For the second time this season, Gibbs driver Martin Truex Jr worked himself into victory lane. The winning pass would come on lap 485 when he overtook teammate Denny Hamlin. Hamlin himself would run one of the better races at Martinsville to his credit, leading 276 of 500 laps.
It has been over 50 years since the NASCAR Cup Series has raced on dirt. That will change this weekend after they transformed the Bristol concrete half-mile race track into a half-mile of dirt. This is one of the biggest wild card races of the season and will be wildly entertaining for race fans.
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After completing two races in the Southwestern United States, the Cup Series moves back cross-country to Atlanta, Georgia. Looking at the track specs for Atlanta Motor Speedway, it is a 1.5 mile, Quad oval track.
The Cup Series stays in Daytona for another week. This following last Sunday’s season debut, which saw Front Row driver Michael McDowell collect his first-ever Daytona 500 win. However, instead of racing on the traditional 2.5-mile Superspeedway, they will be running on the Daytona Road Course.
The Silly Season had a handful of important driver shuffles, the most notable being the signing of Kyle Larson to Hendricks Motorsports. We’d also get the announcement of a brand-new team partnership between former NBA Player Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
Coming into Sunday with one last opportunity in which to qualify himself into the Championship Four and 26 points below cutoff, Chase Elliott was not prepared to leave anything to chance, as he was pretty much going to have to win in order to punch his ticket to Phoenix. In the end, there would be no doubt who was the dominant driver.