Martinsville Speedway Lights Coming – Martinsville Speedway Night Racing
Today, Martinsville Speedway made a surprise announcement that it will add an LED lighting system to it’s Ridgeway, VA facility. Despite, the Martinsville Speedway lights no night racing dates are on the books, yet. View the rendering photo of Martinsville Speedway under the lights.
Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule. It was also one of the very first NASCAR tracks paved for oval racing, back in 1947. Martinsville Speedway also holds the record for the oldest active NASCAR track.
UPDATE: The lighting project is complete
UPDATE: (Jan 26, 2017) The lights are on at Martinsville Speedway – Photos below
UPDATE: First lightpole installed
The LED Martinsville Speedway lighting system will bring a touch of modern to the speedway. The Martinsville lights will be in place for the NASCAR weekends in 2017. The plan is to use the lights as a safety net.
Track president Clay Campbell made the announcement Wednesday as part of an early kickoff to the historic short track’s 70th anniversary season in 2017.
Campbell described the improvement project as an “insurance policy” against late-afternoon finishes in diminished sunlight. This happened just last year. “Jeff Gordon prevailed here last November, taking the checkered flag in near darkness after a rain-delayed start.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr was also on hand at Martinsville Speedway for media availabilities at the .526-mile track.
It’s been a long time coming
-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Campbell stated “Martinsville Speedway doe not currently have plans in place for nighttime races.” The NASCAR premier series dates in 2017 have already locked in to start at 2 p.m. ET (in April) and 1 p.m. ET (October). However, Campbell indicated that the $5 million initiative should “provide flexibility” in case of inclement weather.
In 2018, we would expect at least one of the NASCAR weekends to host a night race at Martinsville Speedway. A schedule similar to Bristol Motor Speedway where the track has one night race and one day race.
Lights at Martinsville Speedway Have Been Turned On