Martinsville Cup qualifying: Chase Elliott wins pole

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Chase Elliott claimed pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Elliott’s lap of 96.151 miles per hour in his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was fastest among the 10 drivers that advanced to the final round of Friday’s qualifying session.

MORE: Martinsville Cup starting lineup

MORE: Martinsville Cup qualifying results

“It’s always good to get a good starting spot – obviously, Lap 400 tomorrow is what pays,” Elliott told Fox Sports after securing his first Cup pole since March 2020 at Phoenix Raceway – a span of 75 starts.

“The bigger thing, I think, than the starting spot itself is always the pit selection. Having that first pit stall, I think, is a really big deal and can lend you a lot of opportunity to gain spots on pit road.

“Hopefully, we can get this thing dialed in to be driving like we want in the second half of the race and be around to have a shot at it.”

Aric Almirola will start alongside Elliott on the front row Saturday at the historic half-mile. He qualified P2 with a lap of 95.641 mph in his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

“Last week (at Richmond), I felt like going in the (final round) was a disadvantage because we hurried up to get back in line in the top 10 and so we were going out on hot tires,” Almirola told Fox Sports. “This week, I felt like it was an advantage to go in the second round just because you were going back out with warmer tires.

“It’s so cold here and the concrete surface is hard to get grip on when it’s cold, so I thought with warmer tires, that was a little bit of an advantage.”

Row 2 will include Cole Custer (95.598 mph) and Chris Buescher (95.395 mph). Behind them in Row 3 are William Byron (95.189 mph) and Kevin Harvick (94.960 mph).

Denny Hamlin, last week’s winner at Richmond and a five-time winner at Martinsville, qualified 25th.

A.J. Allmendinger was not allowed to qualify after his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet failed inspection three times. Allmendinger must also serve a pass-through penalty after the green flag Saturday. Additionally, No. 16 engineer Michael Brookes was ejected.

Green flag for the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 is scheduled for Saturday at 7:58 p.m. ET. Coverage is on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Monday Charlotte Cup race: Start time, TV info, weather

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After two days of soaking rains, the longest race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is set for a 3 p.m. ET start Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 600-mile marathon was scheduled for a 6:21 p.m. start Sunday, but persistent rain forced a postponement to Memorial Day.

A look at the Monday Cup schedule:

Details for Monday’s Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:12 p.m. by USO official Barry Morris and retired drivers Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte. … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 3:23 p.m.

PRERACE: Driver introductions are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given by retired Air Force Master Sergeant Monty Self at 3 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Elizabeth Marino at 3:04 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (600 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 100. Stage 2 ends at Lap 200. Stage 3 ends at Lap 300.

STARTING LINEUP: Charlotte Cup starting lineup

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 3 p.m. and can be heard on goprn.com. … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

STREAMING: Foxsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — The forecast calls for overcast skies with a high of 71. There is a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin won last year’s 600 as the race was extended to two overtimes, making it the longest race in distance in Cup history.

Monday Charlotte Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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Charlotte Motor Speedway’s rescheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race is set for an 11 a.m. start Monday.

The race originally was scheduled Saturday, but was postponed by weather to noon Monday. After Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race also was postponed to Monday, the Xfinity Series race was moved to an 11 a.m. start.

A look at the Monday Xfinity schedule:

Details for Monday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 11:01 a.m. by representatives of race sponsor Alsco Uniforms … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 11:12 a.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opened at 8 a.m.

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

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

STARTING LINEUP: Charlotte Xfinity starting lineup (Justin Haley will replace Kyle Busch in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing car).

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 11 a.m. and can be heard on goprn.com. … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

STREAMING: Foxsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — The forecast calls for overcast skies with a high of 71. There is a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Josh Berry won last May’s Xfinity race. Ty Gibbs was second and Sam Mayer third.

Justin Haley replaces Kyle Busch in Kaulig car for Xfinity race

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Justin Haley will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 car in Monday morning’s scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Haley replaces Cup Series regular Kyle Busch, who was scheduled to drive for Kaulig in the 300-miler. The race was postponed from Saturday to Monday because of weather, giving NASCAR a 900-mile doubleheader at the track.

Busch decided to concentrate on the Coca-Cola 600 Cup race, scheduled for a  3 p.m. start.

Haley also will race in the 600.

Ty Gibbs is scheduled to run in both races.

Charlotte Cup race postponed to Monday by weather

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CONCORD, N.C. — All-day rain Sunday forced the postponement of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race to Monday.

The postponement means that Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to host 900 miles of stock car racing Monday. A 300-mile Xfinity Series race, originally scheduled Saturday and first postponed to noon Monday, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Monday (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Cup race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. (Fox, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Sunday’s Cup race was scheduled to start at 6:21 p.m. ET, but light rain was still falling at that time in the speedway area near Charlotte. Rain intensified a few minutes later and, despite an evening forecast that showed slight improvement, officials decided at 6:30 p.m. to postpone the race.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 34% chance of rain at the start of the Xfinity race and a 30% chance at the start of the Cup race.

William Byron will start the race from the pole after qualifying was washed out Saturday night.