RACE PREVIEW

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GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500

Martinsville Speedway

October 30th, 1:00 PM ET, NBCSN TV

.526 Mile, 12 Degrees of Banking

We are six races through the ten race Chase for the Cup. Drivers #3 Austin Dilion, #78 Martin Truex Jr., #2 Brad Keselowski, and #24 Chase Elliott have been eliminated from the Chase. Eight drivers move forward into the round of eight 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 70% 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%. Jeff Gordon is the defending champion of this race, he won here last year in what was supposed to be his final race here. Kyle Busch won here earlier in the year in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Will Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy return to Victory Lane? Or will we see Toyota continue to chip away at team Hendrick’s dominance. We’ll find out on Sunday.

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