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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Virginia Triple Crown To Pay For First, Second and Third in 2019

The $10,000 bonus will be distributed $7,000, $2,000 and $1,000 among drivers with the best average finishing positions at South Boston, Langley and Martinsville.

 

MARTINSVILLE, VA – In an effort to reward more drivers for entering the three biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races in Virginia, the Virginia Triple Crown will pay the top-three drivers with the best average finishing positions in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

The $10,000 prize will be distributed $7,000 to the winner, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

“We want to give drivers even more of an incentive to start all three races,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “By going to this format, a driver who gets unlucky at South Boston still has incentive to race at Langley and Martinsville.”

South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said they are excited to have the Triple Crown back again this year.

“I think it will be a big year for everyone involved,” Rice said. “Paying the top-three finishers of the Virginia Triple Crown will certainly entice more competitors to join this year and compete in all three events that are included. Not only that, but the fans will have more action to look forward to, as well.”

Bill Mullis, owner of Langley Speedway, said he believes paying the top-three will benefit both fan and drivers.

“Langley Speedway is proud to continue to participate in this great event,” said Langley Speedway Owner Bill Mullis. “We believe the new purse structure will add a bonus to the top finishing drivers that will increase the interest level in all three of these important races.”

The Triple Crown has previously paid to the top-3 finishers but recently has been a winner-take-all format.

Peyton Sellers, the 2018 Triple Crown Champion, has won with both formats and said he likes paying the top-3 as opposed to just the winner, even though it’s less money for the Champion.

“There’s a lot of guys that travel back and forth to Langley and South Boston that put a lot of work into it and don’t get rewarded with the winner-take-all approach,” Sellers said “By paying the top-3 it also may keep more drivers racing for the Triple Crown, as one bad race won’t eliminate you. A lot of times the Triple Crown comes down to just one position and it can be decided in the last five laps at Martinsville, so this is a good way to reward more drivers for their efforts.”

In the event of a tie for any of the positions, the tie will be broken by the driver with the higher finish at Martinsville. To be eligible for the Triple Crown a driver must start all three races.

The Triple Crown starts June 29 with the running of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway and continues on July 20 with the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway. The Triple Crown will wrap up with the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville on October 5.

Youth 17-And-Under Admitted Free to ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

The change falls in line with the 17-and-under are free policy at the Speedway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races and is similar to the youth policy found at other NASCAR Home Tracks where many of the fans who attend NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

“Youth are the future of our sport and we want them to be here without the worry of how much it will cost,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We’ve seen a lot of guests take advantage of youth being free for the Truck Series, and believe that will be the case for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, as well.”

Adult tickets to the race are $30.

The race regularly sees more than 75 of the country’s best Late Model Stock Car teams fight it out for a share of the $100,000 purse and the iconic grandfather clock trophy.

Additionally, the race will once again serve as the final race in the Virginia Triple Crown, a three-race showdown for the drivers with the best average finishing position in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Sauter Sweeps Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions, Claiming Spot in Championship 4

Johnny Sauter celebrates his fourth Martinsville Speedway win after claiming the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions on Saturday, October 27. (Martinsville Speedway Photo by Ken Childs)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. –  Johnny Sauter knew that Martinsville Speedway could be a turning point on his path to battling for a second Camping World Truck Series championship this fall.

He was right.

Sauter won Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions to clinch a spot in the series’ Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month. In dominant fashion, the now four-time Martinsville winner picked up two stage victories before besting Myatt Snider on a late-race restart secure his sixth win of the season.

“We’re going to Homestead; racing for a championship. That’s what it’s all about,” Sauter said in Gatorade Victory Lane. “I’m so proud of these guys. Pit stops were awesome. Track position seems to be the name of the game here anymore, and I’ve just got to thank everybody. This is a big win.”

Playoff driver Brett Moffitt finished second, Snider was third, Ben Rhodes came home fourth, and Kyle Benjamin rounded out the Top-5. Other notable finishes for playoff drivers included Justin Haley (6th), Noah Gragson (7th), Matt Crafton (13th), and Grant Enfinger (14th).

Enfinger ran into trouble on Lap 259 when he spun along with Chase Purdy, but managed to avoid any major damage. After pitting, the Fairhope, Alabama native was able to fight his way back into the Top-15 to finish the race.

With the triumph, Sauter became the winningest Camping World Truck Series driver at Martinsville Speedway in the series’ 23-year, 40-race history at the historic half-mile, surpassing Kevin Harvick, Dennis Setzer, and Mike Skinner with his fourth iconic Martinsville clock.

“My wife always tells me that we have four kids, we need four clocks so when you tip over we can give each kid a clock,” Sauter said. “This is just a special deal.”

The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Tickets for the race may be purchased at the track ticket office on Sunday morning, over the phone at 877-RACETIX, or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

C.E. Falk Finally Adds Martinsville to his Resume After Wild Valley Star Credit Union 300 Finish

Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off

There are a few things that you can expect when you go to any given race on any given weekend. There will be only one winner. There will be multiple losers. The smell of race fuel will exhilarate/excite you. There will be plenty of drama. However, throw in a $25,000 paycheck, a prestigious grandfather clock, and a $10,000 bonus to the winner of the Virginia Triple Crown what are you going to get? Carnage!

Just about every race fan in the Commonwealth, and even a few outside, all had their eyes on one facility this past weekend, the historic Martinsville Speedway. Seventy of some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers, and arguably the best Super Late Model driver, converged on the historic paperclip hunting for the cash, the honor, and maybe even more importantly, The Clock. For those of you who may not know what we are referring to this past weekend was the highly anticipated ValeyStar Credit Union 300.

The action officially got underway early Friday morning after Hurricane Florence threatened the area during the originally scheduled date. Teams were able to hit the track for the first time in over a year after falling behind the eight ball in hopes of building a solid notebook for the two hundred-lap feature scheduled for Saturday night. Morning practice was not officially scored. However, practice later in the afternoon was, Layne Riggs found himself at the top of the speed charts.

Qualifying was the final event on the schedule Friday evening. Groups of five cars were sent out onto the track at a time and given five laps to lay down their fastest time. Stacy Puryear, clocking in at 20.100, was the man to beat when he went out almost smack dab in the middle of the session improving last years starting position by one and once again locking himself into the show. North Carolina’s and current CARS Tour driver Tommy Lemons also joined him as the only other driver locked in. All other would compete in three twenty-five lap heat races to earn their starting positions.

For those who may not know, the rest of the field for the two hundred lap feature is done so from three twenty-five lap heat race – the top ten move on. The rest of the field, or those that can answer the call, go into a twenty-five lap last chance qualifier – again top ten cars transfer to make up the forty-two car field. Historically, these races are known to be rather chaotic. I mean think about it, more than seventy cars show up, only two are locked in. One bad start, one tire out of line, or end up on the wrong side of a wreck and you’re going home. Philip Morris, Josh Berry, and Brandon Pierce were all victorious in their respective heats – all starting from the pole position. Justin T. Carroll won the last chance race to earn his spot in the show.

Once the green was displayed there was nothing short of hard racing, unexpected failures from some top teams, and of course some pretty hard wrecks. The first “segment” – if you will – was rather tame. I am sure tires and tire conservation was on the mind of a lot of teams and drivers as things were done a bit different this year. Everyone was given four tires and could do what they wanted with them, and add up to ten gallons of fuel, at both the lap one hundred and one eighty break. It was going to be interesting to see how teams were going to work their strategy.

The race did see a handful of leaders throughout it entirety and it was certainly thrown through a loop as the lap wound down. Arguably the most dominant car all night was that of JR Motorsports driver, Josh Berry. The car did not make it easy on him, however, as we learned after we won the extra cash at the halfway break from team owner Dale Jr. who was watching on Fanstchoice, that he did not have power steering for most of the first half. A six-car invert – something I think is just beyond annoying in a race with so much on the line – forced Berry to restart a couple rows deeper than he should have.

That did not stop the North Carolina based driver who found himself back up front and leading the race in no time, working to hold off the likes of Late Model and local veteran, Peyton Sellers. Who, by the way, would steal the lead away from Berry on a restart with less than ten laps to go. Sellers would beat Berry to line by mere inches before the caution was once again displayed after a huge wreck on the front stretch when Myatt Snider had engine issues and failed to get going. Berry would attempt to retake the lead in the same fashion as it was taken from him on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered, however, Berry and Sellers would make contact going into one and bring out another caution.

With Berry now out of the picture, so to speak, following such a strong run, it was up to Peyton Sellers, Layne Riggs, and Super Late Model standout Bubba Pollard. However, on attempt number two for a GWC finish, all three would have their shot at the clock erased after Riggs got in to the back of Sellers just a little too hard going back into one. Sellers would spin and take some damage from other cars getting into him and Pollard would end opt in the outside wall an unable to continue. Riggs was penalized for aggressive driving – he would come down pit road an eventually park his machine. Queue the walk from Pollard to Riggs’ pit for what should have been a simple conversation but turned into a mob of… people following Pollard.

Back on the track after three of the front-runners were taken out, it handed the front row over to Cory Heim – driving for Lee Pulliam who has been the center of attention as of late due to two disqualification at South Boston – and yet another Late Model Stock Car veteran C.E. Falk. Heim would stay low; Falk would take the cone and restart to his right. Once the caution car was off the track and the field hit the restart box it appeared that Falk got going just a little better than Heim and nosed him out at the line – according to the scoring transponders. This is important to note because yet another and one last caution was displayed for wrecking cars throughout turns one and two.

NASCAR officials, after deliberating for about fifteen minutes, declared C.E Falk the winner in one of the most controversial ways possible after going back to what race director Lynn Carroll said was the last completed green flag lap. The one that was completed when the cars crossed the line after the restart – a procedure that Carroll has said has been in the rulebook for Late Model Stocks for a while. This despite what fans in the stands and watching on Fanschoice saw where Heim was in front of Falk once the caution was displayed. Heim would be scored second followed by Brandon Pierce, Trevor Ward, and Peyton Sellers.

“We all come here wanting to win it but it’s like winning the freaking lottery, and we did,” Falk said. “We missed the wrecks, we were up front all night long and my team did it. We might not have had the very best car but we were there when it counted and this is something I’ll cherish the rest of my life.”

Corey Heim, who was making his Martinsville debut, finished second.

“I knew coming here that we had a shot at winning, just had to drive hard,” Heim said. “This is the biggest spotlight I’ve ever been in, I think a lot of people know my name now and I’m glad to be here. I just wish I could get my hands on that grandfather clock and $25,000.”

 

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 OFFICIAL Results

  1. #02 C.E Falk; 216
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 216
  3. #42 Brandon Pierce; 216
  4. #97 Trevor Ward; 216
  5. #26 Peyton Sellers; 216
  6. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 216
  7. #18 Ty Gibbs; 216
  8. #15 Kres VanDyke; 216
  9. #16 RD Smith; 216
  10. #07 Kevin Neal; 216
  11. #41 Woody Howard; 216
  12. #01 Philip Morris; 216
  13. #8 Thomas Scott; 216
  14. #6 Lee Pulliam; 216
  15. #77 Balke Stallings; 216
  16. #54 Jeremy Burns; 216
  17. #2 Trevor Noles; 216
  18. #61 Justin Hicks; 215
  19. #88 Josh Berry; 215
  20. #17 Stacy Puryear; 215
  21. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 215
  22. #73 Bruce Anderson; 214
  23. #12 Austin Thaxton; 213
  24. #82 Timothy Peters; 212
  25. #99 Layne Riggs; 210
  26. #86 Bubba Pollard; 208
  27. #0 Matt Leicht; 197
  28. #11 Jeff Oakley 197
  29. #87 Mike Looney; 197
  30. #23 Myatt Snider; 194
  31. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.; 180
  32. #08 Tyler Hughes; 154
  33. #14 Ryan Repko; 142
  34. #75 Ryan Millington; 118
  35. #84 Colin Carrett; 104
  36. #04 Jonathan Findley; 101
  37. #31 Mike Darne; 100
  38. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.; 92
  39. #22 Bobby McCarty; 87
  40. #71 Kyle Benjamin; 70
  41. #20 Grayson Cullather; 36
  42. #24 Mason Diaz, 24

Field Set for the 2018 ValleyStar Credit 300 at Martinsville Speedway

Caution Car heading down pit road before the start of the LCQ at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, September 29, 2018. (Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off)

Ridgeway, VA – The field for the richest Late Model Stock Car race in the country has been set. Over seventy cars took to the half-mile speedway earlier this afternoon to narrow the field down to forty-two. The only two cars that were safe – Stacy Puryear and Tommy Lemons, Jr.

Philip Morris, Josh Berry, and Brandon Pierce were the three winners in their respective heat races has the sun began its descent over the famous Paperclip shaped track. Ten cars from each heat race transferred into the main feature making up the first thirty-two starters. Everyone else, that could answer the bell, were sent to the 25-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

Justin Carroll took the checkered flag in that feature earning him the thirty-third starting position once the green flag waves later this evening. The race is set to roll off at 8:00 PM EDT. The feature is set to run in three segments. The first scheduled break will come at lap 100 where teams will have a five minutes to change up to four tires and add up to ten gallons of fuel. After some pushback earlier this afternoon, teams are also allowed to make minor adjustments on the car, no hard parts. The second planned break will come at lap 180 where again, teams will have five minutes to change up to four tires, add ten gallons of fuel, and minor adjustments – no hard parts.

Race fans are able to watch LIVE on Fanschoice TV where MRN radio broadcast will be piped in. For a lap-by-lap coverage, scoring and NASCAR insight you can follow along with us as we will have you covered throughout the night.

 

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ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Starting Lineup

1      17    Stacy Puryear

2      27    Tommy Lemons, Jr.

3      01    Phillip Morris

4      88    Josh Berry

5      42    Brandon Pierce

6      15    Kres VanDyke

7      6      Lee Pulliam

8      99    Layne Riggs

9      11    Jeff Oakley

10    14    Ryan Repko

11    02    CE Falk III

12    97    Trevor Ward

13    71    Kyle Benjamin

14    82    Timothy Peters

15    2      Trevor Noles

16    23    Myatt Snider

17    26    Peyton Sellers

18    31    Mike Darne

19    5      Dexter Canipe, Jr.

20    41    Woody Howard

21    20    Grayson Cullather

22    08    Tyler Hughes

23    24    Mason Diaz

24    84    Collin Garrett

25    18    Ty Gibbs

26    86    Bubba Pollard

27    0      Matt Leicht

28    07    Kevin Neal

29    22    Bobby McCarty

30    78    Corey Heim

31    54    Jeremy Burns

32    8s    Thomas Scott

33    57    Justin Carroll

34    77    Blake Stallings

35    25    Derrick Lancaster

36    16    RD Smith

37    04    Jonathan Findley

38    87    Mike Looney

39    12    Austin Thaxton

40    75    Ryan Millington

41    61    Justin Hicks

42    73    Bruce Anderson

Three Cars From Top Ten Times Were Disallowed After Failing Post Qualifying Inspection; Will Start from the Rear of Their Respective Heat Races

Ridgeway, VA – Post qualifying tech has officially wrapped up here at Martinsville Speedway. Once again the “Room of Doom” has shaken things up on the eve of arguably the best race of the year in the Late Model Stock Car community.

Bobby McCarty (22), Todd Gilliland (45), and Matt Bowling (83) were all found to have issues with the rear ends of their machines. NASCAR officials have stated that all three teams will have the opportunity to fix the issues in the morning, roll back through tech and should they fix all the issues, they have the chance to start their respective heat races from the rear. The speedway also clarified that the no. 70 of Dylan Ward and no. 44 Kyle Dudley both completed engine swaps and will start behind the three cars mentioned above.

Fan gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the driver autograph session scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on the front stretch. Three 25-lap qualifying races, followed by the 25 lap LCQ to set the field will start at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature race will begin at 8:00 p.m.Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway ticket office or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

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