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Martinsville Speedway reschedules Late Model 300 open test to Sept. 27

With government officials declaring States-of-Emergency throughout the Mid-Atlantic region ahead of Hurricane Florence, Martinsville Speedway has rescheduled the Test Day for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for Thursday September 27.

Specifically, that’s the Thursday before the scheduled race weekend.

The decision was made to accommodate teams that are in the path of the hurricane — even if the track itself remains at minimal risk.

“There are things that are bigger than racing and the safety of our fans and competitors is certainly at the top of that list,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “These guys and girls are worried about their families and their homes and racing isn’t, nor should it be, a priority right now.”

Team members will be allowed to register for race weekend starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, at a cost of $90, which will be good for the entire weekend, and is the same price as if they had attended Test Day and then returned for race weekend. There will be no one-day passes sold on Thursday and no refunds.

Team members that register on Friday or Saturday will pay $60. The garage will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday and will reopen on Friday at 9 a.m.

Haulers that park Thursday will remain in the infield throughout the race weekend. Teams that don’t arrive until Friday will be able to park Friday morning.

Campgrounds will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The revised weekend schedule for the VSCU 300 can be found below.

9:00 AM Campground Opens
9:00 AM Ticket Office Opens
1:00 PM Haulers Enter
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Registration
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Media Credentials Open
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Practice
5:00 PM Ticket Office Closes
11:00PM Infield and Garage Close (Team Personnel Exit)

9:00 AM Ticket Office Opens
9:00 AM Haulers Enter (Remaining/Late Arriving)
9:00 AM Garage Opens
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Media Credentials Open
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration
11:45 AM Safety Communication Meeting (Care Center, Required Personnel Only)
12:15 PM Mandatory Crew Chief and/or Team Representative Meeting (Media Center)
12:30 PM Inspection
4:00 PM Fan Gates Open
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Practice
8:00 PM Pole Qualifying
9:00 PM Ticket Office Closes

10:00 AM Registration and Ticket Office Opens
11:00 AM – 8:30 PM Media Credentials Open
11:00 AM Garage Opens
11:30 AM Spotter Only Meeting (Media Center)
12:00 PM Drivers’ Meeting (Media Center)
1:00 PM Fan Gates Open
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Autograph Session (Frontstretch)
3:00 PM Qualifying Races (4 x 25 Laps)
8:00 PM Feature Race (200 Laps)

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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