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He finished second at both Las Vegas and Phoenix before running third last weekend at Fontana. His last win at Martinsville came back in during the fall race. Ryan Blaney is fifth with points. Search form

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Vickers was among the top drivers during qualifying and will start in the second row when the STP begins. However, he has a rich history of success at Martinsville Speedway. A quick start when the race begins will bode well for Kahne as he looks to start lapping cars on the short track and attempt to pass Logano who starts at the pole. Kahne will be a driver to watch as he pursues the coveted grandfather clock, which is given to the winner of each Martinsville Speedway race. Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy live stream: FanSided 2 years STP Truex Jr, Stenhouse Jr, Kahne caught speeding.

View all NFL Sites. View all NBA Sites. View all MLB Sites. We go from a big two-mile track at Auto Club to a. This will be the first short track of the season. The previous three before California are 1. Some drivers are a lot more comfortable racing in the tight conditions that these short tracks present, which is an angle that you will definitely have to consider this week.

This is a tricky track at Martinsville, with degree banking in all four turns and flat straightaways. There is a lot of braking that goes on going into the corners, as drivers have to navigate the tighter turns. ET start time and the sun setting later thanks to the time change this month. His lone win in the fall race came last year. Busch has been running really well over the last four weeks. He was in the pole position at Atlanta, but finished seventh.

He followed it by finishing second, second, and third over the next three races, including the most laps led and a stage win at Phoenix. Keselowski has a couple of top-five finishes to his name this season and one stage win. Like Busch, he also has good results here, with five straight top-five finishes.

Keselowski won last year and Martinsville and has four career wins at Talladega, so congested race tracks are not a hindrance to him like they are for some guys. His last win did come in , but he had a win on the mile-long track at New Hampshire last year and was top-five in both races at Richmond, which is a. Jimmie Johnson has nine career wins at Martinsville.

His last win at Martinsville came back in during the fall race. His win at Martinsville in was his first top-five in the fall race since The price is good, but the odds he wins are not.

Those looking for a long shot should notice Kyle Larson. Obviously Larson, as we discussed last week, runs much better on the big tracks, but this is an insane price for a driver of his talent. His finishes at Martinsville are far from great, but he was third in this race two years ago. He won on the short track at Richmond last year, so he has proven that he can run well in tighter conditions.

It is really hard to overlook this price. This is a pretty flat track overall and is generally one of the slower races on the calendar. With the lower speeds and the close racing conditions that lead to cautions, this race is generally one of the longest in duration. Through five races and a couple of Duels, which were points events for the first time, the leader is Kyle Larson with points.

After finishing second in three straight races, Larson picked up his first win of the season last week at Auto Club Speedway.

Chase Elliott is still second with points, despite finishing 12th and 10th over the last two races. Joey Logano rounds out the top five with points. One of the interesting things about the new points format, where points are awarded in stages, is that three of the seven winners of races this season are outside of the top Hamlin may take a big leap forward as the race favorite this week at 5Dimes Sportsbook.