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Martinsville Test Day again canceled by persistent rain

Matt Weaver | STS

The official start of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will have to wait at least one more night.

For the second time in as many weeks, persistent rain canceled the open test for the annual Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway. Over 70 teams had unloaded on Thursday, one week after the originally scheduled test, but it meant nothing as the precipitation never subsided.

Not a single lap was turned and NASCAR officials decided to open the track early on Friday morning to allow teams to turn laps.

The Martinsville Speedway garage will open to teams and drivers at 7:30 a.m. in the morning, with cars expected to hit the track for the rescheduled test at 8:30. The track will be open for four hours before formal practice begins at 4:00 p.m.

Qualifying for the annual Late Model Stock classic is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The complete schedule can be found below.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
7:30 AM Haulers Enter (Remaining/Late Arriving)
7:30 AM Garage Opens
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Testing (No Transponders)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration
12:15 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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
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)

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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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