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July 23 Is National Hot Dog Day, A Most Important Day
Posted by: newsla on Jul 22, 2013 - 04:43 PM
July 23 Is National Hot Dog Day, A Most Important Day For Martinsville Speedway Fans

Tuesday, July 23 is a day of reverence and respect, not to mention culinary delight at Martinsville Speedway. It is National Hot Dog Day.


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The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog®: it is legendary; it is iconic and most importantly, it is a delight to the taste buds.

World famous movie stars have enjoyed them. So have U.S. Senators and star NFL players. Country music stars have asked for seconds. They have driven dieters to tears and NASCAR crew members to over-indulge to the point of slowing pit stops.

Only one or two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have ever publicly turned one down and they are probably devouring them in the secrecy of the motor coaches.

Martinsville Speedway’s action-packed racing is world-famous, drawing fans from all corners of the Earth. The track’s hot dog isn’t far behind in global popularity. Hot dog vendors have taken orders in many dialects over the years, and have learned it is the same in any language

The hot dog delicacy was created by Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles more than 65 years ago when he was looking for an affordable, but delectable concession item for his fledgling track.

The tasty dog was a hit. Fans and competitors have begged to know the dog’s delightful secret. Hints of the famous dog’s recipe have been allowed to escape, but never the entire formula. It remains guarded somewhere on the Martinsville Speedway property.

Not only does The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog® remain the most popular concession item in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, it is the most affordable at just $2.

Fans have been known to buy dogs for their entire row in the grandstands when they discover how inexpensive they are. Some have iced down coolers full and transported them to far-away places.

The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog® has also caused civil unrest. Back in 2004 when, for some reason, the hot dogs at the infield concession stand were served up in Styrofoam instead of the traditional and proper waxed paper, there was insurrection among drivers, crew members and NASCAR officials. The problem was quickly fixed and the unruly crowd settled.

And maybe next year, July 23 will be called what it really is … The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog® Day. Until then, we can just look forward to the next time the secret recipe is unlocked and the famous dogs are cooked, dressed, wrapped and served for the Goody’s™ Headache Relief Shot™ 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27.

Advance tickets for the Goody’s™ Headache Relief Shot™ 500 Powered by Kroger start at just $37.

Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15.

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