NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing: Martinsville

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR will be closer to home, at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Martinsville is the shortest track on the circuit at .526 miles. It is also the only track still on the circuit from when NASCAR first started up. While Bristol is .533 and a bull ring, Martinsville is a paper clip. Long straightaways and short, tight turns. It has pavement on the straightaways and concrete in the turns. And not much in the way of banking. And while Bristol has more room for racing, Martinsville is tight making for bumping to get by. (Personally, I prefer the racing to the bumping.)

Last year qualifying was rained out, giving the pole to points leader, Kevin Harvick. This year if qualifying is rained out, the pole position will go to the fastest in practice. (I like that better.) On Sunday the race was also rained out and was raced on Monday. In that race, there was a late caution, for a double file restart. Matt Kenseth touched Jeff Gordon, who moved Kenseth up to the wall, allowing Denny Hamlin to win the race. (Hamlin went for knee surgery during the off-week and went on to contend for the Championship.)

These days, Martinsville is mainly a contest between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon has seven wins here, but none recently. Richard Petty has the most wins at this track with fifteen. Darryl Waltrip has eleven. Hamlin is back in 21st place in points having had engine trouble early this year. Maybe he can get back into contention with another win here. Johnson finished second last week at Auto Club Speedway in an exciting finish, which moved him up to fifth in points. Perhaps he can win this race.

For tickets you can go to VividSeats. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series  will also be in Martinsville this weekend. So there will be a lot of racing going on. I can’t wait!

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I Love NASCAR.

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