NASCAR: Blue Emu 500 at Martinsville Postponed Due to Rain, Resume Date Announced

by Evan Reier

In a weekend that has seen NASCAR’s Xfinity race postponed and WrestleMania 37 also face delays, one more event is having to change their plans.

The Blue-Emu 500 being raced at Martinsville Speedway attempted to avoid weather issues, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. Rain initially delayed the start of the race, but it eventually got underway.

However, it didn’t get going for long. Denny Hamlin took an early lead, but only 42 laps into the race, the red flag was brought out. Considering the race already started 85 minutes late, it only added insult to injury for it to get underway for a brief moment.

While the five-time Martinsville winner Hamlin will get to start at the front on Sunday, he’ll have to watch the Xfinity Series Race take place first. Hamlin led for 38 laps before the postponement.

Per, Hamlin commented on bad luck racing seems to be having lately.

“NASCAR cannot catch a break,” Hamlin said. “I mean, gosh, this is crazy how many rain delays and whatnot we’ve had, but appreciate them sticking it out and at least let us try to get some laps in there, and now we’ve got some information and we’ll go from there.”

NASCAR Sunday Schedule at Martinsville

As mentioned the NASCAR Cup Series race will take place after the Xfinity Series Race, named the Cook Out 250. The Cook Out 250 only got 91 laps in before officials elected to postpone the race to Sunday.

It will get underway at noon ET, with Brandon Jones currently in the lead during the pause.

After that wraps up, the Blue Emu 500 will get back underway at 4 p.m. ET. While it’s not exactly ideal to have postponements, NASCAR fans with Sunday off can enjoy a doubleheader.