Martinsville Speedway Offers Record Purse for Hanes 500 And Hanes 250
11 September 1997
Martinsville, VA---Martinsville Speedway's 50th anniversary will include its largest race weekend purse ever with a combined $1,555,650 for the Hanes 250/500 weekend. The purse for the Hanes 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race is $1,242,331 and $313,319 will be paid for the Hanes 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. In 1996, the purse for the Hanes 500 was $1,162,166 and the purse for the Hanes 250 was $264,964. The speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 1997. The first Martinsville race was September 7, 1947 and the event had a purse of $2,000 with $500 going to race winner Red Byron. Martinsville's race purse has doubled since the fall race in 1993 when $666,516 was paid. The first million dollar purse came in the 1996 Goody's Headache Powder 500. Martinsville Speedway was the first track of its size to pay a $100,000 purse in 1976. The speedway still has seats, for $35, available for the Hanes 500 on Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Hanes 250/500 weekend includes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Busch pole qualifying for the Hanes 250/500 weekend will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 with the Winston Cup Series followed immediately by time trials for the Craftsman Truck Series. Tickets for qualifying day are just $10 and children under age 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. The Hanes 250 Truck Series race begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and tickets are $25 each for adults and tickets for children ages six to 12 are $5. Children under six years of age are admitted free with a paying adult. The 8,000 unreserved seats that go on sale race morning at 7:30 for the Hanes 500 are $30 each. Children ages six to 12 can sit in the unreserved section for $5.