Martinsville: Small Track
with Big Tailgates
Martinsville Speedway might be the smallest track
on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour, but there’s
plenty of room for tailgating and lots of it.
In fact, the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval in
Southern Virginia is one the sport’s best places for
a good tailgate – at least in the minds of Sue and
Richard Kenyon, a husband and wife who reside
near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended their
first Martinsville race five years ago.
“I was very unsure about going there since my
husband said the camping was in big empty fields
around the track,” Sue Kenyon said. “I really didn’t
know what to expect, but it was one of the best
tracks we have ever been to. The track is kind
of located in the middle of nowhere, and it is so
intimate and fan-friendly.”
Helping make Martinsville one of NASCAR’s most
tailgate-friendly tracks is the fact that parking is
free throughout the property.
“We found a great barbeque place while we were
in town and bought a container of pulled pork and
made sandwiches with it all weekend,” Sue Kenyon
said. “Pulled pork is great because you can eat it
hot or cold.”
The Kenyons have been NASCAR fans since 2008,
and attended their first race in June of that year.
“We made a last-minute decision to go and we
were not disappointed,” Sue said. “I really didn’t follow NASCAR too much, so I really didn’t know what
to expect. We are pretty big SEC football fans, so we
knew how to tailgate, but we had no idea people did
it for three days! Once we pulled into the parking lot
on Sunday morning, we were amazed at how many
people were already there and the setups that they
had. Right then we decided this was our kind of
sport, and have not looked back since.”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU
BEEN A RACE FAN?
I’ve been a NASCAR fan
since starting back in the
’60s when I was a teenager,
and I’m 67 years old now. I
just like racing in general.
I’ve always been a fan of especially the older drivers, like
Pearson and Yarborough.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE
I’m kind of torn between
Keselowski and Logano. I was
a big Carl Edwards fan until
he switched over to Toyotas.
WHAT ARE YOUR
I just try to do it simple
because I don’t want to tote
anything I’ve got to cook. So
we just make potato salad
and macaroni salad and just
bring lunch meat and cheese
and dips. We don’t get as
fancy as some people.
WHO AT TENDS YOUR
My wife Debie, my son-in-law Shawn and daughter Addie, and friends Bill and Kim.
WHAT MAKES FOR A
I think just being able to
sit back and relax and enjoy
everybody and talk. It’s just
enjoyable to be out and not
have to worry about anything,
and just kick back. It’s kind of
like being on a mini-vacation.
Every die-hard tailgater
needs a reliable koozie to
keep his or her beverage
of choice cold enough for
consumption. But when that
koozie has a No. 88 featured
prominently on it, well, that’s even better – at least
for the many fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior Nation can purchase a one-of-a-kind “Dale
Yeah” koozie at the NASCAR.com SuperStore for
$5.99. This highly decorated can cooler will support
a can containing up to 12 ounces of liquid.
In addition to the big “Dale Yeah” in its design,
the Dale Jr. koozie also features the logo for “Dirty
Mo Radio” – the name of the third-generation
driver’s weekly Internet podcast.
■ 1 jar of Salad Supreme
(found in the spice aisle)
■ Bottle of Wish Bone
■ 1 box of Rotini Pasta
■ Broccoli (chopped)
■ Cauliflower (chopped)
■ 2 peppers (chopped)
■ 1 can of Black Olives
■ 1 jar of Green Olives
■ Chopped Pepperoni
■ Cubed Cheese – Cheddar & Monterey Jack
■ Mix half a jar of salad
supreme and Italian
dressing, and set aside.
Cook/drain the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, chop the veggies/
add them to the bottom
of the bowl. Once the
pasta has been drained
and rinsed to cool down,
add the pasta to the
bowl. Lastly, add the
dressing mixture and
stir it all together until
well-combined. Chill for
at least an hour.
Sue Kenyon shares a favorite tailgating recipe she’s been using more than 20 years, thanks to a friend’s mother. Here are the ingredients:
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