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Saturday Martinsville Xfinity race: Start time, lineup, TV info

Greg Walter, Curtis Francois, and Jamie Little are the finalists for the 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, an annual award created to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within NASCAR.

All four spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 will be decided in Saturday’s Round of 8 playoff elimination race at Martinsville Speedway.

Entering Saturday, reigning series champion Austin Cindric (+47 above the cutline), AJ Allmendinger (+47), Justin Allgaier (+9) and Daniel Hemric (+7) hold those four spots in the Nov. 6 title race at Phoenix Raceway.

Justin Haley (-7), Noah Gragson (-24), Brandon Jones (-40), and Harrison Burton (-51) are below the cutline.

Cindric will start on the pole. Ty Gibbs, last week’s winner at Kansas, will join him on the front row.

Details for Saturday’s Martinsville Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Tony Ranallo, executive vice president of race sponsor Dead On Tools, will give the command to start engines at 6:08 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:17 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 3 p.m. … Drivers report to pre-race at 5:25 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 5:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Rev. Elizabeth Foss of First United Methodist Church (Martinsville, Va.) at 6 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by the United States Air Force Brass Quintet at 6:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 250 laps (131.5 miles) on the .526-mile short track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 60. Stage 2 ends at Lap 120.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 5:30 p.m., leading into race coverage … Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. and also will stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 57 degrees, and a 11% chance of rain around the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: Martinsville Xfinity starting lineup

LAST TIME OUT: In April at Martinsville, Josh Berry earned his first career Xfinity Series win in a 1-2 finish for JR Motorsports.