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Martinsville Speedway Unveils LED Lighting System, Cup Dates
March 6, 2017
The Ridgeway, Virginia facility debuted its new LED lights, the first major motorsports facility to do so. Martinsville Speedway also announced the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup dates at the track.
Martinsville Speedway Unveils LED Lighting System, Cup Dates

With seven decades under its belt and an eye toward the future, historic Martinsville Speedway has officially flipped the switch. The facility debuted its new LED lights, the first major motorsports facility to do so, after its “Light Up Martinsville” project concluded this month.
 
“Today is truly a historic day in the history of Martinsville Speedway,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell when the lights were first unveiled. “This is a venue which has a long and storied past, but with these lights now in place, we’re looking forward to a bigger and better future—and certainly a brighter one.”
 
The LED lighting solution, located around the perimeter of the facility and the infield of the track, will provide better illumination as well as greater flexibility and efficiency than traditional metal halide lights. This will lead to a better visual experience for fans at races, in addition to providing better clarity for television viewers.

The installation was managed by Graybar, a distributor of electrical and communications products and services, featuring Eaton’s Ephesus Stadium 750 LED professional sports lights.
 
Joining Campbell in the ceremony to mark the official lighting of Martinsville Speedway were NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood, 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion driver Matt Bowling, 2005 Whelen All-Amercian Series National Champion driver Peyton Sellers, and Vice President of Brand, ValleyStar Credit Union Lori Cauley.
 
This year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on September 23 will be the first night race to be held in Martinsville’s 70-year history.
 
“It’s super exciting,” Cauley said. “We were so excited to hear that our race was going to be the first race under the lights. I’m really excited for the drivers too, but having our name on it is just the icing on the cake.”
 
To mark the occasion, Bowling and Sellers turned laps under the lights for the first time, while Wood, at 82 years old, stole the show by turning laps in the 1937 Ford his brother Glen drove at Martinsville in 1960.
 
“That was awesome,” Wood said. “Glen and I were standing on the backstretch watching Red Byron win the first race.
 
“It was just a high honor that he (Campbell) would call me and ask me to come over here and run it. When I was driving it around the track it brought back a lot of memories.”
 
This year, the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway March 31-April 2. Kids 12-and-under are admitted free Friday and Saturday.
 
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday, April 1, with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
 
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday, April 2, with the running of the STP 500.
 
The race is the first short-track race of the season, and marks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ return to the east coast after the “West Coast Swing.”

The Cup Series returns to Martinsville Speedway and will qualify and race on the same day, on Sunday, October 29.

Saturday, October 28, will have an "old-school" feel, as NASCAR will return to a true "happy hour" practice session, immediately following the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. All kids 12-and-under are admitted free on this day.

Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR are also planning a fan event on Friday, October 27, featuring some of NASCAR's top stars. More information on the event will be available in the coming months.

For more information or tickets, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.