Talking Racing – Martinsville (Updated)

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As a resident of WNY, I cannot recall exactly how many snow days we had off from school, no matter how hard we hoped and prayed for them.

We Yankees have always had fun poking at Southerners who go into panic mode every time a snowflake falls, and old-timers like to share stories of how hard we had it back in the day when we had to walk five miles to school, in waist high snow, barefoot, uphill both ways.

But with less than 24 hours to go until NASCAR takes the green at Martinsville Speedway…a snow day may be in effect as they have been dealt several inches of snow.

You heard that correctly…snow in Virginia has placed the start of NASCAR racing at Martinsville in peril.

As I sit up late on Saturday night listening to Formula One racing from Australia, I have looked up the weather prognostication in Martinsville, and they are presently under a Winter Storm Warning.

It is normally Rodney Rain that we discuss as far as weather related issues are concerned…but the first weekend of Spring is being dominated by talks of Jack Frost.

Hopes are high that any accumulated white stuff will be gone by the scheduled start time of 2PM. Hey, there is always hope.

Drivers were able to hit the half-mile paperclip for practice on Saturday, with Brad Keselowski setting the pace in his Penske Ford in the second of two sessions, followed closely by Kyle Busch, and last week’s winner Martin Truex Jr, both in Toyotas.

Fastest practice time for a Chevrolet was Jamie McMurray.

After qualifying was a wash, the starting lineup has been set off of points standings. Truex and Busch will make it an all Toyota front row.

Ford/Penske teammates Joey Logano, Brad Keselwoski, and Ryan Blaney go from three, four, and five.

Ford has six starters in the top ten, Toyota has three, and the lone Chevrolet is that of Kyle Larson.

In modern times dating back to 2000, the pole sitter has won seven times, with the last time being Jimmie Johnson in the Spring race in 2013.

Johnson starts 18th in his Hendrick’s Chevrolet.

Martinsville is famous for the cherished trophy that they present to the winner…a Ridgeway Grandfather Clock. Fred Lorenzen was the first to win one back in 1964.

Who will win the clock this year? It is always tough to predict short track racing. Anything can happen at any time…and usually does.

I have yet to correctly pick a winner through the first five races, although I have come close a couple. I think that Joey Logano will put his Penske Ford in Victory Lane.

We will keep an eye on the weather, and while we do we remind you to keep it shiny side up.

UPDATE: Racing has been moved to Monday. The truck series will race at 11AM, and Cup will race at 2PM.



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