Martinsville peedway winners receive cloks

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Grandfather Clocks have been the traditional trophy for race winners at Martinsville Speedway since the mid-1960s and now Shenandoah Clocks & Curios has been named the official Grandfather Clock of the ...

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Grandfather Clocks have been the traditional trophy for race winners at Martinsville Speedway since the mid-1960s and now Shenandoah Clocks & Curios has been named the official Grandfather Clock of the track. Race winners dating back to 1964 when Fred Lorenzen won the Old Dominion 500 have received clocks as their trophy for winning Winston Cup races at Martinsville. Today the clocks are still given to the winners of NASCAR Winston Cup Series races and for winners of the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race. They also have been given to winners of other events held over the years including the Modified and Grand National Series. Shenandoah Clocks & Curios, Inc. offices are based in Martinsville, Va., with an assembly and warehouse facility in Ridgeway, Va. Shenandoah distributes grandfather, mantel and wall clocks and curio display cabinets throughout the United States and abroad. Will Gravely, director of operations for Shenandoah, said Shenandoah is excited about the opportunity to provide clocks that will be displayed and treasured in the homes of NASCAR's greatest drivers. "It is a great privilege to provide the Grandfather Clock trophy to the winners at Martinsville Speedway," Gravely said. Gravely added that one of the most memorable personal and professional moments in his life was presenting Clay Earles a Grandfather Clock, in 1997, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell said the speedway is looking forward to its association with Shenandoah. "We are fortunate to have such a fine maker of clocks right here in Martinsville and Henry County. These are clocks we will be proud to present to drivers who win at Martinsville Speedway," Campbell said. "We are very happy to begin this association with Shenandoah Clocks and with Will Gravely who has always loved NASCAR racing and has been a part of what we do here at Martinsville Speedway for several years," he said. Gravely, who is the son of the founder of Ridgeway Clocks and grandson of the founder of Gravely Furniture Company, unveiled the company's product line at the High Point Furniture Market in April 2000. Shenandoah features over 100 styles of Grandfather, wall and mantel clocks plus more than 40 curio cabinets. "Very few people in this country own a Grandfather Clock, but nearly everybody wants one," Gravely said. "Sales have been great since we began in April." When the winner of the 2000 NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 1 receives his, it will be the 200th clock the speedway has presented to its champions. Martinsville Speedway founder the late H. Clay Earles was hunting a novel trophy to award in the 1960s. Earles got the idea for Grandfather Clocks because he felt it would be something drivers would be proud to display in their homes and the clocks could be passed down from generation to generation. Earles had an engraved plaque put on each clock just like the one that normally would go on a trophy. Richard Petty, NASCAR's all-time race winner with 200 victories, received his first Martinsville Speedway Clock in 1967 and called up the next day to order one for his mother's birthday. He later ordered ten as Christmas presents for friends. Little did he know, he would win 11 more before retiring from driving. His last one came in the Goody's 500 in 1979. Petty is the track's top clock winner with 12 (he won three races before clocks were awarded) while NASCAR Winston Cup's Darrell Waltrip and the late Ray Hendrick, the Modified-Grand National star, each have won 11. Geoffrey Bodine, who has won at Martinsville in Winston Cup, Grand National and Modified, has ten clocks while Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Cale Yarborough and retired Grand National driver Sam Ard each have six. Whoever wins the Taco Bell 300 this Sunday and the NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 1 will be the first recipients of the Shenandoah Grandfather Clocks. The Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race is Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. The NAPA AutoCare 500/Goody's Body Pain 200 weekend kicks off on Friday, September 29 at 3 p.m. with Bud Pole qualifying for the top 25 Winston Cup starting positions. The Anderson Tractor-John Deere 30-lap Intermedia Allison Legacy Series race will follow Bud Pole qualifying. Tickets for Bud Pole day are $15 for adults and children under 12 get in free. The Goody's Body Pain 200 Featherlite Modified Tour race starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 30. Adult tickets are $30 and children ages 6-12 can attend for $5. The NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Great reserved seats still are available for $40-$45. Martinsville also has a family section that goes on sale race morning for $40 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Call the speedway ticket office toll free at (877) 722-3849 for tickets or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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