NASCAR makes its first stop at a short track as the Monster Energy Cup Series makes its first visit to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500 on Sunday, March 24. The hope is that the circuit's shortest track will produce plenty of entertaining racing.
Martinsville's history runs deep, as it's the lone original track on the Cup schedule. But even the venerable track known as "The Paperclip" can't draw a full field. Only the 36 chartered teams attempted to qualify. NASCAR's top series hasn't had a full field since February's season-opening Daytona 500.
So if you're wondering, "What NASCAR race is on TV this today?" know this: FS1 is airing the STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.
STP 500 Race Time/TV Channel
Time: 2 p.m. ET (Sunday) green flag drops
Track: Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville, Va.)
TV: FS1, coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
Joey Logano returns to the track that changed the course of his career Sunday for the 2019 STP 500. Martinsville Speedway provided the mayhem that would propel him to win a series championship.
No one was thinking Logano back then as the laps wound down here during the race last fall. NASCAR’s Big Three of Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick had dominated the season to that point. The trio were widely expected to make NASCAR’s championship finale a private battle among themselves.
But four drivers enter that race with an equal shot at the title, leaving one open slot for an underdog. Logano seized the moment, leading 40 of the final 41 laps of the Martinsville race to earn a spot. And when Truex passed him, edging in front for the white flag lap Logano responded by simply knocking him out of the way. The dreaded bump-and-run on Truex left him defenseless, sitting there fuming while the Team Penske driver sat in Victory Lane.