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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

Casey: Post Qualifying Who To Watch

Lee Pulliam

Currently sitting second in the VA Triple Crown standings Pulliam spent most of his on track time inside of the top ten in speed. Pulliam is one of those drivers that can climb out of the car for half a season and jump right back in the seat and win a big race. His fifth place qualifying effort will certainly help his chances come race time tonight. Make sure to keep your eyes on the No. 5 Kiker Tree Services machine for all 200 laps. You may be seeing it land in victory.


Bobby McMarty

McCarty kind of came out of no where a few years back when he worked his way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane back in 2017 when he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200. From there on, the words Victory Lane & Bobby McCarty have started to become synonymous. Currently leading the Cars Tour Late Model Stock standings with two wins McCarty will roll off tonight in the third postion and with at least 50-laps less on his tires. We would be silly not to take the odds on McCarty.


Peyton Sellers

A former Xfinity Series driver, NWAAS National & State Champion, Peyton Sellers has once again has proven why he is one of the best in the business. Peyton will take the green flag from the fifth postiion later tonight which could be the best thing to help him earn his first ValleyStar Credit Union 300 win and keep the iconic Grandfather Clock here in Danville.


CE Falk

The defending race winner is someone you always have to keep an eye on. Whether they forced their way into victory lane or had luck on their side once you get a taste of victory lane thats all you want. Falk, a staple at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before moving to Charlotte, has won the most Hampton Heat’s (3) in the histroy of the event along with NWAAS Regional championships before switching over to the current divisions. Falk did not have the qualifying effort that we thought he was going to have, however, he is locked into the show with his twentith place qualifying spot.


Josh Berry

Obviously picked in no particular order following last nights track record breaking qualifying performance Josh Berry comes into this race with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in our opinion. After dominating most of the race last year and having the lead taken away from him on one of the strangest calls we have ever heard then an unfortunate accident, Berry’s hopes of a victory last year fell a little more that fifty laps short. Berry currently trails McCarty in the CARS Tour points standings but has collected three victories this year. We dont want to jynx him and his team but this year looks pretty good for Berry to take home his first clock. 



Justin “Toast” Carroll

He he’s hot he is hot. When he’s not… he is still pretty good. Carroll had a great run in the opening leg of the VA Tripple Crown till an cluster on the front stretch took him out of the running. Even though he elected not to compete in the Hampton Heat 200 Carroll has picked up a few wins at Ace. Carroll will roll off tonights 200-lap feature from the 10th position. As long as he can keep his nose clean and tires under him he could be a factor!


Dark Horse

Matt Waltz

Yup, you are reading this right. Matt Waltz is on our list because Matt Waltz is here at Martinsville competeting for a Grandfather Clock and a place in history. He hasnt been behind the wheel of a race car in a little while but is still one hell of a driver. Hopefully he can knock the dust of his gloves and wheel the car to the front. He will have a little bit of an uphill battle today has his 39th place qualifying position forces him to roll off 10th in the first heat race. As long as he can keep the nosr clean and not fall back from his starting position he will at least make the show.


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

#ValleyStar300: FansChoice.tv to Stream ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Live

MARTINSVILLE, VA – For the second consecutive season Fanschoice.tv will broadcast the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live from Martinsville Speedway this Saturday.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway has become one of the marquee events in NASCAR racing and thanks to the support of partners Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., fans who will not be able to attend the race in person can watch online.

“While we know nothing can replace the fan experience of attending the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 in person we are happy to be able to bring this race to fans everywhere,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “This event has become one of the prominent Late Model races in the country and for us to be able to bring the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 to viewers on FansChoice.tv is huge for our fans, partners and competitors.

“We are proud to stream the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live this Saturday on FansChoice.TV,” said NASCAR Senior Director, Media Strategy Dan Barker. “Martinsville Speedway is an iconic venue and streaming this race is an opportunity to showcase the backbone of local short tracks to fans of grassroots racing around the world.”

MRN’s call of the race will also provide the audio for the FansChoice.tv broadcast starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a race every late model driver wants to win,” said Motor Racing Network President Chris Schwartz. “In addition to listening to our race on MRN through our affiliates or digital platforms, fans can also tune in to FansChoice.tv to enjoy our coverage of this prestigious event with Dave Moody and Kyle Ricky in the booth along with Ford Martin calling action in the turns. Pit road will be covered by  Woody Cain and Hannah Newhouse.”

The MRN coverage, presented by Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., can be streamed digitally at www.mrn.com, as well as on their app. The race will also be broadcast over the air locally on B99 (WZBB-99.9 FM) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race, paying $32,000 to the winner with a total purse of more than $110,000.

In addition, a total of $10,000 will be paid out to the top-three drivers in the Virginia Late Model Stock Car Triple Crown. The winner will take home $7,000 and Danville, Virginia’s Peyton Sellers leads the standings going into the final race.

The race day will kick off with a driver autograph session at 1 p.m. followed by two 50-lap heat races scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature will begin at 7 p.m.

For in-depth lap by lap coverage, driver interviews, photos and pit road videos make sure you tune into our LIVE Race Day Coverage Presented by Racing Virginia

Tickets are $30 for adults and free for children 17-and-under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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