Martinsville Speedway has taken a significant leap in enhancing the race-viewing experience by unveiling a state-of-the-art LED lighting system around the track. This project, known as “Light Up Martinsville,” was officially revealed in an event, showcasing the $5 million investment into the LED lighting system. Track president Clay Campbell expressed that the addition of lights amplifies the excitement of racing, hinting at night races being a thrilling prospect for fans and a permanent fixture in the Speedway’s future events. The introduction of LED lighting at Martinsville Speedway marks a significant milestone, as it is the only NASCAR premier series track in the country to have such an advanced lighting system. Campbell emphasized that this upgrade not only enhances fan experience but also solidifies Martinsville Speedway’s place in the racing world for years to come.
The lighting system, provided by Eaton’s Ephesus division, is notable for its light quality which optimizes the viewing experience both for fans on the stands and for those watching at home. While energy efficiency is a benefit of the LED lights, the primary focus has been on the quality of lighting that complements high-definition viewing. Martinsville Speedway, being one of NASCAR’s most popular venues, presents a unique racing experience due to its smaller size, allowing fans to see the entire track and all the racing action. The LED installation has made it possible for the Speedway to host its first night race in its 70-year history, a move that has been met with much enthusiasm from the staff and fans alike. The “Light Up Martinsville” initiative places the Speedway at the forefront of adopting advanced technology to improve the racing experience.