Start of NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville delayed by rain

The start of Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway — the Blue-Emu Optimum Discomfort Relief 500 — has actually been postponed by rain.

The 500-lap race was set to take the green flag at 8 p.m. ET, however damp weather condition has actually moistened the track and drying efforts have actually started. Protection of the race can be discovered on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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This is the 8th points-paying occasion of the 2021 season and the Cup Series has actually seen 7 various winners in as numerous races to open the project.

Bristol dirt winner Joey Logano is set to begin with the lead with Denny Hamlin next to him on the front row. William Byron and Ryan Blaney will comprise Row 2. Ruling Cup Series champ and latest Martinsville winner Chase Elliott will begin 5th with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. beginning 6th. Safeguarding race winner Martin Truex Jr. will begin seventh.

Phase 1 of the race is set to complete on Lap 130. Phase 2 will end on Lap 260 and the arranged end will be at Lap 500.

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Rain likewise postponed the start of Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 and later on stopped the race after simply 91 of its arranged 250 laps. That race will resume Sunday at midday ET with protection on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.