Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway
"The Pretty Paperclip"
Location340 Speedway Road, Martinsville, Virginia, 24112
Time zoneGMT-5
Capacity65,000
OwnerInternational Speedway Corporation
OperatorInternational Speedway Corporation
Opened1947
Major eventsNASCAR NEXTEL Cup
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Oval
SurfaceAsphalt/Concrete
Circuit Length.526 miles (.847 kilometres)
Turns4
BankingTurns 12°
Straights 0°
Lap Record0:18.746 (Greg Sacks, , 1986, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour)
Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. At 0.526 miles in length, it is the shortest track in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The track was also one of the first paved "superspeedways" in NASCAR, being built in 1947 by H. Clay Earles. The track is often referred to as paper clip-shaped and is banked only 12° in the turns. The combination of long straightaways and flat, narrow turns makes hard braking going into turns and smooth acceleration exiting turns a must. The first NASCAR sanctioned event was held on July 4, 1949. In 1951, only 4 cars were running at the finish, the fewest of any race held at the speedway. The track was paved in 1955 and in 1956 it hosted its' first 500 lap event. In 1960, Richard Petty became the youngest winner at Martinsville, at 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, to date Petty has the most wins (15). In 1991, Harry Gant became the oldest winner at 51 years, 8 months, 12 days. It was Gant's fourth win in a row, earning him the nickhame Mr. September.

Ownership of the track was a joint venture of brothers Jim and Bill France, Jr., and H. Clay Earles, the majority owner, along with daughters Dorothy Campbell and Mary Weatherford, and Dorothy Campbell's children, Sarah Fain and Clay Campbell. In 2004, the track was sold exclusively to the France family for $192 million as a result of an estate sale following the death of Weatherford.

Plans existed to add an additional 20,000 seats along the back stretch, boosting capacity to over 85,000 seats, but nothing more has been officially mentioned regarding this by track management since the sale of the track to ISC.

From 1982 until 1994, and again in a one-off in 2006, the speedway hosted Busch Series events. This occurred first with 200- and 150-lap features (200 laps for the two races with Whelen Modifieds, 150 laps with the September Winston/Nextel Cup race), then 300 laps from 1992 until 1994 as part of a Late Model/Busch Series doubleheader, and 250 laps in the one-off in 2006. The venue was dropped from the Busch Series schedule for 2007 and a race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was run on the open date.

Currently, Martinsville hosts two Nextel Cup races - the Goody's Cool Orange 500 in April and the Subway 500 (round six of the Chase for the Cup) in October - along with Craftsman Truck Series, Whelen Modified Tour which is labor day weekend under the lights, and Late Model races. Winners of the Nextel Cup and Whelen Modified Tour events receive a longcase clock as a trophy, a nod to Martinsville's famous furniture industry.

Current Events

Records

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2005 DirecTV 500 Finish

Past races

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Martinsville Speedway Backstretch

AAA Championship Car history

(races officially sanctioned by NASCAR)
  • 1952 Tex Keene
  • 1953 Wayne Alspaugh

External links

Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racetracks
Atlanta - Bristol - Brooklyn, Michigan - Charlotte - Daytona - Dover - Fontana, California - Fort Worth - Indianapolis (ORP) - Kansas City - Las Vegas - Loudon - Madison, Illinois - Mansfield - Martinsville - Memphis - Miami - Milwaukee - Nashville - Phoenix - Talladega - Sparta, Kentucky
International Speedway Corporation

Public (NASDAQ:  ISCA , OTCBB: ISCB )
Founded 1953 (as Bill France Racing, Inc.)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida

Key people Bill France, Sr.
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International Speedway Corporation

Public (NASDAQ:  ISCA , OTCBB: ISCB )
Founded 1953 (as Bill France Racing, Inc.)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida

Key people Bill France, Sr.
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country(ies)  United States

Most recent champion(s) Todd Bodine The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks.
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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) (previously the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series) is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR in the Modified division.
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1 kilometre =
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Greg Sacks (born November 3 1952, in Mattituck, Long Island, New York) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. He is married to his wife Vicky and lives in Ormond Beach, Florida. Together they had three children: Paul, Brian, and Rachel.
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International Speedway Corporation

Public (NASDAQ:  ISCA , OTCBB: ISCB )
Founded 1953 (as Bill France Racing, Inc.)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida

Key people Bill France, Sr.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Martinsville, Virginia

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Coordinates:
Country United States
State Virginia
Government
 - Mayor Kimble Reynolds
Area
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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superspeedway is a race track at least 2 miles in length [1] , featuring only left turns. This term is used to differentiate these tracks from short tracks, intermediate tracks, and road courses.
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Episode 2
Guest stars Walter Gotell as Victor Klemper Floyd Red Crow Westerman as Albert Hosteen
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Rob Bowman
Production no.
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Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. "The King," as he is nicknamed, is most well-known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this feat),winning a record 200 races
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Harry Phil Gant (born January 10, 1940 in Taylorsville, North Carolina) is a retired American racecar driver best known for driving the number 33 Skoal Bandits car on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.

He appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace.
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William Clifton France (April 4 1933 - June 4 2007), nicknamed "Bill Jr." and "Little Bill," was an American motorsports executive who served from 1972 to 2000 as the head of NASCAR, the sanctioning body of United States-based stock car racing.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the venue for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and, as of 2007, a NASCAR Busch Series race. The circuit, on Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St.
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Ville de Montréal
City of Montreal


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Nickname: 5-1-4, MTL, Heavy MTL, Mount Real, Real City
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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Goody's Cool Orange 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.

Long time sponsor Goody's returned as race sponsor for the 2007 spring race with their new orange-flavored brand with the race title being Goody's Cool
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The Subway 500 is a NASCAR Chase for the Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. In the 2007 Nextel Cup season it will be televised on the ESPN Broadcast Network.
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Chase for the NEXTEL Cup,, originally called "The Chase for the Championship" [1] is the playoff system used in NASCAR's top division, the NEXTEL Cup Series. The Chase was initiated for the 2004 NASCAR Season, and announced on January 21, 2004.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country(ies)  United States

Most recent champion(s) Todd Bodine The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks.
..... Click the link for more information.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) (previously the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series) is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR in the Modified division.
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) (previously the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series) is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR in the Modified division.
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longcase clock, also tall-case clock, grandfather clock or floor clock, is a freestanding, weight-driven, pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower, or waist of the case. Clocks of this style are commonly around 1.8-2.4m (6-8 feet) tall.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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