The "famous Martinsville hot dog." (Photo courtesy

Just like home: ‘Famous Martinsville hot dogs’ return to Daytona

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With rain interrupting late morning/early afternoon events at Daytona International Speedway, reporters went searching for new stories.

They didn’t have to go far, especially those that have a nose for news – literally. It took the media just a few steps to sniff out what was cooking.

For the second year in a row, Daytona International Speedway officials chose to import a certain kind of “foreign” food for lunch to feed a couple hundred hungry media members.

No, we’re not talking about Chinese or European or Mexican food.

We’re talking about one of the delicacies of the Sprint Cup tour, namely “famous Martinsville hot dogs.”

If you’ve been at the gritty half-mile short track in southern Virginia otherwise known as Martinsville Speedway, you know how addictive the bright red Martinsville hotdogs can be. With a unique covering of mustard, onions, slaw and chili combined, you can’t eat just one.

(Full disclosure, I ate two – not to mention a little potato salad and onions and beans. I would have gone for three, but I didn’t want to appear greedy.)

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, who finished third in last weekend’s ARCA race at DIS, oversaw a contingent from the track and surrounding area that came down to oversee the importation of the famous dogs.

When word filtered through the Sprint Cup garage that FMHD’s were in the house, several non-media types snuck in to the DIS media center to grab a dog or two. They’re THAT popular.

After all, what else is there to do during a rain delay than eat?

Thank goodness TUMS is also a NASCAR sponsor.

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IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.