NASCAR Starting Lineup at Martinsville

Kyle Busch takes the pole at today's race

Kyle Busch takes the pole at the notoriously tough Martinsville half-miler today. The green flag drops on the First Data 500 at 2:30 pm ET.

 

Here's the NASCAR starting lineup for today's race:

 

1. Kyle Busch
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Aric Almirola
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Daniel Suarez
10. Kyle Larson
11. Joey Logano
12. William Byron
13. Kevin Harvick
14. David Ragan
15. Chris Buescher
16. Alex Bowman
17. AJ Allmendinger
18. Ryan Newman
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Chase Elliott
22. Michael McDowell
23. Jimmie Johnson
24. Erik Jones
25. Ross Chastain
26. Ty Dillon
27. Matt Kenseth
28. Austin Dillon
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Regan Smith
31. Cole Whitt
32. Bubba Wallace
33. DJ Kennington
34. JJ Yeley
35. Joey Gase
36. Jeb Burton
37. Timmy Hill
38. Hermie Sadler III
39. Paul Menard
40. Landon Cassill


NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN
Race: First Data 500
Place: Martinsville Speedway
Date: Sunday, October 28
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 1:30 p.m. ET
Listen on Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 263 miles (500 Laps)
Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 130)
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 260) 
Final Stage (Ends on Lap 500)

 

The thrill and competitive tension for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship doesn’t get much tighter than this.

 

The two season-long top trophy contenders – Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick - are separated by a single point as the series heads into today’s First Data 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to start the final three-race Round of 8 that sets up the championship finale. Busch retook the points lead from Harvick with his runner-up finish Sunday at Kansas and holds a 37-point edge on eighth place Aric Almirola – the final member of the championship-eligible field.

 

A win this round automatically earns a driver a position in the Championship 4 for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And despite each driver's seven-victory total and sizable points advantage, Busch and Harvick would still like to head to the grand finale with another win in the season’s final weeks.

 

Busch has a pair of victories at Martinsville, including this race last year when he led 184 of the 505 laps. It’s been five races since his last victory (at Richmond) of 2018. He’s led multiple laps in only two of the six Playoff races.

 

It’s been 10 races since Harvick’s last win (at Michigan) – the longest time between wins for him this year. He has led laps in five of the opening six Playoff events and started from the front row three times. He’s still looking for his first Playoff victory of 2018, however. His best post-season showing was a runner-up – to Busch – at Richmond.

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