On the heels of Bristol, the bumpin' and bangin' continues this weekend at another short track, Martinsville Speedway. The 0.526-mile track is the shortest on the NASCAR circuit.
The "paper clip," which the track is nicknamed because of its shape, has long straightaways and a banking of only 12 degrees in the turns (essentially flat). Expect to see drivers break hard going into those turns and accelerate smoothly upon exit.
The Camping World Truck Series returns after a two-week break on Saturday for the Kroger 250. The Sprint Cup Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 will take to the track Sunday. It is an off-weekend for the Nationwide Series.
Because of the Easter holiday, the Sprint Cup Series will be off next weekend.
Here's a handy schedule of track events and television coverage this weekend at Martinsville Speedway (all times in Eastern Standard Time):
Friday, March 26:
11:00 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED (reruns at 8 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. Truck final practice, SPEED - RAIN SHORTENED
2:00 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
RAINED OUT Sprint Cup qualifying (starting lineup determined by owner points)
RAINED OUT Truck qualifying (starting lineup determined by owner points)
7:00 p.m. Trackside, SPEED. Guests: Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton (reruns at 11 p.m.)
Saturday, March 27:
10:30 a.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup final practice, SPEED
1:00 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
1:30 p.m. Truck SetUp, SPEED
2:00 p.m. Truck race: Kroger 250, SPEED. Green flag: 2:16 p.m.
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
5:00 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
Sunday, March 28:
8:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
9:00 a.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
9:00 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. NASCAR In a Hurry, SPEED
10:00 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon Sprint Cup pre-race show, FOX
RAINED OUT Sprint Cup race: Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, FOX. Green flag: 1:13 p.m.
Monday, March 29:
12 noon Sprint Cup race: Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, FOX.
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