NASCAR at Martinsville: TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for First Data 500

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Chase Elliott (Getty Images)

The Round of 8 has been set for this year’s NASCAR playoffs and Kyle Busch is in the lead. After a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway, Busch has a one-point lead over Kevin Harvick, who is in second, while Martin Truex Jr. is 16 points back in third.

But the man with the hot hand right now is Chase Elliott. Currently in fourth place in the playoff standings, three points above the cutoff, Elliott has two wins in his last three races and three total on the season. 

Elliott finished ninth at Martinsville in March and has three top 12s in his last four races at the short track. But Busch loves this unique course and has taken home victories in two of his last five trips there while finishing in the top 5 each of the last six times.

Elliott held off Busch on Sunday, but he might have trouble doing so this week.

The First Data 500 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Here’s the weekend schedule: 

NASCAR at Martinsville 2018: TV channel and streaming info

Note: All times are ET

FRIDAY, Oct. 26
12:05-12:55 p.m.:
Camping World Truck Series first practice 
2:05-2:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series final practice 

SATURDAY, Oct. 27

9-9:50 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, CNBC/NBC Sports App
10:05 a.m.: Camping World Truck Series Qualifying, FS1
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, CNBC/NBC Sports App
1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions (200 laps, 105.2 miles), FS1
4:05 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App

SUNDAY, Oct. 28
2:30 p.m.: 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 (500 laps, 263 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff point standings

Driver Points Cutoff (+/-) Race wins
1. Kyle Busch 4055 +40 1
2. Kevin Harvick 4054 +39
3. Martin Truex Jr.  4038 +23
4. Chase Elliott 4018 +3 2
5. Clint Bowyer 4015 -3
6. Joey Logano 4015 -3
7. Kurt Busch 4015 -3
8. Aric Almirola 4006 -12 1

Which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Martinsville?

There are 40 Cup drivers entered in Sunday’s race. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:

AJ Allmendinger
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Daniel Suarez
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Hermie Sadler
Jamie McMurray
Jeffrey Earnhardt
JJ Yeley
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Gase
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
No. 51 (TBA)
Paul Menard
Regan Smith
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ross Chastain
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Timmy Hill
Ty Dillon
William Byron