Rain moves out, cars finally on track for practice at Martinsville

It was a rainy Friday morning at Martinsville Speedway, site of Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race.

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Sprint Cup Series cars are on track for practice at Martinsville Speedway after steady rain showers delayed the noon ET start of Friday’s only scheduled Cup practice.

With the National Weather Service forecast calling for all rain to be gone by 3 p.m. ET, it is likely that teams will be able to qualify Friday afternoon for Sunday’s STP 400 (11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, FOX Sports 1).

The driver who is most dependent on Friday’s weather is 2014 XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott, who is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Sunday. Elliott is entered in a fifth Hendrick Motorsports car, but if qualifying is rained out, he will go home, as his No. 25 Hendrick Chevrolet has no owner points and no qualifying attempts. ​ 

The weekend forecast is encouraging — cool, but zero percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.
 
Kurt Busch is the defending winner of Sunday’s STP 500, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the fall race here last year.

Rain showers ended Friday’s opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice before it even had a chance to begin.

The showers hit the speedway early Friday morning, washing out the 0.53-mile speedway. Despite attempts to dry the track by the Air Titan, Camping World Truck practice was cancelled. The Air Titans continued to work on the racing surface as the rain let up early in the afternoon. 

The lone Sprint Cup Series practice session is scheduled to run until 2:50 p.m. ET, followed by Truck Series practice from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. ET, with Sprint Cup Series qualifying slated to start at 6:10 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned to FOXSports.com for updates and click here for the weekend’s television schedule.

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