Rain 2, NASCAR 0: Trucks qualifying joins Cup practice as rained out Saturday at Martinsville

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The rain continues to fall at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the first of two scheduled Sprint Cup practices was cancelled due to the wet stuff.

Then, late Saturday morning, NASCAR officials cancelled qualifying for the Camping World Trucks Series.

Hopes are that the 250-lap Kroger 250 trucks race, scheduled for 2:30 pm ET, will still be able to take place.

Before that, the Sprint Cup drivers are scheduled to have their final Happy Hour practice from 1 pm ET to 1:50 pm ET, which at this writing is not looking promising.

With NCWTS qualifying cancelled, the grid for the field in Saturday’s hoped-for race was set by Friday’s first practice order (the second practice session was not a full session due to, what else, rain).

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who won last October’s Trucks race at Martinsville — becoming only the second African-American driver to ever win a race in NASCAR’s three marquee series, and the first in nearly 50 years after Wendell Scott won at Jacksonville, Fla., in 1964 — will start from the pole because he was fastest in Friday morning’s first practice.

Here’s the starting grid for Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway — if the rain stops, that is:

Row 1 Darrell Wallace Jr, Ryan Blaney

Row 2 Timothy Peters, Erik Jones

Row 3 Ben Kennedy, Brian Ickler

Row 4 German Quiroga Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr.

Row 5 Cole Custer, Matt Crafton

Row 6 Gray Gaulding, Ben Rhodes

Row 7 Ross Chastain, Johnny Sauter

Row 8 Chase Pistone, John Wes Townley

Row 9 Tyler Reddick, Joey Coulter

Row 10 Mason Mingus, John Hunter Nemecheck

Row 11 Brandon Jones, Jeb Burton

Row 12 Tyler Young, Alex Guenette

Row 13 Spencer Gallagher, Caleb Holman

Row 14 Bryan Silas, Clay Greenfield

Row 15 Ray Black Jr., Raymond Terczak Jr.

Row 16 Justin Jennings, Josh Williams

Row 17 Travis Kvapil, Korbin Forrister

Row 18 Norm Benning, Jennifer Jo Cobb

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F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.