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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval.

It’s the premier tour’s 11th race of 2020 and seventh since racing resumed after the COVID-19 pandemic stopping on-track action for about two months. 40 drivers are entered for the race, meaning all will start the event unless there are last-minute changes.

Reed Sorenson enters his second straight race in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7, which he brought home in 37th on Sunday. TBR has run five of the six races held since the NASCAR’s COVID-19 suspension was lifted.

No driver has been announced for Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet at press time. JJ Yeley piloted that car at Atlanta. Yeley is instead listed for Rick Ware Racing’s No. 27, a car which Josh Bilicki drove on Sunday. Bilicki was treated and released for heat exhaustion following Atlanta’s 500-mile event.

Meanwhile, Joey Gase returns to the No. 51 for RWR, while David Starr will drive the team’s No. 53. The team also will continue its support of the No. 78 run by B.J. McLeod.

Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner at Martinsville while Martin Truex Jr. is the defending track winner.

The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will get underway shortly after 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 10. TV coverage will be provided by FOX Sports 1.


About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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