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Timothy Peters celebrates profitable the ValleyStar Credit score Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night time. The race was the primary beneath the Speedway’s new LED lights. Peters additionally claimed the Virginia Late Mannequin Triple Crown prize with the win.&#thirteen;
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 23, 2017) – An occasion-report crowd crammed Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night time for the ValleyStar Credit score Union 300 and witnessed the primary race underneath the Speedway’s new LED lights. That crowd didn’t depart dissatisfied as veteran Timothy Peters held off livid expenses from 2017 Whelen All-American Collection Nationwide Champion Lee Pulliam and veteran Peyton Sellers for the win.
For Peters, his second win in NASCAR’s largest, richest and most prestigious Late Mannequin Inventory Automotive race was simply as candy as his first.
“This was particular. This was historical past,” Peters stated, referring to the primary race underneath the lights. “There shall be a number of winners, however there’ll solely be one first-time winner (underneath these lights). I really feel like we made historical past tonight.”
Pulliam, who completed second, was gracious in defeat.
“I simply talked to Timothy final week and he congratulated me on profitable the (Nationwide Championship) and I stated hopefully we will race for the win on this race. So, it was fairly cool to complete one and two,” Pulliam stated. “I simply fought and clawed the entire race making an attempt to get monitor place and we had a few third or fourth place automotive and ended up ending second.”
Peters not solely gained the race, however, because of his victory, edged out Sellers by .three factors within the Virginia Triple Crown, which pays $10,000 to the driving force with the bottom common end within the Thunder Street Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Warmth at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit score Union 300.
Coupled with the $25,000 for profitable the race, Peters took house $35,000 in race winnings.
“Primary, it’s bragging rights… Individuals say ‘what do you consider Martinsville?’ and I all the time say ‘a competitor comes up right here to win a race for bragging rights. Then the clock. Then the cash is about third or fourth down and that’s not too dangerous,” Peters stated. “That may go proper again into infrastructure for the staff.”
Whereas the ValleyStar Credit score Union seldom disappoints, this race had drivers speaking extra concerning the lights than something.
“I feel it made a greater race for the followers,” Sellers stated. “They have been capable of see the smoke, the sparks flying off the automobiles. It simply made it higher for the followers.”
“Earlier than we acquired within the automobiles everyone was simply amped up,” Pulliam stated. “The drivers have been amped up, the followers have been amped up. That’s as loud as I’ve ever heard a crowd right here for a Late Mannequin race.”
Pole sitter Jake Crum completed fourth, whereas Trever Noles rounded out the highest-5.
The race was slowed by warning flags a complete of 10 occasions, and was stopped twice for purple flags.
The brand new LED lights might be in motion once more on October 29, because the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection returns to Martinsville for the First Knowledge 500. The race begins at three p.m. and will end after sundown. The race can also be the primary race within the Spherical of eight of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs, and the profitable driver might be the primary to safe a spot within the Championship Race.
Tickets are on sale now and may be bought by calling 877.RACE.TIX or on-line at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.