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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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martinsville, Va. – As NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned tracks head into the final two weekends of competition, racers have already begun to turn their attention to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, which will take place in just one month on October 5th.
This year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will feature a lot of changes including qualifying format, race format and the use of unlimited green, white, checkered finishes. The changes have been met with a lot of positive thoughts from racers and fans alike.
The changes to the qualifying format have drivers excited about qualifying for the first time in several years. Over the last decade, the Late Model Stock Cars have used a European style qualifying procedure where several cars take time on the track at the same time. That often led to faster cars running up on slower cars and preventing them from getting a clean lap. This year Martinsville Speedway will return to single car qualifying and the drivers feel as if that puts them center stage.
“It puts the prestige back into it for the drivers,” two-time ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner Lee Pulliam stated. “And if I’m a fan, I’d pay to go to qualifying. That guy on the track’s got pressure on him, he’s the only car on the racetrack with the pressure at night for those three laps. One mistake and he’s not in the field. I’m thrilled about it.”
Last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner CE Falk likes the idea of being locked into the top 20 but says he enjoyed being in the heat races as well.
“I like being locked into the top 20,” Falk said. “That part’s cool, regardless if you win the race or not, those 20 guys that’s a big deal for them to be the 20 fastest in the field. Being a part of that group is always really cool. There’s a lot that happens in those heat races, I enjoyed them. I always made up some spots in those heat races, and it was always really cool to get wins in those heat races.”
With all those changes to think about, several drivers come into this race with another prize in the back of their minds. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is also the final leg of the Virginia Triple Crown for Late Model Stock Cars. The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway back in June and the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July were the first two events in the three-race series.
Coming into the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, last year’s Virginia Triple Crown champion Peyton Sellers leads the point standings over Pulliam. Sellers won the first race at South Boston Speedway and finished fourth after a late penalty while battling Pulliam for the lead in the second race at Langley Speedway. Pulliam hasn’t picked up a win this season in the Virginia Triple Crown races but that’s what he says his goal will be for Martinsville and he’ll let the points work themselves out.
“When you’re in this race, you just race for the win and let things end up where they end up,” Pulliam explained. “All of these races are prestigious, but I’m never thinking about a points title. I’m thinking about trying to win the race and get to victory lane and the points will work themselves out. We’ve been in the hunt for both of the first two Triple Crowns, I don’t see why Martinsville would be any different.”
In one month, all the changes will play out and the Virginia Triple Crown Late Model Stock Car championship will be settled after 200-laps around the paperclip shaped oval. It’s the biggest race of the year and with so many changes and more money than ever on the line, it will be the one race any short track race fan won’t want to miss.
Tickets to the First Data 500, NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.
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.