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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Martinsville Speedway

350428By AMANDA VINCENT

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series go short-track racing this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, with the Truck Series running the Texas Roadhouse 200 on Saturday afternoon and the Cup Series the First Data 500 on Sunday afternoon.

Both races are the first races of playoff rounds for their respective series. For the Truck Series, Saturday’s race is the first race of the second round, or Round of Six. Sunday’s Cup Series race is the first race of round three, or Round of Eight, for that series.

Worth noting — with a 3 p.m. ET approximate start time on Sunday, the First Data 500 is likely to finish under the still relatively new Martinsville lights, a first for a NASCAR national series. Also, the Martinsville weekend schedule calls for same-day qualifying and racing for the Cup Series on Sunday.

Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 is slated for three stages of 50, 50 and 100 laps. Meanwhile the First Data 500 will consist of two 130-lap stages, followed by a final 240-lap stage.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has the weekend off.

Here’s a look at the weekend schedule for Martinsville Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
1-1:55 p.m. — Truck Series practice (FS1)
3-3:55 p.m. — Truck Series final practice (FS1)

SATURDAY
10 a.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. — Cup Series practice
1 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
4-4:45 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (NBCSN)

SUNDAY
12:05 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (NBCSN)
3 p.m. — Cup Series race (NBCSN)

WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):

Skies are expected to be clear and sunny at Martinsville Speedway on Friday for Camping World Truck Series practice, but on Saturday, there’s a 25 percent chance of daytime showers, growing to a 100 percent chance Saturday night. The weekend forecast also calls for a 56 percent chance of rain Sunday. Meanwhile, the forecast calls for daytime highs in the mid to upper-60s Friday and Saturday and the low-50s Sunday. Nighttime lows in the 40s are expected Friday and Saturday night, but a below-freezing low of 28 degrees is in the Sunday-night forecast.

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