Danville's Timothy Peters wins ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

Timothy Peters (2nd from right) celebrates with Martinsville Speedway track president Clay Campbell (right), after claiming the checkered flag at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. (Photo/Martinsville Speedway)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) - Once the lights came on, late model drivers at Martinsville Speedway didn't disappoint.

The first race under the new LED lights system at Martinsville Speedway provided racing fans with plenty of action in Henry County on Saturday. When the smoke cleared, Danville's Timothy Peters walked away with the checkered flag in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

Pole winner Jake Crum led nearly the entire first half of the 200-lap feature until the second caution of the race bunched up the field.

Off the restart, Peyton Sellers passed Crum on lap 97 and held on to win the halfway leader bonus of $2,000. The top 6 were inverted for the second half start, putting Trevor Noles up front and Timothy Peters second. Lap 124, an 8-car mishap stopped the race and brought out a red flag.

Peters claimed the lead just before lap 175, when drivers were given a chance for new tires, leading to an exciting 25-lap shootout. In the end, Peters held off a hard charging Lee Pulliam in 2nd, and Danville's Peyton Sellers in third place.

With the win, Peters wins $25,000, plus an additional $10,000 for winning the Virginia Triple Crown, edging out Sellers for the best average finish among Virginia's 3 late model races.

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