Open practice scheduled Late Model Stock

MARTINSVILLE, VA (Aug. 1, 2001) -- Late Model Stock Car drivers with dreams of winning the Taco Bell 300 at Martinsville Speedway will have an extra chance to sharpen their skills on the .526-mile oval. The speedway will host an open practice...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (Aug. 1, 2001) -- Late Model Stock Car drivers with dreams of winning the Taco Bell 300 at Martinsville Speedway will have an extra chance to sharpen their skills on the .526-mile oval.

The speedway will host an open practice day for the NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars on Wednesday, September 19 in preparation for the Taco Bell 300 on September 30.

"This gives all the guys an opportunity to come in and work on getting their cars ready for the race," Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said of the practice session, which has become an annual event.

"This practice day gives everyone who wants to attend a little more track time. And with more than 100 cars expected for the Taco Bell weekend, that track time is valuable."

The Sept. 30th Taco Bell 300 is NASCAR's richest Late Model Stock race with a purse of $91,000. The winner will pick up $15,000 while last place in the 42-car field will pay $1,125.

Registration for the open practice begins at 7 a.m. on September 19. Practice will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Gasoline and tires will be available for purchase.

The Taco Bell 300 weekend begins when registration opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 27. There will be not practice on September 27. Inspection begins at 7 a.m. on Friday, September 28. Friday's practice will begin, time permitting, when all cars have gone through inspection. Qualifying for the Taco Bell 300 begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 to determine the top 20 starting position. The fastest qualifier will receive $1,000 from Chatlee Boats.

On Sunday, September 30, the Taco Bell 300 kicks off four 25-lap qualifying races with the top five drivers from each race filling out positions 21-40 in the starting field. There will be two provisionals given to complete the 42-car starting lineup for the 200-lap feature race.

At lap 100, of the 200-lap feature, the race will be stopped for a 10-minute break and the leader at lap 100 will be presented the $5,000 BB&T Award. Also at the break, several of the top cars will be inverted. The race will continue until the caution is displayed at lap 190 for a single file restart for the final 10 green flag laps.

Tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are $20 each for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. All seats are unreserved.

The Taco Bell 300 is the first of two weekends of racing at Martinsville Speedway this fall.

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will run the Old Dominion 500 on Sunday, October 14 at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 30 the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series will run the Advance Auto Parts 200 beginning at 2:45 p.m. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 200 are $30 each and children ages 6-12 get in for $5. All seats are unreserved.

Great reserved seats are available in the towers for $40-$70. Tickets can be ordered by calling the speedway ticket office toll free at 1-877-722-3849 or (540) 956-3151. Tickets also can be ordered online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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