Martinsville

The field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars speeds down the front straightaway in March 2015 as they take the green flag for a restart following an early-race caution period during at Martinsville Speedway.

Racing will roll back into Martinsville Speedway on June 10 — a Wednesday — for the first-ever Cup Series race under the lights in the 73-year history of the track.

In announcing the next 13 races in a newly revamped series, NASCAR scheduled the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 for the Southern Virginia raceway.

The Martinsville spring race, originally scheduled for May 8-9, was first postponed until April 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the race that’s now rescheduled for June.

The Oct. 30-Nov.1 weekend fall race weekend at the speedway is still a go at this time.

“This will be a historic night for NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway as we turn on the lights to host a NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in our 73-year history,” Martinsville president Clay Campbell said in a statement.

“As a sport we have worked closely with federal, state, local and public health officials to ensure the safety of the competitors, staff and our local community,” he said. “While we will miss hosting our loyal Martinsville race fans for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, we hope to welcome fans back for the penultimate races of the NASCAR season this fall,” Campbell added.

NASCAR got back on the track for the first time in more than two months on Sunday when the Cup Series drivers raced at Darlington in South Carolina. Kevin Harvick won race that was held without fans and limited personnel on site. There also were strict rules in place for the health and safety for all that were involved with the race.

Those same restrictions and rules will be in place when NASCAR rides into Martinsville on June 10. The Cup Series race will be the only race held at the track; the Xfinity Series and the Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series are planned to return in the fall.

The midweek race at Martinsville comes after the Cup Series races at Atlanta on Sunday, June 7, and before they head to Miami that weekend.

The June 10 race at Martinsville will be broadcast on FS1 with a 7 p.m. start time.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV