Today is the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is winding down and these final few races are crucial. Today's race starts at 1:30pm ET and will air on ESPN. After this afternoon's race there are just a few more races this year. The Sprint Cup leaderboard is awfully tight at the top. You can find the live standings from the Sprint Cup Series here.
Jimmie Johnson is the current Sprint Cup Series leader, four points ahead of Matt Kenseth, who previously was atop the leaderboard. Rounding out the top five heading into today's race are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Jeff Gordon.
As for today's race, Denny Hamlin won the pole position and will be starting alongside Jimmie Johnson. According to imotortimes, Hamlin broke Johnson's track record to grab the top starting spot today. Hamlin has four Martinsville Speedway wins in his career and has to be considered an early favorite. Rounding out the top ten for today's starting positions will be Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick. Drivers will be racing 500 laps/263 miles at Martinsville Speedway.
There are a number of options for race fans to watch and follow today's race. You can watch on TV on ESPN starting at 1:30pm ET. NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Junior Johnson will be telling drivers to start their engines. The green flag will be waved at 1:43pm ET. You can follow the live race leaderboard online here. Meanwhile, NASCAR's "Race Buddy" feature is a great way to follow the race online through various different race cams. NASCAR also offers fans a live stream option called "Race View." There are a couple different cool subscription options which allow fans to follow the race in a very unique way.