Martinsville Speedway will spend more than $2 million on improvements before the Oct. 19 running of the Tums 500 at the track in southern Virginia.
The most noticeable difference will be a new 120-foot tall scoreboard positioned behind the backstretch. It will have three 30-foot video screens and replace a scoring pylon inside the track that showed only the top-five cars at any one time.
The track will also resurface its pit road, changing it to concrete, and reconfigure its Turn 4 pit gate. That gate now opens inward and is not covered by energy-absorbing barriers. The new gate will have the barriers and open outward, meaning the road outside the gate will have to be dug out and resurfaced.