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FIRST DATA 500

Martinsville Speedway

October 29th, 3:00 PM ET, NBCSN TV

.526 Mile, 12 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #7

We are six races through the ten race Playoff for the Monster Cup. Drivers #20 Matt Kenseth, #1 Jamie McMurray, #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and #42 Kyle Larson have been eliminated from the Playoffs. 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 65% of the races here in the last 10 years. In those 20 races over the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports accounts for 45% of those wins and their engine shop 60%. Jimmie Johnson is the defending champion of this race, he won here last year notching his ninth victory. Brad Keselowski won here earlier in the year in a Team Penske Ford. Will Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy return to Victory Lane? Or will we see Ford or Toyota chip away at team Hendrick’s dominance. We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 short track drivers.

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