Will Be Bright Spot Saturday Night
Imagine 7,500 table
lamps in the infield of Martinsville Speedway each with a 60-watt bulb
shining and that’s the illumination that MUSCO Lighting will serve up for
the Made In America Whelen 300.
For the second consecutive year Martinsville Speedway will
host the Made In America Whelen 300 NASCAR Modified event under portable
lights supplied by MUSCO. Qualifying is set under the lights Friday night
and the race is set for Saturday night.
Every facet of last year’s event, won by Ted Christopher,
drew rave reviews, but the lighting was singled out by the drivers.
“They did an awesome job last year, bringing those lights in
and getting them set up so everything was bright,” said Junior Miller, who
competes on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. “It was just like
racing in the day light.”
“It was a lot better than a lot of the places we go that have
permanent lights,” said Christopher.
Although the lighting was good, Martinsville Speedway
president Clay Campbell decided after looking at video and still photos from
the event it wasn’t quite good enough.
“We noticed some shadows, especially along the frontstretch
wall,” said Campbell .
Campbell and MUSCO added a light truck this time around for a
total of five.
Each truck has 15 6,000-watt lights mounted on a telescoping
tower. The trucks are self-contained, self-sufficient and remote controlled.
The trucks are positioned to accommodate camera locations while at the same
time making sure good quality lighting is provided for the drivers.
More than 45,000,000 lumens of lights will cover the
speedway, and that is as much light as would be produced by 7,500 60-watt
MUSCO, based in Oskaloosa , Iowa , is no
stranger to lighting race tracks. In 1986 they first used temporary lighting
systems at Bristol Motor Speedway, and then later at Richmond International
Raceway. Since then MUSCO has lighted 14 major NASCAR tracks with permanent
POINTS RACE: Christopher heads back to
Martinsville in a heated points race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
championship. He is sandwiched between two Tour legends in pursuit of his
first title. He trails Mike Stefanik, a six-time tour champion by 71 points
and is only 42 points ahead of two-time defending Whelen Modified tour champ
LOTS OF HISTORY: Martinsville Speedway is steeped
in NASCAR Modified history. Saturday’s race will be the 112th Modified race
on the famed half-mile oval and the 31st since 1985. Four drivers, Mike
Ewanitsko, Jeff Fuller, Reggie Ruggiero and Mike Stefanik, have scored four
wins each to lead all Modified drivers at Martinsville .
UP FRONT: Chuck Hossfeld, of Ransomville , NY , is
the defending Bud Pole winner at Martinsville . The fastest 20 qualifiers
from Friday’s time trials will automatically advance to the 250-lap main
event. Positions 21-28 will be filled by provisional starters based on
points standings. The final 15 spots will be filled by the 50-lap Chatlee
Boats Last Chance race.
MADE IN AMERICA NOTES: There will be a driver
autograph session on the track after time trials Friday night. Fans will
enter the track through the gate at the flagman’s stand. … Tickets for
Friday’s qualifying are $5 for adults and may be purchased on the day of the
event. Tickets for Saturday’s Made In America Whelen 300 are $20 for adults.
Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 and children under six are admitted free.
Ticket windows will open at 9 a.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
August 31, 2006