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Kelley Earnhardt-Miller to serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the first race under the lights at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Last October, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell to make the biggest announcement in track history – adding permanent LED lights. This Saturday, nearly one year later, another Earnhardt, Dale’s sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, will lead the field to green in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver in the first race under the lights.

“I think it’s absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to be a part of that,” Earnhardt-Miller said. “When Clay called and Dale was a part of the announcement and he called to say they were going to be putting in lights and this race would be the first run under the lights, it was really cool and really special.”

For Campbell, asking Kelley to drive the pace car in the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race in the country, was an easy decision.

“The Earnhardt family is such an important piece in not only NASCAR’s history, but Martinsville Speedway’s history, as well,” Campbell said. “Kelley’s father, brother and husband have all won races here. Her grandfather raced here. She’s a former Late Model Stock Car driver herself. She and Dale own Late Model cars that race every weekend. So, I was really excited when she said she would be able to come lead the field to green.”

Earnhardt-Miller raced Late Models in the mid-90s with her brothers Dale and Kerry. While she never raced at Martinsville, she knows the importance of the race, and, most likely a few of the drivers in it.

“The Martinsville race is always ‘The Race,” the prestigious race,” she said. “It’s always the one we talk about – the car counts, the drivers that show up – you always want to be a part of that race, You always want to make that race.

“I’ll probably be leading a few people that I raced against 20 years ago.”

And while racing is in her blood, she said she won’t be entering the pace car in the race.

“The thought might cross my mind, but I know better,” she said. “No chance of that. I’m sure I’d get run over pretty quickly, but it will make me think about my time in a racecar and how much fun that was and how much fun short-track racing is.”

The experience of driving the pace car is enough.

“It’s just a really cool thing to do,” she said. “I was honored to be asked. It’s something I’ve never done before. To be able to lead the field, especially at a place like Martinsville that’s a very intimate, downhome, old-school place.

“It’s already a magnificent race to see, and under the lights it’s going to be even better.”

 

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 pm, followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Motor Racing Network’s Bagley and Hayden Looking Forward to ValleyStar Credit Union 300

MARTINSVILLE, Va.– The Motor Racing Network’s Alex Hayden and Mike Bagley are no strangers to Martinsville Speedway, as the veteran broadcast duo has called countless NASCAR races from the Speedway in their careers. However, calling this Saturday night’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for MRN will be a first for the two, and is something they have been looking forward to for a long time.

“This is one of the races that I’ve always wanted to announce, but I’ve never had the opportunity until now,” Bagley said. “This is the greenest of grassroots efforts and it’s an honor to be able to call this race. I can’t wait to get to Martinsville.”

“This is the Daytona 500 of Late Model racing and I’m looking forward to it,” said Hayden. “There are so many cool things about this. First and foremost, I’ve never been to this race, but I’ve always wanted to go. The fact that it’s just Martinsville. Martinsville Speedway is my favorite race track that we go to of any kind. I can’t wait for this event. It’s going to be a lot of fun and there’s so many different elements that are going to be added to ramp that up even more.”

Seeing drivers from different backgrounds, at different stages in their careers and with different goals is another thing that has Hayden excited.

“Even though I’ve never been to this race in person, I keep up with it nonstop, every year,” he said. “The beauty of it is you see these top-named drivers, whether they are top Late Model drivers from around the country, or a Timothy Peters who’s won there in a Camping World Truck, and the guys who put a racecar together just to try and make the main event. The spectrum runs from the best of the best to the guys who are just trying to figure their way around this place.”

The race will be the first under the Speedway’s new LED lights, which is something that Hayden likened to when one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and most historic stadiums got lights in 1988.

“How cool is it going to be that this race is under the lights. I’m excited to be a part of that,” Hayden said. “Nobody can take that away from anybody who is going to be in attendance, so that’s another cool thing about it.

“It’s something that is going to bring people together to see something under the lights. Something that’s never been seen before. It’s kind of like lighting up Wrigley Field, it’s going to be spectacular.”

For Bagley, seeing permanent lights at Martinsville is something he didn’t think he’d witness in his lifetime.

“I never thought I would see the day when Martinsville Speedway would be lit up at night,” Bagley said. “It’s a day that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I can’t wait to get there, to roll onto the property, to see the race, and to see them throw the switch on those LED lights. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be broadcast live on MRN.com and following MRN affiliate stations:

WAKG-FM, 103.3, Danville, VA
WZBB-FM, 99.9, Stanleytown, VA
WMVA-AM, 1450, Martinsville, VA
WHEE-AM, 1370, Martinsville, VA
WFIR-AM, 960 & FM 107.3, Roanoke, VA
WBRG-AM, 1050 & FM 105.1, 106.7, Lynchburg, VA
WEBO-AM, 1330, Binghamton, NY
KQMG-FM, 95.3, Independence, IA

 

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Matt Waltz Looking for First Late Model Track Championship This Weekend at Langley Speedway; Guaranteed MB400 Starting Position on the Line

Hampton, VA – We started this journey over five months ago when Langley Speedway reopened its gates to drivers and fans alike after a long and empty 2016 season. Drivers from all over the Hampton Roads area and Mid-Atlantic region have converged on the legendary .395-mile flat track for some of the most exciting races of the year. With 11 races on the books and 5 different winners in the Late Model ranks, it comes down to just 8 points and 2 races.

Matt Waltz enters WhosYourDriver.org Night at the races with just an eight-point lead over defending track champion, Greg Edwards. Of course, as any top tier driver will do, Waltz will be looking to park his No. 2 machine in victory lane on two separate occasions this evening, looking for possible redemption for the impressive 12 win season and championship run before the speedway closed. However, Waltz could lock up the championship by staying within just a few position behind Edwards and having a good points night.

Behind them, just one point separates Nick Smith in third from Mark Wertz in fourth. You also have Brenden Queen, who showed plenty of speed in the second twin feature last time out before getting tangled up with Waltz battling for the lead, sitting hungry for a win fifth in points – nineteen behind Wertz.

I would love to say as we near the end of the NASCAR points season and the big Martinsville race next weekend that we should expect to see a tame race but I do not want to lie to you guys. With hungry drivers for both wins and championships, we expect to see drivers up on the wheel and digging.

Not to mention that the track released information earlier this week about a “partnership” if you will with Myrtle Beach Speedway adding value to your finishing positions in both races. In a Facebook post earlier this week it was announced that the highest average finishing driver will be guaranteed a starting spot in the prestigious postseason Myrtle Beach 400 money race later this winter. In the event there is a tie, the tie break will be the highest qualifying driver during time trials.

In addition to the Late Model’s this weekend, the IMCA style asphalt Modifies will be on hand for their second to last points race of the year, a single 50-lap feature where Shawn Balluzzo looks to collect his ninth win of the season. We will also crown champions in the Pepsi Grand Stocks, Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks and Carroll Automotive UCAR’s. Check below for a full schedule of the night’s events.

 

Who’s Your Driver? Championship Night Race Day Schedule September 16, 2017

11:00 AM                                      PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                         DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                        QUALIFYING

5-6:30 PM                                     FAN ZONE STAGE

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

 

Practice Order

LMSC – 3 Practices
Modifieds – 3 Practice
Grand Stocks – 2 Practices
Super Trucks – 2 Practices
UCARs – 2 Practices
Winged Karts – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Winged Karts
Super Trucks
UCARs
Grand Stocks
Modifieds
LMSC
Enduros – practice, the starting lineup determine by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Karts 20 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models 66 laps

Larry King Law Modifieds 50 laps

Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 laps

Carroll’s Automotive UCARs 25 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models 66 laps

Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

 

*subject to change

Titles On The Line In South Boston Speedway Regular Season Finale

SOUTH BOSTON, VA– After a spring and summer of hard, exciting racing it all comes down to this: championship night at South Boston Speedway Saturday night. Saturday night’s GCR presents Spaulding Equipment PASS 150 will see champions crowned in each of South Boston’s four divisions along with a 150-lap event for the touring PASS Southern Super Late Model Series.

With three wins and a slew of top-five finishes, Peyton Sellers is poised to claim his third South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock championship. The former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion heads into the season-finale with an insurmountable 508-434 points lead over Bobby McCarty. McCarty has four wins in 2017 but has not enjoyed the consistency of Sellers.

There is a barn-burner of a battle for the Limited Sportsman championship headed into Saturday’s season-ending 50-lapper. David Latour Jr. enters the race as the points leader, but has just a four-point lead over Colin Garrett. Trey Crews is only six points back. Latour has posted two wins on the season while Garrett has four and Crews three.
Johnny Layne has a solid, but not insurmountable 24-point lead over Harrison Walker in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. If Layne wins the title he will be South Boston’s only repeat champion from 2016.

Kevin Currin has used consistency to carry a 14-point, 376-362 lead over Tyler Crute into the Budweiser Hornets Division finale Saturday night.

The 150-lap PASS Southern Super Late Model Series race was rescheduled from a rainout earlier in the season.
Matt Craig is the driver to beat in the race for the powerful super late models. He is the tour’s points leader and has four wins on the season.

The evening of race will include the 150-lap race for the PASS Southern Super Late Models, a 100-lap Late Model race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets.

Qualifying will start at 5 p.m. Saturday night with the green flag falling on the first race at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children seven to 12 and children six and under admitted free. Tickets for the rained-out August 12 PASS Super Late Model race will be honored.

NASCAR K&N East Pro Series Returns to Hampton

Hampton, VA – Mother Nature has played spoiler multiple weekends this year within the Mid-Atlantic regions this race season. As Hurricane Harvey swept through the Gulf coast earlier in the week the Hampton Roads area experienced some of that moisture produced by that massive storm which ultimately postponed the Visit Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway. With Labor Day upon us, NASCAR officials decided to move the feature from Saturday to Monday afternoon. With just three races left in the 2017 season, Langley Speedway will again play a crucial roll in determining a champion as the last three winners at the historic .395-mile oval has gone on to win the series championship – William Byron in 2015, Ben Rhodes in 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013.

Harrison Burton, who enters the Labor Day race with four wins on the season and a four point lead, will look to continue that streak and pick up his fifth win and first at Langley. Burtons four wins come from the series short tracks picking up the hardware at Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson Speedway. Todd Gilliland, who currently sits atop of the K&N West series and coming off of an eleventh place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the truck series, will look to pull even with Burton in the wins catagory as well as take the points lead.

Four support divisions will be on hand this afternoon as well for the Visit Hampton 150. The Hampton Roads Kart Club Wing Champ Karts will get the afternoon kicked off with a 20-lap feature where you will see the draft working on a short track. The Pro Six, Super Streets, and UCAR’s will all have feautres.

 

11:00am                           K&N Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting

11:00am                           Grandstand gates open

11:15am – 12:25pm       Langley Speedway Practice 2 rounds for Super Street,        

                                          Pro-6, U-car and Winged Champ Karts

12:30pm – 1:45pm            K&N Practice

1:50pm                            K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

2:10pm to 2:40pm         Langley Speedway Euro Qualifying for Super Street, Pro-   

                                         6, U-car (3 cars for 5 Laps) Winged Champ Karts (Euro Qualifying)    

2:45pm to 3:45pm           K&N Driver Autograph Session on Track

4:00pm                           K&N Group Qualifying

4:15pm                           Langley Speedway Racing begins

Approx. 6:00pm              K&N Series 150

Race Line Up

  1. Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs – 20 Laps
  2. Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets – 40 Laps
  4. Carrol’s Automotive U-Cars – 25 Laps
  5. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – 150 Laps

FAST FACTS:
The Race: 
The Visit Hampton Virginia 150 will be the 12th of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 starting positions will be determined from group qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.4 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval featuring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season. The track opened in 1950 and hosted nine Grand National Division (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. Current NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track’s Mini Stock champion in 1997.

Race Winners: There have been five different winners in the five previous K&N Pro Series East races at Langley, with William Byron (2015), Ben Rhodes (2014) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) all winning en route to series championships in their respective title seasons. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie and Sergio Pena also have wins at Langley, with Pena winning the inaugural visit in 2011.

Track Records: The qualifying record was set in 2014 by Scott Heckert at 89.836 mph (15.869 seconds).

VISIT HAMPTON VIRGINIA 150 NOTES:
Sophomore Sensation: Harrison Burton’s sophomore season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been, in a word, sensational. The second-generation driver from Huntersville, North Carolina, leads the series in virtually every statistical category and is atop the point standings by four points over fellow NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland.

Burton has four wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s — all to either lead or tie the category.

Feeling Green: Longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Jeff Green of Owensboro, Kentucky, will be making his second career K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Langley.

Green, who finished 22nd in the race at Iowa, will be in the No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota for car owner Eric McClure on Saturday.

Green has 16 career wins in the XFINITY Series, where he was the champion in 2000 with six wins and 25 top fives in 32 races that season.

Charging Back: After opening the season with consecutive top-two finishes, including his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Ronnie Bassett Jr. hit a midseason slump that included three straight finishes of 14th or worse.

But the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver has come charging back into the picture in the second half of the season. With his sixth-place finish at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Bassett heads into Langley with six straight top-10 finishes, including back-to-back podium finishes at Thompson and New Hampshire. With his latest run, Bassett has closed to within just two points of Chase Purdy for third in the championship standings.

Bassett has never finished in the top 10 in the final standings.

Familiar Face: While several drivers entered in the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 have previous experience at Langley Speedway, perhaps no driver is looking forward to this weekend more than Las Vegas’ Jay Beasley.

Beasley finished fifth at Langley when the series visited in 2015, one of his eight career top fives in the K&N Pro Series East. Sitting seventh in the overall standings with three top fives and six top 10s in 11 starts, the Rev Racing driver is within 26 points shy of the top five in the championship standings.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Langley Speedway
Opened in 1950 as a dirt track, today Langley Speedway plays host to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights during the season, highlighted by the Division I Late Model Stock class. The track’s Super Street, Pro 6 and U-Car divisions will be among those on Saturday night’s schedule alongside the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Drivers Are Ready To Get Back To Action And Celebrate South Boston Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Saturday Night

NWAAS Late Model teams testing the day before the facility celebrates its 60th birthday. (Photo: Track Facebook)

– Brandon Pierce and Danny Willis Jr. think it’s time to get this party started. It’s been three weeks since the engines last fired at South Boston Speedway and the pair of Late Model Stock drivers are ready to race.

And Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60s is even bigger for them and all the competitors because it is South Boston Speedway’s 60th-anniversary party.

“I’m ready to get back after not racing since July 29,” said Pierce. “I’m excited about the twin 60s this weekend. It is something new and I think it should add some excitement to the races. Our team has come on really strong lately and we look forward to trying and contend for two wins this weekend to celebrate South Boston’s 60 years.”

The twin 60-lap Late Model races are all part of a night of racing that celebrates the track’s 60th birthday. The celebration will also include fireworks, sponsored by Italian Delight Family Restaurant, special concession prices, vintage race cars on display and balloons for kids.

The break from racing, made even longer by a rainout, seemed much lengthier than it actually was to Willis.

“We are excited to get back to the track,” said Willis. “It almost feels like we’ve had a winter break.”

Willis and his team haven’t been totally idle, though. They ventured out to a neighboring track for a race, and they are hoping it pays dividends Saturday night.

“We ran Ace Speedway on one of our off weeks and maybe have found some things that may help us at SoBo,” said Willis. “Hopefully we can get to test this week and see if we can get the car better.”

Neither Willis nor Pierce have won yet this season, but both have contended all year. Willis comes into Saturday’s race fourth in points while Pierce is fifth.

“Being off this long makes it hard to stay in your rhythm, but we tested before the last rain out and we were really strong,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley Davidson. “The guys at Nelson Motorsports have done a great job, and I don’t think we will miss a beat even with the long layoff.”

Willis will have a little extra incentive Saturday night. One of his sponsors, Italian Delight Family Restaurant is also one of the race sponsors.

“We’re looking to have a really good run this week,” said Willis. “One of our sponsors is sponsoring the race so it would be really awesome if we could pick up a win or two.”

In addition to the twin 60-lap Late Model races, there will be a 60-lap Limited Sportsman division race will be 60 laps to highlight the track’s 60th birthday. The concession stands will be in a celebratory mood also, offering the world-famous South Boston Speedway bologna burger, an order of fries and a soft drink for $6.

There will be vintage race cars on display, of course dating back to 1957, the year the track opened.

There will be two huge cakes behind the main grandstands with drivers cutting the cake and serving it to fans after qualifying. Also, all children will receive a balloon when they enter the gates.

Also on tap will be a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 25-lap race for the Southern Ground Pounders.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Children’s tickets, for ages 7 to 12 are $5 and children 6 and under are admitted free. Racing action begins at 7 p.m.

Rodney Boyd Bounces Back for Twin Wins

Hampton, VA – After a couple tough outings for Rodney Boyd bounced back on Saturday claiming the pole for the first twin race of the night in the Pepsi Grand Stock divison. He ran a 18.177 second lap to beat out Tommy Sweeney’s 18.316 who was looking for his fourth in a row.

Right off the bat Sweeney’s night started rough getting stuck on the high line and fell to fourth within a couple laps. Meanwhile Boyd ran out to a second lead over Mark Frye. With nine laps to go Frye started reeling in Boyd while in turn-3 Tim Wilson spins out, but he was able to get it rolling again with no caution thrown.

With five laps to go Frye caught Boyd and made contact with the leader and was sent to the rear of the field with the call from the tower saying he was driving too agressively, Boyd also went to the rear for being involved. On the restart Paul Lubno went low as the leader and Sweeney went high but it didn’t work out for him. Boyd wasted no time getting back up front and under Lubno for the lead. With Boyd coming to the checkers Shawn Scovel and Wilson spun out down the back stretch.

Race Two

After the invert Kevin Morgan started on the pole with Frye’s substitute driver Brandon Hinson to his outside. Two laps in and they were three wide down the back stretch as the faster cars started coming through the field. A lap later Wilson body slams against Boyd to take over fourth place. Caution would fly with a scary incident involving Sweeney, his driveshaft came apart and at first it looked like it may have come through his floor board. Fortunately it had just hit the floor har enough to dislodge the onboard extinguisher which shot into his arm, leaving the driver sore but no broken bones.

On the restart Lubno kept the lead as Wilson fell to second place and started to come under pressure from Boyd. Boyd got by quickly and started going after Lubno with eleven laps to go in the race. Boyd made the pass on the inside for the lead with Hinson not wasting any time to get by Lubno for second. With under five laps to go Hinson ran out of time to try and take the checkers and Boyd got his second win of the night and his fifth of the season. With the updated points he sit backs nine points from Sweeney who is in the lead.

 

Race 1 Results

  1. Rodney Boyd
  2. Paul Lubno
  3. Tommy Sweeney
  4. Tim Wilson
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Jonathan White -1
  7. Mark Frye -2
  8. Kevin Morgan -7

Race 2 Results

  1. Rodney Boyd
  2. Brandon Hinson
  3. Paul Lubno
  4. Kevin Morgan
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Jonathan White -5
  7. Tim Wilson -8
  8. Tommy Sweeney -14

 

Victory Lane Photo Credit – King Charles Photography

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