Martinsville: Hot Dog!

I am a big lover of short track racing. The excitement and action are constant — never a dull moment. Just thinking about whipping around a track in 19.2 seconds is amazing.

Though not my home track (Dover) Martinsville is magical — a mere .526 miles, the shortest track on the Sprint Cup circuit. However, it is not short of drama, hot tempers, or mishaps.

Often dubbed “The paper clip” or “The bull ring” Martinsville is full of history. You can’t really talk Martinsville without talking about it famous, oddly pinkish hot dog. It’s kinda like Philly cheese steaks and soft pretzels.  Here’s a classic article with a good shot of the iconic dog. Click here 

With the race underway keep an eye on tire wear and the illusive second groove. My bet is the groove will remain illusive and that bottom line will be the one to ride. Good Year has brought a new tire here. The teams that manage their tires well and can keep most of their fenders and tempers intact will do well today. Hmm. I guess that eliminates anyway who gets close to Joey Logano. But I digress.

My prediction. when the checkered flag comes out at the end look for Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch. Enjoy the race. Woo hoo! Enjoy the race.


Top dogs at Martinsville? Well there will be 50,000 of then this weekend!

It is hard to talk about Martinsville Speedway without talking about this famous track hot dog. I must admit I took a peek when I was watching the race a few years back, but never had one. The “don’t eat red meat” thing got in the way. But if I did ….

Though I can’t comment on its taste what I think is really cool about it is the respect for tradition. It will be served exactly as it always has — on waxed paper — and at a nominal cost $2! And don’t go messing with tradition. I remember when they tried in 2004 and you’d think the track front office was suggesting that fans sell their souls to the devil. Yup, didn’t go over big, so they can to revert their decision to switch vendors before it actually happened. Just the mere mention frenzied the fans. Gotta love it!

So what’s in this hot dog? Well ..  cole slaw, chili, fresh onions and a few other secret ingredients. Hmm. Guess they aren’t tellin’!

Click here for the scoop on this fan favorite. And if you are at the race, have a hot dog for me!

Martinsville: Hot dogs and game changers for the Chase?

I love short tracks. There’s never a dull moment and there are so many variables – tires, pit stall selection, brakes and engines. With little time on the track this weekend I’m sure that the famous Martinsville hot dog will not be the only thing fans will be cheering for. This race will make or break some Chasers. Will Jimmie Johnson finally show what he’s got or will we see the demise of the 5-time dynasty? Will Dale Jr. rise to the occasion or will Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin?

Here are my fantasy picks: Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski;Juan Pablo Montoya; and Bobby Labonte.

Enjoy the race!

Famous Martinsville hot dogs; Who will be the top dog today?

Martinsville NASCAR fans take their wieners seriously. I remember about four years ago the management was considering changing the vendor … and the beloved hot dog traditionally wrapped in wax paper. The bad publicity and the fuss put up by the fans led them to nix that idea. It was kinda like when they opened Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and considered not allowing fans to bring in their own food. What! Not allow fans to bring in own hoagie! Pure sacrilege. That idea quickly vanished … but I digress. Click here for the scoop on the Martinsville hot dogs.

Oh yea, the race … Martinsville is one of my favorite short tracks — a crazy short, 12 degree banking “paperclip-shaped” .526-mile track with a difficult entrance to pit road. Tires always seem to be a problem and, of course, the usual mayhem that short tracks create just make everything much more interesting.

Track position isn’t important here, but sheer driver ability and mental patience can make all the difference. Not making mistakes on pit road is essential as well, but a good driver can make up for mistakes in the pits on the track.

As I review my fantasy picks I am looking for experienced drivers who can slide well and straighten their cars out before hitting something. Hmm. The pondering begins.

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