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Full 2017 Daytona Speedweeks schedule

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It’s finally here.

The 2017 edition of Speedweeks gets underway this week, leading to the 59th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

The on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins with practice Friday for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash. The exhibition race held the following night.

Here’s the full Speedweeks schedule for all three of NASCAR’s national series.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Feb. 17

1 – 9 p.m. – Cup garage open

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Clash practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

6:30 – 7:25 p.m. – Final Clash practice (FS1, MRN)

Saturday, Feb. 18

8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

4:15 p.m. – ARCA race (FS1)

6:15 p.m. – Clash driver-crew chief meeting

7:35 p.m. – Clash driver introductions

8 p.m. – Advanced Auto Parts Clash; 75 laps, 187.5 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Feb. 19

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open

3:10 p.m. – Daytona 500 qualifying (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Monday, Feb. 20

No track activity

Tuesday, Feb. 21

No track activity

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Noon – 5 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

Thursday, Feb. 23

8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

Noon – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck practice (FS1)

4- 4:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:15 p.m. – Cup driver – crew chief meeting

6:40 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

7 p.m. – Can-Am qualifying duel No. 1; 60 laps, 150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

8:40 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

9 p.m. – Can-Am qualifying duel No. 2; 60 laps, 150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Friday, Feb. 24

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

Noon – 12:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

4:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single vehicle/two rounds (FS1)

6:15 p.m. – Truck driver – crew chief meeting

7 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

7:30 p.m. – NextEra Energy Resources 250; 100 laps/250 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, Feb. 25

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10:30 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single car/two rounds (FS1)

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

12:10 p.m. – Xfinity driver – crew chief  meeting

12:30 – 1:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – PowerShares QQQ 300; 120 laps, 300 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Feb 26

8 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Driver – crew chief meeting

1:15 p.m. – Driver introductions

2p.m. – 59th Daytona 500; 200 laps, 500 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Snow blankets Martinsville Speedway; race still set to run Sunday

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Snow blanketed Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night, less than 24 hours before the Cup Series runs the STP 500.

The race remains scheduled to take the green flag at 2:07 p.m. ET.

Snow was falling Saturday night and expected to do so through the early hours of Sunday. The National Weather Service’s forecast called for the Martinsville area to receive 2-4 inches Saturday.

Ryan Blaney‘s spotter, Josh Williams, provided video of the scene Saturday night:

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Kyle Busch seeks alterations to Charlotte Roval after test

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Kyle Busch says he’s raised concerns about a couple of turns on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course to track officials after taking part in a Goodyear test there this week.

Busch, Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard tested Tuesday. Wednesday’s session was rained out and rescheduled for May 1. Busch is the winningest active Cup driver on road courses. He has four career road course victories (two at Sonoma and two at Watkins Glen).

Busch, said he talked with Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., and Don Hawk, SMI’s senior vice president of business affairs, about his concerns.

“They have an idea for changes to one of them, but not the other one,’’ Busch said Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

One area of concern is the chicane on the frontstretch.

“When you’re coming down onto the front straightaway and you have that zone in the infield grass and then you turn (right), you have a direct, head-on impact into the wall on the front straightaway there so that’s kind of a concern,’’ Busch said.

“The chicane on the frontstretch, when you turn to the right (Turn 16 in the above diagram) heading head-on into a wall and then you have to turn back left going along the front straightaway (was an issue raised). When we were testing, it wasn’t bad because you could hop this curve and hop that curve, but then they wanted to straighten that out more from turn seven like at Sonoma, which is more of a 90-degree turn, and would make that angle worse.

“I expressed my displeasure with that idea and then we also had the same thing coming from Turn 7 to Turn 8 where you’re braking in a zone and heading head-on into the front straightaway wall to get back (from the infield course to Turn 1 of the oval). Softening up that corner as well and making that tighter and a softer corner where you can … get back on the main track a little safer.

“Those are some instances that I felt were kind of the worst instances. Other than that, I thought the track was kind of OK. It’s a bit narrow and tight in places, but I think you have that at some other road courses that I have not been at that NASCAR has. Montreal is really narrow, too and it puts on a decent show. I think it will be fine, it will just be different. I think it’s going to be about survival more than anything.”

The Cup series races on the Charlotte’s roval on Sept. 30 on NBC. It is the final race of the first round of the playoffs and will cut the number of title contenders from 16 to 12.

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Cup starting lineup at Martinsville Speedway

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Martin Truex Jr. will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying was canceled by rain and snow Saturday.

“It’s definitely a big advantage to start out front,” Truex said. “First pit box obviously, everyone knows it’s a big deal here and that’s where you want to be so you get that clean stall in and out and not get torn up on pit road.”

The lineup was set by car owner points.

Kyle Busch will join Truex on the front row.

Row 2 will feature Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. Teammate Ryan Blaney starts fifth.

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Martinsville Truck race postponed to Sunday after Cup race

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The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Truck race at Martinsville has been postponed until Sunday afternoon, following the Cup race.

Ben Rhodes led the field to green 2:05 p.m. and held the lead until Mike Senica stalled on the track. Rhodes led the first 23 laps until precipitation red flagged the event at 2:17.

The Truck race will be televised on FS1.