|The paperclip. Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images|
With only four races left in the season, points - and a championship - are on the line. A short track means lots of bumping and banging, and drivers' tempers will be put to the test.
All eyes will be on Jimmie Johnson, second place in the standings, who has six wins at the paperclip, and third-place Denny Hamlin who has four. But don't count out points leader brad Keselowski, who finished 9th here in the spring and who boasts consistency and wins in the Chase.
In the Camping World Truck Series, only one point separates points leader Ty Dillon from James Buescher. With only four races left, who'll gain ground in the championship battle?
The Nationwide Series takes a break and will return next weekend at Texas.
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Length: 0.526-mile oval
Type: Short track
Banking: 12 degrees in the turns, 0 degrees on the straightaways
Fall 2011 winner: Tony Stewart
Spring 2012: Ryan Newman
Fall 2011 winner: Denny Hamlin
Spring 2012: Kevin Harvick
The following is a schedule of track events and TV coverage this weekend at Martinsville. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.
Friday, Oct. 26:
11 a.m. NCWTS Practice, SPEED
12 noon NSCS Practice, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS Final Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
3:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
5 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
7 p.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
8:30 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
10 p.m. Trackside (re-air), SPEED
Saturday, Oct. 27:
12 a.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
1:30 a.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
9:30 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
12 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
1 p.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
1:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
2 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 200, SPEED
4 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
9:30 p.m. NCWTS: Kroger 200 (re-air), SPEED
11:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
Sunday, Oct. 28:
12:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
10 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
2 p.m. NSCS: TUMS Fast Relief 500, ESPN. Reruns at 1 a.m. on ESPN2 and 4 a.m. on ESPN deportes.
6 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane Special Edition, SPEED
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
11 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2