Martinsville Speedway Late Model race: TV channel, entry list, schedule, more for 2023 ValleyStar Credit Union 300
By Brandon White
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A proud short track tradition in the southeast since the mid-1980s, the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 regularly draws an entry list of 80 cars or more, all of whom are seeking to take home a grandfather clock at the end of 200 grueling laps.
The names that have won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are among some of the best in the history of the region. Five-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Philip Morris leads all drivers with three victories in the race, with other notable winners including Josh Berry, Lee Pulliam, Timothy Peters, Curtis Markham, Mike Skinner and Mark Martin.
A stacked group of competitors consisting of previous ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winners and current Late Model Stock stars are set to make the trip to Martinsville, Virginia this weekend for an opportunity to etch their own legacy into the event’s prestigious history.
Below is everything you need to know about the 2023 ValleyStar Credit Union 300.
What TV channel is the 2023 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on?
The event will not be shown on a television network.
Below is the complete schedule for FloRacing’s coverage of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.
|Date||Event||Start Time||How to Watch|
|Friday, Sept. 22, 2023||ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Qualifying||8 p.m. ET||FloRacing|
|Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023||ValleyStar Credit Union 300||1 p.m. ET||FloRacing|
Complete schedule for the 2023 ValleyStar Credit Union 300
This year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22, 2022.
The event is headlined by the 200-lap feature for Late Model Stocks. There will be four 25-lap qualifying races that will set the field for the main event.
Below is the complete schedule at Martinsville Speedway (all times ET).
- Friday, Sept. 22
|6 a.m.||Garage and Registration Opens|
|6:30 a.m.||Haulers Enter|
|8:30 a.m.||Mandatory Crew Chief and/or Team Representative Meeting|
|9 a.m.||Inspection Begins|
- Sunday, Sept. 24
|11:30 a.m.||Fan Gates Open|
|1 p.m.||Qualifying Races (25 laps/Top 10 advance)|
|3-4:30 p.m.||Pre-Race/Driver Intros|
|5 p.m.||ValleyStar Credit Union 300 (200 laps)|
Official race format
The field for Sunday’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be set by a combination of qualifying and four 25-lap qualifying races. Competitors will first qualify on Friday evening, with the fastest qualifier earning a $5,000 bonus. However, no competitors will lock into the 200-lap feature from qualifying like in years past.
Instead, the entire 40-car field will be set based on the four 25-lap qualifying races held Sunday prior to the 200-lap main event. The top-10 finishers in each of the four qualifying races will secure starting positions in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. There will be no last chance race.
The 200-lap feature race will include three segments: 100 laps, 75 laps and 25 laps. The winners of the first two segments will each earn $1,000.
In the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature, the leader of each lap will receive $25, with $5,000 available in the laps led bonus pool. If the race concludes in overtime, there will be unlimited attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. The race winner will earn $32,000 in addition to taking home the coveted Martinsville grandfather clock.
ValleyStar Credit Union 300 entry list
The current entry list for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 features 88 cars.
Headlining the talented group of drivers is two-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Peyton Sellers. Last year saw Sellers finally claim a grandfather clock in his 15th attempt at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, but he will now look to become the first driver to win the event in two consecutive years.
Among the drivers standing in the way of a Sellers repeat are Brenden Queen and Bobby McCarty, who are the two frontrunners in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. McCarty opened the Virginia Triple Crown with a victory in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, while Queen took home a checkered flag in the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway.
More than a Virginia Triple Crown title will be on the line for Queen and McCarty, as both drivers have yet to win the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 in their respective careers to date.
Another notable name seeking their first ValleyStar Credit Union 300 victory is Carson Kvapil, who is driving the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. A standout in Late Model Stock competition, Kvapil excelled in his first ValleyStar Credit Union 300 last year but came up one spot short to Sellers.
Other entries for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 include 2023 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Connor Hall, along with 2023 ARCA Menards Series East champion William Sawalich, Landon Pembelton, Doug Barnes Jr., Carter Langley, Jared Fryar, Mike Looney, Kade Brown, Landon Huffman, Katie Hettinger, Kaden Honeycutt and Andrew Grady.
Below is the complete entry list for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.
|04||Ronnie Bassett Jr.|
|5||Dexter Canipe Jr.|
|11||Buddy Isles Jr.|
|42||Chris Horton Jr.|
|50||Ross ‘Boo Boo’ Dalton|
|88A||Doug Barnes Jr.|
|91||Justin S. Carroll|
|99||Austin ‘Willie’ Somero|