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UPDATED: Entry lists for playoff races at Martinsville Speedway

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It’s time for the last short track races of the NASCAR season as the playoffs roll on at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup and Camping World Truck Series will be in action this weekend at the .526-mile track in Virginia.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for the weekend.

Cup – First Data 500 (2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 40 entries for the race.

Matt Kenseth is back in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford.

Hermie Sadler is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevrolet for his first start of the year. Five of his last six Cup starts have been at Martinsville.

Jeb Burton is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Ford. It will be his first Cup start since 2016 at Pocono Raceway.

Clint Bowyer won the March race at Martinsville. He beat Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.

Busch is the defending winner of this race. He beat Martin Truex Jr. and Bowyer.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Texas Roadhouse 200 (1 p.m. ET Saturday)

There are 35 entries for the race. Three trucks will not make the field.

Kyle Benjamin, Jeb Burton and Timothy Peters are entered in the race.

Harrison Burton is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

John Hunter Nemechek won the March Martinsville race over Benjamin and Brett Moffitt. Noah Gragson won this race last year over Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.

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Kyle Benjamin, Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters to compete in Martinsville Truck race

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Kyle Benjamin, Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton will take part in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Burton, the son of former Cup driver Ward Burton, will make his first start of the season in On Point Motorsports’ No. 30 Toyota.

His last Truck start was in last October’s race at Martinsville.

The race will be the fourth for On Point Motorsports. It’s best result is eighth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Austin Theriault.

“It is always exciting for me to race at my home track of Martinsville Speedway,” Burton said in a press release. “I have always run good there and have had good success in the Truck Series at the track. I like running with a smaller new team like On Point Motorsports and focus on going out there and showing everyone what we can do. On Point Motorsports has been impressive in their first couple races and we look forward to being even more impressive at Martinsville.

Benjamin will drive DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Toyota in his second start of the year for the team. He competed in the spring race at Martinsville in his series debut and finished second after he led 74 laps.

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity to go back to Martinsville with DGR-Crosley,” Benjamin said in a press release. “We were so close to getting the win in the spring race and I definitely think we will be a contender again. I’m really happy to get another shot at it. I know the guys will bring me a fast Toyota Tundra this weekend. We just have to keep it clean throughout the race and be there at the end.”

Peters, who won the last Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for GMS Racing, will return to the team this weekend.

Peters, who claimed his first career win at Martinsville in 2009, will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet. It will be his fifth start of the year.

 

Saturday’s Truck and Cup schedules at Martinsville Speedway

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The Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series are both in action today at Martinsville Speedway.

The Truck Series hosts qualifying at 10 a.m., followed by the Texas Roadhouse 200 race at 1 p.m. ET.

Johnny Sauter is the defending winner of this race, while Chase Elliott won this past April at the .526-mile paper clip-shaped bullring.

Also today, the Cup Series holds two practice sessions. Qualifying will be at Noon ET Sunday for the First Data 500 race later that afternoon.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, Oct. 28

6 a.m. — Truck garage opens

9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

10 a.m. – Truck qualifying (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – First Cup practice (NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – Texas Roadhouse 200 Truck race (200 laps, 105.2 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

Stewart Friesen fastest in final Truck practice at Martinsville

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With practice extended 12 minutes due to a mid-session red flag, Stewart Friesen roared to the top of the Camping World Truck Series speed chart late in Friday’s second and final practice session.

Friesen covered the .526-mile paper clip-shaped oval at 94.713 mph.

Harrison Burton was second at 94.055 mph, followed by defending Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter (94.050), Ben Rhodes (94.036) and Kaz Grala (93.924).

Sixth through 10th were Noah Gragson (93.687), Matt Crafton (93.659), Chase Briscoe (93.631), John Hunter Nemechek (93.608) and Justin Haley (93.451).

There was only one significant incident in the session:

Rookie Dawson Cram stopped on the frontstretch with about 31 minutes left after suffering what appeared to be an engine issue. The 16-year-old Cram is hoping to make his Truck Series debut in Saturday’s race.

Safety crews put Cram’s truck in a flat-bed to prevent further spreading of oil from his engine on the racetrack. As a result, the track was placed under red-flag conditions for approximately 12 minutes to clean up oil from Cram’s vehicle.

As a result, the end of practice was extended from 3:55 p.m. ET to 4:07 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full practice speed grid.

This weekend’s Cup, Truck schedule at Martinsville

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The NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series head to NASCAR’s shortest racetrack this weekend, Martinsville Speedway in southern Virginia.

Sunday’s race at the .526-mile paper clip-shaped oval is the first in the Round of 8 in the Cup playoffs. Jimmie Johnson won this race last year. Brad Keselowski won the April race. They both remain in title contention..

The Trucks compete in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200, the first race in the Round of 6 playoffs. Johnny Sauter won last fall en route to his first Truck championship. Chase Elliott won in April.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

This weekend’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Oct. 27

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Truck garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. — Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 28

6 a.m. — Truck garage opens

9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

10 a.m. – Truck qualifying (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup practice (NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – Texas Roadhouse 200 Truck race (200 laps, 105.2 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

Sunday, Oct. 29

6:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

12:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

1:30 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3 p.m. – First Data 500 (500 laps, 263 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)