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Late Martinsville Speedway Founder Nominated

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If you build it, they will come.

We aren't talking about Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams, we are discussing the Martinsville Speedway.

The dream of the one-and-only H Clay Earles, the mastermind who in 1947 saw an old cornfield in Ridgeway Virginia and thought to himself.. "this is a great place to go racing."

Fast forward more than 65 years, and Mr. Earles vision has grown into an empire. Jetting right out of that land that once grew corn, now every spring it yields a harvest of some of the most exciting racing on the NASCAR circuit. And every fall provides sustenance for any racer that craves a Sprint Cup title.

That vision is now being recognized. Mr Earles has been on the hall of fame ballot for four years, but this year the committee has dominated him and five others for the inaugural Landmark Award--for outstanding contributions to Nascar. His grandson, current track president Clay Campbell is happy his grandfather is getting the recognition he deserves.

What is even more impressive is that the style of racing hasn't changed at the track in 65 years, and the fact that nascar's oldest track is still relevant speaks for itself..and that is what makes Mr Earles vision--a landmark.

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