First Data 500
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #33 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #7 of 10
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:14pm/et
Laps/Stages: 500 laps total. Stages end on laps: 130/260/500
TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING
Television Coverage: Time 3:00pm/et, NBCSN and streamed at NBC Sports Live (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)
On track schedule
Saturday, October 26, 9:05-9:55am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, October 26,, 12:00-12:50pm/et, TV-NBCSN starting at 12:30pm/et.
Saturday, October 26, at 4:35pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)
Friday, October 25
8:00 PM 10:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Saturday, October 26
6:00 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
9:05 AM-9:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:00 PM-12:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:35 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO LAPS ALL POSITIONS)
Sunday, October 27
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 130/260/500 LAPS = 263 MILES )
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Post-race Penalty Report
Cumulative Race Report
Provisional Starting Lineup
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Weekend at-track schedule (pdf)
RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links
Martin Truex Jr. advances to Championship 4 with dominant Martinsville win: It took a post-race fracas on pit road to distract from the dominance of Martin Truex Jr., who led a career-best 464 laps in winning Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway and punched his ticket for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 race. The 2017 Cup Series champion took the lead from pole winner Denny Hamlin off pit road on Lap 30 under the first of 11 cautions and held it the rest of the way, save for a six-lap stint where Kyle Larson stayed out on old tires near the end of the second 130-lap stage. Denied victory by Joey Logano’s bump-and-run in last year’s Playoff race at the .526-mile track, Truex won for the first time at the venerable short track, for the seventh time this season and the 26th time in this career.[More](10-27-2019)
#19-Martin Truex, Jr. won the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway. The win is his 7th win of 2019, 1st win at Martinsville and 26th career win. Truex dominated the entire race, leading 464 of the 500 laps. The win locks him into the Championship race at Homestead.
#24-Byron finished second, followed by #2-Keselowski, pole winner#11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #1-Busch, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #42-Larson, and #6-Newman.
Stage 1 and 2 were both won by #19-Truex.
Playoff drivers that had issues:
#42-Larson lost a lap during the first stage but got the free pass and was able to stay on the lead lap the rest of the day.
#9-Elliott broke an axle during the first caution in stage 2. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost more than 50 laps. He finished 36th.
On lap 361, an accident involved #18-Busch, but he suffered only minor damage. He finished 14th.
#22-Logano spun with 42 laps remaining, after a tire went down following contact with #11-Hamlin. Logano rebounded to finish 8th. After the race, Logano and Hamlin had words on pit road until Logano gave Hamlin a shove to the shoulder. Hamlin chased after Logano, crew members got involved and there was some brief shoving.
There were 3 lead changes among 3 drivers and 11 cautions for 69 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 75.448.
See race details at: Race Results (pdf), Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Martinsville:
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 1st
#11-Denny Hamlin, 4th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 5th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 7th
#22-Joey Logano, 8th
#42-Kyle Larson, 9th
#18-Kyle Busch, 14th
#9-Chase Elliott, 36th
Race Fast Facts – Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr. won the 71st Annual First Data 500, his 26th victory in 510 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his seventh victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway.
William Byron (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2019. Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 20 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 20 points over Denny Hamlin.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-27-2019)
2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Martinsville – race 1 of 3 in the Round of 8, 7 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. 4102, locked in to Championship race
2) #11-Denny Hamlin 4082, +24
3) #18-Kyle Busch 4075, +17
4) #22-Joey Logano 4072, +14
outside the top 4
5) #4-Kevin Harvick 4058, -14
6) #12-Ryan Blaney 4057, -15
7) #42-Kyle Larson 4048, -24
8) #9-Chase Elliott 4028, -44
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.
To the rear: #9-Elliott (engine change), #6-Newman, #32-LaJoie, #51-McLeod, #77-Hill – Failed Post Qualifying Inspection
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #9-Elliott (who will have to fall to the rear at the start) took the 23rd stall, with an opening in front of it.
#19-Truex, Jr., starts 3rd and chose the 12th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #20-Jones, who starts 8th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(10-27-2019)
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Denny Hamlin stays hot with fourth pole at Martinsville: Fresh from last Sunday’s victory at Kansas, Denny Hamlin reasserted his mastery of Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon, edging Chase Elliott for the pole position for Sunday’s First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Covering the .526-mile distance in 19.354 seconds (97.840 mph), Hamlin beat Elliott (97.694 mph) by .029 seconds to secure his third Busch Pole Award of the season, his fourth at Martinsville and the 33rd of his career.(More)(10-26-2019)
#11-Denny Hamlin won the provisional Busch pole for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 97.840 mph for his third pole of 2019, fourth at Martinsville and 33rd of his career.
#9-Chase Elliott qualified 2nd (but will have to start at the rear for an engine change) followed by #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #10-Aric Almirola, #34-Michael McDowell, #12-Ryan Blaney, #14-Clint Bowyer, #20-Erik Jones, #41-Daniel Suarez, and #22-Joey Logano.
The follow drivers failed inspection on Sunday morning and had their qualifying times disallowed: #6-Newman, #32-LaJoine, #77-Hill and #51-McLeod.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the official starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-26-2019)
Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers will start at Martinsville:
#11-Denny Hamlin, 1st
#9-Chase Elliott, 2nd
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 3rd
#12-Ryan Blaney, 6th
#22-Joey Logano, 10th
#18-Kyle Busch, 13th
#42-Kyle Larson, 14th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 22nd
Martinsville Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin (P) won the Busch Pole Award for the 71st Annual First Data 500 with a lap of 19.354 seconds, 97.840 mph.
This is his 33rd pole in 503 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 21st top-10 start in 2019. This is his fourth pole in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2019 and his sixth in nine races at Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 15th in 33 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
Slowest: #53-Yeley 89.735 & #52-Smithley 88.735mph.
Most laps run: #42-Larson, 95 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #14-Bowyer 94.488mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2019)
First Saturday practice for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#19-Truex, Jr. 96.176
Slowest: #52-Smithley 89.019 & #53-Yeley 88.548mph.
Most laps run: #95-DiBenedetto, 58 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #14-Bowyer 95.081mph.
Notes: Matt Crafton practiced the #36 for Matt Tifft. Tifft was taken to the hospital Saturday morning for an undisclosed reason.
#4-Harvick had a 30 minute practice hold. #19-Truex, Jr. had a 15 minute practice hold.
#9-Elliott lost an engine early. He will have to start at the rear on Sunday.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2019)
Inspection at Martinsville: Cars will be impounded after qualifying on Saturday and inspected Sunday morning when the garage opens. The starting lineup will be unofficial until inspection is complete. Cars that do not pass on the first attempt will have their qualifying times disallowed. For info on inspection penalties, see the At-track inspection penalty protocol page (enhanced event schedule)
Martinsville rules package is 750hp without aero ducts.
Entry List for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #27-Sorenson, #51-McLeoed, #52-Smithley, #53-Yeley, #77-Hill.
Since 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).
RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS
Grand Marshal: Frank Bisignano, president and COO for Fiserv
Command to start engines: Frank Bisignano,
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Joint Honor Guard from Martinsville Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville City Police, Henry Count Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police.
Invocation: Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
National Anthem: 380th Army Band
Flyover: Bandit Flight Team
TIRE NOTES & FACTS