-12 drivers. The action will begin at 11 a.m. on September 11 when the driver will fire up the NASCAR Sprint Cup car near Elmwood Park on Jefferson Street. He will drive the racer several blocks down Jefferson and take a right on Campbell Avenue and proceed to the Historic Roanoke City Market where the festivities will be held. Advance tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger are available in all areas of the grandstands. Advance tickets start at just $37. More info about tickets, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-16-2013)

  • Blackberry Smoke In Concert at Martinsville: Award-winning Southern rock/country band Blackberry Smoke will headline the Turn 5 Concert Series near Martinsville Speedway during the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger weekend. Blackberry Smoke will play on Saturday night, October 26, at the outdoor Turn 5 concert venue, which is adjacent to the Martinsville Speedway campground. Popular Virginia rock band The Worx will headline on Friday, Oct. 25th. In all, six bands will take the stage over the course of this two-night charity fundraiser, which is organized and produced by Rooster Walk Inc. A two-night pass for all six bands will cost just $20 if purchased in advance. Single-day tickets will cost $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. Ticket sales will begin Friday morning, Aug. 9, at www.roosterwalk.com or www.brownpapertickets.com. Physical tickets will also be available in local stores in the next two weeks. The Turn 5 concert venue is located at 340 Clover Road in Ridgeway, about 100 yards away from the entrance to the Martinsville Speedway campground.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-9-2013)

  • Newman's Win Brings Special Deal For Martinsville Speedway Fans: #39-Ryan Newman is back in victory lane and Martinsville Speedway fans will be the big winners this week. Newman rolled to a big NASCAR Sprint Cup victory over Jimmie Johnson Sunday afternoon. It was Newman's first victory since he won the Goody's 500 in the spring of 2012. Martinsville Speedway is celebrating Newman's win Sunday with an offer that will get fans up close to Newman and several other Sprint Cup drivers at a reduced price prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. Now through Sunday, August 4, fans can add a Party Plaza pass to their ticket order for the price of Newman's car number. That's right, just $39. The Party Plaza is a new addition to Martinsville Speedway's race-morning lineup and will include appearances from a great lineup of drivers, including Newman, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The Party Plaza also will feature live music, a DJ and children's activities, including a bounce house and a rock-climbing wall. There will be food vendors in the Party Plaza selling great food. Pepsi products will be available for purchase. There will be a beer garden with an assortment of local craft beer at affordable prices. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15. To purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-30-2013)

  • July 23 Is National Hot Dog Day, A Most Important Day For Martinsville Speedway Fans: Tuesday, July 23 is a day of reverence and respect, not to mention culinary delight at Martinsville Speedway. It is National Hot Dog Day. The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot DogŪ: it is legendary; it is iconic and most importantly, it is a delight to the taste buds. World famous movie stars have enjoyed them. So have U.S. Senators and star NFL players. Country music stars have asked for seconds. They have driven dieters to tears and NASCAR crew members to over-indulge to the point of slowing pit stops. Only one or two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have ever publicly turned one down and they are probably devouring them in the secrecy of the motor coaches. Martinsville Speedway's action-packed racing is world-famous, drawing fans from all corners of the Earth. The track's hot dog isn't far behind in global popularity. Hot dog vendors have taken orders in many dialects over the years, and have learned it is the same in any language The hot dog delicacy was created by Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles more than 65 years ago when he was looking for an affordable, but delectable concession item for his fledgling track. The tasty dog was a hit. Fans and competitors have begged to know the dog's delightful secret. Hints of the famous dog's recipe have been allowed to escape, but never the entire formula. It remains guarded somewhere on the Martinsville Speedway property.
    Not only does The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog remain the most popular concession item in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, it is the most affordable at just $2. Fans have been known to buy dogs for their entire row in the grandstands when they discover how inexpensive they are. Some have iced down coolers full and transported them to far-away places. The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog has also caused civil unrest. Back in 2004 when, for some reason, the hot dogs at the infield concession stand were served up in Styrofoam instead of the traditional and proper waxed paper, there was insurrection among drivers, crew members and NASCAR officials. The problem was quickly fixed and the unruly crowd settled.
    And maybe next year, July 23 will be called what it really is ... The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog Day. Until then, we can just look forward to the next time the secret recipe is unlocked and the famous dogs are cooked, dressed, wrapped and served for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27.
    Advance tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger start at just $37. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15. To purchase tickets for the the Goody's" Headache Relief Shot" 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-23-2013)

  • Martinsville Speedway Security honored for Innovation and Leadership: Martinsville Speedway brought home two awards on Wednesday from the National Sports Safety and Security Conference in Orlando, Fla. Martinsville won both the Facility of Merit Award and the Security Professional of the Year Award, given to Matt Brannock, the track's director of operations. The National Center for Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi recognized Martinsville for its innovation in addressing traffic issues surrounding its two NASCAR race weekends. Martinsville is located in a lightly populated area and the surrounding area grows into a small city of tens of thousands when fans come to town for its events. One of the major problems is traffic congestion throughout the weekend, Martinsville and local law enforcement have employed a system to expedite traffic, while still allowing local residents movement within the community. Brannock was honored with the prestigious National Sport Safety and Security Professional of the Year Award, along with seven other recipients. Among his accomplishments since joining Martinsville in September of 2011, Brannock has enlisted community groups to help ensure better communication and service with fans onsite at the track.(NASCAR)(7-18-2013)

  • Newman to appear at Martinsville Party Plaza: Ryan Newman, one of the fastest and most popular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, will make an appearance in the new Martinsville Speedway Party Plaza prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 27. Newman, who has racked up an incredible 49 pole victories in his dozen seasons on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, will join four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Party Plaza. The drivers will appear at different times and each will participate in an emceed question and answer session during their appearance. The Party Plaza is a new addition to Martinsville Speedway's race-morning lineup and will feature live music, a DJ and children's activities, including a bounce house and a rock-climbing wall. There will be food vendors in the Party Plaza selling great treats. Pepsi products will be available for purchase. There will be a beer garden with an assortment of beer at affordable prices. Admission to the Party Plaza, which also includes a Pre-Race Track Pass to walk along the front-stretch of Martinsville Speedway, is just $49.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-17-2013)

  • Martinsville celebrates Vickers' win with special offer: Brian Vickers has a bit of a love affair with Martinsville Speedway. He came to the track as a child with his father. His very first stock car race was on the venerable half-mile oval when he was a teenager. And since he began his NASCAR Sprint Cup comeback in the spring of 2012 after a medical leave for a serious health issue, Martinsville is the track where he has consistently shined. In his three Martinsville starts since his return Vickers' average starting position is 3.6 and he has an average finish of 12.3. Vickers' comeback took on storybook proportions Sunday when he won his first Sprint Cup event since being sidelined with life-threatening blood clots in 2010. To help celebrate that win and his affinity for Martinsville Speedway, the track is offering a special $55 Brian Vickers Package. For $55, Vickers' car number, fans can get a ticket in the Bill France Tower for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 27 and a Pre-Race Track Pass, which allows admission to the front stretch on Sunday morning. The Pre-Race Track Pass gives fans the opportunity to get a close look of what happens along pit road on race morning.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-16-2013)

  • Martinsville Unveiling New Party Plaza For Goody's Fast Relief 500: Martinsville Speedway's new Party Plaza will offer up a morning full of thrills and excitement with plenty of great food and a few racing celebrities thrown in before the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 27. The Party Plaza will be one big pre-race celebration for fans of all ages on race morning with a live band, a DJ, a rock-climbing wall and a bouncy house. Drivers Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon will be on hand to help with the unveiling of the Party Plaza on October 27. They will be answering questions in an emceed question and answer session. More drivers and key figures in the sport will be added to the Party Plaza lineup in the coming weeks. There will be food vendors in the Party Plaza selling great treats and Pepsi products will be available for purchase. There will be a beer garden with an assortment of tasty brews at affordable prices. Admission to the Party Plaza, which also includes a Pre-Race Track Pass to walk along the front stretch of Martinsville Speedway, is just $49. Tickets for the Party Plaza may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-3-2013)

  • Martinsville race gets new name: Goody's pain reliever and Martinsville Speedway announced today a new name for the track's fall NASCAR Sprint Cup race and a sponsorship extension for one of the longest partnerships in NASCAR. The October 27, 2013, NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville has been renamed the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 to promote the launch of the brand's innovative new pain reliever: a unique, single-dose liquid shot. Goody's has also renewed its sponsorship of the fall Sprint Cup race at Martinsville for another two years, through the 2015 season. Goody's Headache Relief Shot is a single dose of pain reliever in a convenient, easy-to-take liquid form. Its unique packaging and fast liquid action formula are designed for consumers who need quick and long-lasting relief when they are on the go: a single shot of the great tasting liquid provides as much pain relief medication as extra-strength tablets and powders. For more information visit www.goodysheadachereliefshot.com. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the partnership between Martinsville Speedway and Goody's, and the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 is the 33rd Martinsville race sponsored by the fast pain relief product in six different divisions. To purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-29-2013)

  • Sad News - Dorothy Campbell: Dorothy Earles Campbell, the daughter of Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles and mother of Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell, died Friday evening at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. She was treasurer of Martinsville Speedway for over 50 years and a familiar face to thousands of fans over the years in the track's ticket office. She retired from the speedway in 2004. Campbell, 81, was born in Martinsville March 28, 1932 to H. Clay Earles and Mildred Warren Earles. She was a graduate of Martinsville High School and Perry Business School and a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Emmett William Campbell and a sister, Mary Earles Weatherford. She is survived by a daughter Sarah Campbell Fain and husband, William of Ridgeway; a son, W. Clay Campbell of Martinsville, four grandchildren, William Campbell Fain, Mary Dorothy Emmett Fain, William Clay Campbell II and Alayna Jane Campbell; two brothers-in law, Pete Weatherford of Martinsville and Richard S. Campbell and wife, Sue of Schertz, Texas. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM at McKee-Stone Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. David Adkins officiating.Entombment will follow in Roselawn Abbey. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Starling Avenue Baptist Church, 932 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA24112 or to the SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA24112. To express condolences on line, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.(6-1-2013)

  • New restrooms at Martinsville: Construction began this week on new restroom and concession facilities along the concourse in the first and second-turn of Martinsville Speedway. It is the third such project in three years at Martinsville Speedway. "Fan comfort and convenience are extremely important to us. This new construction is part of an ongoing project to keep upgrading our facilities for fans," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "We want to make sure our facilities are equal to those at any sporting or entertainment venue our fans may attend." The new building, which is at ground level under the South Terrace, is approximately 3,000 square feet. It will have men's and women's restrooms and two family restrooms. The building will also contain a concession stand with full cooking capabilities.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-1-2013)

  • Coach Frank Beamer named honorary pace car driver at Martinsville: Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will toss aside his headset and clipboard Sunday to take over as the honorary pace car driver for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Beamer will be behind the wheel of the pace car for the laps leading to the start of the race. He will then turn the duties back over to regular pace car driver Brett Bodine. For Beamer, a self-described "short-track guy," this will be far from his first involvement with NASCAR. He grew up in Hillsville, about an hour from Martinsville Speedway, and has been a fan of the sport since his youth. He's been attending Martinsville races for many years.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-3-2013)

  • VMI Glee Club to perform National Anthem at Martinsville: The Virginia Military Institute's Glee Club will perform the National Anthem prior to Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The group from VMI has performed the national anthem at Martinsville Speedway in the past, and has received accolades for its traditional rendition of the song. The VMI Glee Club, founded in 1852, has performed around the world in its 160 years of existence. It is the oldest Cadet organization in VMI's 165-year history. The cadets in the Glee Club are enrolled in Reserve Officer Training Courses at VMI, located in Lexington, VA, and are available to commission in all branches of the US Armed Forces upon graduation. High Point University's Pep Band, which has been performing since 1927, will play the national anthem before the start of the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday at Martinsville. The HPU Pep Band consists of 29 members from 10 different states, pursuing degrees in more than 17 fields of study.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-2-2013)

  • Falwell to deliver invocation at Martinsville: The Rev. Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, will offer the invocation prior to the start of the STP Gas Booster" 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Rev. Falwell has been in full-time ministry since 1994 and has served as senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church since his father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, passed away in May of 2007. His father was the founding pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in 1956. "What an honor for me to be able to take part in the festivities surrounding the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. I love the excitement and competitive spirit that is found in NASCAR," said Rev. Falwell. "I look forward to offering a prayer of safety and encouragement for the drivers as well as the fans.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-30-2013)

  • Martinsville Speedway Offers Amazing Action For Incredible Prices: The STP Gas Booster 500 is two weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to make sure that you are up-close-and-personal for all the exciting racing Martinsville Speedway will have to offer on April 7. And if history is any indication, the STP Gas Booster" 500 will deliver an amazing amount of action. Tickets remain available at low prices for the STP Gas Booster 500, starting at just $37 and ranging to $79. Martinsville Speedway also offers great youth, teen and family prices. Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $10 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. There are two great Family Four Pack deals to choose from. 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. 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 online.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-25-2013)

  • Mark Burnett And Roma Downey Named Martinsville Co-Grand Marshals: Four-time Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, who together co-produced the hit cable miniseries The Bible, will serve as Co-Grand Marshals for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Burnett and Downey, who also stars in the miniseries as Mother Mary, will give the starting command, "Drivers start your engines," in addition to being introduced at the drivers' meeting and participating in pre-race ceremonies. "It is an incredible honor for us to host Mark and Roma. They are two exceptional talents who are known worldwide for their work," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "We are delighted and proud to be able to share a bit of our world with them for the STP Gas Booster 500." Tickets for the STP Gas Booster 500 on Sunday, April 7, the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, April 6 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-20-2013)

  • Stewart To Appear in Martinsville Fan Zone: Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will appear in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone the morning of the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Stewart, the 2002, 2005 and 2011 Sprint Cup champion, has three Martinsville Speedway victories. He last won here in the fall of 2011, a victory that helped him capture the Sprint Cup title that year. Stewart will participate in an emceed question and answer session. Tickets for the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone presented by Pepsi Max are $99 and include: Hot buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items; Four beverage coupons for Pepsi products and wine and beer (patrons 21 and older); Pre-race Track Pass from 9:15-11:45am/et.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-17-2013)

  • Mario Lopez named honorary starter at Martinsville: Mario Lopez is best known for his on screen roles. There's A.C. Slater from "Saved By The Bell" back in the 1980s, his stint on "Dancing With The Stars" and his current role as a host of the television entertainment show "Extra." Here are a couple of little-known facts, though: he's a car guy and he loves NASCAR. And those are the big reasons that Lopez will be the Honorary Starter for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Although he has a love of cars instilled by his father, it wasn't until his first trip to a NASCAR event several years ago as a guest of a track did he begin to appreciate the sport, its athletes and fans. His day will begin with a pace car ride, continue with a pit tour, private time with drivers, attendance at the drivers' meeting, introduction to the crowd in prerace and finally, waving the green flag to start the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-15-2013)

  • 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)

  • Edwards' Win Gives Martinsville Speedway Fans Special $99 Package: Carl Edwards was turning back flips after his win Sunday and for Martinsville Speedway fans, the victory could mean they will turn a back flip or two. To help Edwards celebrate the win in his #99 Ford Fusion, Martinsville Speedway is offering the $99 Carl Edwards Ticket Offer for the STP Gas Booster 500 on April 7. The offer includes two tickets for in the South Annex for only $99. The $99 Carl Edwards Ticket may be purchased by calling 877-722-3849 or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. The offer is valid through Thursday,(Martinsville Speedway)(3-6-2013)

  • Work Underway To Improve Parking Areas At Martinsville Speedway: Heavy equipment has been roaring at Martinsville Speedway for the past 10 days carving new lanes through parking lots near the track's main entrance. Over two miles of parking aisles are being cut through parking lots on the left side of Speedway Boulevard when you enter the track's main entrance. When the project is completed over 3000 tons of gravel will have been spread over the new lanes. The work will be completed in time for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. "I think our fans are really going to be pleased when they pull into the parking lot for the STP Gas Booster 500," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "Over the past few weeks we've moved a lot of dirt and put down a lot of stone, all in an effort to make ingress, egress and parking a much better experience. What previously was just an open field will now have aisles to drive through to get to your parking spot. Parking in this area will now be clearly defined." Campbell went on to say that all of the track's parking areas will eventually be upgraded. "Obviously this is a big project, but it is important that we see it to completion eventually over the entire property," Campbell said. Ticket prices for the STP Gas Booster 500 start as low as $37. Tickets for the STP Gas Booster, the Kroger 250 and Martinsville Pole Day may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-1-2013)

  • Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Begins Weekend Hours Feb. 23: Martinsville Speedway's ticket office will be open on weekends beginning Saturday, Feb. 23, giving fans who work all week the opportunity to drop by the track and pick out the seats they would like for the Virginia 500 on April 7. Beginning Feb. 23, the Speedway ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The ticket office will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the Virginia 500 on Sunday, April 7, the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, April 6 and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying on Friday, April 5 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-22-2013)

  • 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)

  • ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)


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