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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Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool