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I usually like watching the races at Martinsville. This race, however, didn’t do it for me. It didn’t seem to have any real action to me. Sure there was passing here and there. Maybe it was the television coverage, or perhaps it was because the race was the Brad Keselowski show since he led the entire except for the first five laps and that spell of laps that Chase Elliot was the leader. Brad and the Penske Fords seem healthy so far this year.

Clint Bowyer managing to finish in the top ten even though he had not one but two pit road speeding penalties was a solid day- think how relevant he could have been if he didn’t have to come back from the penalties twice during the race. I am sure he would have been a solid contender. And I was pleased that all four SHR cars made it into the top ten by the end of the race. But top ten finishes do not get you in the Chase, wins do.

Let’s see what happens on Texas next week, but I think I am not much of a fan of this package.

Photo: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

I have seen two schools of thought regarding the actions on the last lap of the race on Sunday at Martinsville:

1. Joey Logano was racing for the win, for his chance at the championship.

2. Logano is a dirty driver and punted Martin for the win. (more…)

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Start: 6th

Finish: 26th, 4 laps down

Points: 2156 (14th in points)

Tony’s weekend started out with awesome practices and a solid qualifying effort but unfortunately it didn’t end up so swell. After the first caution when a majority of the field pitted and Tony’s team did not he ended up falling back in the field to fresher tires.  The car sustained damage when Ryan Blaney came across the nose of Tony’s car as well. Between battling a car that wouldn’t turn and the loss of track position he was unable to make up any ground and eventually ended up loosing laps to the leader and finishing 26th. Tony was discouraged. The team was discouraged. The fans were discouraged. It wasn’t the best of weekends so why dwell on it I say. (more…)

(Photo Source: Zimbio.com/Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America)

Replacement Driver: Brian Vickers

Started: 3rd

Finished: 7th

Martinsville has always been a favorite track of mine to watch. I think I just enjoy watching the close quarters short track, rubbin’ is racin’ kind of racing because it transfers very well to a television product more so than the longer 1.5 mile midsize tracks (in most cases). Of course that’s not to say that I don’t watch the 1.5 milers, or the super speedways. If there is a Sprint Cup race it’s on I tend to be watching it (obviously or how would I write about it). Of course one of the bad thing about short tracks is that it’s quite easy to get a lap down yet not quite so easy to get that lap back- just ask Dale Jr who spent a majority of the race a lap down after trouble early in the race- but I digress because this is not a Jr. blog now is it?

What a great race Brian Vickers and Team 14 had at Martinsville in the Janssen Arnie’s Army Chevy this weekend. All practices were awesome and Brian was able to qualify the 14 car 3rd! It was an awesome effort all around. (more…)

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook October 2014/CIA photo)

“Even on the bad days, it can be fun. And when you have a good day, it’s great. The grandfather clock you get for winning is one of the cooler trophies in our sport. Normally, 20-year-old kids don’t get too excited about grandfather clocks, but you realize it’s more than that at Martinsville. There’s a lot of pride and lot of history with this sport at Martinsville. One thing about Martinsville is there is no lack of excitement. I don’t care how flawlessly your day goes, you’re going to bump into somebody at some point, even on a perfect day. You put 43 cars on this half-mile track and it’s always going to be exciting. You will never have a race there where you don’t have some sort of drama during the day. I think every driver will say they will have some drama at some point. When you have 43 drivers with 43 dramatic moments, that’s a lot of action going on.” – Tony Stewart, Martinsville Fall 2015 Release

 

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(Photo Source: Martinsville March 2015 Tony Stewart Facebook Page/HHP/Rusty Jarrett)

 

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Tony Stewart’s #14 Chevy was sponsored by Code 3 Associates (Photo Credit: The Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook Page)

Tony Qualified: 6th

Tony Finished: 20th

Points: 87 points, 32nd in the series standings

I was excited for Martinsville- it’s a favorite track for me to watch on television. I like watching tight quarters racing. It’s what NASCAR racing is to me- rubbing, contact, flared tempers and cars that look like they have been through a 500 miles race.  So I always get excited when it comes time for Martinsville. Always.

Crew at work on the #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/Rusty Jarrett)

It was looking like it was going to be a pretty darn good race for us Stewart fans as well. Tony qualified the car 6th! That in itself was exciting to me. Whoo!  Martinsville is so small that it is easy to get a lap down if you are too far in the back of the field.  So with my fingers crossed for a decent showing at Martinsville I sat down on Sunday and watched 43 drivers take the green flag.

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Tony on Sunday at Martinsville

Tony Stewart pilots the #14 Bass Pro Chevy on Sunday at Martinsville (photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/Mike Calamungi CIA Stock)

I have been saying for years- Martinsville is my favorite track I have never been to. I LOVE to watch races at the crazy little paper-clip shaped track.  The speeds maybe slower than a mile-and-a-half track BUT the racing action is much better. (Another reason I like Phoenix so much too- the racing action is awesome there). (more…)

Tony Stewart at Martinsville

Tony Stewart at Martinsville 2013 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page)

“One thing about Martinsville is there is no lack of excitement. I don’t care how flawlessly your day goes, you’re going to bump into somebody at some point, even on a perfect day. You put 43 cars on this half-mile track and it’s always going to be exciting. You will never have a race there where you don’t have some sort of drama during the day. I think every driver will say they will have some drama at some point. When you have 43 drivers with 43 dramatic moments, that’s a lot of action going on.” — Tony Stewart, 2014 Martinsville Team Release

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