Sprint Cup Series STP 500

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Race: STP 500

Place: Martinsville Speedway

Date and Time: Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. ET

Tune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)

What to Watch For: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards – all of whom have more than two short-track victories – go for their first win of the season at Martinsville. … Jimmie Johnson, the active wins leader at Martinsville with eight victories, attempts to capture his third checkered flag this year. … Denny Hamlin, last spring’s Martinsville race winner, tries to defend his victory. … The famed Wood Brothers Racing team returns to Martinsville for the first time since 2011. Ryan Blaney will take the wheel of the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford for the organization’s 110th start at the .526-mile track. … Chase Elliott hopes to increase his five-point lead over Blaney in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.