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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Chase Chances Slim Heading into Martinsville Short Track

Only four more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season races are left in the Chase for the Championship as the hectic competition moves from its longest track at 2.66 miles around Talladega to the one of the shortest tracks at Martinsville with its .526-mile oval. Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va., is not only short with 12-degree banking, but it’s shaped like a paperclip with very tight corners at each end. The paperclip track—which has stapled winning hopes of NASCAR drivers to abundant lists since the forming in 1948 of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing—has special challenges. When the green flag falls for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27, drivers leading the C...

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