Rain stops play at Martinsville, Truex gets Cup pole

Rain stops play at Martinsville, Truex gets Cup pole

Camping World Truck

Rain stops play at Martinsville, Truex gets Cup pole


Martin Truex Jr. will start on the pole at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying was canceled due to weather at Martinsville Speedway.

The session was slated for 5:10 p.m. ET, but NASCAR announced shortly before 2:30 p.m. it had been nixed. A mix of rain and snow moved into the area and soaked the track during the early stages of the Camping World Truck Series race (pictured). The conclusion of the truck race is now scheduled to follow the Cup race on Sunday.

Per the rulebook, Truex starts on the pole via owner points. He also swept both practice sessions on Saturday afternoon.

The STP 500 will be the third consecutive week Truex has started from the top spot. However, the Martinsville pole does not count toward his pole award wins because of the conditions.

“At Martinsville, it’s definitely a big advantage to start out front,” said Truex. “The first pix box is a big deal here and it’s where you want to be. You get that clean stall in and out, and hopefully, not get tore up on pit road. So, happy about that and excited about the 5-hour ENERGY / Bass Pro Shops Camry.”

Kyle Busch will start second and the Team Penske trio of Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney will start third, fourth and fifth. Keselowski is the defending race winner. The rest of the top 10 will be Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola.

Thirty-eight cars will take the green flag, which is scheduled for after 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.