Martinsville to host penultimate race of 2020 NASCAR season


Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) come through a turn during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Mark your calendars. The second-to-last race of this unprecedented NASCAR season will be in Martinsville.

The short track will host the penultimate events in all three national series from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, highlighted by the Xfinity 500 on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m., which will set the championship field in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The Xfinity series race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. while the Gander Trucks playoff race will kickoff the weekend on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., marking the first Gander Trucks race to be held under the lights at Martinsville.

“It will be an historic weekend of racing as the penultimate races of the NASCAR season compete for the first-time in the 73-year history of Martinsville Speedway,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series’ first night race at Martinsville will add a new element to the on-track competition. We look forward to another history making weekend at The Short Track.”

“The Paperclip” was part of NASCAR’s return to competition hosting the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Cup Series race on June 10. Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, captured the victory in the first Cup race at night in the 73-year history of Martinsville.

The announcement comes as NASCAR released the final installment of its 2020 schedule. The Cup Series postseason begins on Sept. 6 at Darlington and will end with the championship race at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 8.

Richmond Raceway, which saw its spring weekend canceled because of the pandemic, will get racing action this fall when it hosts the second weekend of the playoffs from Sept. 10-12. Bristol will host NASCAR racing the following weekend from Sept. 17-19.

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