Martinsville's Campbell on new point system

MARTINSVILLE, VA (Jan. 20, 2004) -- Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell has always believed change can be a good thing. That's certainly the way he feels about the "Chase For The Championship," unveiled today for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (Jan. 20, 2004) -- Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell has always believed change can be a good thing. That's certainly the way he feels about the "Chase For The Championship," unveiled today for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

"Change is important. If you don't change and tweak your product, it's easy to get left behind," said Campbell. "I think the Chase For The Championship will help keep our sport headed in the same, positive direction it has for many years.

"It's going to make the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series more exciting and that's going to be the big payoff for the fans."

In a nutshell, the Chase For The Championship will create a 10-race run for the title and involve any driver within 400 points of the leader after 26 NEXTEL Cup races.

But Campbell thinks the change will spice up the entire season, not just those 10 races.

"From the very first race of the season teams have got to be fighting to stay close to the top. I don't think you're going to see a lot of riding around. Every position in every race will be important," said Campbell.

"The Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville is the eighth race of the season, but even that early in the season every driver will need to keep the points leader in sight."

And the SUBWAY 500 at Martinsville Speedway will be a key cog in the 10-race Chase For The Championship. The Oct. 24 event will be the sixth race of those final 10 and will be the only short-track stop down the stretch.

"It's no secret that short-track racing is incredibly exciting. Throw the Chase For The Championship into the mix and it can only get better," said Campbell.

The next action at Martinsville Speedway is the Advance Auto Parts 500 weekend, scheduled for April 16-18.

MW Windows Pole Day is set for Friday, April 16; the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race for Saturday, April 17; and the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Series race for Sunday, April 18.

Good seats remain for all events. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 500 may be purchased by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at 877.RACE.TIX. Tickets for the Kroger 250 may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 877.RACE.TIX.

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