Social Roundup: #ThrowbackThursday - Martinsville edition
It’s Thursday, so it’s time to collect the best #ThrowbackThursday posts from NASCAR’s corner of social media. It will back at full speed this weekend with the sport returning from its hiatus at Martinsville Speedway.
Luckily, most of this week’s items focus on the short-track in southwestern Virginia. But let’s start off in the recent past with “The King,” Richard Petty.
A year ago today, North Carolina declared March 31 “Richard Petty Day.”
Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, won at Martinsville 15 times. That ties North Wilkesboro for his career high in wins at one track.
Last year’s spring Truck race at Martinsville was won by Joey Logano, his only win in seven Truck series starts
Ricky Craven ran only one full-time season in the Truck series. But it came in 2005 with Roush Fenway Racing, and Craven earned one win, in the fall race at Martinsville. A two-time Sprint Cup winner, including once at Martinsville, Craven led 95 laps on the way to the victory.
While Jeff Gordon retired as the Sprint Cup’s active leader in wins at Martinsville, that distinction is now in the hands of Jimmie Johnson. In 28 races at the track, Johnson has eight victories.