RACE PREVIEW

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TUMS FAST RELIEF 500

Martinsville Speedway

October 27th, 1:30 PM ET, ESPN TV

.526 Mile, 12 Degrees of Banking

We are six races through the 10 race Chase for the Cup. #48 Jimmie Johnson and #20 Matt Kenseth are showing themselves as the cars the beat and there are only four points between them.. This is the last of the season’s six short track races. We know that short tracks bring on short tempers and with just four races to go in the season, the drivers are doing what they must to gather enough points to claim a successful season. We probably won’t see a lot of patience on the track – bump and run could be the phrase of the day, or worse yet, dump and run. An early departure from this race could spell doom for either of our two points leaders. Since Rusty Wallace won here in spring of 2004 in a Dodge, we have only seen two different manufacturers take the checkered flag – Chevrolet has had 14 wins and Toyota four. Chevy has won 75% of the races here in the last 10 years. Hendrick Motorsports accounts for 55% of those wins and their engine shop 65%. Will Hendrick Motorsports remain dominate? We’ll find out on Sunday.

 

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