Ty Gibbs Returns, $100,000 Bonus on Offer, and More: All You Should Know Ahead of Martinsville NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

Published 04/09/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (18) and Austin Cindric (22) lead the field to start the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


NASCAR returns after the Easter break with Friday Night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Harrison Burton, who won the 2020 Xfinity race at Martinsville, starts on pole position with Justin Allgaier on the front row with him.

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The scheduled start time for the race is 8:11 pm ET when the green flag will wave off. The race will run over 250 laps on the half-a-mile track, with the first two stages covering 60 laps each.

Friday night’s race also sees the first installment of the Xfinity ‘Dash 4 Cash’ Bonus prize this season, worth $100,000. The top-4 full-time series drivers from the previous race are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash prize. At Martinsville, the highest finishing driver between Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton will take home the prize.

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Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

These four drivers were the top-4 full-time drivers in the previous Xfinity race at Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. That race made headlines for the brawl between Gragson and Daniel Hemric after an incident on pit-road.

Ahead of Friday’s race, Gragson said he plans to clear the air between him and Hemric before the start of the race.

Ty Gibbs’ return in focus in NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville

All eyes will also be on the youngster Ty Gibbs, who returns to Xfinity racing this weekend. Ty, the grandson of legendary Joe Gibbs, won a race and finished second in the only two NASCAR Xfinity Series races of his career yet.

Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) celebrates after winning the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fans can watch the race on Fox Sports 1, as well as enjoy radio coverage on MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

On the weather front, some clouds are expected to hover above during the race, but there is just 16% chance of rain. Expect temperatures to remain above 70 degrees.

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How does the points table look like ahead of Friday’s race?

Currently, Austin Cindric leads the Xfinity Series points table with two wins and five top-5s already under his belt. Cindric holds a 46-point lead over Hemric in second place. Burton, Allmendinger, and Justin Haley finish the top-5 positions.

Among the full-timers, Cindric, Allmendinger, Allgaier, and Myatt Snider are the only ones with wins so far this year. Martinsville always produces exciting races, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top on Friday night.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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