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This weekend’s Cup, Truck schedule at Martinsville


MARTINSVILLE, VA - APRIL 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Sean Gardner

The NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series head to NASCAR’s shortest racetrack this weekend, Martinsville Speedway in southern Virginia.

Sunday’s race at the .526-mile paper clip-shaped oval is the first in the Round of 8 in the Cup playoffs. Jimmie Johnson won this race last year. Brad Keselowski won the April race. They both remain in title contention..

The Trucks compete in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200, the first race in the Round of 6 playoffs. Johnny Sauter won last fall en route to his first Truck championship. Chase Elliott won in April.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

This weekend’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Oct. 27

10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. — Truck garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. — Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 28

6 a.m. — Truck garage opens

9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

10 a.m. – Truck qualifying (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup practice (NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – Texas Roadhouse 200 Truck race (200 laps, 105.2 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

Sunday, Oct. 29

6:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

12:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

1:30 p.m. – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

3 p.m. – First Data 500 (500 laps, 263 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)