NASCAR at Martinsville: The skinny on Sunday's race at the Cup Series' shortest track

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

Here's a quick look at Sunday's race:

Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500

Distance: 500 laps, or 263 miles.

Where: Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile, asphalt and concrete oval in Ridgeway, Va.

When: 3 p.m. EDT, Sunday.


Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson.

Who's Hot/ Who's Not


-- Martin Truex Jr.: Truex won his seventh race at Kansas, the most of any driver this season, and he's showing no signs of slowing down.

-- Kyle Busch: He needed a strong showing at Kansas to advance, and he got just that, vaulting himself back to second in the standings.


-- Kyle Larson: A blown engine eliminated him from the playoffs much earlier than anticipated; now the best he can hope for is to play spoiler to someone else.

-- Matt Kenseth: Kenseth had a good shot to advance until a crew penalty meant he couldn't continue driving, thus ending his bid for another championship.

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