The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field is heading to “The Half Mile of Mayhem” on a quick turnaround for a crucial elimination race that sets the stage for the Championship 4. Tune in to live coverage of the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Before the Round of 8 finale, check out some important information you need to know.RELATED: Full Martinsville schedule | Series standingsTRACK DETAILSMartinsville is a .526-mile asphalt track, the shortest on the series circuit, with concrete paving in the turns. Contained in a width of 55 feet, the track features 800-foot straightaways and tight, nearly flat turns that are banked at only 11 degrees. The high maneuverability of the track most often leads to door-to-door racing.Sunday’s race will be the 144th Cup Series competition held at the track, with Red Byron taking home the inaugural checkered flag in 1949.STAGE LENGTHSStage 1 will end at Lap 130, Stage 2 at Lap 260 and the final stage at Lap 500.STARTING LINEUPBrad Keselowski won the Busch Pole Award and will lead the field to the green Sunday. Martin Truex Jr. will join Keselowski on the front row.The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the previous event: 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.RELATED: Full starting gridRULES PACKAGEThe 2020 NASCAR rules package for short tracks will be in effect with a tapered spacer used to set a target of 750 horsepower. The cars will use a reduced downforce package with a shorter spoiler, a shorter splitter overhang and other aerodynamic changes.GOODYEAR TIRESEach team will be outfitted with nine sets of Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials.Later into the fall season, adjusting for cooler track temperatures is a key factor in developing the right tire compound that produces the desired wear. It is important for the tires to have the ability to lay rubber in all areas of the track, creating alternate racing grooves throughout the race.“The last time we raced at Martinsville, it was June and both ambient and track temperatures were not a concern,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “We’ve had a lot of cold weather races at this track over the past several years, so we did some work on developing tread compounds that would lay rubber in the concrete corners in those conditions. The results have been good, as we’ve seen the surface turn from white to black in the corners, giving drivers the ability to move up the track to find grip. The resulting second lane has helped produce some great racing along the way.”PLAYOFF STATS TO KNOW— Only Joe Gibbs Racing has competed with multiple Championship 4 drivers in the same year (2016, 2019), and Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are still in contention for 2020. This trend will change if Brad Keselowski joins Team Penske teammate Joey Logano for the final run at Phoenix Raceway.— Neither Hamlin or Kevin Harvick have won in the last three races, tying the longest winless streak between the two for the entire 2020 season.— With his win at Kansas Speedway, Logano tied Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Fred Lorenzen for 31st in all-time Cup Series wins with 26. Logano currently has a three-year multi-race win streak and has won multiple times in six of the last seven seasons.— Alex Bowman is the only remaining title contender who has never finished inside the top five at Martinsville. He heads into this weekend in a potential must-win situation, sitting 25 points below the cutline.Source: Racing InsightsINTERACTIVE COVERAGEFor a more interactive experience, head over to NASCAR.com or the NASCAR app to check out an enhanced Race Center, live Lap-by-Lap coverage, the customizable live leaderboard with Scanner, and the return of Drive (featuring in-car cameras).Be sure to set your lineup in Fantasy Live and make your picks in the NASCAR Finish Line App.2019 RACE WINNERMartin Truex Jr. put on a historic display of dominance in last year’s playoff race at Martinsville, leading 464 laps and picking up his first win at the track. Truex swept each stage and punched his ticket to the Championship 4.RELATED: Who does this race favor?ACTIVE MARTINSVILLE WINNERSJimmie Johnson (nine wins); Denny Hamlin (five wins); Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch (two wins each); Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman (one win each).
ENGINES: Locomotive manufacturer EMD has taken its first steps to re-enter the repowering business with the launch of the GP22ECO and GP32ECO scheduled for this month.The GP22ECO concept – General Purpose, 2 150 hp, Tier 2 compliant, ECOlogy – is intended for repowering suitable low and medium-power four or six-axle EMD locomotives. The loco is stripped down to the frame, and fitted with an eight-?cylinder 710ECO engine and microprocessor controls. The original cab and body are reused. The GP32ECO is similar, using a 12-cylinder 710 engine rated at 3 150 hp. Two demonstrators have been produced. A former Canadian Pacific GP9 was rebuilt by Canadian Allied Diesel at its Lachine plant in Québec, and a former Kansas City Southern GP40 has been rebuilt by Metro East Industries in Illinois.Repowering is expected to lower emissions and increase fuel economy by using Automatic Engine Start Stop, which shuts the engine down when the locomotive is idling for long periods. Average fuel savings with AESS are predicted to be 60 litres/day. The entire locomotive will be on a 184-day maintenance cycle and 90% of the parts will be compatible with existing 710-powered locomotives.EMD’s last venture into the repowering market was the BL20 in 1992. At that time, the builder required a trade-in unit to provide the nucleus on which to build a totally new design on the existing frame. Three demonstrators were built, but while mechanically sound, they generated no orders.
Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea were well below their best in their defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup final.Christian Pulisic’s early goal gave Chelsea the perfect start at Wembley but the Gunners fought back to win 2-1 and deny Lampard a trophy in his first season as Blues boss. AdChoices广告Luck was against the west London side – Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicieta went off with hamstring injuries and Mateo Kovacic was very harshly sent off in the second half.And Pedro, on as a substitute for his final appearance for the club, was stretchered off in stoppage time with a suspected dislocated shoulder.Embed from Getty Images Another injury to Pulisic is a real blow for the American, who was in fine form after returning from the groin problem which stalled his progress this season after he had made a great start to his Chelsea career.Lampard said he was unsure how serious the hamstring injuries are.He said: “They have to be scanned and assessed over the next three or four days. They clearly won’t be fit for next week.” Even so, Lampard conceded that the performance was below par.He said: “We had a great start and had control of the game. From that point we got sloppy.“Certain circumstances conspired against us. But in terms of football, knowing us, we didn’t play well enough.“We didn’t play well enough. We know that in the dressing room.”Pulisic and Azpilicueta look certain to miss the Champions League game against Bayern Munich.Embed from Getty Images