Fans can watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville live online and see which driver can take the critical late-season race.
The race kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. from Martinsville Speedway.
With the second of four rounds of the Chase for the Sprint Cup finished, a number of big names have already been eliminated from title contention. At Talladega Superspeedway last week, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne were all knocked out of the hunt, leaving Jeff Gordon alone to carry the Hendrick banner.
Gordon said his teammates have pledged their support, meaning they won’t be racing Gordon too hard unless they have a chance to win.
“They’re very supportive,” Gordon said. “They’ve mentioned it to me already of how much they want to see us get that championship. So, it’s great to have their support. And we’ve been in this situation before to help, certainly with the No. 48 (Johnson) and we do all that we can to give them valuable information by being competitive each weekend if the opportunity presents itself.”
Fans who watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville live online will see another eliminated driver in the pole position. Jamie McMurray set a qualifying record with a lap of 99.905 mph, bumping out all eight championship contenders.
“We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend,” McMurray said. “Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track.”
Four title contenders are in the top six, with Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualifying second and third, and Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski fifth and sixth. Tony Stewart qualified fourth.
Kevin Harvick, who is also in title contention, had a difficult qualifying session, failing to advance out of the first round. He will start 33rd at Martinsville.
“We just missed it today,” Harvick said in a statement distributed by his team. “We were way too loose. We struggled in practice and just missed it in qualifying. We have to get better (Saturday) and be ready to go on Sunday.”
Fans who want to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville can click here for streaming video through ESPN.
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