NASCAR Martinsville Race: When to Watch, Weather Forecast

by Emily Morgan

On Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series returns after a week of being off the track, but inclement weather may create a possible weather delay. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will occur at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia— the oldest track in the country. 

Drivers will start their engines at 7:30 p.m. ET, with weather pending. The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for temperatures in the 60s with a 70-90 percent chance of rain, which could cause delays.

 If the race is postponed, it could move to Sunday. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s and only a 20 percent chance of precipitation. On Friday, the weather put a damper on the Xfinity Series race. The start took place a half-hour later than expected due to rain. After the dealy, drivers could start their engines. 

The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 consists of 500 laps with a total distance of 263 miles. In the past three years, the race has taken over 3 hours to complete. Last year, Martin Truex Jr. won the race, and many are placing their bets on him to win, followed by Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin. 

How to Watch Martinsville Race

The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be shown on FS1. If you’re without cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the race with a live-TV service. If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch races broadcast on Fox for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an indoor antenna to your TV.

You can also subscribe to Sling TV, Youtube TV, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV or At&T TV to catch coverage of tonight’s race. 

If the race goes on as scheduled, NASCAR fans will get to watch a Team Penske driver lead the field to the green flag. Joey Logano, the No. 22 Ford Mustang driver, has won the Busch Pole through NASCAR’s formula. He won the Food City Dirt Race on March 29. Hamlin will join Logano on the front row. Drivers William Byron and Ryan Blaney will be a part of the second row. 

The driver’s starting position are based on four factors: 

  1. Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  2. Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  3. Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  4. Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)

Starting Lineup for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. William Byron
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Daniel Suarez
  12. Kyle Busch
  13. Tyler Reddick
  14. Michael McDowell
  15. Chris Buescher
  16. Erik Jones
  17. Ryan Preece
  18. Austin Dillon
  19. Kyle Larson
  20. Alex Bowman
  21. Kurt Busch
  22. Matt DiBenedetto
  23. Christopher Bell
  24. Chase Briscoe
  25. Bubba Wallace
  26. Cole Custer
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. JJ Yeley
  29. Quin Houff
  30. Justin Haley
  31. Aric Almirola
  32. Cody Ware
  33. Josh Bilicki
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. Anthony Alfredo
  36. BJ McLeod
  37. James Davison