NASCAR at Martinsville: TV schedule, dates, times, qualifying drivers for STP 500

Sunday’s race marks first race of the Round of 8.

After a three-race west coast roadtrip, NASCAR heads back east to its first short-track race of the season at Martinsville, the only track to hostSprint Cup races every year since the division’s inception in 1949.

At 0.526 miles in length, Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track on the Sprint Cup circuit. Because ofits size and shape — 55-foot width, 588-foot turns (12 degrees of banking) and flat 800-foot straightaways — race cars rarely reach 100 mph.

Kyle Busch led 352laps in last spring's STP 500for his first Sprint Cup win at the Paperclip, cappinga two-day run that also includeda victory in the Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday.Jimmie Johnson won the fall Cup race for his ninth victory at the Virginia track.

Victory lane at Martinsville sports the best prize on the NASCAR circuit, a 7-foot grandfather clock.The hand-crafted clocks, made by Martinsville-based Ridgeway Clocks, arevalued at $10,000.

This week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joins the Cup Series atNASCAR’s quintessential track. Here's the full schedule.

NASCAR at Martinsville schedule, TV channel info

(All times ET)

Friday, March 31

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1
1-1:55 p.m.: Truck Series practice, FS1
3-3:55 p.m.:Truck Series final practice, FS1
4:35 p.m.: Cup Series qualifying, FS1


Saturday, April 1

10-10:55 a.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1
11:05 a.m.: Truck Series qualifying, FS1
1:30-2:20 p.m.:Cup Series final practice, FS1
3 p.m.: Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (250 laps, 131.5 miles), Fox




What time does the STP 500 at Martinsvillestart?

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 begins Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. ETand can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports Go app.

What are the stage lengths for NASCAR at Martinsville?

The STP 500, which is actually 263miles (500laps)will be broken into three stages. Stage 1 ends on lap 130, Stage 2 ends on lap 260 and thefinal Stage ends on lap 500.

The Truck Series race atMartinsville will be broken into three stages: Lap 70, Lap 140 and Lap 250.

Which NASCAR drivers are racing at Martinsville?

Only 38Cup drivers will be racing in theSTP 500, meaning all drivers will make the race andqualifying will decide their starting position.


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Here is the list of participating Cup drivers:

AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Corey LaJoie
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Gray Gaulding
Jamie McMurray

Only 38Cup drivers will be racing in theSTP 500, meaning all drivers will make the race andqualifying will decide their starting position.


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Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Reed Sorenson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Timmy Hill
Trevor Bayne
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