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NASCAR at Martinsville 2015: Winners and Losers from the STP 500

Martinsville—the paperclip, 500 laps totaling 263 miles—saw many cautions on Sunday, and when the clock struck midnight Denny Hamlin stood tallest on Victory Lane. This half-mile oval was like a blender, churning up all the cars into in indiscernible mush. ESPN’s Ricky Craven nailed what the day was like in his pre-race column: Track position is a priority to preserve tires and protect brake pads. It's as difficult to pass at this track as any on the circuit, and the tax on equipment comes at a steep price, particularly late in the race. Pit crews will do whatever they can to help gain track position (perhaps, only four lug nuts on left-side tire changes). Drivers need to do their best to gain it on restarts. W...

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