Sights & Sounds: Chasing the wet weather at Martinsville Speedway
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The opening race of the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup is slated to kick off at Martinsville Speedway, but wet weather is hitting the short track Sunday morning.
Despite the rain, teams are still busy at work putting the final touches on their cars.
Arrived to rain falling and tents rising at @MartinsvilleSwy this morning. But, forecast to improve for #Goodys500 pic.twitter.com/BXwf8uxX0f— RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) November 1, 2015
A little ☔️ falling at @MartinsvilleSwy as the track opens and work begins. #NW88JR pic.twitter.com/2zqcpkrepA— Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) November 1, 2015
Early (☔️☔️) morning of ☕️ and ??? as the garage is open and the work begins at @MartinsvilleSwy. #NW88JR pic.twitter.com/hbqc71liu2— Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) November 1, 2015
Tire prep for the No. 88 team today includes drying them under the tent. #NW88JR pic.twitter.com/7Kpgxk75RU— Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) November 1, 2015
The pit crew checks over the @AutoOwnersIns Chevy before it heads to pre-race tech at @MartinsvilleSwy. pic.twitter.com/jNDhASE0hU— HScott Motorsports (@TeamHSM51) November 1, 2015
Raining here @MartinsvilleSwy but the team is getting the #FordByDesign Ford ready to roll through tech. #RFRDriven pic.twitter.com/dMYK2EO7nx— No. 16 Cup RFR Team (@16RFRCup) November 1, 2015
Rain jackets on everyone, including our Kobalt Chevy! pic.twitter.com/OKp2mVYz0a— Team Lowe's Racing (@LowesRacing) November 1, 2015
Each driver in the field is battling to take home one of the most unique trophies in all of sports, the coveted grandfather clock.
? = ? #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/zhU1RqurBF— Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) November 1, 2015
Yes please. Let's go do this #2Crew https://t.co/tobaYci9RW— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 1, 2015
The race winning clock makes it appearance @MartinsvilleSwy. #NASCAR #Goodys500 pic.twitter.com/XLP3SIA6aW— Hudson Hall (@HudsonHall) November 1, 2015
Drivers are going through their typical pre-race routines, meeting with fans, sponsors and hospitality guests at the track.
.@aric_almirola starts his morning at The Ville with a visit from friends at @JaniKingClean pic.twitter.com/ETI2MKzAGH— RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) November 1, 2015
Next stop! @FordPerformance Display with @aric_almirola pic.twitter.com/R83Iufef18— RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) November 1, 2015
Still a little rain passing through @MartinsvilleSwy area so @AJDinger is hanging with our guests inside the coach. pic.twitter.com/BJQA1K7ySQ— JTG Daugherty Racing (@NASCAR47) November 1, 2015
.@J_Allgaier meets with today's @AutoOwnersIns guests at @MartinsvilleSwy. pic.twitter.com/zk4xJs6pFF— HScott Motorsports (@TeamHSM51) November 1, 2015
.@DaleJr visits with @Nationwide guests at @MartinsvilleSwy under some cover as the ☔️ picks up #NW88JR pic.twitter.com/3D7b2hvgzH— Nationwide 88 (@nationwide88) November 1, 2015
Modified legend Jerry Cook will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2016, but he spent the morning with Front Row Motorsports' David Gilliland. Gilliland's No. 38 Ford features a special paint scheme honoring Cook's career.
2016 #NASCARHall inductee Jerry Cook chats w/ @DavidGilliland in the media center @MartinsvilleSwy #Goodys500 pic.twitter.com/yHl4l6d4ih— NASCAR Hall of Fame (@NASCARHall) November 1, 2015
2016 @NASCARHall inductee Jerry Cook and @DavidGilliland talk about the special paint scheme for the #Goodys500 pic.twitter.com/Fi45IebQLH— Martinsville Spdway (@MartinsvilleSwy) November 1, 2015
"I want to thank @FrontRowNASCAR & @DavidGilliland for doing this." -Jerry Cook on No. 38 tribute car #Goodys500 pic.twitter.com/LE2uQrpVEc— NASCAR Hall of Fame (@NASCARHall) November 1, 2015
While the wet weather continues to hit the track, the competitors filed in for the weekly driver-crew chief meeting.
Keelan Harvick joins dad, @KevinHarvick @MartinsvilleSwy driver's mtg! #TakeYourSonToWorkDay -JW pic.twitter.com/LFaaT4EM4y— Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 1, 2015
Pole sitter & points leader @joeylogano looks ready to race @MartinsvilleSwy! #Eliminator8 -JW pic.twitter.com/emDzLXoKHn— Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 1, 2015
Mville pres Clay Campbell tells drivers he thinks it'll be OK on weather. pic.twitter.com/xDWwj5n9sx— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) November 1, 2015