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JRM Driver Josh Berry Wins UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Pole and $5,000

Ridgeway, VA– More than sixty Late Models Stock Cars converged on the half-mile paper clip known as Martinsville Speedway for the largest and richest paying Late Model race of the year.  For some we call it Christmas for others, we simply call it Martinsville.

Single car qualifying was on tap Friday night to set the top twenty cars for Saturday night’s 200-lap feature. A change in the format from recent years where only the top two cars were locked in on speed and everyone else went into three 25-lap heat races and a Last Chance Qualifier.  JRM Late Model driver Josh Berry made a statement Friday night that he has returned to Martinsville Speedway with vengeance on his mind after how last year played out.

Laying down a 19.927 (90.330 MPH) Berry not only claimed the track record but the ability to lead the field to the green flag tomorrow night and not put an extra 50 laps on his tires. Fellow CARS Tour competitors Layne Riggs and Bobby McCarty rounded out the podium. Former NWAAS Late Model National Champions Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam rounded out the fastest five. He and fifteen other drivers have locked themselves into the show while the remainder of the competitors will be split into two 50-lap races where the top ten in each will advance.

“Ever since qualifying at night the cars have gotten faster,” Berry said in the media center. “We are always working on our cars making them better. Winning this race would big and something for us. [Dale} Jr. wants to be here and we want to get the win for him. We brought our car out here pretty much in race trim last week in the test session and felt really good.”

The first of two 50-lap qualifying races is set to roll off the grid at 3:00 PM EDT. Everything else will follow as time permits. The green flag for the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is set for 7:00 PM EDT. Of course, The Weekly Racer will have you covered starting in the afternoon starting at noon!  Stay tuned for the link.

 

UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Qualifying Results

            Pos. Car # Name Lap
1

88

Josh Berry 19.927
2 99 Layne Riggs 19.959
3 22 Bobby McCarty 20.011
4 26 Peyton Sellers 20.040
5 5P Lee Pulliam 20.060
6 88R Dustin Rumley 20.079
7 98 Bubba Pollard 20.083
8 2 Trevor Noles 20.100
9 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 20.111
10 57 Justin T. Carroll 20.116
11 16M Chad McCumbee 20.118
12 9 Trey Crews 20.120
13 21 Travis Swaim 20.145
14 12P Timothy Peters 20.146
15 17 Taylor Gray 20.146
16 18Y Jason York 20.159
17 5 Dexter Canipe, Jr. 20.163
18 12W Ryan Wilson 20.166
19 1 Craig Moore 20.171
20 40 CE Falk, III 20.188
21 2M Matt Leicht 20.202
22 30 Brendan Poole 20.206
23 15 Kres VanDyke 20.213
24 4F Jonathan Findley 20.217
25 01C Jake Crum 20.219
26 11O Jeff Oakley 20.222
27 87 Mike Looney 20.227
28 12S Sammy Smith 20.233
29 3 Brenden Queen 20.239
30 35 Steve Zacharias 20.239
31 24 Colin Garrett 20.247
32 25 Derrick Lancaster 20.258
33 41 Jamey Caudill 20.266
34 6 Davin Scties 20.266
35 6 Mike Darne 20.269
36 17P Stacy Puryear 20.277
37 73 Bruce Anderson 20.278
38 25L Kevin Leicht 20.280
39 2W Matt Waltz 20.292
40 12T Austin Thaxton 20.305
41 17B Brandon Clements 20.340
42 2P Brandon Pierce 20.358
43 11 Lucas Williams 20.373
44 77 Trevor Ward 20.382
45 95 Jacob Heafner 20.384
46 32 Nik Williams 20.387
47 6M BJ Mackey 20.392
48 63T Tyler Matthews 20.440
49 4D Kyle Dudley 20.445
50 01G Camden Guille 20.446
51 81 Zack Clifton 20.457
52 7 Chase Dixon 20.469
53 61H Justin Hicks 20.482
54 22C Grayson Cullather 20.495
55 21W Jimmy Wallace 20.519
56 28 Jason Barnes 20.526
57 12 Annabeth Barnes-Crum 20.550
58 1 GR Waldrop 20.629
59 36 Owen Smith 20.668
60 22E Eric Winslow 20.688
61 92 Kyle Southern 20.689
62 7 Dylan Ward 20.754
63 1S James Sweeney 20.878
64 18G Bobby Gillispie 21.210
65 4va Mack Tatum 21.547
66 2L Amber Lynn 21.913
67 15M Ryan Millington DNQ
68 1C Daryn Cockram DNQ

Motor Racing Network To Broadcast ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Flag-To-Flag

MARTINSVILLE, VA – For the third consecutive year, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will offer live coverage of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 5.

Veteran announcers Dave Moody and Kyle Rickey will call the action from the booth, with Ford Martin in the turns and Woody Cain and Hannah Newhouse providing inside analysis and pit reporting.

“We are very happy to announce that MRN will once again broadcast the ValleyStar Credit Union 300,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Martinsville Speedway is proud to host the most prestigious Late Model race in the country and having MRN once again bring its award-winning coverage to our event only enhances the experience for our fans, partners and competitors.”

Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc. came together to make the broadcast possible on MRN and its Digital platforms.

Last year’s broadcast of the race featured the most fans to ever tune into live coverage from the event on MRN’s digital platforms.

“MRN is pleased to once again be a part of this great event at Martinsville Speedway, said Motor Racing Network President Chris Schwartz. “This event has grown in popularity every year on our various broadcast platforms and with the new format changes and level of competition entered for this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 should only make this event bigger and better this year. We look forward to broadcasting another great race at Martinsville Speedway this Saturday.”

In addition to being heard online, through MRN.com, the race will be broadcast locally and on select affiliates nationwide.

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.

The weekend will start with practice and qualifying on Friday with the winner of the pole winning $5,000 and this year the top-20 qualifiers will be locked in to the main event. Practice begins at 4 p.m. with qualifying slated to start at 8 p.m.

Saturday kicks off with the driver autograph session at 12:45 p.m. followed by two 50-lap heat races to set the field. The 200-lap main event will begin at 7 p.m.

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

Justin’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Top Picks

Mike Looney

Mike Looney quite possibly has had the best season of his career as we enter the 2019 post season. Looney has earned 12 wins and a track championship at Motor Mile Speedway. Most of Looney’s loses would come at the hands of Philip Morris – a name you will notice is left out of this list. Looney, however, was not a one track poney as some like to say on social media. The very first time he saw Langley Speedway he went out and picked up a win in a dominating fashion. Currently sitting fourth in the Triple Crown standings we fully expect Looney to not only qualify in the top five but to stay there most of the night.

 

Lee Pulliam

I could finish this pick by one simple sentence; It’s Lee Pulliam. The Alton, VA driver posted the fourth fastest time of the evening a week ago during the Thursday night test session and has always been fast at the flat halfmile. How can we not remember the epic fight to the finish he and our very first pick had two years ago. Pulliam may have stepped back from “full time” – I put quotes around full time because in our eyes hes just not title hunting like he was a year or so ago – racing this year but he has already proven that he can win once he straps into his race car. Look for Pulliam to hang out within the top five until it is time to go.

 

Trey Crews

Finished the 2019 sixth in South Boston Speedway’s points standings. Crews has also showed strength in two of the largest Late Model Stock Car races so far this year with his third place finish in the South Boston 200 and had a strong run in the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway until late race issues regulated him to an eighttenth place finish. If Crews can keep his nose clean, have a little luck on his side, and qualify just a bit faster than he practiced last week he has a solid shot to win.

 

Brandon Pierce

Clocking in twelth fastest in last Thursday’s night test session Pierce has been super consistence in recent years and showing he knows how to drive. Though he spends most of his time on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, Pierce is currently sitting fourth in their points with one pole, one win, and four top fives. Why is this important to us when we are talking about Martinsville, a track that the tour does not race at? That is because Pierce races with some of the best Late Model drivers in the region in some of the biggest races of the year.

 

Peyton Sellers

Peyton Sellers, like Mike Looney, spent most of 2019 running around the Mid-Atlantic hunting NWAAS National Points in hopes for another natioanl title. A former NASCAR Xfinity driver, NWAAS National Champion, and even VA Triple Crown winner, however Sellers has yet to bring home a Grandfather clock to Danville. Laying down the third fastest time of the night last week it reminds us that Sellers is a force not to be reckon with and if you sleep on him and his crew it will burn you in the long run.

 

Sleeper

Bubba Pollard

Pollard had a stound out debut in last years race until contact between him and Layne Riggs ended his night and honestly a shot at the win. Pollard has come back this year and teamed up with the likes of JR Motorsports and Josh Berry. Thought he did not show the times in practice last week that we all thought he would we have learned he and the team were chasing issues with the car and by the time they were ironed out the tires were to far gone to lay down a fast lap. Given his finishing position last year and test times it is hard to pick him statistically, however, its Bubba freaking Pollard!

 

Dark Horse

Tommy Lemons

Tommy Lemons Jr. has had, in our opinion, a pretty mediocure year. Lemons has started six CARS Tour races and has not one this year on the tour. Lemons does have two wins and sits fourth in the points standing at Myrtle Beach. Lemons did not help his stock from us here at TWR when he posted a lap tap that landed himself outside of the top thirty last Thursday. However, this is Tommy Lemons Jr., not only has he started this race on the front row he has won this race. I have a feeling Lemons was just holding some of his cards last week. If we can see him qualifying in the top fifteen Friday night I think he is someone you need to keep an eye out for!

Ranger: Who to Watch Under The Lights at Martinsville

 

As we edge closer and closer to the weekend the excitement continues to build for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 under the lights at Martinsville. In no particular order, I have picked five drivers who I feel can win this race. The list also includes a Sleeper – someone who might fly under the radar all weekend long but will make the right moves to put him or herself into a position to win and a Dark Horse pick – someone we think if you underestimate will prove you wrong at the end of the day. Who are your top five picks for this year’s race? Leave them in a comment below here or in the comments section of our facebook page.

Mike Looney

Coming off the best season of his career where he won the track championship at Motor Mile Speedway, won 13 total races and finished second in the national championship, Looney will be looking to win his second grandfather clock. At the practice day, Looney set the fastest time and will take his notes into the big one.

Lee Pulliam

Pulliam had a quiet race last year at Martinsville up until the last few laps and then getting involved in an accident causing him to finish 14th. Finishing fourth in points at South Boston with seven wins, he’s looking to build off that for a strong finish to the season. He placed fourth on the speed charts Thursday.

Bubba Pollard

The guy made his debut last year and almost won until a late-race incident that ended his night. He’s won just about every big race there is for Super/Late Models and wants to add Martinsville to that list. He’s teamed up with JR Motorsports this year with Josh Berry which gives him a huge boost to the top of the list of drivers to go after their first Martinsville win.

Josh Berry

Berry led the majority of the race last year and dominated it at that. Berry has had a solid 2019 season where he’s run the CARS Tour with three wins and sits second in points. Berry is on the prowl to get his hands on his first grandfather clock as well.

Jake Crum

After missing last year’s race, Crum is making his return and wants his second win at Martinsville. He didn’t have the speed he was looking for on practice day, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a strategy for Saturday.

 

Dark Horse

Kres VanDyke – With a new car under him this year, VanDyke likes his chances. He finished eighth here last year after surviving the wrecks. VanDyke finished tenth in points at Kingsport Speedway and third at Motor Mile Speedway this season. VanDyke has never won at Martinsville but he’s had multiple top-five finishes. Look for him to be up front Saturday night.

 

Sleeper

Layne Riggs – After a big run last year in this race, Riggs is looking to pick up where he left off last year, just without the wreck. Riggs hasn’t won a race since last year and has had great runs all year, but luck has not been on his side. He’s my sleeper just because he’s dealing with an arm injury and it may affect the way he can drive.

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