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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.

Josh Berry Dominates ValleyStar Credit Union 300; Takes $44,000 Back to JR Motorsports

Josh Berry working through turn three at Martinsville Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given To Fly Photography)

Ridgeway, VA – Josh Berry is going home this morning following one of the biggest and possibly richest weekends in his Late Model career. After blistering the track record Friday night and collecting an extra $5,000 he decided to go out Saturday night and lead every single lap to collect those bonus dollars too.

From the drop of the green flag, it was clear that the 40-car field were all fighting for second place as Berry was truly in a league of his own. It didn’t matter what you threw at the brightly colored No. 88 machine – lap cars, yellow flags, red flags, and even two stage breaks – Berry and crew did what they needed to do to stay out front.

Berry did most of his defense on the restarts as the forty-car field sailed off into turn one but each time was able to get the car rotated and back to the throttle quicker than anyone, typically fully clearing the field out of turn two. Bobby McCarty – who is currently leading the CARS Tour standings and not always the most friendly with Berry – was probably the only driver to really give him a run for his money. McCarty was able to peak his nose to the inside of Berry once on a restart and race him door-to-door for a handful of laps before Berry could dispose of him.

The only other challenge came late in the race when the field saw restart after restart when former race and Gander Outdoors Truck Series Timothy Peters made his way up through the field. Berry would, however, get some relief as former NWAAS National Champion and former race winner Lee Pulliam decided to get into the mix late in the race also. As the two of them battles that allowed for both Josh Berry to create some distance as well as Bobby McCarty to join the battle for second.

With the final three laps clean and green Berry and crew were able to get the job done and remain perfect on the weekend. Pulliam was able to get around and ultimately hold off Peters for the second position. Bobby McCarty gave everything he had left in the tank trying to get around his teammate but would ultimately have to settle for the fourth position – only one position back from where he took the green flag.  JRM teammate Bubba Pollard was able to actually finish the race this year and drove up to a fifth-place finish.

After winning the pole Friday night, winning both stages, and collecting every single dollar in the laps lead bonus, Berry’s unofficial net total through the weekend calculated a cool $44,000.

“I learned a lot last year here at Martinsville,” Berry said following his victory lane celebration. “This is a great day and I’m so happy to give Dale [Earnhardt Jr., Kelly Earnhardt-Miller, LW, and everyone at JR Motorsports their first win in this prestigious race.”

Berry was asked what this race and this win meant for him and his team after being so dominate last year and to have his night end the way it did.

“To win this race you have to beat the best of the best,” said Berry. “Any of the top-five drivers tonight could be driving on Sunday’s. This field is full of talent and to win here against them is special. We were fortunate enough to build a gap with the two racing behind us there at the end.”

 

OFFICIAL 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Results.

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  2. #5P Lee Pulliam; 200
  3. #12P Timothy Peters; 200
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  5. #98 Bubba Pollard; 200
  6. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  7. #57 Justin Carroll; 200
  8. #4D Kyle Dudley; 200
  9. #88R Dustin Rumley; 200
  10. #15 Kres VanDyke; 200
  11. #24 Collin Garrett; 200
  12. #95 Jacob Heafner; 200
  13. #21 Travis Swaim; 200
  14. #6 Mike Darne; 200
  15. #30 Brendan Poole; 200
  16. #61H Justin Hicks; 200
  17. #81 Zack Clifton; 200
  18. #21W Jimmy Wallace; 200
  19. #22C Grayson Cullather; 199
  20. #06 Davin Scites; 197
  21. #40 C.E. Falk, III; 196
  22. #9 Trey Crews; 192
  23. #2M Matt Leicht; 198
  24. #17P Stacey Puryear; 181
  25. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 179
  26. #99 Layne Riggs; 147
  27. #2 Trevor Noles; 144
  28. #12W Ryan Wilson; 140
  29. #18Y Jason York; 133
  30. #12S Sammy Smith; 132
  31. #17 Taylor Gray; 132
  32. #4F Jonathan Findley; 132
  33. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.; 107
  34. #22E Eric Winslow; 107
  35. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.; 94
  36. 16M Chad McCumbee; 67
  37. 87 Mike Looney; 33
  38. 1 Craig Moore; 23
  39. 12T Austin Thaxton; 4
  40. 63T Ryan Matthews; 1

Mike Looney & Jonathan Findley Win Their Heat Races and Transfer into the Show; 2019 ValleyStar 300 Field Set

The calm before the storm as the field has been set for the 2019 edition of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – Matt Leicht was put on the pole after qualifying 21st and not making the field, Kres VanDyke, Jake Crum, Mike Looney, and Brenden Queen rounded out the starting five. The green flag flew and Leicht jumped to the lead with VanDyke on his outside. The first of eight cautions came out on just lap 4 for Lucas Williams stopping on the front stretch.

With multiple restarts, Leicht has some good and some bad ones. VanDyke took advantage of the bad ones and looked to take over the point, but Leicht had a strong enough car to recover and hold the lead. Looney would work his way into the battle for the lead and take second from VanDyke. With that battle, Leicht put a small lead over the field just before a caution came out.

It was halfway and the top five were Leicht, Looney, Crum, VanDyke, and Anderson. With 30 laps to go, Brenden Queen was sitting in the transfer spot and the target was on him. Another caution came out setting up a restart in which Crum took the cone to start the second. When the restart came, officials did not like Crums start as the black flagged him next lap.

With 5 laps to go, things were bound to get wild. The red flag was displayed as a pileup happened in turns one and two. Looney was able to grab the lead before the red came out with three laps to go. Jamey Caudill after running in third pulled his car to pit road unexpectedly and it ended his night.

The checkered flag flew and Mike Looney picked you the win over Matt Leicht, Jacob Heafner, Kres VanDyke, and Kyle Dudley. Mike Darne, Colon Garrett, Justin Hicks, Jimmy Wallace, and Zack Clifton all advanced into the big show.

Brenden Poole, Jonathan Findley, Jeff Oakley, Sammy Smith, and Steve Zacharias started the second heat race in the top five. This race didn’t even get a lap in as Dylan Ward came to a stop in turn one against the wall. On the restart, Poole held the lead with Findley right behind him. Brandon Pierce has problems as he fell out of the groove and back through the field.

Findley would grab the lead on lap 8 and wouldn’t look back. Poole would also fall victim to Oakley and Smith falling to fifth. With Kevin Leicht running in the transfer position, Zacharias was being patient early but he had pressure from Pierce as well. Pierce would get around Zacharias and Leicht to move into the transfer spot.

The caution came out for Eric Winslow spinning around in turn three for a flat left rear tire. On the restart, Oakley took the cone to start on the outside of Findley, but coming out of turn four, he did not go at all. After speaking with him, he believed he had a fuel pump go bad on him. The battle for the transfer spot began to heat up as laps wound down.

Chase Dixon would get into Pierce coming out of turn four and riding on two wheels over top of him. Both cars were unable to continue ending they’re hopes of making the race. With another battle for the transfer spot heating up, GR Waldrop and Nik Williams wreck on the front stretch also ending they’re night. Once again another wreck happened involving the transfer position cars, this time it was Poole, Leicht, Camden Gullie and Tyler Matthews.

The checkered flag finally flew and Jonathan Findley picked up the win with Sammy Smith, Davin Scites, Derrick Lancaster, Stacy Puryear, Eric Winslow, Tyler Matthews, Grayson Cullather, Brenden Poole, and Austin Thaxton all transferred into the big show You can find the full field rundown below.

2019 ValleyStar 300 Starting Line-up;
  1.  #88 Josh Berry 
  2. #99 Layne Riggs 
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty 
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers 
  5. #5P Lee Pulliam 
  6. #88R Dustin Rumley 
  7. #98 Bubba Pollard 
  8. #2 Trevor Noles 
  9. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.
  10. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  11. #16M Chad McCumbee 
  12. #9 Trey Crews 
  13. #21 Travis Swaim 
  14. #12P Timothy Peters 
  15. #17 Taylor Gray 
  16. #18Y Jason York 
  17. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.
  18. #12W Ryan Wilson 
  19. #1 Craig Moore 
  20. #40 CE Falk, III
  21. #87 Mike Looney
  22. #4F Jonathan Findley
  23. #2M Matt Leicht
  24. #12S Sammy Smith
  25. #95 Jacob Heafner
  26. #06 Davin Scites
  27. #15 Kres VanDyke
  28. #25 Derrick Lancaster
  29. #4D Kyle Dudley
  30. #17P Stacy Puryear
  31. #6 Mike Darnes
  32. #22E Eric Winslow
  33. #24 Colin Garrett
  34. #63T Tyler Matthews
  35. #61H Justin Hicks
  36. #22C Grayson Cullather
  37. #21W Jimmy Wallace
  38. #30 Brendan Poole
  39. #81 Zack Clifton
  40. #12T Austin Thaxton

Ranger: Upsetting Qualifying Result For Mike Looney at ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Ridgeway, VA – Coming into this weekend, Mike Looney looked like the guy to beat, after posting a time of 20.088 last Thursday on practice day. That lap would’ve broke the lap record for the track if done in qualifying. On top of all the momentum he’s had throughout the season he looked to continue it coming into this weekend.

With high expectations from his fans and friends, Looney didn’t really set his expectations too high as he knows the unpredictable conditions of this race could knock anyone out. Looney was looking to make the show and ride until a few laps left to push it hard for the win.

That took a turn for the worse. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner finished just 19th fastest when today’s practice session was over with a 20.236 lap. When it was time to qualify, Looney posted the 27th fastest time out of 68 cars. The top 20 cars are locked in the show meaning Looney will have to battle it out in a heat race tomorrow to make the show. The top ten out of both heat races advance to the 200 lap race.

Looneys going to have figure out what he can do to get more speed before tomorrow’s heat races. Looney will start 4th in one of tomorrow’s 50-lap heat races. With a strong field of cars that didn’t make the top 20, Looneys looking to stay inside the top five the whole race so he doesn’t have to worry about fighting his way back into the top ten.

The action returns tomorrow with an on-track driver autograph session starting at 12:45pm until 2:30pm. Then the heat races begin around 3:00pm and the 200 lap feature starting around 7:00pm. Follow all of the action right with us here >> https://bit.ly/2Veu0dB

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