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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Martinsville Race Info

THE RACE: First Data 500
TRACK: Martinsville Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #33 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #7 of 10

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Martinsville, VA
Title Sponsor: First Data
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:13 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, October 28, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBC Sports App;
Saturday, October 28, 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Sunday, October 29 at 12:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
None

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, October 27
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, October 28
9:00 AM-8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:20 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM-8:30 PM MENCS FAN FEST

Sunday, October 29
6:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Martinsville Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

April 2017: see the Martinsville Race Info page
October 2016: see the Martinsville Race Info page

Track Specifications:
Track Size: 0.526 Mile
Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
Straights: 800 feet
Backstretch: 800 feet
Grandstand Seating: 55,000
Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
Speed Limits: Pit Road, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
Opened: 1947
Stages: 1 ends lap 130, 2 at lap 260, race finish is lap 500 (OT possible)

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Coverage of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:05pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 12:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.



For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Bug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS
posted when available


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race