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New Format And More For ValleyStar Credit Union 300 At Martinsville
June 12, 2019
Single-car qualifying will set the top-20 starting positions for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature race on Saturday, October 5. There will also be a $5,000 bonus for the driver who wins the pole.
New Format And More For ValleyStar Credit Union 300 At Martinsville

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, one of the nation’s biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, will see significant changes in 2019. Updates include a purse increase for the top-five finishers, a new qualifying procedure, and a new race format.

The new qualifying procedure will see single-car qualifying that will set the top-20 starting positions for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature race on Saturday, October 5.

The remaining 20 positions will be set on Saturday, October 5, with two 50-lap heat races. The top-10 finishers from each heat race will advance to the feature race. Caution laps will count during the heat races.

“This format really rewards the drivers who can perform under pressure, and rewards the fans in the grandstands,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “By making the heat races 50 laps, we are giving the drivers more time to work their way through the field, giving the fans two dramatic heat races on Saturday afternoon to set the field.”

The feature race will also see format changes. The 200-lap race will be stopped at lap 75 and at lap 150, with the leader at each break receiving a $1,000 bonus with no invert after either break.

An increase in purse money will see twinner’s share of the $110,000 purse will now be $32,000, with second place receiving $8,000. All 40 teams will receive a minimum payout of $1,000.

An unlimited amount of attempts at a green-white-checkered finish in overtime is also a change from previous years, where the number of attempts was limited to three.

For more information and tickets, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.

Photo courtesy of Martinsville Speedway