Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Sprint Cup scouting report: Martinsville

SPRINT CUP SCOUTING REPORT

Martinsville Speedway

What/where/when/TV: Tums Fast Relief 500; Martinsville, Va.; 2 today; ESPN

Brad Keselowski's Chase lead over Jimmie Johnson held steady at seven points last weekend after neither got the result he wanted at Kansas. Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne all stayed within striking distance. Johnson owns six victories at Martinsville, and Hamlin has won there four times in the past nine Cup races. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven wins at NASCAR's shortest track but the last was in 2005. He and the other drivers currently out of the top five in points are running out of time to be serious Chase contenders in the final three races. Even after two wins in the past three races, Matt Kenseth is still having a tough time overcoming his slow Chase start and is ninth, 65 points back.

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