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Peyton Sellers Sets Quick Time at Larry King Law Langley Speedway; Will Lead the Field to Green in the First of Two 50-lap Features

Hampton, VA – It seemed like we were going to have to all buy boats to finally get a race in here in the Hampton Roads area as persistent rain plagued the area. The weather system finally moved out of the area and looks to be holding up well enough to get some racing in. Twenty NASCAR Late Models made their way back to the historic .395-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia for a pair of 50-lap features. Former NASCAR Xfinity driver and South Boston Speedway regular Peyton Sellers earned quick time earlier this afternoon earning the right to lead the field to the green flag later this evening with a 15.878 (89.558 MPH) second lap. Sellers sub-16-second lap was just one of five drivers to dip below the mark and was fast enough to knock 2020 Hampton Heat winner Brenden Queen from the top spot.

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Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Lineup;
  1. #26 Peyton Sellers
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  4. #29 Casey Wyatt
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  7. #19 Bubba Johnston
  8. #77 Connor Hall
  9. #90 Terry Carroll
  10. #88 Thomas Marks
  11. #55 Mark Wertz
  12. #90 John Goin
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd
  14. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  15. #36 Chris Johnson
  16. #01 Camden Gullie
  17. #25 Craig Eastep
  18. #57 Eddie Johnson
  19. #29 Adam Medik
  20. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

2020 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway Canceled

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (August 21, 2020) – The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, at Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville) has officially been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a tradition that brings the Racing Virginia community together to root for their favorite local racers at The Short Track, so we will miss this annual day of competition due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell.

“We value our relationship with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” said Delbert Lee Morgan, CEO/President of ValleyStar Credit Union. “This prestigious late model race has been featured under the lights since 2017 and it is an important event for our community. We support the decision to cancel the race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that we consider the safety of all spectators, teams and drivers.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is scheduled to return to “The Short Track” for the 2021 season. The 2020 race was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

“NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway will continue to work closely with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials on a plan to host fans for the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race this fall,” said Campbell. “We look forward to a historic weekend of racing as we host the penultimate races of the NASCAR season for the first-time in the 73-year history of Martinsville Speedway.”

Ticketholders for the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race will be contacted by the Martinsville Ticket Office in the coming days to share ticket options.

Martinsville 2020 Season

Martinsville Speedway will host NASCAR’s penultimate playoff races for the first time. On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ET, the Xfinity 500 will set the field for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race will get underway on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff race will start the NASCAR Playoffs Weekend at The Short Track on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

The fall NASCAR races at Martinsville will be televised nationally with the Cup Series and Xfinity Series on NBC and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay connected to Martinsville Speedway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and by downloading the Martinsville mobile app for Apple or Android.

About Martinsville Speedway

Founded by H. Clay Earles in 1947, Martinsville Speedway is the only NASCAR track to host NASCAR Cup Series races every year since its inception in 1949. At .526 miles in length, “The Short Track” annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in the fall. Martinsville Speedway also annually hosts the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. For more information about Martinsville Speedway, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About ValleyStar Credit Union

ValleyStar Credit Union has been in business since 1953 and serves cities and counties in Virginia and North Carolina. The Credit Union is over $500 million in assets with more than 55,000 members. ValleyStar is a full-service financial institution that offers consumer and commercial products and services. Headquartered in Martinsville, Virginia, ValleyStar operates right branch facilities in the Collinsville, Danville, Martinsville, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, South Boston, and Waynesboro, Va. communities. For more information, visit valleystar.org.

Queen Rides Hampton Heat Momentum to First Late Model Pole of 2020

Queen powers through turns three and four during the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – Just two weeks following the biggest win of his young Late Model career, Brenden Queen of Chesapeake picked right up where he left off – at the front of the pack. Fourteen NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars returned to the famed .395-mile oval for a pair of 50-lap features. Fourteen cars rolled off pit road looking to claim the pole but none were faster than Queen with a 15.750 (90.286 MPH). Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fastest five cars.

A quick thunderstorm moved through the area following qualifying which put the speedway into a weather hold. The storm has passed and NASCAR officials have currently focused their attention on track drying efforts. Once that his complete we look forward to an eight race card. We will have you covered with LIVE updates over on our Twitter feed.

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Line-Up
  1. #03 Brenden Queen
  2. #26 Danny Edwards
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #77 Connor Hall
  7. #91 Justin Carroll
  8. #88 Thomas Marks
  9. #9 Rodney Boyd
  10. #90 Terry Carroll
  11. #36 Chris Johnson
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic
  13. #25 Craig Eastep
  14. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

Corey Heim Sets Quick Time in Hampton Heat 200 Qualifying

Cory Heim powers off turn two during qualifying on his way to take the pole. (Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off)

Hampton, VA– The starting line-up for the 12thannual Hampton Heat 200 has finally been set and it’s Marietta, Georgia’s very own Cory Heim who will lead the twenty-six car field to the green later this evening. Heim’s 15.605-second lap (91.125 mph) was only .042 seconds faster than former track champion Greg Edwards who will share the front row. Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards will make up the fastest five cars.

“Feels really good man,” Heim said after qualifying. “We came here with a little bit of an unknown with this new racecar. I think it’s the third race on it now, it ran really good at Myrtle Beach. Got to thank Lee Pulliam Performance and Toyota Racing for a really good piece.

Heim went on to add what it’s going to take from behind the steering wheel to park the car in victory lane

“Strategy is going to play a key for sure with the tire breaks at lap hundred and one fifty,” Heim added. “That an unknown for me because I have never run this race before. It’s going to take a total team effort and me doing my job keeping the car in one piece and upfront.

Interview courtesy of Langley Speedway Instagram

 

Hampton Heat 200 Starting Line Up

  1. #78 Cory Heim
  2. #21 Greg Edwards
  3. #14 Jarred Fryar
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  6. #12 Timothy Peters
  7. #24 Colin Garrett
  8. #22C Grayson Cullather
  9. #9B Alex Brock
  10. #19 Blake Stallings
  11. #03 Brenden Queen
  12. #44 Justin Johnson
  13. #77 Connor Hall
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce
  15. #9C Trey Crews
  16. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  17. #26 Peyton Sellers
  18. #40 C.E. Falk
  19. #8 Thomas Scott
  20. #29 Casey Wyatt
  21. #21 Terry Carroll
  22. #17 Stacey Puryear
  23. #9 Rodney Boyd
  24. #25 Craig Eastep
  25. #71 Rick Gdovic
  26. #55 Mark Wertz

2020 Hampton Heat 200 Who to Watch & Race Day Schedule

Hampton, VA – Usually by this time of the year we have covered several dozens of races, crowned a winner in the opening round of the Virginia Triple Crown series, and figured out who the powerhouses in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car community are. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a good portion of the 2020 season had been postponed and teams have yet to really flex their muscle. However, teams from all over the region will stroll into Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway all with the same goal in mind – landing in victory lane.

Twenty plus cars are expected to participate in tonights 200 lap feature, along with three additional support divisions, from the sold-out Langley Speedway. For those fans who were lucky enough to get tickets, and for those who will be tuning in tonight on NBC Gold Track pass, here are a few drivers to keep your eyes on. In no particular order.

 

1. Bobby McCarty

The defending CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car champion is also a former Hampton Heat champion and has been on a hot streak in recent years. Though he has not had much success so far in the 2020 CARS Tour campaign McCarty traveled to Hampton, Virginia two weeks ago and kicked off the 2020 Langley season with a trip to Dale Lemonds victory lane. Finishing the rain-shortened test in the top five last night McCarty and his No. 22 Toyota Camera will be one to watch for all evening.

 

2. Cory Heim

Another regular competitor in on the CARS Tour circuit but on the Super Late Model side of things has proven time and time again he can battle for wins. Heim was another driver who finished yesterday’s test in the top five of the speed charts. Heim as little experience at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway but has proven to the Late Model, and Super Late Model community, that he can travel anywhere and be competitive. Looking for Heim to post a solid qualifying lap and keep the nose of his machine clean, if he can do this for 199 laps I would not count him out as a contender to win.

 

3. Brenden Queen

Queen has always shown he knows how to navigate the long distances races just never had luck go his way. Queen once again, albeit was a shorter race, proved that he can contend for wins if he can get the track position. The young Chesapeake driver who picked up his first Langley Speedway win of his LMSC career last year in a pair of twins almost did just that during the 2020 season opener battling door-to-door with former multi-time track champion Danny Edwards. IF Queen can snag a top ten starting position, remember to run his race and not burn his tires up, and maybe a little bit of luck Queen might just be able to help keep the trophy in the Hampton Roads area.

 

4. Connor Hall

Now, it almost seems like you have to put the driver in the “Who to Watch” category when they top the speed chart, right? I personally say the answer to that is no. Sometimes test sessions are a bit of a mind game. Throw a set of stickers on the car and go blast one quick lap while the other guys and/or gals are running on 150+ lap tires. However, Connor Hall came on strong towards the end of the season last year and enters tonight’s 200-lap feature as the defending champion. This is no normal Saturday night show for the Hampton native so he is going to have to be on top of his game, however, if you don’t keep an eye on the blue No. 77 tonight then you are doing it all wrong. As long as Hall can keep his temper under control and not stick his nose into places they don’t belong too soon there is a good chance he can become the historic races only back-to-back champion.

 

5. C.E. Falk

Ahh, the always difficult fifth spot… Trying to nail down five drivers to pay attention to when there are probably eight to ten who could win this thing. I also feel like this guy’s name always seems to find a way into our stories. The reason being is you can never write Falk off when he unloads at Langley Speedway and if you do so then you have already probably lost the race. Falk is the races only back-to-back and multi-time winner (2010, 2011, 2014) and has since taken a little bit more of a back seat in Late Model racing but once the sun goes down and the lights come on later this evening C.E. Falk will certainly be a contender

 

Dark Horse/Sleeper: Trey Crews

I think it is safe to say that Trey Crews surprised the Late Model community last year when he finished third in the Virginia Triple Crown opener at South Boston Speedway and was having a good run at the Hampton Heat until getting into some trouble. With South Boston Speedway still closed Crews does have at least one start under his belt so far this year and that is from the pole position at a race at Ace where he finished second. It’s obvious that Crew’s took some of that momentum from 2019 and used it in 2020. He will once again have his work cut out for him as some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers will go to battle this evening. However, with a little bit of luck and a clean nose, Trey Crews could pull off a shocker tonight in Hampton.

 

Saturday – July 18, 2020

11:00AM
Gates open for LMSC only. All teams will mount their qualifying tires. These tires will remain in the tire impound area. Once all qualifying tires are mounted practice tire may be mounted

11:15AM – 2:00PM
Inspection line will be open for:

  • Courtesy inspection – Tread width, Wheel Base and Body Templates (Not Mandatory)
  • During this time each team must send a representative to draw for qualifying and complete all driver information packages

11:30AM – 12:15PM
MANDATORY LMSC driver, crew chief and spotters meeting. Meeting will be in the pavilion VIP area in turn 4

12:00PM
Sign-in and gates open for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets.

12:30PM – 2:00PM    
LMSC Open practice. We will start with and maintain 14 cars on the track at a time. There will be a 5-minute break every 30
minutes to clear the gates and allow all other divisions to cross for tires and fuel.

2:00PM
Release LMSC qualifying tires (tires may be purged)

2:10PM – 2:25PM      
Divisional drivers meeting for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets. This meeting will be held at the turn 2 track entrance.

2:35PM – 4:15PM
3 rounds of rotating practice for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets. Your 3rd round will be 5 min long and will set the feature line-up. Teams can adjust on pit road during this time.

3:30PM
ALL LMSC WORK IS COMPLETE AND CARS MUST BACKED OUT OF THEIR PIT AREA at this time and proceed to the technical inspection building. All cars will qualify race ready. All cars will mount qualifying tires in their respective pit area. Maximum air pressure in the tech line is 20lbs in the left side tires and 30lbs in the right-side tires. Air pressure can be adjusted on the qualifying line. (Air can be let out only)

4:30PM
LMSC qualifying begins (three laps – 1scuff lap then green-white-checkered). All cars will be impounded in your pit stall backed in at a 45-degree angle and remain on the ground. Once the car is in place no team members or work is allowed at this time.

5:30PM – 6:00PM      
Remove transporters from the infield.

6:45PM      
Pre race ceremonies

7:00PM
Racing Begins. Race Order:

  1. Riverside Paper Pro Six (30 Laps)
  2. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks (25 Laps)
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets (50 Laps)

7:15PM – 7:45PM
LMSC Final Work Session

9:00PM APPROX
12thAnnual Hampton Heat 200

The Hampton Heat is 200 laps event with two six (6) lap controlled cautions at lap 100 and lap 150. All other caution laps will count. This is a six (6) tire feature race. Four (4) tires for qualifying and the same four (4) for the start of the feature. The additional two (2) tires can be used at either of the controlled cautions and may be scuffs or sticker tires). All six (6) tires must have been purchased and recorded by the tire officials at the track July 17th or 18th. Each team will also check in four (4) tires no more than 4/32 for emergency use if you have a flat on the rim emergency.

There will be two (2) six (6) Lap controlled cautions at lap 100 and 150 with a double file restart no cone for these restarts. During these cautions TEAMS will have the opportunity to make any adjustment/changes. The laps in all other cautions will count and the CONE re-starts will be in effect.

Lap 100 and 150 Controlled Caution / Guidelines Once Pit Road Is Open

  • TEAMS will choose to pit or stay on the track
  • TEAMS that stay on the track will determine the new re-start line-up as they are on the track
  • TEAMS that pit will be realigned as they entered pit road behind lead lap cars on the track
  • TEAMS cannot lose laps or positions on pit road while under these cautions
  • If you are the reason for the caution or enter the pits before the pits are open you must line up at the end of the longest line

*Subject To Change*

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