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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets back to action at the .526-mile paperclip of Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The series had the week off last week in observance of Easter weekend and enters the race this weekend with a ton of momentum.
Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. is leading the points and despite his zero victories so far in 2013 he’s been a threat for the win in all five races. That’s always great for ticket sales and the sport in general.
Another big thing for ticket sales and momentum for NASCAR is its budding rivalries forming between what happened in this race last year with Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon and the new one formed of Joey Logano vs. Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin.
Last year, Hendrick Motorsports was gunning for their 200th win as an organization. The trio of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Gordon dominated all day and were 1-2-3 going into the final restart.
It was looking like they would get that elusive win and sweep the top three spots before Ryan...
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Tony Stewart and Joey Logano say their dustup is over. They just haven't said it to each other.
The drivers tangled two weeks ago at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at California, where Stewart thought Logano had blocked him in the closing laps. Stewart parked his car near Logano's and approached him. There was some shoving, but crew members broke it up quickly.
After a weekend off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series revs back into action at one of the highest-action tracks on the circuit – Martinsville Speedway.
The layoff may have allowed tempers to calm a bit after flaring up during the last two races that saw several drivers mix it up on and off the track. Whether or not drivers choose to mind their P's and Q's during Sunday'...
It seems crazy but Tony Stewart and Joey Logano both agree on something. That is both drivers are moving forward from their Fontana clash and putting it behind them.
“I’ve got three race cars and we are in Martinsville, Virginia this week. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do other than worry about something that happened two weeks ago. I can’t change it. I can’t do anything...
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolls into Martinsville Speedway Friday morning for the STP® Gas Booster™ 500 weekend, he will have to feel good about his chances. Statistically, Martinsville is Earnhardt’s best track.
It hasn’t always been that way for Earnhardt, who comes into this weekend leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and off to the best start of his career. “I remember...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will provide a car for his nephew, Jeffrey Eanhardt, in the April 26 Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, 23, is the son of Kerry Earnhardt (oldest son of Earnhardt Sr.) He has struggled to find sponsorship and opportunities during his racing career and has competed in MMA.
The No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro will be driven by Jeffrey...
The logical place for Tony Stewart to get payback and send a message to Joey Logano that he’s not going to stand behind what he did to him last race at Fontana would be this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
The track is short at just .526-miles and tempers already will be high.
Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers send their paybacks and messages at Martinsville annually...
As far as the blocking issue at Fontana is concerned, both Tony Stewart and Joey Logano indicated Friday that the incident is in the rear-view mirror.
Though Stewart says his stance on blocking hasn't changed, he deflected a question about his promise to teach Logano a lesson.
"That's two weeks ago," Stewart said. "I'm on Martinsville this weekend. We...
JR Motorsports says Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the team's No. 5 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race in Richmond later this month.
Earnhardt is the nephew of team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has competed in 14 career Nationwide Series races, including four this season for Archie St. Hilaire and Go Green Racing. He recorded a season-best 20th-place finish at Phoenix on March...
It's been 37 years since Elton John first sang "Sorry seems to be the hardest word."
It might take the same amount of time before Denny Hamlin hears an apology from Joey Logano.
"I thought it was just hard racing, to be honest with you," Logano said of the closing laps with Hamlin at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago. "I felt like I just got in too hard...
Martinsville: Rough And Tumble Ride For All
There are no givens at Martinsville Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, winners of 11 of the last 20 races at the 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped track, can speak eloquently to that as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series steamrolls into Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500.
Each had the look of the winner a year ago, restarting one-two with the white...
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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Jeffrey Earnhardt seemed to be a rising star in the NASCAR skyline just a few short years ago. In 2006, after competing admirably on the short tracks in the south, Earnhardt was added to the General Motors development driver search program. After making the final cut in this program, Earnhardt...
The Sprint Cup Series heads to the “paperclip” this weekend for their sixth race of the season. In past years, the Martinsville Speedway has produced great racing and shocking moments. Last year’s Spring Race is likely the most memorable race from the past few years. The drama occurred on the final restart when Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer spun out while heading...
JIMMIE JOHNSON - WINNER
#48 Lowe's Chevrolet
· Seven wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 5.5
· Series-best Average Running Position of 6.2
· Series-best Driver Rating of 122.3
· 802 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· 747 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most