Full Steam Ahead for Martinsville Speedway
The ink is still drying on the latest chapter in Martinsville Speedway’s storied history as the STP 500 in the books. Now, speedway staff has turned their attention to the fall, and the two big race weekends they have scheduled.
The STP 500 produced the same exciting racing that Martinsville has been known for over the course of 70 years, with 18 lead changes, 14 cautions and a late battle to the checkered flag, between a pair of past champions in Kyle Busch and race winner Brad Keselowski.
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell expects more of the same this fall.
“One thing about Martinsville, no matter what the cars are like, who the driver is, what tire Goodyear brings, fans know they are going to get a great race here,” he said. “There will be contact, there will be passing for the lead and there will be a driver or two who is willing to do anything to take home the grandfather clock.”
On September 23, the first race under the track’s brand new LED lights will take place as the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race pays $25,000 to win and the winner takes home the famous grandfather clock trophy.
“I’ve said since we made the first announcement that the drivers who race every Friday and Saturday night are the ones that deserve the first race under the lights,” Campbell said. “This race is already one of the most exciting anywhere and this year the intensity is going to be even higher.”
The fall schedule continues the weekend of October 27-29, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series return, as part of NASCAR’s playoffs.
The Alpha Energy Solutions 200 is scheduled for Saturday and the Old Dominion 500 is scheduled for Sunday.
This year fans will get even more bang for their buck with a Sunday ticket, as teams will qualify in the morning and race in the afternoon.
The fall will also mark the tracks official celebration of the track’s 70th anniversary.
“I’m really excited about what we have instore for the fall,” Campell said. “Seventy years is a long time and we have a lot of memories to share. We are going to bring back some Martinsville legends for both race weekends, we are going to have great racing and we are going really celebrate our history.”
Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.