Sport Joey Logano secures Busch Pole Award for Martinsville
Notable Modified races at Martinsville: the early years
Modified racing at Martinsville is filled with memorable moments. Leading up to the Modified return to the track, here are selected some of the biggest and most important races in Martinsville history. 1948: The Birth of a Jewel In a field including NASCAR founder Bill France, Buck Baker and Tim Flock, it was Fonty Flock […]In a field including NASCAR founder Bill France, Buck Baker and Tim Flock, it was Fonty Flock who won the first race at the dirt half-mile oval.
Joey Logano has won the Busch Pole Award for Saturday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville Speedway.
Logano, the series’ most recent winner at Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track event, will start his No. 22 Team Penske Ford from the pole position. The starting lineup was made official Wednesday morning.
Harrison Burton won the pole for Friday’s Cook Out 250 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The 20-year-old driver is the most recent Xfinity winner at the .526-mile Martinsville track.
Modifieds bring history back with return to Martinsville
Brett Bodine remembers the first time he watched a race at Martinsville Speedway. The Chemung, New York, driver had flown down in a single-engine plane to watch older brother Geoff compete. His first impression when he walked into the property? “I was amazed. I had never seen such a pristine piece of property at a […]His first impression when he walked into the property?
As NASCAR adapted to COVID-19 protocols last season, practice and qualifying were eliminated at a majority of national-series events to limit at-track time, exposure and to cut race weekend costs. To determine starting lineups, competition officials used grouped draws, added inversions for weekend doubleheaders, and eventually adopted a performance-metrics formula. That metrics format remains in place this season, drawing on performance from both individual races and season-long results.
NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021 weighs:
- 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
- 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
- 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
- 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
See the full lineup for Sunday’s Cup Series race below.
Martinsville Cup and Xfinity entry lists
The first entry lists for this weekend's NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been released. Your browser does not support this video The Cup Series returns after taking Easter weekend off. The Xfinity Series is back after a two-week break following its March 20 race at Atlanta. Cup: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, FS1) 37 cars are entered for Saturday’s Cup race. Martin Truex Jr. won last year’s spring race at Martinsville. Chase Elliott won there in the November playoff race to earn his place in the Championship 4.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car #||Team|
|1||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|9||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|11||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|12||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|15||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|17||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|18||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|19||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|22||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|23||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|24||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|26||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|28||JJ Yeley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|30||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|35||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|36||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|37||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Busch Pole Qualifying was held for the season-opening Daytona 500 but rain canceled the qualifying races for Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track race. The next Cup Series event with qualifying scheduled is the May 23 debut at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas.]]>
Martin Truex Jr. secures Busch Pole Award for Richmond Raceway .
Martin Truex Jr. has won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Richmond Raceway. Truex, the series’ only two-time winner this year, will start his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from the pole position. He has finished among the top three in the […]Ben Rhodes won the pole for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Camping World Truck Series. He’s set to start first in the No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota.