NASCAR Martinsville Race Sees Major Schedule Change Due to Weather

by Keeli Parkey

Attention, attention NASCAR fans: schedule changes for this weekend’s events at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia have been announced.

First of all, the Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 race, which began on Friday (April 9) has been postponed until Sunday (April 11). The race should resume at approximately noon ET.

The Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 did get started on Friday – albeit late because of rainy weather. Drivers raced for 91 laps before NASCAR officials decided to stop the race and complete the remaining laps on Sunday.

Stage 1 of the Cook Out 250 did take place on Friday. Noah Gragson, with JR Motorsports, was the winner of that race. It was during Stage 2, that NASCAR decided to stop the race because of rain. The stoppage took place at 9:32 ET.

Efforts were made to dry the track on Friday evening. However, NASCAR officials decided it would be best to wait until Sunday to complete the race.

Race fans wanting to watch the completion of the Cook Out 250 can do so thanks to FS1 on Sunday. Adam Alexander, Austin Dillon, and Ryan Blaney, will be leading the television coverage of the race.

Drivers Beginning Dash 4 Cash

The Xfinity Series race at the Martinsville Speedway is the seventh on the series schedule. It is also the beginning of the Dash 4 Cash competition. Four drivers – Gragson, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger – are competiting for a $100,000 prize.

Both Allmendinger and Gragson have won the $100,000 prize before. Gragon’s came in Atlanta during a 2020 race. Allemendinger reportedly won his $100,000 during a race at Homestead-Miami.

NASCAR Cup Series Race in Martinsville Will Begin On Time – For Now

As of noon ET on Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is still scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. this evening with the green flag getting dropped at 8 p.m.

However, rain is forecasted this evening in Virginia. In fact, there is a 70 to 90 percent chance of rain at Martinsville this evening. So, who knows what could happen?

The start time of the race could be delayed as late as 10 p.m. However, fans will just have to wait and see how Mother Nature decides to behave.

Tonight’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. Whenever this race starts, it will have the following lineup, according to Joey Logano will start in the pole position. Denny Hamlin will also start in the front row. Behind them will be William Byron and Ryan Blaney in the second row. Starting in the fifth spot will be Chase Elliot.