Martinsville Speedway Weather - Ridgeway, VA
Friday, October 27
SW 5-10 mph
Saturday, October 28
W 5-10 mph
Sunday, October 29
SW 5-10 mph
Forecast Discussion & Updates
NASCAR – Martinsville Speedway – Ridgeway, VA
Fri Oct 27 – Mostly Sunny. High around 81°F. Low around 54°F. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
Sat Oct 28 – Sunny. High around 83°F. Low around 56°F. Winds W 5-10 mph.
Dead on Tools 250 – Xfinity Series – 3:30 PM
Sun Oct 29 – Sunny. High around 82°F. Low around 58°F. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
Xfinity 500 – Cup Series – 2:00 PM
Deep ridging will continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend. This will lower cloud coverage and bring in drier air.
All times in EDT.
Updated: 10/26/23 11:00 AM EDT
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NHRA Elizabeth Ohlemacher (@NHRA_weather)
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.