Today, the richest and most prestigious race in Late Model Stock Car racing takes place, as drivers will compete for $32,000 and the coveted grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway (VA) in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. To get you prepared for today’s event, “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor provides our By the Numbers preview of the race.
0: There will be zero stats recorded for Late Model Stock legend Philip Morris who will sit the race out this year. The three-time former winner has 20 starts in the race.
0: JR Motorsports has zero career wins at Martinsville, but this might be the best combination of drivers they have ever had at the paperclip. Josh Berry, the CARS Tour all-time winner is still seeking that clock and Super Late Model ace Bubba Pollard is back to finish what was nearly a victory a year ago in his first Late Model Stock race, as he was leading on a restart when things went crazy in the south turn.
3: In three previous runnings of the Martinsville 300, Justin Carroll, the one from North Carolina, has three top 10 runs and has completed all the laps.
3: Last year, the race was extended by three green-white-checkered finishes. Race officials and drivers alike hope this year’s new format will alleviate a repeat of last year’s wild conclusion.
9: Timothy Peters has nine top 10 runs in 16 starts at Martinsville including two wins.
12: It was lucky start number 12 for CE Falk, who hung on and won a wild race a year ago.
13: Tommy Lemons, Jr. is set to make his 13th start in the Martinsville race this weekend. Lemons is a two-time winner.
80: A total of 80 cars took part in practice last week.
122: By our unofficial records the highest amount of cars that we can confirm was 122 in 1999. It would be totally awesome if that number was reached this weekend, but the heat races would be nasty
200: The 300 laps comes from a 200-lap main event and two heat races that will help set the field. Single-car qualifying locked in the top 20 drivers Friday night, with Josh Berry taking the pole.
Oh The Money!
$25: The leader of each lap will get $25. Thats a total of $5,000 in lap money.
$1,000: Leaders at lap 75 and lap 150 will get an additional $1,000
$5,000: Fast time on Friday night was worth $5,000, which is as much as win at this level.
$7,000: The winner of the Virginia Triple Crown bonus will get $7,000, second gets $2,000 and third $1,000. Right now here are the top 10 in those standings.
Peyton Sellers 2.5
Lee Pulliam 4
Timothy Peters 7.5
Mike Looney 8
Brenden Queen 9
Terry Carroll 10
Trey Crews 10.5
Tyler Hughes 11
Thomas Scott 12
Brandon Pierce 13
$32,000: The money just got better this year as the winners cut with the clock is a cool $32,000 up seven thousand from years past.
2018 CE Falk
2017 Timothy Peters (2)
2016 Mike Looney
2015 Tommy Lemons Jr. (2)
2014 Lee Pulliam (2)
2013 Tommy Lemons Jr.
2012 Philip Morris (3)
2011 Lee Pulliam
2010 Philip Morris (2)
2009 Jake Crum
2008 Jason York
2007 Dennis Setzer
2006 Alex Yontz
2005 Timothy Peters
2004 Tony McGuire (2)
2003 Jamey Caudill
2002 Frank Deiny, Jr.
2001 Phil Warren
2000 Philip Morris
1999 Robert Powell
1998 Dexter Canipe
1997 Billy Hogan
1996 B.A. Wilson
1995 Tony McGuire
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo