MARTINSVILLE, Va.  – The most frequently asked question since Martinsville Speedway announced the installation of lights is ‘when will the first night race be?’ That question was answered Sunday morning, when Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced at the drivers’ meeting for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 that the 2017 edition of NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race will be held under the lights.


“I’ve always said this was the greatest Saturday night race on a Sunday afternoon,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now it truly will be the greatest Saturday night race!


“The drivers, teams, ValleyStar and, most importantly, the fans of this race deserve being the first to run under our new permanent LED lights.”


The date for the 2017 race will be announced in the coming weeks.


The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is today.


The race is NASCAR biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race, with a purse totaling more than $100,000.


The winner will take home $25,000, while the Sparks Oil Pole Award winner will take home $1,000 and the leader at halfway will win the $2,000 Clarence’s Steakhouse Bonus.


The action starts at noon with three 25 lap heat races and a 25 lap “last chance” race to set the 40 car field.


Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for youth 12-and-under.


For anyone who cannot be at the track, the best way to follow along with the action is to follow Martinsville Speedway on Twitter at @martinsvilleswy or on the Martinsville Speedway Facebook page.


-Martinsville Speedway Press Release.  Photo Credit:

Martinsville Late Model Race Moving to Night Time in 2017