First Light Poles at Martinsville Speedway Installed
Wednesday December 21, 2016
Martinsville Speedway’s “Light Up Martinsville” project hit a major milestone Tuesday as the first of 19 light poles was put in place. The project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the United States to have LED lighting.
NASCAR’s only remaining track from its original 1949 schedule will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017 and Track President Clay Campbell said he doesn’t know of a more fitting way to celebrate the past than by celebrating the future.
“It’s a big day for Martinsville,” Campbell said. “Who would have ever thought we would have had lights here? For a long time, that was not really in the cards. We’re excited to finally have the lights going up. I think it’s going to be an exciting year being our 70th anniversary. Our first night race.
“It’s just an exciting day. You’re finally getting to see something and it’s exciting for all of us.
While the installation of the lights marks the visual, Campbell said the work started not long after the track announced they would be installing the lights.
“There’s been a lot of work going on ever since we made the announcement,” Campbell said. “But, you get a visual now of what this place is going to look like with the lights on.
“We’re pretty excited. We’re finally getting to the point where you’re seeing something happen, not just what’s underground.”
Campbell said the project is on schedule and should be completed around the end of January.
The first scheduled race under the lights will be the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, in the fall of 2017.
The race date will be announced in the coming weeks.
Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2, 2017.