September 20, 2017 | three:fifty five P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Martinsville Speedway’s new LED lighting system is about for its race debut with Saturday’s operating of the ValleyStar Credit score Union 300, which may be heard stay on the Motor Racing Community.&#thirteen;
Martinsville Speedway’s new LED lighting system is about for its race debut with Saturday’s ValleyStar Credit score Union 300, which could be heard reside on the Motor Racing Community.
Unique protection of the distinguished late-mannequin race begins at four p.m. (ET) with stay streaming of the 4 25-lap qualifying races, at MRN.com and on the MRN App. MRN’s protection of the featured occasion will start at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
NASCAR’s greatest late-mannequin drivers lately accomplished a check beneath the lights on the historic Virginia half-mile. Lee Pulliam, who has two ValleyStar 300 wins on his resume together with three nationwide championships, stated racing beneath the lights was “fairly cool.”
“Seeing the primary automobiles go on the market was particular,” Pulliam stated. “That is all the time probably the most prestigious late-mannequin race within the nation and this took it to the subsequent degree.”
4-time nationwide champion Philip Morris, who has three ValleyStar 300 wins beneath his belt, stated a fourth – which might tie Curtis Markham for probably the most late-mannequin wins at Martinsville – can be the sweetest.
“This might rank as No. 1,” amongst Morris’ Martinsville wins, he stated. “It’s by no means been like this (with the lights). It will imply an terrible lot.”
Morris stated he noticed glimpses of a special Martinsville underneath the lights than he’s used to through the day.
“There’s extra grip,” he stated. “I noticed glimpses of (a second groove). I don’t know if it’s sufficient of a bonus. It’s on the market, you simply should determine if you wish to go get it.”
Tommy Lemons Jr., a two-time winner of the ValleyStar Credit score Union 300, stated that he believes the thrill of the race will solely be on brighter show beneath the lights.
“The drivers are loopy. Lights, no lights, the race shall be a wild one, it doesn’t matter what,” Lemons stated. “Operating underneath the lights goes so as to add a brand new factor to this place and extra status.”
Kelley Earnhardt-Miller will function the honorary tempo-automotive driver in Martinsville’s first race underneath the lights.
Earnhardt-Miller raced late fashions within the mid-Nineteen Nineties together with her brothers, Dale and Kerry. Whereas she by no means raced at Martinsville, she is aware of the significance of the race and, probably, a number of of the drivers in it.
“The Martinsville race is all the time ‘The Race,’ the distinguished race,” she stated. “It’s all the time the one we speak about – the automotive counts, drivers that present up – you all the time need to be part of that race. You all the time need to make that race.
“I’ll in all probability be main a couple of individuals I raced towards 20 years in the past.”