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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Back Into Martinsville Speedway

Expect a few minor tweaks and tons of excitement when the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race rolls into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 6.

For the second straight year the field for the prestigious NASCAR Late Model race will be determined by heat races and a last-chance race instead of time trials.

The field will be set from four 20-lap qualifying races on Sunday, October 6, followed by a 20-lap last chance race. Eight drivers will advance from each qualifying race and 10 will come from the last-chance race to fill out the 42-car field for the 200-lap feature.

In 2012 the heat races were 25 laps, the last chance race 50 laps and the feature 150 laps.

"Last year we made some changes to the race format to add excitement for the fans as well as giving our competitors a good opportunity at making the race," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell.

"While we feel those changes accomplished what we wanted, we determined there were still some tweaks we could make to heighten the intensity level from a competitor's standpoint and provide a fast-paced afternoon of racing for the fans. Also, it gets the feature race back to 200 laps where we feel it needs to be."

Starting positions in the 20-lap heat races will be determined by practice speeds on Saturday.

The schedule for the weekend will remain the same as last year with the infield opening for teams to load-in at noon on Friday, October 4. Inspection is scheduled for Saturday morning with practice beginning at 1 p.m.

The first of the four qualifying races will begin at 12 noon on Sunday, October 6.

Tickets for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 are $25 and may be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Also advance tickets for the Goody'sTM Headache Relief ShotTM 500 Powered by Kroger NASCAR Sprint Cup race on October 27 are available in all areas of the grandstands. Advance tickets start at just $37.

Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free to Pole Day.

To purchase tickets for the Goody'sTM Headache Relief ShotTM 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.