NASCAR CUP SERIES: BLUE-EMU MAXIMUM PAIN RELIEF 500 (500 laps, 263 miles around a .526-mile paperclip oval), Martinsville Speedway; Martinsville, Va.

TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:43 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: Joey Logano won the rain-delayed dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago, but now it's on to Martinsville -- one of the oldest tracks in stock car racing, first opening to NASCAR in 1949 -- after the traditional Easter off week. This will be the eighth of 36 races on the season. ... With the 2017 addition of a state-of-the-art lighting system, NASCAR will run at night again in this race. ... This will be the 145th series race at the track, with Martin Truex Jr. winning last June and eventual champion Chase Elliott in November. ... The half-mile paperclip-shaped oval is a unique challenge, and even though it has four turns officially, each end of the track is a constant radius with no short chute between turns. ... Denny Hamlin has won five times at what the Chesterfield, Va., native considers to be a home track, but none since 2015. ... Hall of Famer Richard Petty won 14 times at Martinsville, the most in history. ... Hamlin leads the standings with 327 points, followed by *Logano (269), *Truex (247), *Kyle Larson (242), Brad Keselowski (232), *William Byron (228), *Ryan Blaney (226), Kevin Harvick (225), Elliott (211), *Christopher Bell (186), Austin Dillon (186), *Michael McDowell (183), Kyle Busch (183), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (180), Kurt Busch (173) and Alex Bowman (172) making up the 16 drivers who would currently make the 10-race playoffs.

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per

BEST BETS: Two-time Martinsville winner Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite at 11/2, followed by Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski at 6/1. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are at 7/1, with Ryan Blaney at 8/1. Kurt Busch is a bargain at 30/1, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a worthy long shot at 150/1.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: COOK OUT 250 (250 laps, 131.5 miles around a .526-mile paperclip oval), Martinsville Speedway; Martinsville, Va.

TV: Friday, 8 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 8:13 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: After two weeks off, the series is back to run its seventh of 33 races on the year. ... This being a Dash 4 Cash race -- full-time Cup drivers aren't allowed -- it will likely be a hard-hitting event as four drivers (Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson) vie for the extra $100,000 to the highest finisher among them. The four were chosen based on their finish two weeks ago at Atlanta, won by Allgaier. Other Dash 4 Cash races will be held consecutively at Talladega, Darlington and Dover over the next five weeks. ... This will be the 36th series race at the track, but only the second since 2006 and third since 1994. Harrison Burton won the race last year. ... *Austin Cindric (277) leads the standings, followed by Daniel Hemric (231), Harrison Burton (212), *Allmendinger (194), Justin Haley (193), Jeb Burton (187), *Myatt Snider (179), *Allgaier (171), Jeremy Clements (165), Brandon Jones (155), Brandon Brown (142) and Riley Herbst (135) making up the current 12 drivers who would make the seven-race playoffs.

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per


THIS WEEK: The Trucks are on their second week off before returning at Richmond next week for the sixth race on the 22-race schedule. ... *John Hunter Nemechek leads the Truck standings (211), followed by *Ben Rhodes (205), Sheldon Creed (190), Matt Crafton (171), Stewart Friesen (158), Austin Hill (156), Zane Smith (137), Grant Enfinger (131), Todd Gilliland (127) and Austin Wayne Self (111). Ten drivers will make the seven-race playoffs.

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per


THIS WEEK: The 2021 season starts April 18 in Birmingham, Alabama, at Barber Motorsports Park. There are 17 races on the schedule.


THIS WEEK: The series is in its second week off since opening with a thriller in Bahrain on March 28. ... Defending and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes held off Red Bull's Max Verstappen in a wheel-to-wheel battle to the finish line, the winning margin just 0.745 seconds. ... The Chinese Grand Prix -- originally slated for this weekend -- has been canceled, so the series heads next to Rome, Italy, on April 18 for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit. ... Great Britain's Hamilton leads the standings with 25 points, followed by Belgium's Verstappen (18), Finland's Valtteri Bottas (16) in a Mercedes, Britain's Lando Norris (12) in a McLaren and Mexico's Sergio Perez (10) in a Red Bull rounding out the top five.


THIS WEEK: The NHRA kicked off the season at the Gatornationals in Florida from March 11-14, with Josh Hart winning in Top Fuel, JR Todd in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle. ... With the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, next up is the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scheduled from April 16-18. ... The NHRA has 21 events on this year's schedule. ... Hart leads the Top Fuel standings (113 points), followed by Shawn Langdon (94), with Antron Brown and Justin Ashley tied for third (72). ... Todd leads Funny Car (114), with Robert Hight (95) and Cruz Pedregon (73) his nearest pursuers. ... Greg Anderson leads Pro Stock (123), with Troy Coughlin Jr. (93) and Deric Kramer (77) behind him. ... Smith leads the Motorcycles (119), with Ryan Oehler (96) and Steve Johnson (74) giving chase.

--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media

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