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Martinsville Speedway will have qualifying, race on same day in fall

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 30: A general view of the action during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 30, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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Martinsville Speedway is the second NASCAR track to announce that it will have Cup qualifying and the race on the same day.

Martinsville’s October weekend will be a two-day show for the Cup Series. There will be a fan event on Oct. 27 since there will be no Cup action. Cup teams will practice Oct. 28 and then qualify Oct. 29 before racing that afternoon.

Pocono Raceway recently announced that it will have Cup qualifying before the Cup race on July 30. Qualifying is scheduled to begin three hours before the race at Pocono.

The Cup series makes its first visit of the year to Martinsville from March 31 - April 2. That will be a regular three-day weekend for Cup.

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