Martinsville race is this weekend and as most of you know, that is the Wood Brothers hometown track. Martinsville has always been one of my favorite tracks for several reasons.
1. I have a major obsession with hot dogs and “The Martinsville Hot Dog” has always been at the top of my list on favorite hot dogs. What is not to love about the small red dogs with that oh so special Chili/Slaw that only Martinsville Speedway can master.
2. The intense racing and drama Martinsville Speedway always produces. Not only do the cars always leave the track with dents and scratches but it’s not uncommon for the drivers to leave with a few bruises as well (from other drivers not wrecks). You gotta love the drama that always unfolds after or quite often, before, the checkered flag drops. I actual remember a hilarious story from one of my brother’s, Jon’s, truck races at Martinsville. My Mema, grandma from my mom’s side not the Wood side, was at the track with us and we were sitting in the stands. My brother and Carl Edwards were racing hard for the win and Carl was right on his bumper, as close as you could get without wrecking. He actual raced him clean but Mema had a different view. She actually walked up to Carl after the race and pointed her finger and said, “if you had of wrecked Jon, you would have me to deal with”. Only at Martinsville, only at Martinsville. If you have never been to a Truck race or Cup race at Martinsville, then you are missing out!
3. Aside from the actual race track, when I was younger, Martinsville race weekend always meant our special friends, the Jarretts, would visit for the entire weekend. When Dale Jarrett drove for us, we became very close friends with him and his family. Every Martinsville race weekend, the family would visit and on race day the parents went to the race track and left us (the kids) home with a babysitter. It was always a highlight of race season.
4. Most importantly, my family’s history at Martinsville. The Wood Brothers have 8 poles and 2 wins at Martinsville, with my “Pa”, Glen, holding 4 of those poles. I wanted to take a look back and learn about the Wood Brothers first trip to Martinsville, which happened to be Pa’s first cup start. Check out the video below to hear what Pa had to say about that particular race at Martinsville!!!