Who Won At Martinsville Speedway? [Fact Checked!]

Martinsville Speedway is one of the premier racing venues in the country; it’s been around since 1914 and has historically hosted some of the most thrilling races and famous competitors. The most recent edition was the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Ford EcoBoost 300, which was the season finale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSPSCS) and also part of the World Series; it was one of the biggest races of the season with over 300,000 in attendance and over $10 million in total purse awards. Since its inception, Martinsville has attracted some of the most famous and infamous competitors, making it an excellent location for a finale. On October 11th, 2014 a group of 10 competitors will be battling it out for the win and $250,000 in cash.

The Top 5 Moments At Martinsville

The following is a list of the top 5 moments at Martinsville Speedway, which will give you an idea of what sort of racing you can expect and why it’s such a prestigious race all around the country:

1. Tony Stewart’s Championship-Walking Away Victory

Tony Stewart won the first ever MENCS race at Martinsville Speedway back in June 2014. The victory was a bit of a redemption for Stewart, who had previously won the championship in 2013 but had also experienced an extremely rough season in 2014 due to multiple injuries and/or surgeries he’d had to undergo. One of these injuries was a broken tibia that he suffered in a crash at Kansas in July 2014. This injury forced him to miss the next few weeks of racing, including the remainder of the regular season. When Stewart returned he experienced a rough start to his season, being involved in 3 straight accidents within the first month and a half of the season. Despite these injuries, Stewart still managed to win 7 out of the last 9 races he entered, including both the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and the Ford EcoBoost 300 on October 11th; this earned him the nod as one of the title favorites heading into the season finale. On October 18th Stewart claimed his 3rd championship title with a 4th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway, becoming the first three-time winner in NASCAR history. Stewart credits much of his success to his family, mechanics, and doctors for keeping him alive long enough to accomplish so much:

“I wouldn’t be here without all of them. My family, my girlfriend, my team, and my doctors all worked together to keep me alive. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve been blessed that I’ve been able to stay healthy and I’ve been able to compete at a high level all these years. They’re all a part of this win. This one is really special because it’s not only about me. This is about all of them. It’s a team effort and for that, I’m very grateful.”

Stewart’s title-winning season was nothing short of phenomenal, as he managed to finish in the top-5 in all but two of the 19 total races he entered. The lone exceptions were the All-Star Race in July and the Coke Zero 400 in September. Stewart won the prestigious Mobil 1 Driver of the Year award for the 5th time this year and also took home the coveted Roger Penske Innovation Award. This is a testament to Stewart’s tenacity and commitment to excellence, which have made him a living legend in NASCAR and one of the most popular competitors of all time. It’s also worth noting that Stewart would’ve won the championship even if he’d missed the playoffs due to injury, as he still managed to accumulate enough points to claim the title. As previously mentioned, Stewart credits much of his success to his team and mechanics, who he says kept him alive long enough to be able to compete:

“I’ve been in multiple accidents in my career, the majority of them being major injuries, and I’ve never felt more comfortable and safe in my car than I have this year. I can’t thank Tony Stewart Racing enough for all their hard work and dedication. They’ve been a great fit for me this year and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish next year together.”

2. Aric Almirola’s First-Ever Cup Win

Aric Almirola is a NASCAR driver for Phoenix Racing, and he managed to make quite a name for himself this year, becoming one of the top young stars in the sport. Almirola won his first race back in June, which was the Camping World Truck Series (CWTTS) Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. This victory was a bit of a surprise to everyone, as Almirola had never previously won a race in his career. However, Almirola and his team had been practicing extremely hard for this race and eventually overcame a shaky start to take home the win. Since then Almirola has gone on to win twice more, including the season finale of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSPSCS) at Martinsville. Almirola was dominant throughout the entire race, leading a total of 187 of the 250 laps. This was enough to secure him his first-ever Sprint Cup Series win and put him in line to capture the series title. Almirola credits much of his success to his team and his own hard work:

“It all comes down to preparation and hard work. If you want to be successful you have to put in the hours and work hard at it. To prove that point, I want to remind everyone that it wasn’t until I started working my tail off that things started to go my way.”

3. Kevin Harvick’s Season-Long Streak

Kevin Harvick is the defending series champion and was a force to be reckoned with, not only in 2014 but also throughout the rest of the season. He began the year with a bang, winning the Daytona 500 in thrilling fashion. Since then he’s gone on to win all but two races, including the season finale of the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville. The lone exceptions were the Southern 500 in May and the Coke Zero 400 in September. Even factoring in these two exceptions, Harvick still won 14 out of the last 19 races he entered this year, which is the longest winning streak of his career. The majority of these wins came in the final quarter of the season, as Harvick closed the gap on the championship to within 2 points heading into the final race. This is in large part due to Harvick’s tireless work ethic; he said it himself after winning at Martinsville:

“I’m going to drive as hard as I can until the last car comes off the truck. This is what it’s all about… this team and these cars, that’s what we’re made for.”

Harvick credits much of his recent success to his team and mechanics, who he says have kept him and his car on top of their game all season long:

“It’s a team effort. We’ve all been a part of it and for that, I’m extremely grateful. The guys at SHR have been absolutely great to me this year and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and commitment.”

4. The All-Star Race

The All-Star Race is one of the staples of the NASCAR season and the highlight of the summertime racing season. The race is an exhibition event that features several different racing series (including the Sprint Cup Series) competing in a single night. The first-ever All-Star Race was held in February of this year and the race itself was a massive hit, drawing over 100 million viewers worldwide. The race itself is a testament to the talent the sport has to offer, especially since it features multiple racing series competing on one track at the same time. The following is a list of the top 5 moments from the All-Star Race:

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