By Sarah Tonsmeire
Now that only eight drivers remain in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, NASCAR begins the final elimination round before the finale at Miami Homestead Speedway. Known for its bright pink hot dogs and grandfather clock trophy, NASCAR heads to the shortest track on the circuit this weekend, Martinsville Speedway. Measuring just over half a mile long, with twelve degree banking in the turns, this short track has been named “The Paperclip.” Tempers are sure to flare this weekend, and drivers seeking retaliation is a possibility.
Joey Logano looks to make it four in a row starting on the pole in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne will be forced to work their way to a good finish after starting at the rear for going to a backup car.
The Fast Five for this week is based on drivers’ performances in the spring race at Martinsville, and other short tracks. The Fast Five for Martinsville includes: Jeff Gordon, who is tied for most wins and most runner up finishes among current drivers at Martinsville; Kurt Busch, who has two previous wins at Martinsville; Joey Logano, who is one of the top rated drivers at Martinsville and has been the most consistent performer this season; Denny Hamlin, who has five previous wins here and an average finishing position inside the top ten; and Kyle Busch, who is a top rated driver at Martinsville and is an excellent short track racer.
Tune into Martinsville Sunday at 1:00 on NBCSN.