Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With the biggest Late Model Stock Car race of the year being held this weekend at Martinsville Speedway (VA), we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the ValleyStar 300?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Lee Pulliam (seven votes) who were named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, seven different drivers received votes from our panel of 18 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Martinsville 300 below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Lee Pulliam

His focus has been away from the weekly scene this year, but I think that will actually help him zero in on what needs to be done in the biggest Late Model Stock Car race of the season.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Kyle Benjamin

Kyle Benjamin picked up a second-place finish in a Martinsville truck race which proves he can get around the tough track. Despite the LMSC being a different animal, Benjamin will be a favorite this weekend.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Timothy Peters

Timothy Peters gets two-in-row. Why not? He has the perfect driving style to that race and we all know how good he is at the “Paper Clip.”


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Pulliam knows exactly what it takes to be up front battling for the lead during the final laps at Martinsville. He’s good and he’s consistent at the paper clip. That makes him a safe pick for the Martinsville 300.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Josh Berry

Given Berry’s vast LMSC experience, not to mention the know-how backing him from JR Motorsports, he’s always a favorite in this big race. It’s only a matter of time before he breaks through to Martinsville victory lane, and I think this is the year.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Bubba Pollard

It will be Pollard’s first start in an LMSC in perhaps their biggest race, so he may not be one of the favorites to win. However, he hasn’t lost a race that he’s finished since July and won the Oxford 250 from 29th in his first attempt, so don’t count him out.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Philip Morris

After clinching yet another NWAAS National Championship, how can you bet against Morris? It will be a strong field and with 300 laps anything can happen, but you just have to figure Morris will be there at the end.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Lee Pulliam

It could be another Lee Pulliam vs. Philip Morris battle, but it will be Pulliam adding another clock to his collection.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Philip Morris

What is Philip Morris going to do with four clocks? We will get to ask him on Saturday night.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Lee Pulliam added a win at Bristol to his resume in May. I think that a win at another legendary short track at Martinsville is on the horizon once again this year.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Josh Berry

Josh Berry for the win at Matinsville. This is the biggest race of the year for Late Model Stock Cars and it will be one of the biggest names driving for one of the biggest teams taking home the big hardware.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Pulliam’s success in Late Model Stock Cars is unquestioned, and he is a favorite everywhere he goes. He has finished outside the top two only once in the last seven ValleyStar 300’s. I see Pulliam scoring his third ValleyStar 300 victory at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Pulliam has been the runner up for the last three years of this event, it’s his time to emerge victorious at Martinsville. Lee Pulliam is my choice to take home the prestigious win and a grandfather clock.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Tommy Lemons, Jr.

Lemons is a two-time winner of the event and rebounded from a rough outing in 2016 with a runner-up finish one year ago.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Josh Berry

This race is hard to pick since there are just so many drivers that show up, and so much variability due to cautions and incidents. Take the variability away and pick a stalwart of the division, Josh Berry and JRM.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Philip Morris

The King of the Late Model Stocks is a three-time winner of this race, but it’s been a few years since the last one. That said, he’s had one heck of a season winning more than 20 races and the NWAAS national title. He’ll get his fourth clock to go along with that fifth national championship.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Lee Pulliam is the model of consistency at Martinsville. He has finished outside the top two just once since 2010 – and in that race he was dumped from the lead on a late restart. He already has one win on a “NASCAR” track this year. After this weekend, he will add another clock to the trophy case.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Timothy Peters

I am going with the defending winner. Timothy Peters will dominate at Martinsville like he did last year.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Staff Picks: Who Will Win the Martinsville 300?