History

The Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia is a 0.526-mile oval track and the shortest track in NASCAR. The racetrack opened in 1947 and was designed by architect H. Clay Earles. The speedway also holds the distinction of being the first paved course in NASCAR history.

Over the years, Martinsville has undergone several renovations. The racetrack was first paved in 1955, and the turns were paved with concrete in 1976. Up until 1999 when the pits were reconfigured, Martinsville had the unique feature of having two pit roads. Most recently, the track was fully repaved in 2004.

Martinsville hosted its first NASCAR sanctioned event on July 4, 1948, and today is home to the STP 500 and the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. In 1960, Richard Petty became the youngest driver to win at Martinsville at the age of 22 years and 283 days, and in 1991 Harry Gant became the oldest at 51 years 255 days.

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