UPDATE 2: The race resumed a few minutes after 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Follow below for the latest updates.
UPDATE: The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 has been postponed and will resume Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
ORIGINAL: Will Mother Nature allow NASCAR Cup Series drivers to complete Saturday’s race at Martinsville Speedway?
The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, the first night race of the 2021 Cup Series season, could be delayed or postponed with possible rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Weather has already impacted the weekend schedule, as NASCAR suspended Friday night’s Xfinity Series race and announced it would be completed Sunday.
If the rain holds off, Sporting News will be tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s Saturday night race at Martinsville. Follow along here for complete results from the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.
NASCAR at Martinsville live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 11
6:10 p.m. — FS1’s Mike Joy was not thrilled that Cody Ware caused another caution.
6 p.m. — Caution No. 8, for Cody Ware’s car breaking again. Denny Hamlin leads Joey Logano at the time of the yellow, but a bunch of drivers stay out, including Bubba Wallace, who will lead the restart on slightly older tires.
5:50 p.m. — Denny Hamlin leads the field to the green for the start of Stage 3 after staying out along with about half the top 10. Ryan Blaney drops to 11th after pitting. And now there’s caution No. 7 for Justin Haley, who cuts a left rear tire.
5:45 p.m. — RYAN BLANEY WINS STAGE 2. But the end of the stage was very interesting; Denny Hamlin tried to bump Blaney out of the way just yards from line. Let’s see if there’s a repeat of that at the end of the 240-lap closing Stage 3. The rest of the stage top 10: Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch.
5:35 p.m. — Caution No. 5 with nine laps remaining in Stage 2. The cars of Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman make contact, causing Newman’s car to spin, and then the trailing car of Matt DiBenedetto hits Newman’s car, causing damage to both cars.
5:30 p.m. — Blaney wins the race off pit road and keeps the lead for the restart. Joey Logano is sent to the rear for speeding on pit road.
5:25 p.m. — Caution No. 4 with 20 laps to go in Stage 2. Cody Ware’s car spins into the wall after the right rear tire goes flat. Ryan Blaney’s nearly three-second lead over Denny Hamlin is gone.
5:15 p.m. — Ryan Blaney’s lead over Denny Hamlin is up to 2.17 seconds during a long green-flag run.
5:05 p.m. — Ryan Blaney retakes the lead from Denny Hamlin on Lap 46 (of 130) of Stage 2.
5 p.m. — New leader: Denny Hamlin passes Ryan Blaney early in Stage 2 and opens up a lead of about eight-tenths of a second.
4:50 p.m. — Stage 2 is underway. Kyle Busch moved into seventh with a fast pit stop between stages.
4:45 p.m. — RYAN BLANEY WINS STAGE 1. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Christopher Bell complete the top 10. Blaney now has two stage wins this season.
4:35 p.m. — Ryan Blaney leads Denny Hamlin by 1.65 seconds with 17 laps remaining in Stage 1.
4:15 p.m. — Erik Jones gives Kurt Busch a little tap and spins him around, but the rest of the field manages to avoid crashing into him.
4:10 p.m. — The sun is shining, and the green flag is waving. Here we go.
Saturday, April 10
10:20 p.m. — Sorry, NASCAR fans. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 has been postponed and will resume Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
10:10 p.m. — Track-drying efforts continue, but there could be more showers on the way.
9:45 p.m. — Well, that didn’t last long. NASCAR is bringing the drivers back to pit road after just 42 laps.
9:25 p.m. — And there’s the green flag. Keep those fingers crossed for no more rain.
9:05 p.m. — Engines fired. Lights on. Let’s do this.
8:40 p.m. — We’ve got a new start time. NASCAR is hoping to wave the green flag at 9:10 p.m.
NASCAR says driver to vehicles 8:45, command 8:58, green flag 9:10.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 11, 2021
8:10 p.m. — NASCAR is attempting to dry the track and making some progress.
7:30 p.m. — Yep, the rain is coming down at Martinsville Speedway.
7:05 p.m. — It looks like the initial start time for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 may be pushed back.
NASCAR race start time today
FS1’s coverage of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.
The Xfinity engines will be re-fired right at noon ET Sunday and the Cup cars will re-fire right at 4pm ET Sunday. Those races resume once they pull off pit road and should be green 3-6 minutes after they get re-fired
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 11, 2021