“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ridgeway in Henry County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, April 23, 2008
1. Martinsville Speedway Marker
Inscription. H. Clay Earles (1913-1999) opened Martinsville Speedway in 1947 with seating for 750. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) first raced here in 1948. Martinsville Speedway was one of eight tracks to host the inaugural 1949 season of NASCAR's Strictly Stock division, later called Winston Cup and then NEXTEL Cup racing. It is the only original NASCAR track still hosting the highest division as of 2007. It features a short .526-mile track and seats more than 68,000. Earle's fan-friendly philosophy has endured, and the track draws fans from across the United States.
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-108.)
Location. 36° 38.129′ N, 79° 51.504′ W. Marker is in Ridgeway, Virginia, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of Greensboro Road (U.S. 220) and Speedway Road on Greensboro Road. Click for map. Coordinates are approximate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 Speedway Rd, Ridgeway VA 24148, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martinsville (approx. 4 miles away); Henry County U.D.C. Monument (approx. 4 miles away); Near War's End (approx. 4 miles away); Henry County War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); William Byrdís Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away); Henry County / North Carolina (approx. 7 miles away); Fort Trial (approx. 8.6 miles away); Calcium Carbide (approx. 10.6 miles away in North Carolina). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgeway.
Also see . . .
1. Martinsville Speedway History. "Martinsville Speedway celebrated its 60th year of operation in 2007 and has flown the NASCAR banner longer than any other track on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit." (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. What makes Martinsville special?. An article by Darrell Waltrip and published by Fox News on March 29, 2008. Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 career NASCAR Cup Series races and three-time champion, serves as lead analyst for NASCAR on FOX. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,155 times since then and 85 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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