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Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After a bye week to recover from the spectacle that was the Bristol Dirt Race, the NASCAR Cup Series is back in action with the first Saturday night race of the year. For just the second time in the storied history of Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR will run the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 under the lights. This marks the first of two visits NASCAR will pay “The Paperclip” this season. The second won’t come until the tail end of the playoffs.

This article contains all of the vital information necessary to get you ready for the eighth race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 starting lineup, start time, fast facts and statistics.


Our NASCAR Cup Series standings and statistics article is a must-read for those looking to play DFS and bet on this weekend’s race!


NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Blue-Emu 500 starting lineup
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NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway

71st Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Track: Martinsville Speedway — Ridgeway, VA
Coverage: FS1
Pole Sitter: Joey Logano
Defending Champion: Martin Truex Jr.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Race Details

Distance: 263 miles
Laps: 500
Lap Length: 0.526 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-130; Laps 131-260; Laps 261-500)
Surface: Asphalt (Concrete in the turns)
Turns: 4

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
4Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
5Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Justin Haley31Kaulig RacingChevrolet
7Ty Dillon42Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
8Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
9Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
12Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
13Kurt Busch4523XI RacingToyota
14Erik Jones43Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
15Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
17Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
18Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
19William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
20Austin Cindric2Team PenskeFord
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
22Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
23Todd Gilliland38Front Row MotorsportsFord
24Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers RacingFord
25Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
26Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
27Justin Allgaier77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
28Noah Gragson16Kaulig RacingChevrolet
29J.J. Yeley15Rick Ware RacingFord
30Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
31Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
32Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
33Ross Chastain1Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
34Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
35Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingFord
36Josh Williams78Live Fast MotorsportsFord

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the virus-caused interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula were used to determine starting lineups. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR betting NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 starting lineup
Credit: HHP/Andrew Coppley

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • This race is on its 17th different name in the 71-year history of the event. It was first known as the Virginia 500 and was called the STP 500 as recently as 2019. Interestingly enough, this race was also run six times from 1950-55 with no name at all!
  • Richard Petty leads all drivers with nine career wins in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with three previous wins in this race.
  • Hendrick Motorsports tops all current race teams with eight wins in this race. Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing are just behind with seven apiece.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing has won three of the last six editions of the race including last season’s running.
  • Chevrolet has been the dominant manufacturer in the Martinsville spring race with 26 wins. However, no Chevy has reached victory lane since 2014.
  • Ford manufacturer has won three of the last four editions of the race.
  • 2020 race winner Martin Truex Jr. had an average speed of 77.378 mph.

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