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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Martinsville Speedway

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series go short-track racing for the first time in 2018 this weekend with a trip to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, affectionately known as “The Paperclip.” It’s the oldest track on the yearly NASCAR schedule, having spots on the premier series schedule since NASCAR’s earliest days.

This race weekend culminates in Sunday’s running of the STP 500 for the Cup Series. The Truck Series will race the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on Saturday, the first race after a couple of off weekends. Meanwhile the NASCAR Xfinity Series takes its first weekend off since the start of the season. Sunday’s Cup race is scheduled for 500 laps, divided into stages of 130, 130 and 240 laps, while the Truck Series race at Martinsville is slated for a 250-lap distance, split into two 70-lap stages and a 110-lap third stage.

Brad Keselowski won last year’s STP 500, but Kyle Busch was victorious the last time the Cup Series visited Martinsville Speedway last October. Like the Cup Series, the Truck Series also makes two yearly visits to Martinsville. Cup regular Chase Elliott won last year’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250, while Truck Series regular Noah Gragson won the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway last fall.

Below, is the schedule on on-track activity for Martinsville Speedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):

All times ET

FRIDAY
11:05-11:55 a.m. — Truck Series practice
1:05–1:55 p.m. — Truck Series practice (FS1)
3:05-3:55 p.m. — Truck Series final practice (FS1)

SATURDAY
10:05-10:55 a.m. — Cup Series practice (FS1)
11:05 a.m. — Truck Series qualifying (FS1)
12:30-1:20 p.m. — Cup Series final practice (FS1)
2 p.m. — Truck Series race (FS1)
5:10 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (FS1)

SUNDAY
2 p.m. — Cup Series race (FS1)

WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):

The chance of precipitation at Martinsville Speedway is low Friday, practice day for the Truck Series, but there are chances of rain and snow the remainder of the weekend. There is a 56 percent chance of accumulating snow between Saturday and Sunday, with a 14 percent chance for less than two inches and a 42 percent chance the area will see four or more inches of snow this weekend.

On Saturday, there is a 75 percent chance of rain and/or snow, with the precipitation expected to switch to rain only on Sunday, when there is a 45 percent chance of rain.

Cold temperatures also are expected, with Sunday being the coldest day of the Martinsville race weekend. A Sunday daytime high of 39 degrees is expected, followed by a nighttime low of 27 degrees. Temperatures, overall, are expected to drop throughout the weekend. Saturday’s temps look slightly better than Sunday’s with a high of 41 degrees and a low of 31 degrees. Friday is expected to be the warmest day of the weekend, with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 31 degrees.

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