MARTINSVILLE (WSLS10) – On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that H. Clay Earles, who founded Martinsville Speedway in 1947, will receive the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
Earles, who passed away in 1999, was selected over four other nominees for the honor.
Clay Campbell, Earles’ grandson who now owns the track, said it is a huge honor to be accepting the award on his grandfather’s behalf.
“To see what it is today, but knowing that he was the impetus for it,” Campbell said, “It’s just a fantastic time for all of us. I think it speaks well for Martinsville Speedway and the fans that have supported this sport for so many years. It’s a great day to see my grandfather honored in this way.”
Campbell will officially accept the award in Charlotte in January, when Earles will also be inducted into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.