|In the spring race, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. dueled for the win, will we|
have the same excitement this time around?
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As the season winds down, the Sprint Cup and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series take to the paperclip shaped track of Martinsville, Virginia. For the Cup Series, only four races remain and while Carl Edwards has a 14 point lead, Martinsville is a hurdle he has to overcome on his path to the Sprint Cup title.
Featuring long straightaways and tight narrow turns, Martinsville is a track that drivers rely on their brakes. Holding the title as the shortest track on the circuit, 0.526 miles in length, drivers will be fighting for positions and maybe fighting off track afterwards. Martinsville is one of those tracks, as they say, short tracks equals short tempers.
The battle in the NCWTS remains a nail biter with just three races remaining; Austin Dillon holds just a three point lead over James Buescher. Lying just 14 and 16 behind are Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday, both looking to pounce and make their move for the championship.
Who will be taking home the grandfather’s clocks this weekend? Tune into find out.
Fall 2010: Denny Hamlin
Spring 2011: Kevin Harvick
Fall 2010: Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Spring 2011: Johnny Sauter
The following is a handy guide to track activities and television coverage at Martinsville (all times are in Eastern Standard Time):
Friday, Oct. 28:
12 noon NASCAR Live, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED - RAINED OUT
2 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED - RAINED OUT (got in some practice at 1:15 p.m. for 37 minutes)
3 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED - RAINED OUT
5:30 p.m. The 10, SPEED
7 p.m. Trackside at Martinsville, SPEED. Guest: Carl Edwards.
Saturday, Oct. 29:
12 a.m. Trackside at Martinsville (re-air), SPEED
4 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
8:30 a.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 200, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
11 p.m. NCWTS SetUp (re-air), SPEED
11:30 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 200 (re-air), SPEED
Sunday, Oct. 30:
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
10:30 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
11 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
1 p.m. NSCS Countdown, ESPN
1:30 p.m. NSCS: TUMS Fast Relief 500, ESPN. In-race reporter: Carl Edwards. (Re-airs at midnight on ESPN2 and 4 a.m. on ESPN Deportes)
5:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at midnight at 9 a.m. Monday)
10 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2