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:
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
No. 51 (TBA)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.