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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 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 21, 2018 in Martinsville, VA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:43 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: TBA on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 2:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:30pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, October 27, 9:00-9:50am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, October 27, 11:30am-12:20pm/et, TV-CNBC

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, October 27 at 4:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
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:
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

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


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Martinsville Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

March 2018: see the Martinsville Race Info page
October 2017: see the Martinsville Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: Chairman and CEO-First Data, Frank Bisignano
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Fork Union Military Academy Honor Guard
Invocation: Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
National Anthem: 380th Army Band
Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team

Sunday Martinsville Notebook: Kyle Busch finishes behind closing drama at Martinsville but keeps series lead; Chase Elliott already in must-win mode after seventh place at Martinsville; Hendrick Motorsports unveils Ally as new sponsor for Jimmie Johnson.[More](10-28-2018)

Saturday Martinsville Notebook: Clint Bowyer needs a strong performance at one of his best tracks; Being the only Gibbs driver left may be an advantage for Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott hopes to erase painful Martinsville memories with win.[More](10-27-2018)

Friday Martinsville Notebook: Noah Gragson enters Round of 6 with new setup - and no practice; It's back to Playoff beast mode for Grant Enfinger; After Talladega nail-biter, Brett Moffitt is upbeat about title chances.[More](10-26-2018)

Martinsville Speedway Weekend Preview: A win crucial for Playoff drivers this weekend; Truck Series Round of 6 commences.[More](10-25-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville, 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, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Martinsville Speedway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Joey Logano wins at Martinsville in wild, controversial finish: Joey Logano provided his own interpretation of the Golden Rule in Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, as in "Do unto others as others didn't do to you." With a guaranteed spot in the Championship 4 Round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at stake, Logano moved the Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. out of the way in Turns 3 and 4 of the final lap to win for the first time at the .526-mile short track and claim his berth in the title race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[More](10-28-2018)

#22-Joey Logano won the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The win is his second win of 2018, first win at Martinsville and 20th career win.
#11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., pole sitter #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #9-Elliott, #31-Newman, #19-Suarez, and #4-Harvick.
Truex, Jr led at the white flag, but Logano bumped him in turn four coming to the checkered flag. Truex, Jr. got loose, but was able to save the car. However, he fell behind Hamlin at the finish.
Stage 1 was won by #11-Hamlin, finished second.
Stage 2 was won by #22-Logano, finished first.
There were 11 lead changes among six drivers and eight cautions for 68 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 75.31mph.
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).

Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Martinsville:
#22-Joey Logano, 1st
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 3rd
#18-Kyle Busch, 4th
#41-Kurt Busch, 6th
#9-Chase Elliott, 7th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 10th
#10-Aric Almirola, 11th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 21st

MENCS at Martinsville
- Joey Logano (Penske): qualifies for Championship 4; 3rd time in 5 years qualifying for Championship 4 (finished 4th in 2014, 2nd in 2016)
- Logano: 20th career Cup Series win (2nd this year); 41st driver to reach 20-win mark
- Logano: 4th driver in series history to win 20 races before turning 29 (Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Kyle Busch are the others)
- Logano: 3rd driver to win with last-lap pass in last 5 races (Aric Almirola at Talladega, Ryan Blaney at Charlotte Road); was 3 last-lap passes in previous 33 races combined
- Logano: 2nd straight year Martinsville playoff races was decided by last-lap pass (Kyle Busch last year); previous Martinsville race decided by last-lap pass for lead came in Sept. 1987 (Darrell Waltrip)
- Logano: career-high 307 laps led (previous high was 227 in Oct. 2015 at Charlotte, also a win)
- Denny Hamlin (Gibbs): finished 2nd; 10th top-5 finish this season (0 wins); tied with Kyle Larson for the most top-5 finishes this season without a win
- Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row): finished 3rd; 19th top-5 finish this season matches his total from last season (won championship); winless in 78 career races on short tracks
- Kyle Busch (Gibbs): finished 4th; 7th straight top-5 finish at Martinsville
(ESPN Stats & Info)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Martinsville - race 1 of 3 in the Round of 8, 7 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #22-Joey Logano, Martinsville win
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 4104, +46
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4083, +25
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 4083, +25
Currently outside the top 4 to advance to the Championship race:
5) #41-Kurt Busch, 4058, -25
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 4052, -31
7) #14-Clint Bowyer, 4041, -42
8) #10-Aric Almirola, 4033, -50
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 First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 260/500):
#22-Logano, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#11-Hamlin, 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#78-Truex, 7pts
#41-Busch, 6pts
#31-Newman., 5pts
#9-Elliott, 4pts
#14-Bowyer, 3pts
#47-Allmendinger, 2pts
#2-Keselowski, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 130) of the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 130/500):
#11-Hamlin, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#22-Logano, 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#14-Bowyer, 7pts
#41-Busch 6pts
#31-Newman, 5pts
#78-Truex, 4pts
#12-Blaney, 3pts
#4-Harvick, 2pts
#10-Almirola, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #72-Whitt, 24th
Caution 2: #23-Yeley, 38th
Caution 3: #38-Ragan, 18th
Caution 4: #4-Harvick, 10th
Caution 5: #1-McMurray, 16th
Caution 6: #19-Suarez, 9th
Caution 7: #37-Buesher, 13th
Caution 8: #88-Bowman, 17th

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

To the rear: #21-Menard (engine change), #43-Wallace (backup car), #2-Keselowski (unapproved adjustments), #99-Cassill (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 First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
With 40 cars running, pit stalls 43, 30 ,21 are not in use.
Pole winner #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #14-Bowyer. took pit stall 11, with an opening in front of it.
11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd, took the 22 stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #41-Busch, who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-27-2018)

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

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kyle Busch hopes to turn the tables after pole run at Martinsville: Hoping to reverse the outcome of this year's spring race at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch took the first step on Saturday afternoon, winning the pole position for Sunday's First Data 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the first race in the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.[More](10-27-2018)

Kyle Busch won the Busch pole for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 96.254mph for his fourth pole of 2018, second at Martinsville and 32nd of his career. Busch has won 11 times from the 30 previous poles.
#14- Bowyer will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #10-Almirola, #78-Truex, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #19-Suarez, and #42-Larson.
#41-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 96.161mph, will start7th.
#12-Blaney was quickest in the first round with a speed of 96.317mph, will start 4th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-27-2018)

Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Martinsville:
#18-Kyle Busch, 1st
#14-Clint Bowyer,2nd
#10-Aric Almirola, 5th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 6th
#41-Kurt Busch, 7th
#22-Joey Logano, 11th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 13th
#9-Chase Elliott, 21st

Martinsville Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch (P) won the Pole Award for the 70th Annual First Data 500 with a lap of 19.673 seconds, 96.254 mph.
This is his 31st pole in 495 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 24th top-10 start in 2018.
This is his second pole in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (P) (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2018 and his ninth in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 18th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 23rd in 33 races this season.
William Byron (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(10-27-2018)

Second Round of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#41-Busch 96.161
#18-Busch 96.068
#11-Hamlin 96.049
#14-Bowyer 96.044
#10-Almirola 96.015
the rest of the top 12: 19 42 78 12 24 2 22
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 4 38 37 88 47 31 1 17 9 34 48 20
(10-27-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#12-Blaney 96.317
#14-Bowyer 96.151
#10-Almirola 96.039
#41-Busch 96.029
#22-Logano 95.976
the rest of the top 24: 11 1 47 42 31 19 18 37 38 20 2 17 4 24 78 88 34 48 9
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 15 13 6 3 32 95 72 43 96 23 00 51 66 7 21 99
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
(10-27-2018)

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): NBCSN, 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.

Qualifying Order for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #00-Joey Gase.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #13-Ty Dillon.
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).(10-27-2018)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#31-Newman 95.709
#9-Elliott 94.913
#18-Busch 94.784
#2-Keselowski 94.510
#47-Allmendinger 94.242
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 35 drivers): #18-Busch 94.205
slowest: #99-Cassill 89.974
notes: The session was incident-free.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (10-27-2018)

First practice for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#2-Keselowski 95.714
#41-Busch 95.646
#18-Busch 95.593
#12-Blaney 95.357
#10-Almirola 95.357
most laps run: #9-Elliott, #22-Logano, #13-Dillon - 53
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #78-Truex 94.804
slowest: #66-Hill 89.944
notes: #1-McMurray, #51-Burton and #88-Bowman were docked 15 minutes of practice for failing pre-race inspection twice at Kansas.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (10-27-2018)

Entry List for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Gase, #7-Hermie Sadler, #23-Yeley, #51-Jeb Burton, #66-Hill, #72-Whitt, #95-Smith, #99-Cassill.
Since only 40 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 Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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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.(10-24-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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