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Martinsville Announces Return of Whelen Modified Tour in 2020


For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020 as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 15. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, Cook and Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like Coby, Bonsignore, and maybe even Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

The MaxPro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Toy State Adds Martinsville to Sponsor Final Four Races


HUNTERSVILLE, NC (October 27, 2016) – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced that Nikko RC/ Toy State has added to their race schedule and will sponsor Regan Smith and the No.7 Nikko RC/ Toy State Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway. With the addition of Martinsville, Nikko RC/ Toy State will be on the No.7 Chevrolet for the final four races of the 2016 season.

“Heading into the final four races of the season we are proud to have Nikko RC / Toy State back on board the No. 7 Chevrolet,” said team owner Tommy Baldwin. “Toy State has given us some fantastic paint schemes this season but we are proud to end it with the familiar blue paint scheme that our fans know and recognize.”
“Toy State, and our industry-leading Nikko R/C and Road Rippers toy vehicle brands, are excited to be back on the No. 7 TBR Chevy this week at Martinsville and for the remaining Chase races,” said Toy State president Andy Friess. “We look forward to seeing our great looking Nikko RC/Toy State distinctive blue paint scheme running on the track again and can’t wait to get back to work with Regan, Tommy and the whole TBR team for a strong finish to the 2016 season!”
For more information on Toy State, please visit www.toystate.com.

Short-Track Standouts Go For First Win Of 2016 at Martinsville

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's 75 Toyota, poses with his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s 75 Toyota, (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

As NASCAR continues its third “win and you’re in” season for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, six currently winless short-track standouts will attempt to make their first visit to Victory Lane this year in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1) – Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch has logged a top-four finish in four of five races this season. He boasts nine career wins on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ three short

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, poses with his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

tracks (Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond), but has never won at Martinsville.

Like his younger brother, Kurt claims nine short-track wins as well. He has two wins at Martinsville, most recently in spring of 2014. However, his 2014 victory is his only top-10 finish at the .526-mile track in his last 20 starts there.

Kenseth has produced six short-track victories in his career, but has never won at Martinsville. The No. 20 Toyota driver could be due for his first grandfather clock though. He placed sixth or better in his four Martinsville starts before his 38th-place showing last fall.

during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevrolet (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

A five-time winner at short tracks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. notched his first, and only, Martinsville victory in fall of 2014. Although he has just one win at “NASCAR’s Wrigley Field,” he claims the third-best average finish (11.9) and driver rating (99.4) among active drivers there.

Edwards has been strong this year with three top fives and four top 10s in the first five races. He has captured four career checkered flags at short

tracks, but has never won at Martinsville. The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing driver has always struggled at the home of NASCAR’s most famous hot dog with just one top-five finish in 23 starts there.

A winner of three career short-track races, Logano looked like he would clinch his first Martinsville victory last fall, but was wrecked out of the contest after leading his race-high 207th lap. The 25-year-old Connecticut native finished in the top five in his three Martinsville starts going into last fall’s race.