The historic facility debuted a brand-new main gate on Friday, making the entry process a much more fan-friendly experience ahead of the STP 500 on March 25.
“When fans arrive on our property, we want them to feel like they are entering a major sporting event, as well as seeing a gate that reflects our desire to get fans safely into the track as quickly as possible,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “This gate offers all of that and I think our fans are really going to notice a difference when they arrive on race day.”
With 24 entry points under the covered gate, fans will find that security checks will move more quickly and lines will be shorter on race day.
Once inside the gate, fans will be greeted by an open area with picnic seating, creating a place for fans to meet and regroup before heading into the grandstands. The new gate will not only help with entry into the facility, it will help with an expedited exit process after a race as well.
“In addition to the improvements for the fans, this gate is an improvement for our ticket and operations department, who will be able to maximize the new space,” Campbell said. “This will alleviate congestion both before and after races, saving fans some valuable time when they are arriving and heading home.”
The STP 500 weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org is March 23-25.
Advance ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at just $46 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under costing just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as Friday’s practice day.
The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the Hauler Parade.
On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.
The STP 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on the East Coast, after the “West Coast Swing” and the first short-track race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, becoming the first driver to win in a Ford at Martinsville since 2002.