Martinsville Speedway is situated in Ridgeway Virginia US. It is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. Speedway has a capacity of 55000 seats. It broke and opened in a single year in 1947. The main architect of this speedway is H. Clay Earles. It was opened by Earles as a dirt track before the formation of NASCAR. It has Asphalt Concrete surface with a length of 0.526 miles. It has 4 turns. Turn 1 has a banking degree of 2. Straight tracks have Zero banking degree. It has a Lap record of 18.746 sec hold by a racer named Greg Sacks in 1986 at NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. This track is often referred as a Paper-Clip shape and it is banked up to 12 degrees on its turns. It makes the track difficult at the turns and easy at the straight ways. After the turns the acceleration is on its peak because of its smooth straight track. This track often provides most exciting and nail-biting racing events in the racing sports.
In 2004 the large part of the concrete was dislodged from the track which caused the severe damage to the body of a racer; Jeff Gordon. So in its reaction the track fully reconstructed with a new concrete and asphalt. On September 7, 1949 the track has its first race which was won by Robert “Red” Brown. This track hosted the NASCAR series sixth race which is also referred as Sprint Cup Series. This cup was also won by Byron on September 1949 Oldsmobile. This track is the most modern tall aluminum chair back seating. It also has corporate and fan suites for the media. There is a recent poll by the race fans in the major publications, Martinsville Speedway was voted at the top in all the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and it has the best view in action.
Major events hosted by the Martinsville are Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen All American Series.
Martinsville has some great records over the years in its history books. It includes in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the qualifying match by Joey Logano with a lap record of 100.201 mph in 28th March 2014. In the same cup race another record held by Jeff Gordon with a lap record of 82.223 mph in 22nd September 1996. In NASCAR Xfinity qualifying match record held by Clint Bowyer with a lap record of 95.951 mph in 2006. In NASCAR Xfinity race a record held by Jack Ingram with a lap record of 77.751 mph in 1984. In NASCAR Combined Modified Race record held by Ted Christopher with a lap record of 55.773 mph in the year 2005.
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