Q & A with Martinsville Speedway

Speedway Media, is quickly becoming a “one stop shop” for NASCAR fans to find news and stories about NASCAR, NASCAR teams and drivers as well as the facilities that they race at. In order to promote our “Track News” area the editors of the site decided to ask a series of questions about the tracks and programs that they have this season.

Below are the answers to our questions. If you, the fans, would like to see items added to these track pages please feel free to note these in the comments below…

1. Can you tell us about the events planned around your race weekends this season both at the track and in the community?

We have announced plans for an old-school weekend for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 weekend. We will have about a dozen legendary drivers around the entire weekend and will feature them Saturday night in a group discussion and question and answer session on the Speed Stage. They will also be signing autographs throughout the weekend.   Though it’s early in plans for the fall race, we will be doing the green flag program with the fans again.  

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2. With the economy and unemployment issues in many areas of the US how has the track responded with special programs geared towards saving fans money?   We rolled back all of our ticket prices in 2009 and have continued that trend in 2010 with several ticket packages like the Family Four Pack, which includes four Cup tickets, hot dogs and Pepsi products.  

3. NASCAR announced that races would start at standard times in 2010. How will this effect the way that your facility plans events leading to race time?   We have generally had some of the earlier starting times, so we don’t think we will change anything because of the new times.  

4. There has also been talk about condensing the race weekend schedules. How does the track feel about this?   We don’t think we will see that here. We have three full days on track as it is now and it would be too difficult to condense to two days.  

 5. Families often travel long distances and incur significant costs just getting to the race. What plans or events are specifically geared towards children and their families?   Children 12 and under are admitted free to qualifying and the Kroger 250 truck race. We also have areas in the grandstands for the Cup races where children 12 and under are admitted for $10.   We also have a Kids Zone in our display area where everything is geared to younger folks. We also have some games and rides in that area.  

6. What makes your event a better choice for a sports fan compared to other sports?   One word: excitement. There’s nothing like watching a race at Martinsville Speedway. You are on top of the action all day long; you can’t escape the action.   And then of course there’s another word: value. Fans get more bang for their buck here than anywhere they could go in any sport.   And a couple more words: fan friendly. For more than 60 years, that’s been the mantra here and we’re working harder than ever on it today.   

7. Where can fans find up to date race weekend schedules and special deals for your race(s)?   www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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