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Wednesday March 4, 2015

The history of Martinsville Speedway cannot be told without Richard Petty and the number 43. On March 29, prior to the start of the STP 500, fans with a Green Flag Experience ticket will have the opportunity to hear part of that history from NASCAR’s “King” himself.

Petty, whose 15 career stock car wins at the .526-mile racetrack stand alone in the history books, will take part in an emceed question-and-answer session in the Party Plaza on the race morning.

“I think back on all the years I have been around this sport, this track, and the one constant throughout it all is Richard Petty,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “He’s won here as a driver. He’s won here as a car owner. He’s a true legend; a real piece of both NASCAR and Martinsville history.”

In addition to his 15 Martinsville Speedway wins, Petty logged 30 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in his 67 career starts at the track.

Petty joins a Green Flag Experience lineup that already includes Dale Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Chocolate Myers, Miss Sprint Cup and Clay Campbell.

The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock victory lane, enjoy music, sign the start/finish line, games and prizes along with show cars and doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes, and show cars will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track portion will open at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions.

The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

Advance tickets for the STP 500 begin at just $45.

Ticket prices increase the week of the race. 

Tickets to the STP 500 on March 29, the Kroger 250 on March 28 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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