What Happened to All the NASCAR Rivalries?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Martinsville Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from a NASCAR short-track weekend at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

Joey Logano. Tony Stewart. Denny Hamlin. Clint Bowyer. Jeff Gordon. The list of NASCAR drivers ticked off, for one reason or another, entering Martinsville could even knock the former Jersey Shore castmates down a peg. Add in a half-mile paperclip oval — one of the sport’s best — two weeks to ponder what’s gone wrong and Sunday was supposed to be an all-out explosion of revenge.

Jimmie Johnson's Martinsville Mastery Continues

Johnson wins the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway
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<p> Jimmie Johnson won NASCAR's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

Jimmie Johnson capped off a dominant weekend at Martinsville Speedway in a familiar way: by celebrating in Victory Lane. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won his eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the half-mile Virginia short track on Sunday in the STP Gas Booster 500.

Johnson’s weekend started in fine form on Friday, when he won the pole for the event. His No. 48 was near the top of each practice session’s speed chart, and when the green flag flew for 500 miles of racing, there was little doubt as to who the field would be chasing.

NASCAR Returns to Rough 'n' Tumble Short Track

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Martinsville Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Martinsville Speedway for the STP Gas Booster 500.</p>

1. Back to the scene of the (original) crime
With the he-said, he-said war of words and fenders that Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have participated in during the last three weeks, it's been easy to forget that the final laps of Martinsville's spring race one year ago was the ultimate catalyst for last season's most-talked about rivalry.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Dustin Long predicts the best fantasy drivers in Martinsville so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit treks back east to quaint little Martinsville for the STP Gas Booster 500. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.

7 Amazing NASCAR Stats for Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Numbers Game: STP Gas Booster 500
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<p> Seven amazing NASCAR stats for Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

In the 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that took place at Martinsville Speedway during the Car of Tomorrow era, two drivers won nine races: Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. It is a track that rewards its best competitors more reliably than other tracks do with top-performing drivers, making the event somewhat of a cinch to prognosticate. Granted each race, especially in the current ultra-competitive Cup Series landscape, is subject to a heavy dose of randomness, past performance at Martinsville does, more often than not, indicate future success.