ValleyStar Credit Union 300 returns to Martinsville on Saturday
Danville’s Peyton Sellers is a two-time Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion; the first time in 2005, and 16 years later in 2021. He’s a three-time Virginia Triple Crown Champion with 21 wins this season, and is looking forward to making it 22 in Martinsville on Saturday.
Martinsville Speedway to allow limited fans for spring NASCAR weekend
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)MARTINVILLE, Va. – Now that COVID-19 restrictions have loosened in Virginia, NASCAR fans can finally see a race in person. That’s what we wanted to do,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. NASCAR is making a comeback to Martinsville Speedway with a limited, reduced number of fans throughout the first-ever three-race weekend on April 8-10. Martinsville Speedway is set to host Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on April 8, the Cook Out 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. “We’re working our way back to normal and I think it’s going to be great to have fans here to enjoy what they’ve always enjoyed at Martinsville,” said Campbell.
Martinsville Speedway, surrounding businesses anticipate eased COVID-19 restrictions
RIDGEWAY, Va – When NASCAR drivers start their engines at the Martinsville Speedway this year, a small number of fans will be there to cheer them on thanks to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. The rules take effect before a tripleheader of Martinsville races from April 8-10. In a statement to 10 News, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said:“We are encouraged by today’s announcement on the increase in limited fan capacity for entertainment venues across the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are grateful for Governor Ralph Northam and his administration’s leadership as we follow the state’s pathway to welcome limited fans back to Martinsville Speedway. When a lot of people lose, the economy gets worse and worse.”In addition to the races in April, Martinsville Speedway also has races scheduled during Halloween weekend.
Elliott races into NASCAR championship; Harvick eliminated
That's how it was supposed to play out, at least, after Harvick won a Cup series-high nine races and the regular-season title. Chase Elliott won the high-stakes race to earn his first career berth in the championship four. Just came up short," Harvick said. “It was just a move I had to try knowing that I needed one point," Harvick said. Bill Elliott was 0 for 45 at Martinsville in his Hall of Fame career, and Chase Elliott won in his 11th try.
Martinsville Speedway Track President Clay Campbell recognized as 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year finalist
Comcast announced Martinsville President Clay Campbell as a finalist for the 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year, an annual award created to recognize philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry. Campbell is recognized for his efforts to support Henry County and Martinsville, Va., as President of Martinsville Speedway and the Campbell Family Foundation. To learn more about the 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year finalists as well as past and present finalists, visit ComcastCommunityChampion.com. Stay connected to Martinsville Speedway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and by downloading the Martinsville mobile app for Apple or Android. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series.
Race into NASCAR's championship round begins at Kansas
Elliott won the race. The path to the championship finale begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway, the first of three races in the title-setting third round. It's a fairly straightforward series with ensuing stops at Texas Motor Speedway, like Kansas a 1.5-mile intermediate oval, then half-mile Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR's shortest and oldest active track. Hamlin has won NASCAR's last two visits to Kansas, a turnaround after several so-so races. “If you fast-forward to Kansas and Texas, it’s a mile-and-a-half, so everything is just pointing in our direction right now,” he said.
Martinsville Speedway allowing some fans for Halloween weekend NASCAR races
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Get excited race fans because Martinsville Speedway is allowing spectators for its upcoming NASCAR races. As NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway for three days of playoff racing action, the track will host limited fans for the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday, Nov. 1, NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 31, and NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff race on Friday, Oct. 30. A limited, reduced number of fans will be in attendance for each NASCAR Playoff race at Martinsville in accordance with public health officials and local, state and federal authorities. Phase 3 Virginia guidelines“Martinsville Speedway is home to some of the most competitive and dramatic racing in NASCAR, so we look forward to welcoming fans back to be a part of the experience,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “The roar of the engines combined with the return of fans' cheers will make the intense battle to set the field for the NASCAR Championship that much greater.
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell excited about 2021 NASCAR schedule
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – On Wednesday, NASCAR released its 2021 Cup Series schedule with three new tracks and two new layouts. The two annual races at Martinsville didn’t change too much, but President Clay Campbell was fine with the small tweak to its spring race. “It’s still a Saturday night race, I think it’s the only Saturday night race all year under the lights. Should be a great year.”The schedule also includes back-to-back races in Virginia. It’s a huge month for racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Coronavirus cancels ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Sorry race fans. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, at Martinsville Speedway has officially been canceled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is scheduled to return to “The Short Track” for the 2021 season. “We value our relationship with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” said Delbert Lee Morgan, CEO/President of ValleyStar Credit Union. ET, the Xfinity 500 will set the field for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Martinsville track Superintendent Billy Moore retires after 38 years
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With race day at Martinsville Speedway on the horizon, there’s a lot that has to get done. A generator here, we have a sprayer, we spray the walls, we use the little vacuum over there, to vacuum any debris or stuff on the track.”A laundry list of ‘lasts’ that longtime track superintendent Billy Moore will have before retiring next week after 38 years. “I’ve always enjoyed working here at the track, its going to be different, when you figure the times’ right,” Moore said. Moore started at the track in 1982, working outside around the track with now President, Clay Campbell. In 2015, the Martinsville Speedway named the maintenance building after Moore as a testament to his hard work.
Truex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr. cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the first race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway. Truex won the Martinsville grandfather clock on the paperclip-shaped track at just 0.526 miles. Already outspoken on social causes in NASCAR, Wallace denounced the flag and his message spread throughout sports. Boston tweeted questions about the race and seemed to enjoy the action at Martinsville: Do yall be pinned to the TV. Martinsville capped a stretch of seven straight Cup races since it resumed without fans at the track.
NASCAR suspends season until May but will reschedule events
"The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority," NASCAR said. The speedway and now the season are scheduled to open the first week of May. Supercross ran its first 10 races but the 2020 season has been postponed until further notice. The next scheduled event was April 3-5 at Las Vegas but the sanctioning body Monday suspended the season 30 days. World of Outlaws postponed all races through April 9 so far, while Formula E has suspended the next two months of its 2020-21 season.cnbc.com