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Zack Albert | NASCAR Digital Media

Rain, wintry mix delay start of Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Rain and a smidgen of wintry weather have placed the start of Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race on hold at Martinsville Speedway.

Driver introductions took place shortly after 7 p.m. ET, but the pre-race ceremonies played out during intermittent showers that drenched the 0.526-mile track. That delayed the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), which was initially scheduled for a 7:58 p.m. ET green flag.

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When the race begins, Chase Elliott will start from the Busch Light Pole in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He’ll be alongside Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for the start.

No cars are scheduled to drop to the rear during pace laps. AJ Allmendinger will start last in the 36-car field and will have to serve a pass-through penalty shortly after the start after his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection three times.