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MARTINSVILLE, Virginia. (MARTINSVILLE SPEED) – For the first time in two years, the nation’s top NASCAR Late Model Stock Car competitors return to Martinsville Speedway for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on September 24-25. The stars will be all set to compete in the nation’s largest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race after last year’s race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Josh Berry, Timothy Peters, Bobby McCarty, Ty Gibbs and Peyton Sellers will headline one of the most impressive estates in Valley Star Credit Union 300 history to compete for the iconic Grandfather Clock of Martinsville. This year’s race will have a purse of $ 110,000 with $ 32,000 to the race winner. The 200-lap race will consist of three segments: 75 laps, 75 laps and 50 laps. The winners of stages 1 and 2 will each receive $ 1,000.

Josh Berry of JR Motorsports will return to compete as the reigning champion of the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 race. This spring, Berry became a two-time winner of Martinsville when he took the checkered flag in the Cook Out 250 from the NASCAR Xfinity series.

Maybe no one looks forward to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 more than Sellers – still chasing their first victory in the prestigious race and their fourth Virginia Triple Crown title at Martinsville Speedway. The Danville, Va. Native is no stranger to Late Model racing in Martinsville having competed in the race 12 times since 2002. As a runner, Sellers has accomplished just about anything you can do. except winning the race. The short track racing veteran hopes this year will be different.

“I had the opportunity to lead the most laps. I led halfway. I sat down on the pole. I led the white flag lap, but I never led this checkered shutter lap, ”said Sellers. “That being said, I don’t count anything until this happens. If I take that white flag (next Saturday) I’m never going to take a deep breath until I take the checkerboard.

On Friday, September 24, four hours of testing will be followed by qualifying for a single car in the spotlight. The top two cars from qualifying will compete in the 200-lap race, with the pole winner receiving a bonus of $ 5,000. To determine the remainder of the 40-car field for the function, the remaining cars will be placed in qualifying races on Saturday, September 25. There will be four 25-lap qualifying races and no last-ditch races. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 format will consist of three stages during the main event.

With this year’s format, Sellers believes the limited practice before qualifying can benefit him and other experienced pilots.

“This year we’re not going to have a test day which will make it very difficult for a young driver trying to make a name for himself in Martinsville,” added Sellers. “I feel like it will play a bit more for the veterans, the guys who’ve been there a few times and who know the track and what it’s going to do at night.”

Sellers’ best career result in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is in 2007 and 2011. This year he is likely to enter the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 as a two-time National NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion after the end of the season this weekend.

However, the goal for Sellers will be to win the race and the Virginia Triple Crown.

“They’re starting to develop a bit of nostalgia there, similar to the grandfather clock in Martinsville (Speedway),” Sellers said. “With the number of competitions in the Virginia area and the number of people who have come out of Virginia to be racing legends, being able to compete for something in my home state is something that thrills me every year.”

The Virginia Triple Crown is awarded to the driver with the best average over three races, starting with the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway and the Hampton Heat 200 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in July and ending next weekend. at Martinsville Speedway in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

In the first two Triple Crown races, Bobby McCarty won the first stage in South Boston and Josh Berry won the second stage at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Sellers and McCarty are tied at 4.5 after the first two races. Kayden Honeycutt is third with an average of fifth. The top three middle finishers will split a $ 10,000 prize pool with $ 7,000 for the winner.

“It’s hard to get in position to win because you have to get in position on three different tracks,” Sellers said. “These are all races of 200 laps but they are all completely different. The way the formats are, the way the tracks are, you really have to save a lot of tires in a place like Langley, but in Martinsville you can just go strong because you have late tires. They did a good job of promoting all three tracks.

Ahead of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the Martinsville Speedway will host the Henry County Fair from September 22-25. The Henry County Fair will feature fun and family-friendly attractions, including quality rides, an assortment of delicious, fair-trade food, fun games of chance, animal displays, a petting zoo, and live music performances all of them. nights. It will also host the Great Lakes Timber Show and the Circus Shane Show.

The Henry County Fair will be open September 22-23 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., September 24 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and September 25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Entrance to the Henry County Fair costs $ 5. To learn more about the Henry County Fair, visit henrycountyvafair.com.

On Friday, September 24, practice for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by qualifying for a single car under fire from 8:00 p.m. The best qualifier will pocket an additional $ 5,000 in courtesy. from the Martinsville race track. Tickets are just $ 5 for practice on Friday, and qualifying sessions with kids 12 and under are free. The Campbell Family Foundation will host a fireworks show after the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Qualifier and Josh Shilling & Mountain Heart Concert on the Bassett Furniture Stage at Henry County Fair.

On Saturday, September 25, the Fan Garage / Pit Experience (i.e. the drivers’ autograph session) will be free for all fans with a ticket from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The qualifying races will start at 3:00 p.m. the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 green flag at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $ 30 and are not reserved. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Parking is free for the event. Coolers are permitted, but must be flexible and not exceed 14 “x14” X14 “Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, by phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.

For more information on the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com/events/valleystar-credit-union-300.