POINT BATTLES INTENSE HEADED INTO WHELEN
MADE IN AMERICA 300 AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
When the Made In America Whelen 300 takes the green flag
Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway there will be at least three races
Of course, there’s the race to the checkered flag and the
storied Martinsville Speedway trophy – the grandfather clock that goes to
And then there will be the other two races: the race for the
championship of the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Southern Tour.
Saturday’s race, set for 8:30 p.m., is the only combination
Modified race of the season, when both tours combine to run in the same
race. And while they are racing for the same purse, drivers will be racing
for points in their respective divisions.
And there is a pretty good battle being waged on both tours.
Burt Myers holds an eight-point lead over veteran Junior
Miller coming into Martinsville and L.W. Miller is just another 10 points
L.W. Miller, a former Martinsville winner, has the most wins
of the season on the Whelen Modified Southern Tour with three. Myers and
Junior Miller, the two-time defending southern champion, have one win each.
The two Millers, who are not related, have four top five
finishes each while Myers had three top fives. Myers, though, had six top
10s while the Millers have five top 10s each.
Donny Lia has ridden a five-win season to a 131-point lead
over Todd Szegedy on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which primarily runs
events in the New England area.
Young Matt Hirschman is another eight points back in third
while perennial favorite Ted Christopher is in fourth, 255 points out of
James Civali is second to Lia in wins this season with three,
but is 268 points behind the leader in fifth place.
In addition to the five wins in 11 starts, Lia has nine
top-five finishes. Szegedy has six top fives.
UNDER THE LIGHTS, AGAIN: This will be the third
consecutive year the Made In America Whelen 300 has been run under the
lights and, like the first two years, MUSCO Lighting will furnish the
There will be five light towers, each mounted atop a truck,
and each providing 15 6,000-watt lights. The trucks are positioned to
accommodate camera locations while at the same time making sure good quality
lighting is provided for competitors.
More than 45,000,000 lumens of lights will cover the
speedway, and that is as much light as would be produced by 7,500 60-watt
MUSCO, based in Oskaloosa , Iowa , is no stranger to lighting
race tracks. In 1986 they first used temporary lighting systems at Bristol
Motor Speedway, and then later at Richmond International Raceway. Since then
MUSCO has lighted 14 major NASCAR tracks with permanent lighting systems.
MODIFIEDS AND MUSIC: While the powerful Modifieds
won’t be on the track until next Saturday, they will be rolling through the
streets of Uptown Martinsville on Friday.
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville Uptown and its TGIF
sponsors have combined to bring a parade of Modified race cars Uptown during
Friday’s big TGIF concert featuring the Band of Oz.
The sleek, powerful open-wheel Modifieds will weave their way
through uptown, winding up adjacent to the adjacent to the TGIF concert on
Church Street, where the legendary Band of Oz will be serving up their own
special brand of beach music all evening.
The race cars will leave the Broad St. parking lot at roughly
7:45 p.m., head up Church St. then take a left on Lester St. and a left on
Main St . They will continue on Main until it dead ends at Moss St. , take a
left on Moss, then a left on Church St . The cars will follow Church St , to
the site of the TGIF concert and park on the left side of the street.
Organizers expect at least 25 race cars to be involved in the
Admission price to TGIF is $7 with children under 12 admitted
free. Beverages and food will be sold onsite.
SCHEDULE AND TICKETS: Gates will open Saturday at noon
for the Made In America Whelen 300 with practice set for 1 p.m. Qualifying
is scheduled for 5 p.m. with an autograph session in the infield at 6:30.
The Made In America Whelen 300 will take the green flag at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children
5 and under free.
Smith/Martinsville Speedway PR
August 27, 2007