NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville 2017: Start time, lineup, TV, more – USA TODAY
USA TODAY Sports’ Brant James previews the top storylines to watching heading into this weekend’s STP 500 at Martinsville
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It’s NASCAR race day at Martinsville Speedway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sundayâs STP 500.
START TIME:Â Actor Rockmond Dunbar from the TV show Prison BreakÂ will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:07Â p.m. ET today, followed by the green flag at 2:13 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV by 2:13 p.m.
RACE DISTANCE:Â The STPÂ 500 is 500 laps around the 0.526-mile track for a total of 263 miles.
SEGMENTS:Â Beginning this season, NASCAR is dividing every race into segments and awarding one bonus pointÂ to the winner of each stage.Â Segment lengths will be different for every race. Also, the top 10 finishers of segments 1 and 2 will be awarded regular-season points in descending order from 10 to 1. Here are the segments for the STP 500:Â Stage 1: 130Â laps; Stage 2: 130Â laps; Stage 3: 240Â laps.
NATIONAL ANTHEM/FLYOVER:Â Marching bands from Martinsville, Magna Vista and Bassett high schools will perform the national anthem before today’s race. The Bandit Flight TeamÂ will perform a flyover.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE:Â Fox Sports 1 will broadcast today’s race and has a pre-race show beginning at 12:30Â p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network will call the race on the radio.
LIVE STREAMING:Â FoxÂ is offering a live stream through its FoxÂ Sports Go app.
WEATHER:Â Another nice day. The Weather Channel is calling for mostly sunny skies, a high of 68Â degrees and a 10% chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson punched his ticket to the championship race, winning for the ninth time at NASCAR’s shortest track to tie former teammate Jeff Gordon for third most in the speedway’s history. And one year ago, Kyle Busch dominated the field, leading 352 of 500 laps for the first of four victories in 2016.
STARTING LINEUP:Â Much like the fictional baseball players in the sports movie classic Bull Durham wished for a rainout, Kyle Larson hoped for one too. But the Chip Ganassi Racing driver didn’t need Kevin Costner turning on the sprinklers to make that happen. Rain washed out qualifying Friday, leading the series to set the lineup based on owners’ points and putting Larson on the pole. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott, ranked second in the standings, will start outside Larson on the front row.
Here’s the starting lineup for today’s NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway (car number in parentheses):
1. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
2. (24) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
3. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
6. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
7. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford
8. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
9. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
10. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
11. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
13. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
14. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford
15. (77) Erik Jones, Toyota
16. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford
17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
18. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford
19. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
21. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet
22. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet
23. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
24. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
25. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota
26. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet
27. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford
28. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
29. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford
30. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
31. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet
32. (15) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet
33. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
34. (38) David Ragan, Ford, Charter Team
35. (83) Corey LaJoie, Toyota
36. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet
37. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota
38. (51) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet
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