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2017 Anthem Annual February

Celebrating its 70th MARTINSVILLE Anniversary, Martinsville Speedway was built and opened by H. Clay Earles in 1947. When Earles opened the track, NASCAR had not been formed. Red Byron won the first Strictly Stock event on the half-mile dirt track September 25, 1949, and went on to win the first NASCAR championship that year. In 1955, the track was paved and Martinsville Speedway continued to host at least two races each year. Richard Petty won an unprecedented 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at Martinsville during his career. Several other drivers have won seven or more races at the track, including six-time champion Jimmie Johnson. At 0.526 of a mile in length, Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Speedway but it’s one of the biggest when it comes to action. The track has two 800-foot straightaways hooked together by short, tight and almost flat turns with only 12 degrees of banking. The demanding layout consistently produces some of the wildest, most entertaining racing each season. Today, Martinsville Speedway holds the legacy of being the only charter-member track that remains on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup schedule. Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images 84 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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