This weekend the Sprint Cup Series takes on the paperclip in southwest Virginia known as Martinsville Speedway.
No longer do we have to hear about tandem drafting, "dance partners," team orders, or cracking the "ass-end" of the car in case you win.
Instead we have the "bump and run," grandfather clocks, and those famous hot dogs.
Martinsville takes a lot of skill to master. It is why Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough were so successful here back in their day. It is why Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are so successful here now.
All drivers grow up running on short tracks like Martinsville. No driver grows up running at behemoths like Talladega in a tandem draft. Martinsville is racing at its finest.
The Best of the Best:
Jeff Gordon has seven wins here.
Johnson has six.
Denny Hamlin has four.
Best of the Rest:
Tony Stewart has two wins at Martinsville.
Kevin Harvick has one win and that came in the spring here.
Kurt Busch also has one win at Martinsville.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the best average finish at Martinsville of anyone to not have a win there just yet.
Tony Stewart is the only driver not named Gordon, Johnson, or Hamlin to have multiple wins at Martinsville since the turn of the century with two wins.