Richard Petty named Martinsville's grand marshal

RICHARD PETTY NAMED GRAND MARSHAL FOR GOODY'S COOL ORANGE 500 AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY Goody's to Mark 30 Years in Motorsports with Celebration Honoring Petty Memphis, TN (March 21, 2007) -- Richard Petty, lifetime spokesperson for Goody's ...

RICHARD PETTY NAMED GRAND MARSHAL FOR GOODY'S COOL ORANGE 500 AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

Goody's to Mark 30 Years in Motorsports with Celebration Honoring Petty

Memphis, TN (March 21, 2007) -- Richard Petty, lifetime spokesperson for Goody's Headache Powders, has been named Grand Marshal for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday, April 1 at Martinsville Speedway. Petty will be honored throughout the race weekend as Goody's celebrates 30 years in motorsports and Martinsville Speedway marks its 60th year.

"We are privileged to have Richard as our Grand Marshal as we return to Martinsville for the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Richard has played a pivotal role in defining the sport of NASCAR and made racing history at Martinsville, so it's fitting that Richard should be the Grand Marshal," said Goody's Vice President of Marketing Darren Singer.

On Friday evening of race weekend, Petty will be honored at a Goody's 30th Anniversary celebration hosted on the grounds of the Martinsville Speedway. Guests will include NASCAR legends, Cup drivers, team owners and other friends from within the motorsports industry. Petty will also handle the traditional grand marshal duties including saying "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" to start the Goody's Cool Orange 500.

"To be the Grand Marshal at Martinsville and continue to be a part of Goody's rich racing history is truly an honor," said Petty. "Goody's will always be the favorite pain reliever of race fans just as it has been for 30 years. I am a lifetime Goody's user and look forward to a big weekend at one of my favorite tracks -- Martinsville Speedway."

Petty is NASCAR's all-time record holder with 200 career wins and seven championships. At Martinsville, Petty is the track's all-time wins leader with 15 victories spanning from 1960 to 1979.

"Richard Petty and Goody's are woven into the history of Martinsville Speedway. It's truly like the three of us ... Richard, Goody's and the speedway ... are one big family," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "We are honored that we can be a part of the celebration honoring Richard and Goody's."

In its 30 years in the sport, Goody's has sponsored races at Daytona International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, North Carolina Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. From 1983 -- 2000, Goody's sponsored the Goody's 500, the NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville. In 2006, Goody's returned to Martinsville as the race title sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series Goody's 250, won by Kevin Harvick.

In 2007, Goody's returns as a Cup sponsor at Martinsville with the running of the Cool Orange 500, the first race in a new three-year sponsorship. The race's name recognizes Goody's revolutionary new flavor - Cool Orange. The first flavored powder pain reliever on the market, Goody's Cool Orange provides the same fast pain relief as the original Goody's with a new, fresh orange flavor, in a new convenient stick packs that were specially designed for race fans. Race fans attending the Goody's Cool Orange 500 will have the opportunity to sample the new flavor at the popular Goody's Fast Relief Zone exhibit trackside at Martinsville Speedway.

For more information on Goody's Headache Powders, visit www.goodyspowder.com. To order tickets to the Goody's Cool Orange 500, call 877-RACE-TIX (722-3849) or log on to martinsvillespeedway.com.

-credit: ms

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Richard Petty , Clay Campbell