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Police identify driver who struck pedestrians at Martinsville Speedway

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Virginia State Police identified the driver who struck several pedestrians in the parking lot at Martinsville Speedway as 65-year-old Gary T. Edem of Fairfax, Virginia.

He was taken into custody after the incident, which sent nearly 20 people to local hospitals, and charged with one count of reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. A magistrate set an unsecured bond at $7,500. The maximum punishment for the charge is 12 months jail and a $2,500 fine.

Virginia State Police has stated that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

The incident occurred in the handicapped parking area outside of Turn 2 of the speedway about an hour after Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s race. The parking lot was congested with vehicles and pedestrians when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Liberty. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several nearby pedestrians. 

Neither the driver nor the passenger in the Jeep was injured in the crash. The driver was a 73-year-old male from Joplin, Missouri, and the passenger was a 36-year-old male from Bentonville, Arkansas.

Twelve people were transported to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia. Ten were released, one was admitted overnight in stable condition and one was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. All were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The youngest person taken to a hospital was 12 years old.

Those transported there were:

48-year-old female from Troutman, N.C.

65-year-old male from Plainville, Ga.

49-year-old female from Danville, Va.

34-year-old female from Henry, Va.

43-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

34-year-old female from Greensboro, N.C.

60-year-old male from Xenia, Ohio

61-year-old female from Xenia, Ohio

45-year-old male from Dalton, Ga.

12-year-old male from Danville, Va.

51-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

53-year-old female from Reidsville, N.C.

Five people were transported to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. State police has only been able to confirm through the hospital two of the identities those individuals: a 40-year-old female and her 15-year-old daughter. Both are from Ararat, Virginia.

The remaining five individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The investigation by the Virginia State Police continues and additional charges are pending in consultation with Henry County Commonwealth Attorney Andrew Nester.

Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer tied at top of Xfinity playoff standings

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Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer are tied for the top spot in the Xfinity playoff standings after the playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway.

Each driver has 2,057 points.

Allgaier finished third after bouncing back from losing a tire on Lap 19 and going two laps down. He was two laps down for 27 laps and one lap down for 30 before getting back on the lead lap.

Custer, who finished fifth, won the first two stages of the race, earning two playoff points in the process.

The top five in points are Allgaier, Custer, Elliott Sadler (-2), Daniel Hemric (-5) and William Byron (-6).

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Results from Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

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Tyler Reddick scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win, leading a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Reddick beat teammate Brennan Poole by 14.5 seconds in the playoff opener.

Reddick is the seventh different winner in the last seven series races. He led twice for 66 laps. Reddick had not led any laps until Saturday night.

Playoff contender Justin Allgaier rallied from two laps down after a right front tire went down early in the 200-lap race to finish third. Ryan Preece placed fourth. Rookie Cole Custer, who won both stages, finished fifth.

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Tyler Reddick wins playoff opener at Kentucky for first career Xfinity victory

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Tyler Reddick, a part-time driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, led 66 laps to win the Xfinity Series playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway.

In his rookie year in the series, Reddick earned the win in his 15th start in the No. 42 Chevrolet.

The 21-year-old driver beat teammate Brennan Poole, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Cole Custer.

“I don’t know if it was necessarily me making a statement, it’s just Chip Ganassi Racing making a statement,” Reddick told NBCSN. “(Crew chief) Mike Shiplett has brought me from ground zero all the way to here. All the guys at Ganassi have gone above and beyond in helping me become a better driver. To be here today is surreal.”

Reddick, who had not led a lap before Saturday night, took the lead for the first time on Lap 126 of the 200-lap race.

Reddick is the fourth Xfinity driver to get his first win this season.

Saturday’s win comes after it was announced on Sept. 14 that Reddick would join JR Motorsports full-time in 2018.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Cole Custer

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Justin Allgaier bounced back from losing a tire and going two laps down to finish third. He leaves Kentucky tied with Cole Custer at the top of the playoff standings. … Brennan Poole’s runner-up finish is a career-best result in 77 starts … Ryan Preece has finished in the top four in all three of his starts for Joe Gibbs Racing. … Ryan Reed finished 10th, ending an eight-race streak without a top 10.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Sam Hornish Jr. finished 31st, nine laps down after contact with Brandon Jones on Lap 53 caused him to hit the wall at the exit of Turn 2, forcing him to pit for repairs. … William Byron finished 18th, two laps down after he was forced to pit on Lap 101 for a loose wheel.

NOTABLE: The No. 2 of Ben Kennedy failed rear heights in post-race inspection. … Reddick is the seventh different driver to win in the last seven races this season. … Reddick is the seventh different winner in the last eight races at Kentucky.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I was about the color of my car (red) there for a little bit.” – Justin Allgaier after finishing third following a rebound from going two laps down early in the race.

NEXT: Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 30 on NBCSN.

Social Roundup: Sights from first Martinsville night race

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The wait is over.

Night racing at Martinsville Speedway is now a reality.

After tests and practice sessions, the half-mile track in Virginia hosted the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and its qualifying races Saturday night for the NASCAR Late Model Series, which was won by Timothy Peters.

In attendance at the race were Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, as well as NBCSN’s Marty Snider, who watched his son Myatt compete in the race.

Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds from the historic night for NASCAR’s oldest track.