Drivers thrilled to race late model stock cars at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) -- Late Model Racing is back at Martinsville this weekend for the Valley Star 300. Some of the drivers made their way to the Star City tonight ahead of practice.

Champion from 2016 Mike Looney, as well as Danville native and South Boston champion Peyton Sellers attended the dinner at Blue 5.
Also there, 14-year old Mini Tyrell, competing in his first late model race at Martinsville. It's the second year under the lights and drivers could not be more ready to hit the track.

"It's just good ole fashioned, short track racing and it's about mechanical grit, getting your car to handle. It's just perfect for late model racing," Mike Looney said.

"People ask me all the time 'What's your favorite track?' And I tell them I say, 'Well South Boston is home but Martinsville has that clock. And that's what it's all about for us," Peyton Sellers said. "You know we get an opportunity once a year to go in to Martinsville, walk out of that tunnel on Sunday morning, or Saturday night now, and see all of those people in the grandstands here to see home track racing, short track racing."

"It's gonna be interesting. I definitely know that. I'm very excited to do it, that's definitely for sure. A little bit nervous. I just wanna make the race and kinda show everybody, gain respect from other racers and race with the best in late model stock cars," Mini Tyrell said.