Rain halts NASCAR exercise at Martinsville: Sprint Cup practice and Trucks qualifying canceled

Sprint Cup practice and Trucks qualifying canceled

By: Al Pearce on March 29, 2014

All on-track actions at Martinsville Speedway were on hold Saturday morning although rain — it is been predicted all week -– swept across southern Virginia. The flat, half-mile track is scheduled to host a 250-lap Camping Globe Truck Series race this afternoon and a 500-lap Sprint Cup race on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday morning’s very first Cup practice session was canceled and Truck Series qualifying was canceled just moments ahead of teams lined up to go out collectively. Because they have been quickest and 2nd-fastest in Friday’s mixed practice sessions, Toyota driver Bubba Wallace and Ford driver Ryan Blaney will start off from the front row. If the race isn’;t run right now as scheduled, NASCAR has tentatively scheduled it for 5:thirty on Sunday afternoon, following the Cup race.

Wallace, Blaney, Timothy Peters, Erik Jones and Ben Kennedy were fastest in Friday’;s 1st practice session. Later, Ron Hornaday, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes, Gray Gaulding Jr. and Johnny Sauter led the second session. The 36-truck grid was set primarily based on each driver’s very best lap from either of the 2 sessions.

On Friday afternoon, Kyle Busch and teammate Denny Hamlin qualified 1-2 for Sunday afternoon’s STP 500. In spite of setting a track qualifying record of 25.201 mph, Ford driver Joey Logano will commence third, beside Chevy driver Jimmie Johnson on the second row. The rest of the best twelve: Chevy driver Jeff Gordon, Toyota driver Matt Kenseth, Chevy driver Tony Stewart, Ford driver Carl Edwards, Chevy drivers Jamie McMurray and Danica Patrick, Ford driver Greg Biffle and Toyota driver Clint Bowyer.

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