Martinsville Speedway Weather - Ridgeway, VA
NASCAR RaceWeather

Friday, April 5

Partly Cloudy

Low: N/A

High: 54°F

NW 10-20 mph

Saturday, April 6

Sunny

Low: 35°F

High: 56°F

NW 10-20 mph

Sunday, April 7

Sunny

Low: 36°F

High: 62°F

Calm

Greensboro, US
10:48 am, May 23
79°F
L: 76° H: 79°
Feels like 78.93 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:06 am
Sunset: 8:26 pm
Humidity 60 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 3 m/s

Forecast Discussion & Updates

NASCAR – Martinsville Speedway – Ridgeway, VA

Fri Apr 5Partly Cloudy. High around 54°F. Northwest 10-20 mph.

NASCAR Truck Series – Long John Silver’s 200 – 7:30 PM

Sat Apr 6Sunny. High around 56°F. Low around 35°F. Northwest 10-20 mph

NASCAR Xfinity Series – Dude Wipes 250 – 7:30 PM

Sun Apr 7Sunny. High around 62°F. Low around 36°F. Calm.

NASCAR Cup Series – Cook Out 400 – 3:00 PM

Summary: On Wednesday & Thursday, a very strong surface low pressure will move through the Northeast, bringing a cold front through Virginia. This low pressure will move Northeastward bringing very cold air to the region. A maximum of 500 mb vorticity will make its way into the region as the base of the upper level makes its way through the Northeast on Friday into Saturday morning. This will lead to some cloud cover on Friday. After the base of the trough passes, upper-level convergence behind the trough should limit most cloud cover for the rest of the weekend. Due to this upper-level convergence, a high-pressure system will form somewhere over the Carolinas, helping to bring slightly warmer temperatures to the area on Sunday.

All times in EDT

Updated: April 4, 2024 2:44 PM EDT

 

Chief Meteorologist Aaron Studwell, Ph.D.

Staff Meteorologists Connor Baldwin, Aaron Gosch, Chase Haralson, & Elizabeth Ohlemacher

IndyCar forecasts provided by @IndyCar_Wx

 

Martinsville Speedway is a NASCAR-owned stock car racing short track in Ridgeway, Virginia, just south of Martinsville. At 0.526 miles (847 m) in length, it is the shortest track in the NASCAR Cup Series. The track was also one of the first paved oval tracks in stock car racing, being built in 1947 by partners H. Clay Earles, Henry Lawrence, and Sam Rice, nearly a year before NASCAR was officially formed. It is also the only race track that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginning in 1948. Along with this, Martinsville is the only oval track on the NASCAR circuit to have asphalt surfaces on the straightaways and concrete to cover the turns.

The track is often referred to as paper clip-shaped and is banked only 12° in the turns. The combination of long straightaways and flat, narrow turns makes hard braking going into turns and smooth acceleration exiting turns a must. The track was paved in 1955 and in 1956 it hosted its first 500-lap event. By the 1970s, a combination of high-traction slick tires and high speed was putting excessive wear on the asphalt surface. In 1976 the turns were repaved with concrete (a rare concept in the 1970s). By 2004, the then 28-year-old concrete had shown significant wear. On April 18, 2004 a large chunk of concrete became dislodged from the track’s surface and caused severe damage to the body of Jeff Gordon’s car. In reaction to this, the track was fully repaved with new concrete and asphalt.

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