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NASCAR Preview For Martinsville

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NASCAR heads back to the short track this weekend as the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series head to the paper-clip shape half-mile Martinsville Speedway – long straightaways and tight corners.
 
So far this season there have been five different Sprint Cup winners in five races this season.  Will there be a sixth different winner this weekend at Martinsville Speedway?
 
Chances are there could be with either Jimmie Johnson or Virginia-native
Denny Hamlin having won the last nine races at NASCAR’s shortest track.
 
Hamlin is coming off a disappointing 39th place finish at California and sits 21st in points – his worst ranking at this point of the season in his six-year Sprint Cup
career.  But he’s won the last three races at Martinsville and he’ll become just the second driver ever to win four in a row at the track if he wins Sunday.

Before that it was Johnson who had won five of six.
 
Jeff Gordon, leads all active drivers with seven wins at Martinsville. But Gordon hasn’t seen victory lane at Martinsville since 2005.
 
Mark Martin reaches a milestone this weekend when he’ll make his 800th Sprint Cup start – just the eighth driver to do it.  This will be his 46th start at Martinsville.
 
 Greg  Biffle and Jamie McMurray will make their 300th career starts
 this weekend.
 
In the Truck Series – Kevin Harvick will be looking for his second straight springtime victory after his dominating win last year. 

Harvick also won the spring race at Martinsville in 2009.

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