For those still station in a Chase, there’s something some-more than a grandfather time on a line currently during Martinsville Speedway.
Not to contend that a time – formerly made for decades in a track’s home city of Ridgeway, Virginia and given to all Martinsville winners – isn’t a estimable esteem on a own.
But a win in today’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 for any one of a 8 drivers in a Eliminator Round also means a possibility to put themselves on a biggest theatre of all: Next month’s championship culmination during Homestead-Miami Speedway.
However, regardless of either a Chaser or a non-Chase aspirant wins today, they’ll have unequivocally warranted their money. NASCAR’s biggest track, Talladega, might be deliberate by many observers as a furious label each post-season run, though Martinsville – NASCAR’s shortest lane – can be each bit as diabolical.
The track’s owner, International Speedway Corporation, has dubbed Martinsville as a “Half-Mile of Mayhem.” You can’t credit them of fake advertising.
To attain during Martinsville takes so many things. There’s a earthy aspect – slinging your automobile around dual prosaic turns 1,000 times with small seconds to rest on a straights. And there’s a mental aspect – gripping your cold when your rivals constantly kick on a sides and behind fender of your car.
“It’s a formidable competition lane that requires a balance of refinement and concentration and charge that is unequivocally distinct other tracks,” one of a Eliminator 8, Carl Edwards, pronounced on Friday. “If we watch these restarts from an in-car camera view, we can’t see past a man in front of we and there are guys adult there bumping and banging and attack a curbs. If we get pushed out of a groove, there are all these marbles adult there and we do all we can only to combine behind into trade though removing wrecked.
“It’s a prolonged race. If we watch a guys after a competition when they get out of their cars, many of us will be sitting down and be respirating heavy. It’s a physical, tough competition track. It’s not like Talladega, where you’re watchful around for something to happen. There’s always something function here and you’ve got to be observant and focused a whole time.”
That’s something any dyed-in-the-wool NASCAR fan can appreciate: Hard-nosed action, with drivers constantly roving a corner between disharmony and control.
None of a Eliminator 8 can means to tumble into chaos. As another Chaser, Denny Hamlin, pronounced himself on Friday, one mistimed impulse – self-inflicted or differently – can hurt your deteriorate now.
In further to flaring tempers and intensity Chase-changing moments, we also have to keep an eye on a non-Chase competitors that can take a win and change a Chase by 1) erasing an involuntary berth in a Championship Race; and 2) safeguard that during slightest two of a Eliminator 8 can make Homestead on points if necessary.
As Kyle Petty himself remarkable this past week on NASCAR AMERICA, all though one of a 8 eliminated Chasers has warranted a feat this season. Considering we’re during Martinsville, eight-time lane hero Jimmie Johnson immediately comes to mind as a vital hazard from that group. Then there are other intensity interlopers such as pole sitter Jamie McMurray and Ganassi teammate/super-rookie Kyle Larson (starting 12th).
Altogether, we should be in for a superb, short-track afternoon.