NASCAR: Next Up……Martinsville

March 3, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (39) crashes into turn one wall during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The only thing we are somewhat certain of when the Green Flag drops next Sunday afternoon at The STP Gas Booster 500 is that Denny Hamlin will not be behind the wheel of the #11 Fed Ex Toyota. I think what I’m understanding is that Mark Martin will take over for one race before turning over the reins to Brian Vickers in Texas….. Stay Tuned ! The other thing I’m somewhat sure of, is the race will be at the Martinsville Speedway. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to report this week with everyone taking the week off for Easter.

Thank goodness we have moved back to the Eastern part of the country for the next couple of months, and a real test for the Gen 6 race car at some of the unique race tracks that can only be found in the Heart of Dixie, and the Heart of NASCAR. We will have to endure a week at Texas, and one at Kansas, then on to Richmond for the spring race. I have Darlington marked on my calender as a must see event. One in which we should be able to get a real handle on this car.

But up first is Martinsville. When God, and Bill France invented NASCAR, good old Saturday Night racing, and the short tracks like Martinsville is what they had in mind. A half mile paperclip that has little to no banking. It don’t get much better than this. This is the opportunity for everyone with a grudge to get payback. Oops..Joey, didn’t mean to put you in the wall…yeah baby!..Sorry Dude, why don’t you tweet that? Yeah man…I’m going to catch you on Twitter later and thumb whip you good.

Ryan Newman is your defending champion, winning here last year in what was then, The Goody’s Relief 500. Kasey Kahne had the pole. Tony Stewart holds the qualifying record at Martinsville at 98.093 MPH back in 2005 for the fall race, and Jeff Gordon has the record for the fastest race average speed of 83 MPH which was set in 1996.

And you winner is…..Joe Nemechek…….April Fools!

Enjoy…Follow Me on Twitter @Spin_47

 

Topics: Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, Ryan Newman, Sprint Cup Series, Tony Stewart

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