1: Number of Grandfather clocks that are handed out to the short track world each year. In the past Modified drivers and K&N Pro Series East drivers have raced for them, but only the Late Model Stocks get the chance these days.
5: Jamey Caudill, Timothy Peters, and Philip Morris lead the way with five top five finishes each. All three drivers have won the race and are some of the best at the paper clip.
10: The special caution that was planned for the final 10 laps is no more. Now it’s up to the drivers to finish the race and put on the show that we’ve missed each of the last two years.
18: Philip Morris will be running the race for the 18th time this Sunday. He has three wins, the most of any driver, and eight top 10 finishes. In all his years he’s led over 600 laps while battling for the clock.
20: Sam Yarbrough had a fine season at Myrtle Beach taking the track title yet again. Now he’s looking to back up his second-place finish from a year ago at Martinsville. Yarbrough came from 15th a year back to get the finish in only his second start.
27: Tommy Lemons Jr. in the 27 machine has been solid at Martinsville each of the last two years. In 2013 he won race after having a flat tire in the second half and last year he came back in the third spot. Prior to the last two seasons he had two DNQ’s and no finishes in the top 10.
29: Number of wins by NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam this season. That earned him his third National title. However, he’s never won the 300 and the National title in the same year.
35: Last year 35 cars went home and did not make the main event. This year more dreams are going to be nightmares and heartbreak will hit many as the car count could be over 100. In years past the count was always in the triple digits.
51: Speed51.com will have Trackside Now coverage from the Martinsville event Saturday and Sunday. 51 will also have 51TV cameras on hand getting all the action for later in the week on 51.
83: Matt Bowling in the 83 ride won seven times this season, but he was second fiddle to Pulliam all year. Keep an eye on Bowling at Martinsville.
88: Josh Berry has been one of the hottest drivers this season and Martinsville could be another strong showing for the 88 team. In three prior starts 15th was his best a year ago.
99: Peyton Sellers in the 99 car led 59 laps a year ago and was leading on the final restart only to end up destroyed in turn one. Sellers was a victim of a questionable restart that had everyone talking just like the year before.
200: The main event will be 200 laps.
300: The overall number of laps on Sunday includes four 20-lap heats, a 20-lap last chance race and the 200-lap feature.
540: Drivers have run the big Martinsville Late Model stock race. 1995 was the first race won by Tony McGuire. There have been several Late Model Stock car races at Martinsville, but we are only counting the big one run each fall.
.800: Lee Pulliam is batting 80% when it comes to finishing at Martinsville in the top five. He has two wins, two poles and has led laps each year. In 2013 he had a DNF after a big late-race crash. Despite two wins Pulliam has only led 71 laps at Martinsville.
25,000: The money that is in the line. Each year in short track racing there are big purses, but this one is tied for the highest this season. The Oxford 250 pays $25,000 to win plus lap money. Super Late Models have had some one-off shows that pay that kind of money. There are several in the dirt world that do the same, as well, but this one at Martinsville is a rare big-money asphalt show, especially for Late Model Stocks.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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