MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway is set to receive significant changes in 2019.
Among the main changes, the race is set to receive is an increase in pay for the top-five finishers, a new qualifying procedure and a new race format.
“We’re adjusting the purse this year to better reward the top-five finishers in NASCAR’s most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race, the ValleyStar Credit Union 300,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said in a news release. “This is, no doubt, the biggest Late Model Stock Car race in the country, and with the format and purse changes, we feel the 2019 edition will reflect that fully.”
According to the release, the winner's share of $110,000 purse will now be $32,000, with second place paying $8,000, third place paying $6,000, fourth place paying $5,000, and fifth place paying $4,000. All 40 teams to make the 200-lap feature will receive a minimum pay of $1,000.
As for format changes, the time trials on Friday, October 4 will be more important in the world of NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars. Single-car qualifying will set the top-20 starting positions for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature.
“This format really rewards the drivers who can perform under pressure, and rewards the fans in the grandstands,” Campbell said. “The drama of single-car qualifying on Friday night will really be something to watch. By making the heat races 50 laps, we are giving the drivers more time to work their way through the field, giving the fans two dramatic heat races on Saturday afternoon to set the field.”
The race itself will also feature changes, rather than the race being stopped at 200 laps, the race will now be stopped at lap 75 and lap 150. There will be no invert after either break.
For general admission, tickets will now cost $30 for adults and will be free for youth 17-and-under. Camping for the weekend starts at $25. To purchase tickets, check here.