NASCAR gambling - NASCAR heading to Goody's Fast Relief 500, oldest active race on the circuit

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

By  Kyle Markus

NASCAR Betting Online: While NASCAR has gone through myriad changes throughout the years, one constant has been the race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. The schedule brings the drivers to that location on Sunday, April 1st. The race has been called the Goody's Fast Relief 500 since 2009, but the history of it is much deeper. The inaugural, unnamed race here began in 1949, making it the oldest active race on the NASCAR circuit. It went without a name until 1956, when it was tabbed the Virginia 500. It has switched names 12 times since that point, as a variety of sponsors have come through.

The race at Martinsville Speedway is on a track just more than a half-mile in distance, so the action is generally hectic and entertaining. Red Byron was the inaugural winner in that race in 1949, with the total distance just 100 miles. The rave switched between 150 and 200 laps during the beginning years, but increased to 500 in 1956 and has stayed that way ever since.

Rusty Wallace has the fastest average speed for a winner in this race, finishing the 1996 version averaging 81.41 miles per hour. Wallace won the race four straight times in the mid-1990s and again in 2004. There hasn't been a repeat winner since Wallace, although Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin alternated victories from 2007-2010. Both of those drivers are still in their primes, so they should continue to do well in this race for the foreseeable future in NASCAR gambling.

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