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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Martinsville Race Info

THE RACE: STP 500
TRACK: Martinsville Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #6 of 36

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Martinsville, VA - POSTPONED to Monday, March 26, 2018
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:13 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 RaceDay: 12:30pm/et on FS1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:00pm/et

Practices:

Saturday, March 24, 10:05am-10:55am/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 24, 12:30pm-1:20pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, March 24 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, March 26 at 3:00 am/et on FS1

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

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
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, March 23
7:00 PM-9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Saturday, March 24
7:00 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:05 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM-1:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Sunday, March 25
9:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)
Postponed due to rain

Monday, March 26
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM 7:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING TENT OUTSIDE TURNS 3 & 4)
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 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 2017: see the Martinsville Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: Executive Chairman of Spectrum Brands, parent company of STP; David Maura
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Martinsville-Henry County Combined Law Enforcement Color Guard
Invocation: Martinsville Speedway Track Chaplin, Mike Hatfield
National Anthem: National Anthem by: 392D Army Band Brass Quintet Fort Lee, Virginia
Flyover: Flyover: 2 - F18 Hornets, VFA Tact 37 Ragin' Bulls from Naval Air Station Oceana (Turn 4 to Turn 1)

Monday Martinsville Notebook:Hamlin and Harvick tangle at Martinsville - to Hamlin's detriment; Bowman leads Chevy brigade with seventh-place finish; Allmendinger gets season-best finish at one of his best tracks.[More](3-24-2018)

Saturday Martinsville Notebook: Over the hill? Jimmie Johnson doesn't think so; Denny Hamlin looks to move forward from Chase Elliott incident; Short strokes[More](3-24-2018)

What to Watch for: Martinsville: Can Johnson End Slump at Martinsville? Time for Kyle Busch to Get a Win; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Martinsville[More](3-23-2018)

Martinsville Speedway Weekend Preview: Team Penske Enters Martinsville With Big Expectations; Bubba Getting Back On Track; Youth Served[More](3-21-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Martinsville Speedway

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Martinsville Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Martinsville Speedway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Clint Bowyer breaks 190-race drought with Martinsville win: Clint Bowyer was so excited he started his celebratory burnout at the entrance to Turn 3 at Martinsville Speedway, flirting perilously with the outside wall. Bowyer had ample reason to start the party early, before he got to the frontstretch for a traditional smoke show. With his victory in Monday's snow-delayed STP 500, he had just ended a winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series that had reached 190 races, dating to the fall race at Charlotte in 2012.[More](3-24-2018)

#14-Bowyer won the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The win is his first win of 2018, first win at Martinsville and ninth career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #12-Blaney, #78-Truex, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #88-Bowman, #47-Allmendinger, #9-Elliott, and #2-Keseloski.
Truex earned the pole on Saturday after weather moved into the area. It eventually forced NASCAR to postpone the race until Monday. He had a quiet day, led four laps, and finished in the top-five.
Stage 1 was won by #11-Hamlin, finished 12th.
Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney, finished 3rd.
There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers and 4 cautions for 33 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 81.663 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Race Fast Facts - Martinsville
Clint Bowyer won the 69th Annual STP 500, his ninth victory in 439 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Series races.This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2018.This is his first victory and 15th top-10 finish in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway.Kyle Busch (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his fifth
top-10 finish in 2018.Ryan Blaney (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Martinsville Speedway.William Byron (20th) was the highest finishing rookie.Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 8 points over Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-25-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
#4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins - 2 can be used for playoffs], 212
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 249
#14-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 210
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 148
#18-Kyle Busch, 257
#12-Ryan Blaney, 233, -24
#22-Joey Logano, 232, -25
#2-Brad Keselowski, 226, -31
#11-Denny Hamlin, 217, -40
#42-Kyle Larson, 195, -62
#41-Kurt Busch, 177, -80
#10-Aric Almirola, 171, -86
#20-Erik Jones, 152, -105
#88-Alex Bowman, 145, -112
#21-Paul Menard, 139, -118
#31-Ryan Newman, 135, -122
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 260) of the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 260/500):
#12-Blaney, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#14-Bowyer, 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#2-Keselowski, 7pts
#11-Hamlin, 6pts
#4-Harvick, 5pts
#41-Busch, 4pts
#47-Allmendinger, 3pts
#22-Logano, 2pts
#48-Johnson, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #55-Yeley, 31st
Caution 2: #1-McMurray, 26th
Caution 3: #9-Elliott, 9th
Caution 4: #9-Elliott, 9th

Martinsville race postponed: Weather has postponed all activity at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday, March 25. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for 11:00am/et on Monday, followed by the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2:00pm.(3-24-2018)

See the starting lineup for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #17-Stenhouse (backup car), #23-Gaulding (inspection infraction), #34-McDowell (unapproved adjustments)

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".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, two pit stalls (22,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
One pit stall (30), Monster Energy Pit Box, has been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
There are three vacant pit boxes (16, 21, 39) due to 38 cars entered and is in play and do count towards driving through more than three pit boxes
Pole winner #78-Truex chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #18-Busch. took pit stall 13.
#22-Logano, who starts 3rd, took the second stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #41-Busch who starts 11th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-24-2018)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup

Qualifying Order
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Monday Martinsville Notebook:Hamlin and Harvick tangle at Martinsville - to Hamlin's detriment; Bowman leads Chevy brigade with seventh-place finish; Allmendinger gets season-best finish at one of his best tracks.[More](3-26-2018)

Saturday Martinsville Notebook: Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr,. would have preferred to earn his third straight official pole on Saturday, but with rain forcing cancellation of STP 500 qualifying at Martinsville Speedway, Truex is happy to take the result.[More](3-24-2018)

Truex earned the Busch pole for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway based on points after a rain/snow mix forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #12-Blaney, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer amd #10-Almirola.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-24-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 5:10pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 5:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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.

Qualifying Order for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #23-Gaulding.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #19-Suarez.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-24-2018)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex 95.418
#2-Keselowski 95.280
#19-Suarez 95.242
#18-Busch 95.122
#31-Newman 94.756
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 35 drivers): #2-Keselowski 94.579
slowest: #51-Rhodes 91.289
notes: #17-Stenhouse wrecked and will start the race at the rear of the field with a backup.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-24-2018)

First practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex 95.752
#2-Keselowski 95.646
#18-Busch 95.213
#31-Newman 95.199
#41-Busch 95.094
most laps run: #11-Hamlin 69
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #78-Truex 95.054
slowest: #51-Rhodes 91.430
notes: Many teams practiced in race setup due to possible weather.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Saturday Practice 1 speeds (pdf) (3-24-2018)

Crew rosters

Entry List for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Cassill, #15-Chastain, #23-Gaulding, #51-Rhodes, #55-Yeley, #72-Whitt, #96-Kennington.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

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

Martinsville Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Martinsville Speedway page.(3-20-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Martinsville Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race