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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview: Mastering the Martinsville Paperclip

With the wild-card race of Talladega in our rear-view mirror, we move to the paperclip track of Martinsville Speedway—the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit—for the Tums Fast Relief 500.Since Martinsville is so short, the track is one of the most difficult for drivers to race on. The one-mile track makes passing difficult; it's easy for a driver to block someone to keep them from gaining position. With the tight racing, though, it is just as easy to knock a blocking driver out of the way.There are 23 tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Twenty of these tracks have asphalt surfaces, with concrete surfaces at Bristol and Dover.Martinsville, on the other hand, has both concrete and asphalt surfaces. The concrete, on the straight-aw...

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