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    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Fringe Report : Martinsville

    It's the 6th race in the Sprint Cup schedule, and the are heading to the mountains of western Virginia. Welcome to Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville is the smallest track on the circuit at just a touch over 1/2 a mile. With banked turns and a flat straight, which makes passing difficult, there will be plenty of bumping. Known to many as the "paperclip", because of its shape, the turns are short and the straight a ways long. The average speed is 95 mph, because it is a short track, not much time to get up to full speed. The brakes will be used often, so look for the driver who uses there brakes the best to be at the front when this ends. With tough passing on the track, a lot of ground needs to be made up in the pits, so there will be plenty of pressure on the pit crews in this one. Some of the drivers that have had success in the past are, Jimmie Johnson, who has won 3 of the last 5 this year, 2 of the last 3 at Martinsville and 4 top 5 finishes in the last 5 races here. Also finding success in the VA is Johnson's teammate and part car owner of the 48 car, Jeff Gordon. Gordon has been in the top 5 the last 5 races at Martinsville. Some other names to look out for are Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Dale Jr., and Virginia's own Jeff Burton. So, pull out your Bud or Miller Lite hat and have a big bowl of Cheerios, cause it's time for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500.
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