TRACK: Martinsville Speedway (.526 mile paperclip oval) DISTANCE: 500 Laps – Stage 1: 130 Laps, Stage 2: 130 Laps, Final Stage: 240 Laps (263 miles)
Martinsville Speedway is a place where you don’t want to be stuck on the outside. Small track with long straights and paperclip like corners. Pit strategy and track position key.
- Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske will surely contend for a victory. JGR and Penske have put four cars in the top five of the finishing order in three of the last four Martinsville races and have won four of the last five and five of the last seven there overall too.
- If you want to win, you better be in the top two or three by the end of the second stage. Since we began stage racing in 2017, the eventual winner has finished either first (4 times), second (2 times) or third (once) in seven of the eight second stages. In fact, both races in 2019 and the one last Fall saw the race winner earn a stage win in the second stage. Same for the playoff race in 2018 too.
- On top of that, the winner had a top five finish in the first stage every year too (8-for-8). That means you need to hit it off right from the get go.
- Three of the last four winners have all come from a top five starting spot with 10 of the last 11 coming from the top 10 overall.
- 9 different winners in the spring race in the last 10 years. Brad Keselowski (2017, 2019) only repeat winner in the last decade.