When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Where: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VA
Defending Champion: Kyle Busch
NASCAR betting heads to "The Paperclip" for the Martinsville Fall Race in late October. Martinsville starts the third segment in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The paperclip-shaped short track is exciting due to the track's configuration of long straightaways and flat, narrow turns which cause hard breaks and smooth accelerations.
It also doesn't hurt to have the best drivers competing for valuable points and with its 1:00 p.m. ET start time, the Martinsville Fall Race has the earliest start time of any race included in the Playoffs.
The early start is required because Martinsville does not have permanent lighting installed, which means the late October shadows can be a problem late in the afternoon. The demanding layout consistently produces some of the wildest fender rubbing, push and shove racing on the NASCAR circuit.
This is also the final short track race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and always provides great NASCAR championship betting action.
Last year, Kyle Busch took the lead on the final lap and won the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
It was his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and clinched a position among the Championship Four at the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Darrell Waltrip hold the record for most wins in this race with six, while Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt have won the race three times. Seven drivers, including Denny Hamlin have won the race twice.
Hendrick Motorsports has dominated this race winning 16 times, while Junior Johnson & Associates has nine wins. Petty Enterprises has won the race seven times, while Holman-Moody has four wins. Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing have three wins while six teams, including Roush Racing have two wins.
Chevrolet has won 30 times, while Ford has 14 wins. Plymouth has won six times, while Oldsmobile and Dodge have four wins. Pontiac has won three times, while Chrysler, Buick and Toyota have two wins with Hudson winning once.
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Martinsville Speedway is one of the smaller tracks in NASCAR and It is also one of the sport's most historic tracks, with a history dating back to 1947.
Since then Martinsville has grown from a dusty, rough-hewn operation into one of the most beautiful and modern racing facilities around. It features some of the best beating, banging, and good old fashioned short track racing on the NASCAR circuit.
Martinsville Speedway opened with 750 seats and since then has doubled in size. The track was unpaved until 1955 and the track configuration has not been changed since Red Byron won the inaugural event.
Martinsville might have been Richard Petty's favorite track as well, because The King won 15 races there. When the Goodys Fast Relief 500 starts, the standings really start take shape and the true contenders emerge.
After racing at Martinsville the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will move on to Texas Motor Speedway to continue the Chase at the AAA Texas 500 in November. Be sure to bookmark our Nascar page to get the most up to date Nascar lines to place that all important bet before the big races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first victory at Martinsville Speedway. In claiming the checkered flag Earnhardt led 79 of 500 laps at the shortest track on the circuit.
He took the last restart in fifth place, but sliced through his rivals, passed Tony Stewart for the lead with three to go, and took the checkered flag in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Jeff Gordon finished second to be the highest finisher among the eight remaining Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors and give Hendrick Motorsports a one-two finish
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