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NASCAR At Martinsville: Friday Rains Impact Saturday Qualifying

With rain washing out practice in its entirety Friday afternoon, Saturday's Sprint Cup schedule at the Martinsville Speedway has undergone a little bit of a change.

At 8:30 a.m. - weather permitting - the teams will take to the track for an hour and 30 minute practice session to get track time prior to qualifying at noon. The practice, again weather permitting, will dictate the qualifying order for time trials for the Tums Fast Relief 500.

The forecast shows rain throughout the morning, though the outlook improves by afternoon. That should hopefully give NASCAR the opportunity to get the Sprint Cup teams qualified and get the Camping World Truck Series race under way as planned.

Sunday's race, fortunately, should go off without much resistance from Mother Nature, at least according to the current forecast.

Qualifying can be seen as scheduled at noon on SPEED, weather permitting. Denny Hamlin captured the pole for last year's Tums Fast Relief 500, a qualifying effort he parlayed into a victory. Jamie McMurray took top honors in qualifying this past April and finished seventh. Championship contender Tony Stewart holds the Martinsville track record, which he set in October 2005 - the year he won his second of two Sprint Cup titles. Stewart turned a lap of 19.306 seconds to grab the pole for a race that saw him lead the most laps and finish second.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.