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03/26 2018

SNOW POSTPONES MARTINSVILLE NASCAR RACE TO MONDAY It’s the first time since 1993 that winter weather has impacted a Cup race BY:  MATT WEAVER

 

 

For the first time since 1993, a NASCAR Cup race has been postponed due to snow.

The STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race has been rescheduled for Monday afternoon due to more than 6 inches of snowfall in south Virginia overnight on Saturday. The precipitation began falling at the start of Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, stopping it just 23 laps into the event.

Both races will be made up as a Monday doubleheader. The Truck Series race will resume at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, with the Cup race set to follow at 2 p.m. Both races will air on FS1 as previously scheduled.

Parts of the region received a foot of snow, making travel to the half-mile facility a logistical challenge. Additionally, emergency personnel set to work the race were needed elsewhere in the state. Martinsville Speedway has mostly unpaved parking lots over a series of rolling hills, creating additional hazards; most of them were still covered by snow on Sunday morning.

The most recent time snow postponed a NASCAR Cup race was 1993 at Atlanta.

While snow also canceled the Cup Series qualifying session, the tour did get 100 minutes of practice on Saturday morning and will start based on team owner points. That puts Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch on the front row for the start of the race.