Martinsville Makes Purse Changes For Taco Bell 300

Martinsville VA---Martinsville Speedway has made several changes for the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race on Sunday, September 26 including a record purse of $96,720. The Taco Bell 300 winner still will receive $25,000,...

Martinsville VA---Martinsville Speedway has made several changes for the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race on Sunday, September 26 including a record purse of $96,720. The Taco Bell 300 winner still will receive $25,000, but the payoff throughout the final positions have been increased including $1,000 for finishing last in the 42-car field. Another major change is that only two provisional positions will be awarded for the race. The two provisionals will be given to any of the top 50 drivers in the final 1999 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Blue Ridge, Atlantic Seaboard, Northeast or Heartland Regional point standings. A year ago, six provisionals were awarded. Only the fastest 20 cars will earn starting positions in time trials. Five cars from each of the four 25-lap qualifying races, plus two provisionals, will make up the remainder of the starting field for the 200-lap feature race. One of the biggest changes for the Late Model teams will be the impoundment of the race cars after qualifying. Work will not be permitted on any car after time trials on Saturday, September 25 or before the race on Sunday with the exception of adding fuel and adjusting tire air pressure. The Taco Bell 300 will however have the same format as a year ago. The race has two inversions, one at lap 100 and again at lap 150, of the top drivers. The caution will be waved at lap 190 to put the lapped cars in the back of the field for the final 10-lap green flag shootout. A $2,500 BB&T Award will be given to the leader at lap 100 and 150. There will be a 10-minute pit stop following lap 100 and lap 150. Crews will be permitted to work on their bcars and may only change any two tires total on the car in either of the pit stops. The Taco Bell 300 weekend opens with a practice day on Thursday, September 23 with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Testing will be from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The grandstand will be open and fans can watch testing free of charge. On Friday, September 24, registration and inspection begin at 7 a.m. and a practice session will be held if time is available. Qualifying is set for Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. and tickets are just $5. The Taco Bell 300 gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 with four 25-lap qualifying races before the 200-lap feature race. Adult tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are $20 and tickets for children ages 6-12 are only $5. All seats are unreserved and tickets can be purchased by calling the Martinsville Speedway ticket office at (540) 956-3151. Tickets also are available for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, October 3. Great seats are available in the Clay Earles and Bill France towers and in the concrete bleacher sections of the track. Tickets for the NAPA AutoCare 500 are $40-$60 each.

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