MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will play host Sunday to its first short-track race of the 2016 season, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Here are the particulars (all times are ET):
START: Actress A.J. Cook, star of “Criminal Minds,” 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. The drivers meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Band Quintet at 1:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at MRN.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 52 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Jeff Gordon scored the final victory of his Sprint Cup career, earning a berth in the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped by Matt Kenseth’s intentional wreck of leader Joey Logano with 50 laps remaining.