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Every Sprint Cup driver covets a Martinsville clock.
Everyone in NASCAR wants a Martinsville grandfather clock. That would please the late H. Clay Earles, the founder of Martinsville Speedway and the grandfather of current track president Clay Campbell.
Back in the mid-1960s, Earles wanted to start giving away a unique trophy to winners of the spring and fall races held annually at his track, and he turned to the nearby Ridgeway Clocks company just three miles down the road in Ridgeway, Virginia, to get the job done.
Although the company was acquired by the Howard Miller Corp. in 2004 and the clocks are now actually made in Zeeland, Michigan, they remain among the most coveted of trophies in the sport.
"I don't know how many times I've been in Victory Lane, and the first thing that's out of a driver's mouth when he gets out of the car, he looks at me and says, 'Where's my clock?' They really, really like it," Campbell said, via the Greensboro News & Record's Nick Gueguen in 2013.
The first NASCAR driver to win one was Fred Lorenzen, who was just recently voted into the Hall of Fame, when he was in the midst of a streak of four Martinsville wins in a row from 1963 to 1965. Darrell Waltrip owns 12 of them, and Jimmie Johnson (pictured above with wife Chandra and daughter Genevieve) owns eight.
When Johnson won a special clock celebrating the track's 60th anniversary in 2007, it was valued at more than $11,000.