RACE PREVIEW

MAR 13.2

GOODY’S HEADACHE RELIEF SHOT 500

Martinsville Speedway

November 1st, 1:30 PM ET, NBCSN TV

.526 Mile, 12 Degrees of Banking

We are six races through the ten race Chase for the Cup. Drivers #20 Denny

Hamlin, Ryan Newman #31, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr, and #20 Matt Kenseth have been eliminated from the Chase. Eight drivers move forward into the Eliminator round and are looking for a win that will lock them in to the championship race in Homestead. 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. Chevy has won 75% of the races here in the last 10 years. In those 20 races over the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports accounts for 50% of those wins and their engine shop 65%. But, Denny Hamlin is the defending champion of this race in a Toyota. Will Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy return to Victory Lane? Or will we see Toyota continue to chip away at Hendrick’s dominance. We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 short track drivers.

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