The 1980s

1982 : Virginia National Bank becomes the track's first Cup race sponsor, turning the Virginia 500 into the Virginia National Bank 500 on April 25, 1982. In that race, Harry Gant scoring his first Winston cup victory in a Buick.

1983 : Goody’s Manufacturing Corporation sponsors the September Cup race, the Goody’s 500 on September 25, 1983, and Goody’s remains as a sponsor at the track today. The race was won by Ricky Rudd in a Chevrolet.

1988 : First live telecast from the speedway. The 1988 Goody’s 500, on September 25, 1988, was on ESPN and won by Darrell Waltrip in a Chevrolet.

June 1, 1988 : W. Clay Campbell named president of Martinsville Speedway with H. Clay Earles becoming chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Added seats