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Stock Car Scoop: How Will NASCAR Shortening Martinsville Impact Racing?

The NASCAR Cup Series stays in Virginia for another week but heads south, this time to Martinsville Speedway for a date with “The Paperclip.” Joe Gibbs Racing is coming off a race at Richmond Raceway that featured all four of its Toyotas in the top 10 and Denny Hamlin rolling into victory lane at its conclusion.

Will Gibbs continue its hot streak at another one of its wheelhouses, where Martin Truex Jr. has won a race each of the last three years? How will Martinsville’s spring race having its distance shortened impact the racing? Do hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek like day or night racing better at the short track? The duo answer these questions and more.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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It will be won by a Joe Gibbs car but it will not be driven by a hot headed little boy wonder like wanted to win last night,,


The demo derby will start 100 laps earlier, after NA$CAR finds a way to get a GWC.

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