One Wet Paperclip: Weather Postpones Truck Race, Cancels Cup Qualifying

Due to weather, the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway has been postponed to Sunday after the Cup race.

As pace laps begun, snow flurries started falling. However, the snow stopped and the drivers were given the green flag. Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton battled side-by-side early, but pole winner Rhodes would prevail exiting turn two on the second lap. A couple laps in, Noah Gragson got into Myatt Snider, bowing out his left rear fender. On lap 15, the first caution of the day came out for Mike Senica missing the garage entrance and stalling on pit road. He and his crew chief were called into the NASCAR hauler because he was reluctant to come in after NASCAR told him to. He was parked by NASCAR because of this. During this caution, snow and rain started falling heavier and NASCAR brought everyone down pit road and threw the red flag after 23 laps. Not long after, NASCAR called the race.

Qualifying for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway has also been cancelled, and the lineup will be set by car owner points, per the rulebook, putting points leader Martin Truex Jr. on the pole. This is Truex’s third consecutive pole and third of the season.

Here is the full lineup for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which will take place at 2 PM eastern time on Sunday:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Aric Almirola
  11. Kurt Busch
  12. Austin Dillon
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Paul Menard
  16. Alex Bowman
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (To the rear, backup car)
  18. Jimmie Johnson
  19. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Rookie)
  20. William Byron (Rookie)
  21. Chase Elliott
  22. Chris Buescher
  23. Daniel Suarez
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. AJ Allmendinger
  26. Jamie McMurray
  27. Trevor Bayne
  28. David Ragan
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Harrison Rhodes
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Ross Chastain
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Cole Whitt
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. D.J. Kennington
  38. JJ Yeley

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