In the first of what is expected to be a series of similar moves in coming weeks, officials at Martinsville Speedway have announced that qualifying for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 will return to its traditional Friday slot this fall.
Time trials for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 will begin at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, October 26, after being held on Saturday afternoon during the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends there.
“We’re pleased to be going back to qualifying on Friday,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “It’s obvious the fans preferred the traditional three day weekend with practice and qualifying on Friday so they should be excited about it as well.” Campbell said the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will continue in its traditional Saturday morning qualifying slot, at 10:35 a.m. Saturday.
Sources say a number of other tracks will revert back to Friday qualifying sessions this season, particularly those that host races in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Official announcements are expected in the next few weeks.