Keys for Success: TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway MARTINSVILLE, Va., (Oct. 17, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys to success'...
Keys for Success: TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, Va., (Oct. 17, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops on the TUMS QuikPak 500 at the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway
Trivia Question (see below) Martinsville Speedway's tradition of awarding each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner a grandfather clock began in 1964 by the late Clay Earles -- patriarch of the family that founded, co-owned and controlled the historical Virginia half-mile speedway until 2004. Where did the name 'grandfather clock' originate from?
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) "Like any short track, the key to Martinsville is patience. You have to be patient maneuvering the car around the track and through the tight corners. At Martinsville, the brake pedal is just as important as the gas pedal. And most importantly, you do not want to go a lap down. We struggled with the handling of our car at Martinsville in the spring, and we really want to go back there with a better package."
Answer to trivia question: The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of the longcase clock in 1670. During the 19th century, two brothers named Jenkins worked as managers at the George Hotel in Piercebridge, County Durham, England. One of the brothers died and, according to the story told to Henry Clay Work in 1875, the clock began to lose time. Repair attempts were made by the hotel staff and local clockmakers, but failed. When the other brother died at the age of 90, the clock broke down altogether, and was never repaired in remembrance of the brothers. Work decided to write a song about the story of this clock in 1876, which he called My Grandfather's Clock. The song became popular, and it is from this song that the current usage derives.*
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