Jeff Gordon Receives H. Clay Earles Award from Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell presented Jeff Gordon with the H. Clay Earles Award.

 

The award, given for “Outstanding Dedication to Auto Racing”, was established in 2000 and is named for Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles.

 

“Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest drivers NASCAR has ever seen,” Campbell said. “However, if you look at what he has meant to the sport – the commitment he has made to it and the role he played in helping grow it to a popularity never seen before – that’s what I’ll think of when I look back on his career and that’s what the H. Clay Earles Award is all about.”

 

Gordon, an eight-time Martinsville winner, said receiving the award means a lot, for a variety of reasons.

 

“It’s really special, especially knowing they don’t give that out every year,” he said. “I’m honored. I love this place. The family has been so good to this sport, so good to me.

 

“This place is special; more than just the race track. It’s what they’ve done to the track to keep it authentic, to keep the fans engaged. I’m really honored by it.”

 

Former NASCAR President Bill France Jr. was the first recipient of the award.

 

H. Clay Earles Award Recipients:

2000: Bill France Jr.

2001: Chris Economaki

2002: Junie Donlavey

2003: Bill Joyner

2004: Darrell Waltrip

2005: Dick Thompson

2006: Richard & Kyle Petty

2007: Phil Homer (Goodyear)

2008: T. Taylor Warren

2009: Rick Hendrick

2010: Barney Hall

2011: Huggins Tire

2012: No Award Given

2013: Maurice Petty

2014: No Award Given

2015: Jeff Gordon

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