Martinsville's Clay Campbell responds to critics

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell lashes out at critics. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said Friday he takes exception to recent reports regarding his track's future in the sport. "Some people were quoted last week...

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell lashes out at critics.

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said Friday he takes exception to recent reports regarding his track's future in the sport.

"Some people were quoted last week saying Martinsville shouldn't be on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. That irritates not only me, but all the fans who have supported this track since I was just a boy," said Campbell.

"Martinsville helped make NASCAR what it is today. Our track has grown and made many improvements over the years. We have certainly kept pace with the progress of the sport.

"I think if you ask any of the fans here this weekend, they would say they're here because Martinsville is one of their favorite tracks. I don't think the fans want to see a race move anywhere, especially to some one-groove track that has probably had more problems in its five-year history than we've had in 55 years. If I were running the track, I'd be happy to have one race and get it right."

Campbell says it isn't Martinsville Speedway's style to downgrade other facilities on the circuit.

"What we do here with our track speaks for itself. We try not to get into other people's business. But it's time that somebody pointed out a few facts.

"Martinsville might not have as many seats as some tracks, but the races here are a lot more exciting than races at some of the places doing all of the talking.

"It just irritates the heck out of me when I hear some other track operator talking about big markets and all that other self-serving stuff.

"The facts are fans love racing here at Martinsville. They always have. And, it's pretty obvious the TV audiences like it, too. It's my understanding our races draw higher ratings than a lot of the other tracks do.

"When it comes to excitement and competition, the fans think our track is one of the best, and, by the way, one of the most affordable tracks on the circuit.

"The biggest problems fans have here is not knowing which way to look. There is action everywhere, every lap. There's something going on all the time.

"Last October, Ricky Craven beat Dale Jarrett after battling for several laps side-by- side. That sort of says it all about Martinsville."

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Series Automotive , NASCAR
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Ricky Craven , Clay Campbell