Martinsville: Win, Lose or Draw

  Martinsville is over, and Jimmie Johnson didn't win. While NASCAR fans take a moment to embrace something more shocking than Will Gardner's death, there are several others who ran Martinsville who will be far more impacted by Sunday's events. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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Martinsville: Win, Lose or Draw

Martinsville was supposed to be the race that separated the field. All it did was bunch things up in a way Sprint Cup fans haven't seen in years. There's no better way to look ahead than taking a look back....Bert Convy style (more...) ...

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Goody’s Headache Relief 500 Odds

Jimmie Johnson just did something this writer has never seen. And As a result, maybe the Chase isn't as close fans all thought. (more...) ...

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HAMLIN MATCHING JOHNSON’S MOXIE

Just who does this Denny Hamlin think he is? He ends last season by saying he’s gunning to knock Jimmie Johnson off his perch. Then Hamlin defies logic by tearing up his knee playing hoops. Then he follows that up with surgery, and then goes out and wins a race just following surgery. As if that’s not enough, the outspoken challenger essentially blows off Sonoma because there’s no road course in the Chase. Then the topper: he predicts a victory at Martinsville&he ...

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MARTINSVILLE’S ‘GREEN’ TRACK SURFACE

Sunday’s postponement of the Martinsville Cup race brought about a "green" track for teams to contend with. This term is coined from the condition of rain washing away tire rubber buildup from a speedway’s surface.Any paved racetrack is susceptible to the same conditions that affect highways and streets we drive our personal vehicles on. That includes the weather. And this year’s Daytona 500 pothole was a perfect example of that.At Martinsville, or any track that has ...

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HAMLIN ENJOYS SOME GOODY’S PAIN RELIEF

Driving with a torn ACL and surgery scheduled as early as late Monday evening, Denny Hamlin was looking for relief before embarking on a tough rest of the season ahead of him. With many questioning his abilities and chances with his injury and upcoming surgery, Hamlin proved them wrong the only way he knew how – dominating Monday’s race in Martinsville. Starting in the 19th spot, Hamlin had his work was cut out for him – especially with the heavy braking required on the tig ...

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MARTINSVILLE RACE POSTPONED TO MONDAY

The Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday in Martinsville has been postponed until Monday because of rain. From the Associated Press:"Showers lingered over the track in southwest Virginia on Sunday, and the absence of lights for night racing meant the window for racing was closing quickly. NASCAR does not allow a race to start unless it's feasible for the entire event to be run, and races on the shortest, oldest track in the Sprint Cup Series can take up to four hours. The cal ...

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THE RETURN OF THE SPOILER

As we look to this weekend and Martinsville’s hosting of the Cup and Truck Series, an old friend will be making a return. The rear wing will be removed from the Cup car’s deck lid and be replaced with a spoiler.This move was originally announced in January at NASCAR’s stop on the annual media tour. The intent was for aesthetics. A large group of race fans have complained that they did not care for the look of the current car. One detail that was common among complaints was the ...

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TUMS FAST RELIEF 500 ODDS

Entertainment purposes only blah blah blah.Good, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, it’s time to look at Sunday’s race at Martinsville by the odds. There’s one main thing you need to know before hitting your ATM (to get food for the race, not to place any wagers unless you are in a state where such activity is legal):  Las Vegas is scared of Jimmie JohnsonIf every driver had an equal chance of winning the race, Jimmie Johnson would have a 2.3 percent chance of w ...

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