Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville: Start time, lineup, TV information and more

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ six-race short-track season will start Sunday with the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which is the shortest oval on the circuit.

Here are the particulars (all times are ET):

START: STP vice president of marketing Jamie Kistner will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 1:07 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 1:13 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 500 laps (263 miles) around the 0.526-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 7 a.m., and the drivers meeting is at 11:00 a.m. Driver introductions begin at 12:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by the Training and Doctrine Command Band Herald Trumpets of Ft. Eustis, Va., at 1:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race, starting with a prerace show at 12:30 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and MRN.com.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 45 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.

LAST TIME(S): In October, Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first win at Martinsville and his final victory with crew chief Steve Letarte, passing Tony Stewart for the lead after restarting in fifth with fewer than five laps left. A year ago at Martinsville, Kurt Busch qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup with his first victory at Stewart-Haas Racing, outdueling six-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

CHASE BEGINS TODAY: Chase Elliott will start 27th in his Sprint Cup debut. It’s the first of five races in 2015 for the Hendrick Motorsports prospect, who will move into Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet next season.

FIRST TIMERS: In addition to Elliott, there will be five drivers racing a Sprint Cup car for the first time at Martinsville – Jeb Burton, Brett Moffitt, Chris Buescher, Alex Kennedy and Matt DiBenedetto. With even veterans struggling to adapt to a new car and engine combination, it could make for a long day for the rookies in the tight quarters of Martinsville, which isn’t known for its hospitable confines.

STARTING LINEUP: 

Row 1: Joey Logano, Ryan Newman

Row 2: Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon

Row 3: Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

Row 4: Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth

Row 5: Kasey Kahne, A.J. Allmendinger

Row 6: Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski

Row 7: Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Row 8: Denny Hamlin, Danica Patrick

Row 9: Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola

Row 10: Jamie McMurray, David Ragan

Row 11: Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon

Row 12: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Casey Mears

Row 13: Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch

Row 14: Chase Elliott, Michael Annett

Row 15: David Gilliland, Clint Bowyer

Row 16: Josh Wise, Jeb Burton

Row 17: Brett Moffitt, Landon Cassill

Row 18: Chris Buescher, Trevor Bayne

Row 19: Cole Whitt, Sam Hornish Jr.

Row 20: Alex Bowman, Mike Bliss

Row 21: Alex Kennedy, J.J. Yeley

Row 22: Matt DiBenedetto

Saturday Las Vegas Xfinity race: Start time, TV channel

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs get underway with the Saturday Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The race is the first of seven to determine the champion.

Chase Briscoe is on the pole after his win last weekend at Bristol

Here is all the info for the Saturday Las Vegas Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 7:38 p.m by Cup driver Bubba Wallace. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:47 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 1 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:20 p.m. The invocation will be given at 7:30 p.m. by Motor Racing Outreach Chaplain, Billy Mauldin. The national anthem will be performed by Mackenzie Mackey at 7:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: Coverage begins on NBCSN with Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. Race broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 7 p.m.. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the link.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for clear skies with a high of 98 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Chase Briscoe beat Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric at Bristol.

LAST RACE AT LAS VEGAS: Chase Briscoe beat Austin Cindric and Ryan Sieg for the win in February.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Results, point standings after Truck race at Las Vegas

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Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second win of 2020.

He beat Sheldon Creed for the victory.

The top five was completed by Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly finished 18th and Travis Pastrana was 21st.

Click here for the race results.

Point Standings

With his win, Austin Hill is the first driver to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Todd Gilliland is last in the playoff standings with 2,050 points. He is 13 points behind Ben Rhodes.

Click here for the standings.

Austin Hill wins Las Vegas Truck race

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Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the final 39 laps to score the victory.

Hill took the lead on a restart and held off charges from Sheldon Creed over the final 20 laps.

Creed’s progress was slowed with 11 laps to go when he got loose and scraped the wall in Turn 1. He was never able to get close enough to Hill to make a challenge.

Creed dominated the early portion of the race, leading 89 laps before he struggled to get going on the final restart and briefly fell to seventh.

The win is the second of the year for Hill. He’s the first playoff driver to win in the postseason and it come after he finished 25th at Bristol.

“We didn’t have the best truck tonight by no means,” Hill told FS1. “Pit crew did a hell of job on that last pit stop getting me into the position I needed to. I just had to go out there and get it. … Sheldon was definitely way faster than me. … I was probably looking in my mirror more than I was our front. I knew he was better than we were.”

The top five was completed by Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith.

More: Race results and point standings

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith all matched their best results of the season … While he was the first driver to finish one lap down, IndyCar driver Conor Daly placed 18th in his first career Truck Series start … Travis Pastrana placed 21st in his second start of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Rachael Lessard finished 20th after he had to pit early in the race following contact with the wall … Ben Rhodes finished 23rd after he spun from contact with Stewart Friesen and hit the inside wall on Lap 84 … Jordan Anderson’s engine expired on the ensuing restart. He finished 32nd.

NOTABLE: Natalie Decker, who was not medically cleared to compete Friday night, was treated and released from the infield care center.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Talladega Superspeedway, 1 p.m. ET Oct. 3 on FS1

 

Natalie Decker not medically cleared for Las Vegas Truck race

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NASCAR announced right before Friday night’s Truck Series race that Natalie Decker hadn’t been medically cleared to compete.

No details were provided about the issue that prevented Decker from being cleared. During the final stage of the race, NASCAR announced she had been treated and released from the infield medical center.

The Niece Motorsports driver would have started 23rd. Due to her No. 44 truck having cleared inspection and having been placed on the starting grid she was credited with a last-place finish.

Decker has made 11 starts this year. She missed the June 28 race at Pocono after she was hospitalized due to bile duct complications related to her gallbladder removal in December.

Decker provided this update Saturday morning.