NASCAR DFS: First Data 500 Track Breakdown
Matt Selz has the full track breakdown and Hot Pass for this week's race -- the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
With tensions and stressors already peaking with four races left in the season, a return trip to Martinsville is sure to raise those even more with the beating and banging that happens on the smallest track on the Cup schedule. Known as the Paperclip, simply because it looks like one, it’s a flat track with the only banking really being on the outer grooves of turns. It also has a unique feature, for a unique track, in that there are actual curbs on the inside of the turns that keeps the inside groove from trying to go too far down in the groove.
A track this small brings in some interesting things to consider. Pit road is tricky and is actually in two parts and that makes pit selection highly important. Lapping happens often at tracks this small as half the field was at least one lap down in the March race when all was said and done and that doesn’t count the middle of the race when guys couldn’t get laps back on late-race cautions. The position differentials are a key stat to...