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Martinsville, VA 24112

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TAILGATING INFORMATION:

Martinsville Speedway is tailgating friendly as most of NASCAR's tracks. bring your food and beverage and enjoy the excellent scenery. The mountains of Virginia are very pretty and there are few things better than tailgating in this region of Virginia except maybe tailgating and watching the sun set over the mountains.

There are some rules for getting in to see the race. You can bring a soft sided cooler as long as it is 6" x 6" x 12" or smaller and it may contain ice. You may also bring in a clear plastic bag as long as it is no larger than 18" x 18" x 4" to protect purchases in case of rain or just to keep them neat. until you can get back to you tailgating. You can bring in your binoculars, headsets, cameras and scanners as long as they are not in a bag. You may also bring in a seat cushion.

The following are not allowed inside:

  • Firearms, fireworks and items restricted by Local, State and Federal laws.
  • Hard sided coolers, thermos and insulated cups.
  • Strollers and umbrellas.
  • Any bags, backpacks, or containers larger than the allowed size.

NOTE: None of the above restricted items may be left in or around the gate area

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CAMPING, PARKING and CARRYING ON:

There are several reserved and general admission campgrounds at Martinsville Speedway.

Backstretch Reserved Camping Adjacent to backstretch, most sites are 18 feet wide, 42 feet deep. This campground is for season ticket holders April and October NSC events. There is one spot available for each ticket holder for self contained specialty vehicles. Each spot will also recieve2 tickets to for Friday's Qualifying for each NSC weekend. And if that not enough you will receive a complimentary newspaper on Fri, Sat and Sun of NSC weekend. There are no tents allowed in this campground.

Renewable Third Turn Reserved Camping Outside of third turn area, most sites are 18 feet wide, 42 feet deep. To camp here you must be season ticket holder for April and October NSC events. You are allowed one spot per one spot per ticket holder. This campground if for special vehicles under 35 feet in lengt.You will receive 2 tickets for Friday's Qualifying for each NSC weekend and receive a complimentary newspaper on Fri, Sat and Sun of NSC weekend. No tent camping allowed.

Renewable Campground Entrance Reserved Camping Near the entrance to the campground, sites are 18 feet wide, 42 feet deep. You must be season ticket holder for April and October NSC events. Self-contained specialty vehicles only. One spot per ticket holder. No tent camping allowed.

North Reserved Camping On left side of Main Campground road. All sites are 18 feet wide, 42 feet deep. One spot per ticket holder. Self-contained specialty vehicles only. No tent camping allowed.

General Admission Camping The majority of camping for Martinsville Speedway is general admission. You can reserve one camping spot per ticket holder. You can camp in your car or in a tent or out in the open if you like. You can pay when you get there and it is $100 for your entire stay. Enjoy.

CAMPGROUND RULES FOR SAFE AND ENJOYABLE CAMPING/TAILGATING

  • Campground opens Saturday, March 21, 2009.
  • Tents in designated areas only.
  • BURNING BAN - See Campground Host if a burn ban is in effect.
  • Campers cannot reserve additional spots.
  • Only one vehicle pass per RV. All others visiting or staying must park in designated area.
  • No bicycles, ATVs, dirt bikes or golf carts.
  • Please bag your trash and put it in the large trash container (above dump station), or place it at the end of the driveway and we will pick it up daily.
  • No Fireworks
  • No Trailers Allowed

Note: Due to heavy traffic and congestion around the speedway following the race, vehicles in the campground area will be held approximately 2 hours.

TAILGATING CHECKLIST:

  • Your Tickets
  • Local Map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Food/Drinks
  • Napkins
  • Serving Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho, hat
  • Something to sit on

VIRGINIA FLAVOR:

Martinsville Speedway is known for its hot dogs but the mountains of Virginia are known for some fairly excellent BBQ.

TRACK DETAILS:

Seats: 65,000
Track Length: 0.526 mile
Racing surface: 55 feet wide
Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Flat
Length of frontstretch: 800 feet
Length of backstretch: 800 feet
Pit Road: 46-feet wide with 43 pit stalls beginning in the third turn, continuing around the frontstretch and exiting in turn two.

 

MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

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.

NASCAR PAPERCLIP

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.

ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP

The track ownership 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.

GRANDFATHER CLOCK TROPHY

Winners of Martinsville's Nextel Cup and Whelen Modified Tour events receive a longcase clock as a trophy instead of a regular trophy, a tip of the cap to the fame of the Martinsville furniture industry. One of the neat things one can see while watching a NASCAR race is a Norfolk Southern train running along the tracks outside the speedway, although the tracks were recently moved back 100 feet.

$192 MILLION PRICE TAG

Although sold for $192 million in 2004, the track continues to prosper under the new ownership of International Speedway Corporation. The track hosts two Nextel cup races, currently the DirecTV 500 in April and the Subway 500 in October, along with Busch, Craftsman Truck, and Late Model Stock Car races. The track had plans to add an additional 20,000 seats along the backstretch, 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. - Wikipedia.org

TRIVIA

May 19, 1957: Buck Baker is declared the winner of the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway after a crash halts the event on lap 441 of the scheduled 500-lapper.

April 9, 1961: Former USAC champion Fred Lorenzen racks up his first NASCAR win in the rain-shortened Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Only 149 of the 500 laps are completed before rain forces cancellation, but NASCAR officials decide to call the race complete and reschedule another 500-lap race at Martinsville later in April.

April 27, 1969: Richard Petty, with relief help from James Hylton, wins the Virginia 500 at Martinsville. Petty's Torino Talladega finishes three seconds ahead of runner-up David Pearson.

April 27, 1980: Darrell Waltrip erases a four-lap deficit and storms back to win the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Waltrip violates a new rule stating teams aren't permitted to change tires during caution periods.

April 26, 1981: Rookie Morgan Shepherd drives to an upset win in the Virginia 500 at Martinsville, giving the Pontiac nameplate its first NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National win since 1963.]

April 25, 1982: Harry Gant, a bridesmaid for his entire career, finally hits the jackpot by winning the Virginia National Band 500 at Martinsville. Gant finishes a lap in front of runner-up Butch Lindley to score his first win in his 107th start.

April 29, 1984: Geoff Bodine runs away from Ron Bouchard in the final laps and scores his first career NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National win in Martinsville's Sovran Bank 500. The triumph also gives team owner Rick Hendrick his first NASCAR win in the team's eighth career start.

September 27, 1987: Darrell Waltrip barges through Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte on the final lap to score his first win with Hendrick Motorsports in the wild Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Labonte and Earnhardt spin in the third turn as Waltrip shoots the gap to score the win.

April 20, 1998: Bobby Hamilton's dominating performance nets an overwhelming victory in the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Hamilton finishes 6.3 seconds ahead of runner-up Ted Musgrave to score his third career NASCAR Winston Cup victory.

April 18, 1999: John Andretti overcomes a spinout and a lap deficit to win the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Andretti, driving for Petty Enterprises, finishes 1.06 seconds in front of runner-up Jeff Burton to grab his second career NASCAR Winston Cup victory.

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