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October 3, 2001

Rusty Opens Tunnel in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (Oct. 3, 2001) - It was an opportunity Rusty Wallace welcomed, but one he never 
imagined he would get. Wallace was on hand at Martinsville Speedway Wednesday afternoon to 
oversee the grand opening of the track's new pedestrian tunnel. And with a snip of the scissors he 
and track president Clay Campbell officially opened the underground walkway. "Man, this is great," 
said Wallace. "I remember it seemed like as soon as I would go out to practice the red flag would 
come out to let people in (the infield) and that would really foul up practice. "This was a monumental 
project putting this tunnel in. You have to hand it to Clay and his guys here." The tunnel dedication was 
part of a busy day at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace also took part in a check presentation from Miller 
Brewing to the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation. And sandwiched around the noon-hour 
festivities was seven hours of testing by six different Winston Cup teams. It was the third day of testing 
this week at the .526-mile track as teams prepare for the October 14 running of the Old Dominion 500 
NASCAR Winston Cup race. 

Wallace tested on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday spent most of his time talking about the track
where he has won six Winston Cup races. "You have to admit this is one beautiful race track," Wallace 
said. "And it is one exciting place to watch a race" Wallace also touched on another off-season project 
at Martinsville Speedway - the filling of the lack adjacent to the fourth turn. "If your grandfather knew you 
filled in the pond, he'd kick your butt," Wallace said to Campbell, referring to his grandfather and track 
founder H. Clay Earles.


Wallace joined with Brenda Williams, Community Affairs Specialist with Miller Brewing in Eden, N.C., to 
present the Martinsville Speedway's Children Foundation's board of directors with a check for $5,000. Board members Kim Campbell, Dr. Jim Rountree and Dr. Jack LaFave accepted the check. Drivers testing at 
Martinsville Wednesday included Ken Schrader, Hermie Sadler, Tony Stewart, Terry Labonte, Bobby 
Hamilton and Ricky Craven.