Martinsville Speedway Tests New LED Lighting System
Thursday January 26, 2017
The spotlight, or spotlights to be more specific, shined on Martinsville Speedway Wednesday night, as four of the track’s new LED light towers were powered on. The lights, located along the backstretch of the half-mile racetrack, gave engineers and track staff the first glimpse of what the “Light Up Martinsville” project will look like when complete.
“This is really exciting and such a historic day for Martinsville Speedway,” Track President Clay Campbell said. “I think we all had an idea of what it would look like, but know you can really visualize it. I can’t wait to see the whole track lit up. I think the fans are really in for a treat.”
Campbell said he thinks there isn’t a more fitting way to celebrate the track’s 70th anniversary than by looking to the future.
“Last week I was at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, as my grandfather (track founder H. Clay Earles) was honored, which celebrated our rich history and now we’re looking at what is part of, literally, a bright future,” Campbell said. “This shows Martinsville Speedway and our parent company International Speedway Corporation are committed to both our fans and our community not just now, but for long haul.”
The $5 million project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the country with LED lights.
The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race is the first race scheduled to be held under the lights, on September 23.
Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway March 31-April 2.
This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday with the running of the STP 500.
The race is the first short-track race of the season and marks the series’ return to the east coast after the “West Coast Swing.”
Last year Kyle Busch became the first driver in the tracks storied history to win both the Truck and Premier Series races in the same weekend.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.