Martinsville Late Model time trials on Saturday

Martinsville, VA---Over 125 race cars will start competing for 42 starting positions Saturday at Martinsville Speedway for NASCAR's richest Late Model Stock Car race, the $91,095 Taco Bell 300. Time trials start at 1 p.m. and the...

Martinsville, VA---Over 125 race cars will start competing for 42 starting positions Saturday at Martinsville Speedway for NASCAR's richest Late Model Stock Car race, the $91,095 Taco Bell 300. Time trials start at 1 p.m. and the event record could take a beating. Ronnie Thomas of Christiansburg, VA set that standard in 1989, turning a lap of 89.876 miles per hour on the .526-mile track. But in the 1997 Miller 300, David Hyder established the track Late Model Stock record with a lap of 90.227 miles per hour. The pole position winner will pick up $1,000 and a trophy from Chatlee Boats. Only the fastest 20 cars will nail down starting positions for the race that pays $15,000 to the winner. The other 22 starters will be decided in four 25-lap qualifying races at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Robert Powell of St. Matthews, SC is the defending champion. But to win he had to survive eight lead changes among six drivers, a race record 16 caution flags for 78 laps, an event that was extended by 20 laps to finish under the green flag and only 17 of 42 cars, ten of them heavily damaged, running at the finish. And with the stars of all the weekly tracks on hand, this year's running will be just as wild if not wilder. The race will be stopped at 100 laps with the leader receiving $5,000 and a trophy from BB&T. A number of the leading cars to be determined will be inverted. At lap 190, the race will be put under caution with the leaders lined up single file for ten green flag laps to the finish. If necessary, the race will be extended to complete the ten green flag laps. Tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are unreserved and are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 6-12. Great reserved seats still are available in the concrete sections for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, October 1 from $40-$45. They may be ordered by calling toll free at 877-722-3849 or 540-956-2151. Tickets also may be ordered online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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