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 race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race