Josh Berry (88, upper left) pulls away from Timothy Peters (12), Peyton Sellers (26), Lee Pulliam (5) and Trey Crews of Halifax (9) following a restart during the late stages of the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at Martinsville Speedway.

The largest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the nation will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2021 with the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 taking place on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event will include two 50-lap heat races followed by the 200-lap feature. The main event will include 40 cars in the starting field. More details will be announced at a later date.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a tradition that brings the region and our Racing Virginia community together for the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell in a news release. “Thanks to our long-time partners at ValleyStar Credit Union for their continued support to bring the best local racers from around the country to compete on the most challenging short track in motorsports at Martinsville Speedway.”

The 2020 race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 2019 winner, Josh Berry of JR Motorsports, captured the checkered flag as the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union race winner and collected the largest payout in the history of the event and also the prestigious Martinsville grandfather clock.

“ValleyStar couldn’t be more excited to hear the roar of engines once again for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300,” said ValleyStar President and CEO Delbert Lee Morgan. “Serving our communities energizes the team here at ValleyStar Credit Union and getting the opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of our NASCAR fans is an absolute thrill and we are honored to be a part of it.”

In addition to the Late Model Stock Car race, Martinsville Speedway also will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Thursday, April 8, as well the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series that same weekend.

Then in October, Martinsville Speedway will host the Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and Cup Series Oct. 30-31. These will be the final races for each series before the championship lineup is set.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV