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5 Different Winners in 5 Weeks & Who Will Take Home the Clock

by admin | 03/30/2011

“It’s never over till it’s over. That’s why it’s called racing.” In these two sentences, Kyle Busch summed up a nail-biting weekend of racing at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. After leading the Auto Club 400 for 151 laps and closing in on his second sweep of the season, Busch watched his first place win disappear as Jimmie Johnson passed him up with two laps to go. Kevin Harvick, a native Californian, decided to make things even more interesting when he passed up both Busch and Johnson to win the Auto Club 500 by .144 of a second and claim his 15th Sprint Cup Series career victory. Harvick became the fifth different winner of the five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races we have seen this season. The results in Fontana also moved Carl Edwards back to first in the Sprint Cup Series standings, making it his second time this season he has held the No. 1 spot. These guys are pros at making things interesting! Keep it up!

Will Martinsville Speedway in Virginia witness yet another different Sprint Cup Series winner or will one of this season’s past five winners nab a second victory? I have a feeling that this coming weekend might be one of the most competitive yet. Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track in the Sprint Cup Series (.526 of a mile), but it has the longest history. Any driver would be honored to claim a victory at the only track that was on the schedule for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season that still hosts the event today. Also, if you win in at Martinsville, you don’t get the prototypical Sprint Cup Series trophy. You get a grandfather clock, called the Ridgeway Clock trophy. Unique and highly sought after, much like the hand-carved boot trophy that the winner of next week’s Samsung Mobile 500 will hoist.

It will be quite a fight for that clock! Jeff Gordon has taken home seven clocks – the most out of all the current drivers. Will he take home No. 8? Or will Denny Hamlin rack up his fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville? Could be! And let’s not forget about the defending five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, who is winless thus far this season but has conquered this speedway five times in the past nine races. Victory could also go to one of the three drivers that will be celebrating milestone starts. Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray will both be making their 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts while Mark Martin is preparing for his 800th Sprint Cup Series start! Catch the action first at Martinsville Speedway’s Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday (SPEED Channel) and then at the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday (FOX).

And the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series heads to the Lone Star State next week as your own Texas Motor Speedway plays hosts to the NNS O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 8, and culminates with the NSCS Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday, April 9. Frontstretch tickets are still available for both races so click here or call the ticket office at (817) 215-8500 and come join us!


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