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It's time for the final race of the short track swing.

For the third time in the last four weeks, NASCAR visits a track less than a mile long. And for the second year in a row, this track is in Virginia.

This time it's a trip to Martinsville Speedway – NASCAR's oldest track, which has hosted a sanctioned race every year since 1949 (NASCAR's first season).

Nicknamed “The Paperclip” due to its shape, the half-mile short track presents a unique challenge for drivers with its long asphalt straights and flat, tight concrete curves.

When does the race take place this weekend? And who are the drivers to keep an eye on? Here's everything you need to know for the 2024 Cook Out 400 in Martinsville:

List of participants for NASCAR in Martinsville

37 drivers will compete in Martinsville – the 34 full-time drivers plus three others.

Kaz Grala will drive for Rick Ware Racing and continues his part-time efforts this season. Josh Williams (who competes full-time in the Xfinity Series) will make his second start of the season for Kaulig Racing and the experienced David Starr will make his season debut for MBM Motorsports.

Here is the full list of participants for Martinsville:

license plate driver team sponsor
1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing Worldwide Express
2 Austin Cindric Team Penske Menards
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Bass Pro Shops
4 Josh Berry Stewart Haas Racing Mobile 1
5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports
6 Brad Keselowski RFK Racing Bodyguard
7 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports Gainbridge
8th Kyle Busch Richard Childress Racing Lucas oil
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports UniFirst
10 Noah Gragson Stewart Haas Racing Overstock
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Sports clips haircuts
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Advance Auto Parts
14 Chase Briscoe Stewart Haas Racing
15 Kaz Grala Rick Ware Racing N29 Capital Partners
16 Josh Williams Kaulig Racing Alloy Employer Services
17 Chris Buescher RFK Racing
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Bass Pro Shops
20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Yahoo!
21 Harrison Burton Wood Brothers Racing motorboat
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Shell/Pennzoil
23 Bubba Wallace 23XI race MC Donalds
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Axalta
31 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Circular
34 Michael McDowell Motorsport in the front row Long John Silvers
38 Todd Gilliland Motorsport in the front row Carson Newman University
41 Ryan Preece Stewart Haas Racing Haas Tooling
42 John Hunter Nemechek Legacy Motor Club Skip Barber Racing School
43 Eric Jones Legacy Motor Club Family Dollar
45 Tyler Reddick 23XI race Money lion
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing SunnyD
48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Ally Financial
51 Justin Haley Rick Ware Racing Ohanafy
54 Ty Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Monster energy
66 David Starr MBM Motorsports TBA
71 Zane Smith Spire Motorsports Focused Health
77 Carson Hocevar Spire Motorsports Delaware Life
99 Daniel Suarez Trackhouse Racing Highway insurance
2024 Cook Out 400 Entrant List

When is the NASCAR race in Martinsville this weekend?

The Cook Out 400 in Martinsville takes place on Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Practice and qualifying sessions take place before the race. The 37-car field will be split into two groups (found here), with each group practicing for 20 minutes on Saturday.

Qualifying begins immediately after practice. Each car from the two groups completes two laps in the first round, with the five fastest cars from each group at single lap speeds advancing to the final round. In the final round, the remaining drivers have two laps each to determine the starting order of the top 10, with places 11 to 37 being determined based on the first lap times.

NASCAR TV schedule this weekend in Martinsville

Saturday April 6th (FS2 and online streaming)

Sunday, April 7th (FS1 and online streaming)

Past NASCAR Martinsville winners, racing history

There are 11 former Martinsville winners scheduled to race Sunday, including reigning spring race winner Kyle Larson. Ryan Blaney is the most recent winner at Martinsville, taking home the checkered flag in last October's race.

Although Larson and Blaney are the most recent winners, they don't have the best historical stats. That title belongs to Denny Hamlin, who leads all active drivers with five wins. Martin Truex Jr. (3), Brad Keselowski (2) and Kyle Busch (2) are the other multiple race winners.

Along with Larson and Blaney, Joey Logano (2018), Chase Elliott (2020), Alex Bowman (2021), William Byron (2022) and Christopher Bell (2022) have one Martinsville career victory.

NASCAR favorites at Martinsville, drivers to watch

Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing have been the story of the season so far – and don't expect that to change this weekend.

The two organizations have combined to win six of the seven races from 2024, three each. Heading into Martinsville, they have combined to win eight of the last nine races from 2019, four each. Hendrick leads all organizations with 28 Martinsville victories, including his first in 1984 – which the team is celebrating the 40th anniversary of this weekend.

So, yes, the eight drivers from these two teams will be worth watching.

Hamlin (JGR) has five wins, 25 top-10 finishes, 2,382 laps led and an average finish of 10.1 in 35 career Martinsville starts. Truex (JGR) and Elliott (HMS) each have over 1,000 laps in their careers at Martinsville.

In addition to Hendrick and Gibbs, keep an eye on Team Penske. The aforementioned Blaney is the most recent winner at Martinsville and leads all drivers with an average finish of 9.0 in 16 starts. Logano holds the third-best average finish of 10.9 with 18 top-10 finishes and five poles in 30 starts.

The Sunday race will not be won in qualifying on Saturday, but it could well be lost. If a driver sets a slow lap time and starts at the back, it's going to be a long day trying to regain position on the track. Take note of the grid and adjust your expectations accordingly – no driver has started outside the top 20 and won at Martinsville since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014.

Meet NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney.