NASCAR Chase At Martinsville: The Big Weekend Ahead

Martinsville Clock Trophy Tradition Continues

RIDGEWAY, VA -- Thousands of fans will spend the weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the start of the NASCAR Chase's Round of 8. 

The eight remaining drivers will compete at a track that comes with a lot of history. 

Each race winner at Martinsville takes home one of NASCAR's most coveted trophies. 

In 1964, Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles had the idea to give race winners a Ridgeway grandfather clock, built just three miles away from the speedway. 

Since then, more than 125 drivers have claimed the unique trophy. 

"All of the drivers love getting this clock," said Clay Campbell, track president and Earles' grandson. "Regardless of the money, all the fame that goes with winning, they all want that clock, so it’s pretty special."

The Virginia factory that made the clocks closed in 2007. That's when Martinsville started ordering its clocks from a factory in Michigan. Campbell says it's important for the track to stick with tradition. 

"It’s still basically the same clock we gave away years ago," Campbell said. "So, I think you need to keep to your roots, and this clock does that."

Another feature that makes race day at Martinsville memorable is the cuisine. 

The Speedway is famous for its bright red hot dogs. Food and beverage general manager Josh Gilkey says the track will sell more than 60,000 hot dogs to fans at Sunday's race. 

"People come to the race for many different reasons," he said. "But, one of the big reasons could easily be eating a Martinsville famous sweet red hot dog."

Gilkey says fans typically order 4 to 8 hot dogs per concession stand visit. That's why Gilkey and his team are getting ready for a big weekend at the track. 

The NASCAR Chase continues Sunday at Martinsville Speedway for the Goodys Fast Relief 500. The first Chase driver to finish automatically advances to the final round of 4. 

Sunday's race starts at 1 p.m.

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