First LED light at Martinsville Speedway installed

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Less than a week after ground was broke on the project, Martinsville Speedway has successfully installed its first LED light.

The oldest track in NASCAR announced back in October that the facility would finally be lit, becoming the first major motorsports facility in North America to have LED lighting.

The pole installed on Tuesday is the first of 19 that will illuminate the 0.526-mile short track.

The lights are meant as an “insurance policy” in case either of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races runs late. But the track will host a natural night race next year with the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Series.