Preparedness Is Key For MDCU 300 Drivers

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There is always plenty of close racing in the MDCU 300.

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Even though most Late Model Stock Car drivers spend their summer nights getting ready for the racing at their home tracks, Martinsville Speedway is always on their minds.

The historic half-mile racetrack only plays host to one Late Model Stock Car race a year. However, when that race pays $25,000 to the winner and $1,000 for a 42nd place finish, teams come prepared.

 “Some people prepare for this all year long. They’ll bring brand new cars for this race,” said Dennis Holdren, who finished a career best ninth at Martinsville last year. “We prepare for it along the way. When we go to different tracks and stuff we try and get setups and say ‘okay, we’re going to use this for Martinsville.’ We prepare all year long, in order for us to compete there.”

Brian Reedy, a third-generation Martinsville driver, echoed those thoughts.

“There’s a lot of preparation that goes into it,” Reedy said. “Guys end up rebuilding their engines. They bring their best stuff.”

With more than 75 teams competing for only 42 spots, competition is fierce.

“Let’s say there’s five good competitors from every track and there’s 10 tracks, well that’s 50 competitors that are on the top of their game,” Holdren said.

One slip up could be the difference between taking home money and going home early.

“If you’re not on your “A” game you’re not going to make the field,” Reedy said.

With no driver guaranteed a spot in the race, making the field can be a victory in and of itself.

“It’s like a win,” said Michael McGuire, who at the time, became the youngest winner ever in a NASCAR sanctioned race, when he was just 14. “If you make the race, it’s like a win.”

“To make that race, for our team, that’s what we’re all looking to do,” Holdren said. “For our team it’s a sense of accomplishment. We’re just thrilled if we can do that, just like we did last year.”

Race weekend starts Saturday with practice and qualifying for the MDCU 300. The fun continues into the evening with Party in the Plaza, featuring live music from Don Jordan and the Highrollers.

Race day kicks off Sunday at 10 a.m. with an autograph session on the front stretch featuring the entire field of drivers. The first heat race will take the green at 12 p.m., with the 200-lap feature beginning at approximately 3 p.m.

NASCAR’s richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race is sponsored by Martinsville DuPont Credit Union.

Tickets for qualifying, Party in the Plaza and the MDCU 300 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

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