2019 NASCAR Preview: Week 33 – Martinsville

Round of 8 kicks off at The ‘Clip!

We saw the Round of 12 come to an end last week at Kansas, punctuated by a Denny Hamlin victory.  His win set the field of 8 for this next round, and doing so at a track where he just might win again.

Here’s what to look for:


FedEx – POLE ALERT: Things are off to a great start here at @MartinsvilleSwy as @DennyHamlin and team will be starting from the front tomorrow. That #FedEx11 Freight Toyota sure is fast! (Source: @FedEx)

And he’s on the Pole.  Denny Hamlin will start out ahead of everyone else on Sunday, a great view for him.  And he certainly knows his way around The Paperclip, an 11.0 average across the last ten races.  His most recent Win here is the 2015 Spring race, but he’s had five Top 5s since starting that one.


Hendrick Motorsports – In three straight — and four of the last five — races @MartinsvilleSwy, @ChaseElliott has finished inside the top 10. He’ll start today’s #NASCARPlayoffs race on @NBCSN from the rear looking to continue that streak. (Source: @TeamHendrick)

Chase Elliott is our outside polesitter for this one, exactly where he finished back in the Spring.  Last year’s race saw him finish 7th, each of the last three better than the last.  Only one direction to go from here on the current trajectory, and that is a Win today at Martinsville.


Team Penske – All three cars passed tech and and are ready to go today at @MartinsvilleSwy! #NASCAR | #NASCARPlayoffs (Source: @Team_Penske)

Brad Keselowski won the STP 500 back in March, but he is one of those drivers who didn’t make the cut at Kansas.  Slipping and sliding back in the closing laps, Brad lost enough points to find himself on the outside of the points standings.  Rough outing for him there, and a great situation lost.  A win here today is huge for any driver, guaranteeing them a chance in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami.  He won’t win the title this year, but his 2nd best 9.3 average over the last ten races is notable.


Joey Logano – The #Roundof8 starts tomorrow at @MartinsvilleSwy. Qualifying is set and my No. 22 @ShellMotorsport @Pennzoil @FordPerformance will start from the 10th position. #NASCARPlayoffs (Source: @joeylogano)

Joey Logano was last year’s winner at this race, something he’ll look to do again this year.  Teammate Keselowski is out, but he and Blaney remain alive for Team Penske.  Logano’s 11.9 average is 5th best among active drivers, where does the #22 come home today?


Kyle Busch – Wearing this awesome Halloween helmet today n next weekend at Martinsville, then it could b yours. Donate to the @bundleofjoyfund for a chance win! Donate Here: https://bit.ly/winrowdyshelmet (Source: @KyleBusch)

-Are we forgetting about Kyle Busch?  Seems like this guy has been gliding under the radar as of late.  Not really making waves, and just kinda coasting silently.  He’s got the best average among all active drivers at this track, with a wicked 3.8.  3.8, is that a misprint?  I’m afraid not; since he broke his leg back in 2015 and missed part of the season (missing the Spring race, won by teammate Denny Hamlin), Rowdy is yet to finish outside the Top 5.  Incredible!


Martinsville Speedway – A beautiful day for a race 🙌🏼 #FirstData500 | #NASCARPlayoffs (Source: @MartinsvilleSwy)

Coverage of the race starts on NBCSN at 3:00pm, green flag scheduled for 3:14pm.

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