Saturday, December 15, 2012

Martinsville Speedway president getting on-track taste of Daytona

   Clay Campbell is not just the president of a race track, he's a client as well.

   Campbell, president of the prestigious Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, took his first laps around Daytona International Speedway’s legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval during Automobile Racing Club of America series testing on Friday.

   Campbell is testing a Spraker Racing Ford with a Roush Yates engine and plans to enter ARCA's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 season opener in February at Daytona.

   “I’ve been doing various types of racing for 20 years and if you had the opportunity to do something bigger, I think anybody would jump at the chance,” Campbell, 52, said.

   “Anybody that would have the opportunity to run Daytona, you would be crazy not to. The history, the tradition, this is the ultimate as far as motorsports goes."

   Campbell has raced go-karts, Late Models and ran a majority of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races in 2011.

Video: Christmas Joye Abbott trains to make NASCAR pit crew

Christmas Joye Abbott is training to make history as the first woman to be a tire change or a NASCAR pit crew. (Dec. 10, 2012 video by Corey Lowenstein,

Is NASCAR ready for Christmas? from The News & Observer on Vimeo.