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Morris Fastest In Practice For Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 At Martinsville Speedway

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Even though it was just practice, Philip Morris continued his torrid season Friday afternoon, leading two practice sessions for Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

Morris, who recently claimed his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, never relinquished the top of the leader board through two hours of practice Friday afternoon. His time of 20.245 seconds (93.534 mph) around the .526-mile oval led the more than 80 Late Model Stock Car competitors who practiced Friday.

Even with a practice time that was very close to Davin Scites’ track record of 20.216 (93.668 mph), Morris said his team was still searching for a little more speed.

“We need maybe two more practices,” said Morris, who is the defending champion of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Late Model Stock Car race. “There’s a lot of sliding going on, not just me, but I think a lot of the guys are sliding quite a bid. I think we are looking for a little more grip, a little more control.

Morris will get that chance Saturday morning when the track opens at 9 a.m. for two hours of practice before time trials begin at 2 p.m.

Matt McCall of Denver, NC, was second fastest on the day at 20.320, followed by track-record holder Scites at 20.332. B.J. Mackey of Rock Hill, SC, was fourth fastest at 20.377, while former national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville was fifth on the day at 20.381.

Practice and time trials are scheduled for Saturday. Only the fastest 22 cars will make the field through qualifying with the remainder of the 42-car field decided through four 25-lap heat races beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The top five finishers from each heat race will transfer to the 200-lap feature.

Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12-and-under are free for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300. Tickets for qualifying Saturday are $5. Tickets for qualifying day are on sale at the ticket office only.

Fan gates will open at 9 a.m. both days.

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