Martinsville: Hot dogs and game changers for the Chase?

I love short tracks. There’s never a dull moment and there are so many variables – tires, pit stall selection, brakes and engines. With little time on the track this weekend I’m sure that the famous Martinsville hot dog will not be the only thing fans will be cheering for. This race will make or break some Chasers. Will Jimmie Johnson finally show what he’s got or will we see the demise of the 5-time dynasty? Will Dale Jr. rise to the occasion or will Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin?

Here are my fantasy picks: Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski;Juan Pablo Montoya; and Bobby Labonte.

Enjoy the race!

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Tires, dogs and pit stops at Martinsville

As you can see from the first 100 laps this race is going to be all about 4-tire stops, pit road speeding and entrance issues and keeping up with changes on the track. Those drivers who can make the least mistakes on and off pit road and find a way to hug that bottom groove will do best today. Pit crews need to be on the ball today too, making the race today about strong teams.

Martinsville is hard to predict, but I made my fantasy team picks about strong teams. I went with Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte.

Wish I was there in person, but I’ll have to settle for TV. Enjoy the race!

Famous Martinsville hot dogs; Who will be the top dog today?

Martinsville NASCAR fans take their wieners seriously. I remember about four years ago the management was considering changing the vendor … and the beloved hot dog traditionally wrapped in wax paper. The bad publicity and the fuss put up by the fans led them to nix that idea. It was kinda like when they opened Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and considered not allowing fans to bring in their own food. What! Not allow fans to bring in own hoagie! Pure sacrilege. That idea quickly vanished … but I digress. Click here for the scoop on the Martinsville hot dogs.

Oh yea, the race … Martinsville is one of my favorite short tracks — a crazy short, 12 degree banking “paperclip-shaped” .526-mile track with a difficult entrance to pit road. Tires always seem to be a problem and, of course, the usual mayhem that short tracks create just make everything much more interesting.

Track position isn’t important here, but sheer driver ability and mental patience can make all the difference. Not making mistakes on pit road is essential as well, but a good driver can make up for mistakes in the pits on the track.

As I review my fantasy picks I am looking for experienced drivers who can slide well and straighten their cars out before hitting something. Hmm. The pondering begins.

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