This aerial panorama of the Martinsville Speedway
was taken by James Blakeway during a scheduled NASCAR Nextel Cup race.
Located on 250 acres in southern Virginia, Martinsville Speedway is long
on tradition, although it's the shortest track in the NASCAR Nextel Cup
Circuit at just over one-half mile. Robert "Red" Bryon won the first race
at Martinsville in 1947. He also won the first race held at Martinsville
of NASCAR's "Strictly Stock" division in 1949, which is now the NASCAR
Nextel Cup Circuit. The track remained a dirt track until 1955 and its
layout produces some of the wildest racing on tour with its 12-degree turns
and 800-foot flat straights.