For the first time in its more than 70-year history, Martinsville Speedway will host a NASCAR Cup Series race under the lights. The 2020 spring race is scheduled to run at night on Saturday, May 9.
“This is a very exciting day for Martinsville Speedway,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “It’s a question we’ve gotten from fans literally every day since we installed the lights and we are now able to say, ‘May 9, 2020.’ So, this is a very exciting day for everyone involved.”
In addition, the Fall Cup race, which will be held on November 1, will also see a significant change, as the weekend will become the penultimate race in the NASCAR Playoffs, determining who gets the final spots in the Championship Race.
“We are going to move to one of the most important races on the schedule, setting up the Cup Series finale,” Campbell said. “Recent history has shown us that drivers will do whatever it takes to secure a spot in the Championship Race, and now the urgency and intensity will go to another level, as it’s the last shot for teams to have a chance at the championship.”
The Speedway installed a state-of-the-art LED Lighting system in 2017, becoming the first major motorsports facility in the United States to do so. Martinsville has run the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race, under the lights since 2017.
“Fans showed us that they support night racing here during the last two ValleyStar Credit Union 300 weekends,” Campbell said. “We hope they will enjoy the Cup Series under the lights just as much and will come see us next May.”
Tickets for the 2020 season at Martinsville Speedway can be guaranteed by calling 877.RACE.TIX.