Improvements Made At Martinsville

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When fans roll into Martinsville Speedway for the SUBWAY 500 next week, they’ll notice quite a few not-so-subtle improvements.

Almost 10,000 tons of asphalt has been put down, new accessible amenities, including paved parking, have been added and a VIP RV area overlooks the backstretch.

“For 60 years, we’ve always tried to go the extra mile to make things comfortable for our fans,” said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. “This year is our 60th birthday and in all those years, I don’t know that we’ve ever done more in one off season to help improve the fan experience than we’ve done this year.”

While Campbell would not put an exact price tag on the project, he said it topped seven figures.

The large display and souvenir area adjacent to the fourth turn is perhaps the biggest eye-catcher among the improvements. Paving of the five-acre display area, along with the souvenir-row area, was completed last week. The paving project will make shopping and browsing in the area more enjoyable for both fans and vendors.

At the opposite end of the track, outside of the second-turn area, work has been completed on a paved accessible parking lot with just over 200 spots. Each of the spots is large enough to accommodate accessible vans.

The new parking area is close to recently completed accessible seating overlooking the first and second turns. The seats are elevated to eliminate any obstruction by standing fans.

Fans will be greeted by the Champions’ Overlook above the backstretch. The Overlook is a VIP motor coach lot, offering an amazing view of the entire race track.

“The Champions’ Overlook is unique. It’s one of the few places in our sport where fans can watch the race while enjoying all the comforts of their motor homes,” said Campbell. “And not only can they watch the race, they can watch the entire race. They can see the entire track from that area.”

There has been other extensive work in the speedway’s campground during the past few months. The main road to the campground has been paved for about a quarter-mile into the campground. Also large portions of the campground have been leveled or filled to make for a better camping experience.

The competitors also will notice improvements. The driver/owner motor coach lot has been expanded, with unpaved areas graded and paved.

Tickets remain for both the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 21, and the Kroger 200 NASACAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 20, and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.racetickets.com

Ticket prices for the SUBWAY 500 range from $42 to $77. Tickets for the Kroger 200 are $37 in advance and $42 at the gate. Kroger 200 tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5.

The SUBWAY 500 weekend kicks off on October 19 with Carilion Pole Day, featuring time trials and practice for the SUBWAY 500.

The Kroger 200 is scheduled for October 20 and the SUBWAY 500 on October 21.

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