Quiet Before The MDCU 300 Storm At Martinsville

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Philip Morris (26) and Tommy Lemons Jr. battled hard last year.

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The pits were quiet at Martinsville Speedway Friday, but that silence will end Saturday when more than 80 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car drivers begin their quest for a victory in the MDCU 300.

The field for the most prestigious and richest NASCAR Late Model Stock race in the country includes four former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions along with the recently crowned champion. The former champions include Philip Morris, who has four national crowns (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011), Lee Pulliam, who was the national title holder in 2012 and 2013, Peyton Sellers, the 2005 champion and Barry Beggarly, who claimed the crown in 1993.

Morris, Pulliam and Beggarly are all former Martinsville Speedway winners. Morris has won the MDCU 300 three times, while Pulliam has one victory in this event. Beggarly also has three Martinsville wins, the first a 100-lap race in 1985, the year Late Model Stock Cars made their debut at the half-mile track. His other two wins were a pair of 200-lap wins in 1994.

Anthony Anders, who recently claimed the 2014 championship, is also entered in Sunday’s race. Anders will try and become the first driver to win at Martinsville in the same year he was crowned champion.

The cars will go through technical inspection Saturday morning, with the first on-track action scheduled for 1 p.m. when practice begins.

Group qualifying is scheduled for 4 p.m. In a format change for this year, the top two qualifiers will automatically advance to the 200-lap feature on Sunday, bypassing the heat-races early on Sunday afternoon.

The first of three 25-lap heat races begin at 12 p.m. Sunday, followed by a 25-lap last chance race. Ten drivers will advance from each of the heat races and from the last-chance race.

The 200-lap feature will begin after the last-chance race.

Fan gates will open at 9 a.m. with an on-track autograph session scheduled for 10 a.m.

Tickets for the MDCU 300 may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Adult tickets are $30 and youth 12-and-under tickets are $5.

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