NASCAR fans got to enjoy some impressive short-track racing Wednesday night as Martin Truex Jr. took home the victory in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Truex Jr. took the lead with 130 laps to go and never looked back, pushing his lead out to over four seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ryan Blaney, who overcame some early adversity after starting on the pole and falling to as low as 31st to get back to the front of the race.
Joey Logano led more than half the race, taking home the Stage 1 victory. Jimmie Johnson also looked dominant in leading over 70 laps to win Stage 2. But Truex Jr. got hot at the right time and won his second-straight race at Martinsville.
Sporting News is tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Martinsville on Wednesday. Follow below for complete results for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.
NASCAR at Martinsville results from Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
|1||Martin Truex Jr.|
|21||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|25||John Hunter Nemechek|
NASCAR at Martinsville highlights from Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
10:50 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. wins it comfortably, four seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott round out the top five.
10:41 p.m. — The lead is over four seconds now for Martin Truex Jr. with 25 laps to go.
10:36 p.m. — With 40 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr. still leads. Ryan Blaney up to second, Brad Keselowski in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Chase Elliott in fifth.
10:30 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr.’s lead is up to over two seconds with 55 laps remaining. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski battling for second behind him.
10:20 p.m. — Austin Dillon had to be helped out of his car. He is on a stretcher and is receiving oxygen. Had an issue in his car that significantly raised the temperature inside.
Austin Dillon car is headed to the garage. Team tells Richard Childress: He’s alert. He’s good. We’re waiting on the ambulance to get here. https://t.co/OaUtRu0ehK
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 11, 2020
10:15 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. retains the lead off the restart; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott in the top five with 95 laps to go.
10:10 p.m. — Caution out for Quin Houff after he goes into the wall around turn two on lap 397.
10:00 p.m. — Now Martin Truex Jr. takes the lead from Brad Keselowski with 130 laps to go. Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.
9:58 p.m. — Brad Keselowski takes the lead from teammate Joey Logano with 135 laps to go.
9:43 p.m. — Caution is out on lap 327: David Starr spins out after contact from Erik Jones.
9:38 p.m. — The entire top three is made up of Penske Fords after 315 laps: Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.
9:27 p.m. — Joey Logano takes the lead as he passes teammate Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick up to third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth with 212 laps remaining.
9:23 p.m. — Ryan Blaney takes the lead off the restart and Joey Logano comes up behind him to pass Jimmie Johnson. We’re through 275 laps, 225 to go.
9:13 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson wins Stage 2; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 240 laps remaining.
9:03 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson still holds the lead with 25 laps to go in Stage 2. He’s led more laps tonight than he has all season.
8:52 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson beats Joey Logano on the inside and takes the lead on lap 202.
8:50 p.m. — Halfway through Stage 2, Joey Logano still has the lead. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott round out the top five.
8:34 p.m. — Joey Logano continues to dominate this track and leads after 150 laps. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie JOhnson, Matt DiBenedetto and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 110 laps to go in Stage 2.
8:23 p.m. — Joey Logano wins Stage 1; he’s been running really well today. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace round out the top five after 130 laps.
8:15 p.m. — Corey LaJoie doesn’t pit and has the lead on the restart with 11 laps to go in Stage 1. Bubba Wallace wins the race off of pit road and is second, Clint Bowyer in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth.
8:11 p.m. — Caution is out with 18 laps to go in Stage 1. Timmy Hill’s car is stalled in pit road.
8:05 p.m. — Joey Logano still leads after 90 laps, 40 laps to go in Stage 1.
7:50 p.m. — Competition caution out after 60 laps. Joey Logano still leads with 70 laps left in Stage 1, he’s already lapped 21 drivers.
7:45 p.m. — No caution, but Garret Smithley has a fire in his right front tire? Casual. 47 laps in, Joey Logano has stretched out his lead to over four seconds ahead of Chase Elliott.
7:38 p.m. — Joey Logano has taken the lead now, with Martin Truex Jr. right behind him and Kyle Busch in third, 25 laps in.
7:34 p.m. — Green flag is finally back out. Aric Almirola has the lead after 15 laps, Joey Logano in second and Martin Truex Jr. in third.
7:27 p.m. — That didn’t take long: caution out for Austin Dillon after four laps. Looks like he lost a tire.
7:26 p.m. — Green flag waves and we’re underway.
7:18 p.m. — I’m not sure, but I think that might have been the worst command in NASCAR history…
( Race coverage begins at 7 p.m. )
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date : Wednesday, June 10
- Start time : 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel : FS1
- Live stream : Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The 7 p.m. ET start time for the mid-week race at Martinsville is the first and only such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020. The only other 7 p.m. ET start time currently on the schedule is the open for the July 15 All-Star race.
Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville was set for 7 p.m. ET (rather than 8 p.m. ET, the original time for the spring race at Martinsville) in part because teams will need to travel back to their facilities after the race in preparation for Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The only other night race confirmed on the Cup Series schedule, at Kansas on Thursday, July 23, has a start time of 7:30 p.m. ET.
NASCAR starting lineup at Martinsville
The draw for Martinsville’s starting lineup took place Monday. Below are the results:
|1||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|2||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|3||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|4||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|7||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|18||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|20||Matt Kenseth||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Jimmie Johnson||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|22||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|23||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|24||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Corey LaJoie||32||Go Fas Racing|
|26||JJ Yeley||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|27||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|29||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|30||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|31||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|32||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|33||David Starr||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|35||Garrett Smithley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|36||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|38||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|39||Reed Sorenson||7||Tommy Baldwin Racing|