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NASCAR is scheduled to race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway tonight. The Cup series race, the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, is set to run at 7:30 p.m. on FS1.

The race is 500 laps (263 miles) with stages ending on laps 130, 260 and 500.

Check back here for lap-by-lap updates from the track and follow NASCAR reporter on Twitter at @AndrejevAlex.

Pre-race

Suárez’s team penalized with crew chief ejection

5:55 p.m.: NASCAR announces its pre-race technical inspection failures. Daniel Suárez will drop to the rear to start the race and his crew chief, Travis Mack, has been ejected from the race for an improperly mounted ballast on the Trackhouse Racing team’s No. 99 Chevrolet. Team engineer Jose Blasco-Figueroa will serve as the substitute crew chief for the race.

Suárez and his Trackhouse Racing team had a strong run at the Bristol dirt race two weeks ago, with Suárez posting a top-five finish. He finished that race in fourth place, a season-high finish for the new Cup team in the first seven races. Suárez was slated to start 11th, but will drop to the rear on pace laps as part of the penalty.

In addition to Suárez, Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie and James Davison will also drop to the rear for the start of the race for multiple inspection failures. They were slated to start 30th, 34th and 37th, respectively.

Wet weather looming

5:45 p.m.: Dark clouds are hanging overhead at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va. as Cup teams uncover their cars on the grid. Rain is in the forecast tonight. There is a 61 percent chance of rain at 7 p.m., according to AccuWeather.com. That forecast becomes a 50 percent chance of storms between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday’s Xfinity Series race was postponed to Sunday due to rain after the field races 91 laps of the 250-lap event.

The 500-lap Cup race would be considered official at the halfway point, or 250 laps.

NASCAR this weekend: How to watch the race at Martinsville

  • Race: Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

  • When: Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. EST

  • How to watch/listen: FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

  • Distance: 500 laps, 263 miles on the 0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval

  • Stages: Laps 130, 260, 500

  • Last year’s winner: Martin Truex Jr.

NASCAR Cup at Martinsville starting order

Order

Driver

Car No.

1

Joey Logano

22

2

Denny Hamlin

11

3

William Byron

24

4

Ryan Blaney

12

5

Chase Elliott

9

6

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

7

Martin Truex Jr.

19

8

Ryan Newman

6

9

Kevin Harvick

4

10

Brad Keselowski

2

11

Daniel Suárez

99

12

Kyle Busch

18

13

Tyler Reddick

8

14

Michael McDowell

34

15

Chris Buescher

17

16

Erik Jones

43

17

Ryan Preece

37

18

Austin Dillon

3

19

Kyle Larson

5

20

Alex Bowman

48

21

Kurt Busch

1

22

Matt DiBenedetto

21

23

Christopher Bell

20

24

Chase Briscoe

14

25

Bubba Wallace

23

26

Cole Custer

41

27

Ross Chastain

42

28

JJ Yeley

53

29

Quin Houff

0

30

Justin Haley

77

31

Aric Almirola

10

32

Cody Ware

51

33

Josh Bilicki

52

34

Corey LaJoie

7

35

Anthony Alfredo

38

36

BJ McLeod

78

37

James Davison

15

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