Address: 340 Speedway Road, Ridgeway, Virginia, 24112
36.634166666667 - 79.851388888889Koordinaten: 36 ° 38 '3 " N, 79 ° 51' 5 " W
Martinsville Speedway is a NASCAR race track in Martinsville, Virginia, and owned by International Speedway Corporation. With a length of 0.526 miles, it is the shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Martinsville Speedway was one of the first paved " Super Speedway " NASCAR and was built in 1947 by H. Clay Earles. Its shape is often described as a paper clip ( 'the paper- clip' ). The corners are banked only 12 °. The combination of relatively long straight and flat, tight curves requires hard braking while turning and smooth acceleration out of corners.
Originally, the track was jointly owned by brothers Jim and Bill France Jr. and H. Clay Earles, who owned the majority of the route. With the death of Mary Weatherford, daughter of Earles, Martinsville Speedway was sold in 2004 for 192 million U.S. dollars to the International Speedway Corporation and thus with the France family, which is the sole owner ever since.
There are plans to provide additional 20,000 seats to increase the spectator capacity of 65,000 now seats 85,000 seats. Since the sale but there was no further information on the expansion.
On the Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup two races are held, the Goody 's Fast Pain Relief 500 in April and the TUMS QuikPak 500 as round six in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in October. In addition, make the Craftsman Truck Series and the Whelen Modified Tour stop in Martinsville.
From 1982 to 1994, in 2006, the Martinsville Speedway was also the venue for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The event was taken in 2007 from the calendar to organize on the released date a race at the Circuit Gilles -Villeneuve in Montreal can.
- NASCAR Sprint Cup - Goody 's Fast Pain Relief 500
- NASCAR Sprint Cup - TUMS QuikPak 500
- NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour races combined - Made in America Whelen 300 (a " last chance " race over 50 laps and a main race over 250 laps)
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying: Denny Hamlin, 19.013 seconds ( 99.595 mph ), October 25, 2013
- NASCAR Sprint Cup race: Jeff Gordon, 3:11:54 ( 82.223 mph ), September 22, 1996
- NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Clint Bowyer, 19.735 seconds ( 95.951 mph ), 2006
- NASCAR Nationwide Series race: Jack Ingram, 1:42:16 ( 77.751 mph ), March 25, 1984 ( 250 laps)
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Mike Skinner, 19.728 seconds ( 95.985 mph ), 2007
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: Rich Bickle, 1:47:18 ( 75.296 mph ), September 27, 1997
- NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying: Greg Sacks, 18.746 seconds ( 101.014 mph ), 1986.
- Combined NASCAR Modified race: Ted Christopher, 55.773 mph, 2005 ( combined race with 250 laps)