Martinsville Speedway Weather - Ridgeway, VA
NW 10-15 mph
NW 10-15 mph
NW 10-15 mph
Forecast Discussion & Updates
NASCAR – Auto Club Speedway – Pala Casino 400
A low pressure system off the west coast will bring cold temperatures and rain chances for Thursday to Saturday but should be drying up by Sunday. (Normal temps: 70/46)
Thu Feb 23 Showers all day with amounts less than half an inch, 44/37, SW winds around 5-10 mph
Fri Feb 24 Showers with heavy rain, new amounts of 1 to 2 inches, possible flooding overnight, 46/40, SSW winds around 5-10 mph, winds gusting up to 32 mph overnight.
Sat Feb 25 Showers with heavy rain but lightening up by the evening, 42/39, SW winds around 5-10 mph
Production Alliance 300 at 2:00 pm
Sun Feb 26 Mostly cloudy, 53/40, WNW winds around 5-10 mph
Pala Casino 400 at 12:30 pm
All times are PST
Updated: 2/22/23 3:30 PM PST
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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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