Rain postpones the Cup race at Martinsville until Sunday, full info on details including weather forecast

Mother Nature wins again. Rain postponed the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 until Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The action will pick up where we left off as Denny Hamlin leads Joey Logano on Lap 42.

Hamlin, passed Logano on Lap 4.

The event was set to take the green flag at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night, but on-and-off rain hindered track-drying efforts and pushed the start to 9:25 p.m. ET.

During the first caution period for James Davison’s Turn 4 crash, the return of wet weather — forecast to continue until the early hours of Sunday morning — forced officials to call for postponement.

This is the eighth points-paying event of the 2021 season, and the Cup Series has seen seven different winners in as many races to open the campaign. Stage 1 of the race is set to finish on Lap 130. Stage 2 will end on Lap 260 and the scheduled end will be at Lap 500.

The race on Sunday will be the final one in a doubleheader. Friday nights NASCAR Xfinity Series race was also halted early due to rain. Coverage begins at 12 pm ET on FS1 for the remainder of the Cook Out 250.

Noah Gragson won Stage 1 of the race, and the second stage was near its halfway mark when a rain shower halted the event at 9:32 p.m. ET. Track-drying efforts continued until storms intensified late in Friday evening. The start of the race was also delayed roughly a half-hour due to an early evening shower at the track.

The race at the 0.526-mile track marks the seventh Xfinity race of the season and the first in the 2021 Dash 4 Cash program. Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton and Gragson are the four drivers competing in the race within a race. The highest finishing driver among those four takes the $100,000 prize. The winning driver also advances on to compete for the prize with the three highest finishing drivers running for Xfinity points in the next event at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24.

Burton, who won last fall in the first Xfinity race here since 2006, started on the pole with Allgaier lined up along side of him. Burton led the first 53 laps at Martinsville. Allmendinger had an issue early in the race and had to pit under green, leaving him a lap down.

The race will end the second stage on Lap 120 still with the final 130 lap stint to the checkered.

Cook Out 250 current running order on Lap 91 of 250

1. 19 Jones

2. 8 Berry

3. 18 Hemric

4. 02 Moffitt

5. 10 JBurton

6. 39 Sieg

7. 20 HBurton

8. 22 Cindric

9. 9 Grahson

10. 7 Allgaier

11. 1 Annett

12. 11 Haley

13. 54 Gibbs

14. 2 Snider

15. 51 Clements

16. 44 Martins

17. 23 Perkins

18. 47 Weatherman

19. 90 Gorham Jr.

20. 92 Williams

21. 68 Brown

22. 0 Earnhardt

23. 52 Gaulding

24. 07 Graf Jr.

25. 48 Buford

26. 98 Herbst

27. 17 Yeley

28. 61 Starr

29. 36 Labbe

30. 4 Cassill

31. 6 Vargas

32. 26 Gdovic

33. 99 Parsons

34. 74 Currey

35. 15 Howard

36. 78 Little

37. 66 Hill -1

38. 13 Jaskol -1

39. 16 Allmendinger -1

40. 5 Mills -7

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Running Order after 42 of 500 laps

1. 11 Hamlin

2. 22 Logano

3. 12 Blaney

4. 19 Truex Jr.

5. 9 Elliott

6. 24 Byron

7. 2 Keselowski

8. 18 KyBusch

9. 4 Harvick

10. 5 Larson

11. 37 Preece

12. 48 Bowman

13. 3 ADillon

14. 17 Buescher

15. 21 DiBenedetto

16. 43 Jones

17. 23 Wallace Jr.

18. 47 Stenhouse Jr.

19. 1 KuBusch

20. 6 Newman

21. 10 Almirola

22. 20 Bell

23. 8 Reddick

24. 42 Chastain

25. 99 Suarez

26. 41 Custer

27. 14 Briscoe R

28. 34 McDowell

29. 7 LaJoie

30. 38 Alfredo R

31. 77 Haley

32. 53 Yeley

33. 78 McLeod

34. 52 Bilicki

35. 51 Ware

36. 00 Houff

37. 15 Davison -2

The national weather service lists a race time temperature of 66 degrees at the start of the NXS race with sunny skies. It will be sunny and low 70s for the Cup race.

If you have a NXS ticket you can only come for the NXS race, same for the Cup race

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