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 21, 2018 in Martinsville, VA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:43 pm/et
NASCAR America: TBA on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 2:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:30pm/et
Saturday, October 27, 9:00-9:50am/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, October 27, 11:30am-12:20pm/et, TV-TBA
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, October 27 at 4:05 pm/et, TV-TBA;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Saturday, October 27
6:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-9:50 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
11:30 AM-12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Sunday, October 28
7:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
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".
Coverage of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, Octber 27, 2018 at 4:05pm/et.
Television (TV): TBA, 4:00pm/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.
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 Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
posted when available
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship