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Rain Postpones Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville to Sunday

After 42 laps on NASCAR’s shortest track, rain took over once more after teams, officials and even fans kept their eyes glued to the radar for a majority of the evening. For the second time in three weeks, NASCAR’s Cup Series has been postponed, to be held Sunday following the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, which was also postponed on Friday due to weather.

The start of the race was initially postponed due to weather, while Air Titans worked diligently to dry the paperclip-type track. The green flag flew at 9:10 p.m. with Joey Logano leading the field to the starting line. Denny Hamlin, a five-time Martinsville Speedway winner, later took the lead and dominated up until a caution flag, which flew more than 30 minutes later when James Davison was turned in turn 4. Cars never returned to green-flag action.

With the race red-flagged at 9:44 p.m. and drivers brought to pit road, your current top 10 includes Hamlin in the lead, Logano in second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.

Hamlin commented on the rain delay after climbing out of the car. “NASCAR cannot catch a break,” he noted. “This is crazy how many rain delays we’ve had.”

Keselowski mentioned retired driver and TV personality Darrell Waltrip and his vortex theory. “All this time we made fun of [Darrell Waltrip] and the vortex theory, but sure enough, we get a caution and it starts raining.”

Catch the remainder of the action in Martinsville on Sunday, April 11, at 4 p.m. ET on FS1.

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Michael Latino

What’s the problem? They have rain tires. They should race.

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