Martinsville Speedway set to hold first race under the lights

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Race fans are gearing up for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Saturday night will be the first race under the new LED lights.

"It's something everybody's looked forward to and we can't wait to get it going," says Martinsville Speedway President, Clay Campbell.

Earlier this year the lights went on for the first time at the Speedway, and Saturday night drivers and fans will get a whole new experience.

"Being the biggest race, the most prestigious, the richest, and combine that with the first time running under these lights, I think all of it combined together makes one well of a night," says Campbell.

The campground is more full than it's ever been for this particular race.

Some campers came in Thursday to claim their spots to watch history unfold.

"I've never seen, been to one of these late model races and it being at night I wanted to get in on that first night race," says race fan, James Payne.

Some fans have made it a family affair.

"To be able to have him (son) here with me and be able to enjoy this together as a family, and my buddies, that's awesome. It's the place to be," says fan, Tony Hurley.

Even the smallest fans are excited for the action.

"Do you like watching the cars ride around, going really fast?" asks WDBJ7's Hannah Story. "Yeah," replies Ty Hurley.

Saturday there's a packed schedule at the speedway.

The qualifying races start at 4:00 and the main event starts at 8:00.