The spotlight, or spotlights to be more specific, shined on Martinsville Speedway Wednesday night, as four of the track’s new LED light towers were powered on. The lights, located along the backstretch of the half-mile racetrack, gave engineers and track staff the first glimpse of what the “Light Up Martinsville” project will look like when complete.
“This is really exciting and such a historic day for Martinsville Speedway,” Track President Clay Campbell said. “I think we all had an idea of what it would look like, but know you can really visualize it. I can’t wait to see the whole track lit up. I think the fans are really in for a treat.”
Campbell said he thinks there isn’t a more fitting way to celebrate the track’s 70th anniversary than by looking to the future.
“Last week I was at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, as my grandfather (track founder H. Clay Earles) was honored, which celebrated our rich history and now we’re looking at what is part of, literally, a bright future,” Campbell said. “This shows Martinsville Speedway and our parent company International Speedway Corporation are committed to both our fans and our community not just now, but for long haul.”
The $5 million project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the country with LED lights.
The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race is the first race scheduled to be held under the lights, on September 23. This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary.