Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Practices Rained Out at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 28, 2011) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Friday has been postponed at Martinsville Speedway. Practice is now scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying.

Truck Series qualifying is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. followed by Sprint Cup time trials at 12:10 p.m.

Fan gates will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It seems like the fall race here in Martinsville we get rain one of the three days, so I guess I would rather have it today, then Sunday,” said driver Ryan Newman said.

Prior to the call by NASCAR to reschedule practice Kevin Harvick emphasized that the weather is out of the hands of the drivers and is not worried about the impact it may or may not have on the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet.

“I don’t think it will affect us a tremendous amount but it will have an effect on getting the small things right and the things that you do at the beginning of the race, trying to build a little more adjustability into your car. I would rather not see all that happen,” said Stewart.

Jeff Gordon, six-time winner at Martinsville Speedway, expressed his discontent with the current weather, weather that is not forecasted to stay for the entire weekend.

“We’ve got a couple of things we would like to try,” Gordon said. “Things that maybe are on our list of things we didn’t get a chance to try last time or things we’ve come up with since then.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series got its practice session in Friday. Ron Hornaday led that practice, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton and Todd Bodine.

TICKETS: Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 begin at $25 and range to $77.

Tickets to Farm Bureau Pole Day and the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday are $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the race, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Tickets for all events may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting online.

- Martinsville Speedway, Press Release

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