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Tuesday March 31, 2015
  • DW: If teams want to poke holes in their tires, what's the big deal?
  • Darrell Waltrip questions why NASCAR is concerned about Sprint Cup Series teams punching holes in their tires to gain an advantage.

  • NASCAR stars to show off their cars at CMS AutoFair
  • While NASCAR's biggest stars are in Texas the weekend after next, some of their cars will be staying a little closer to home at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • 15 things learned on a wild day at the Martinsville paperclip
  • As expected, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway was an intense battle. Here are 15 things we learned on Sunday at the historic Virginia short track.

  • Slow burn: Hamlin's celebratory smoke show that wouldn't end
  • Asphalt, Concrete, Grass -- no track surface was safe after Denny Hamlin wins at Martinsville and lays down an epic burnout for the fans.

  • Kyle Larson remains hospitalized two days after fainting at Martinsville Speedway
  • As of 6 p.m. Monday, Kyle Larson remains in a Charlotte hospital, where tests are ongoing to determine why he fainted during an autograph session Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

  • No shortage of storylines from the short track in Martinsville
  • Larry McReynolds loves short track racing, and Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway provided no shortage of storylines. 

  • Paperclip drift: Denny Hamlin wows with epic burnout
  • Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin wowed the crowd with an epic burnout after winning the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

  • Kyle Busch returns to racing ... as best he can
  • While Denny Hamlin won Sunday's STP 400 and Joe Gibbs Racing had three of the top five finishers at Martinsville Speedway, sidelined JGR driver Kyle Busch continues to prepare for his eventual return to the team.

  • Martinsville mayhem: Wrinkled fenders and wrecked cars on the short track
  • There were a lot of wrecked race cars and bent sheet metal at the end of Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Check out a photo gallery of some of the day's incidents. 

  • NASCAR Rapid Recap: Get caught up on the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway
  • Totally unprepared for your water cooler conversation today? @TheBuzzer's Daryl Motte has your back with everything you missed in the world of NASCAR this weekend.

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Tracks


    Homestead_2011-1 (24K)     The majority of today's NASCAR Sprint Cup series races are held on high-speed circle tracks with banked turns; Currently NASCAR races on four different types of tracks. Short tracks: oval racetrack that is less than one mile in length. Intermediate: oval racetrack that is greater than one mile in length but less than two miles in length. Superspeedway: oval racetrack that is greater than two miles in length. Road Course: racetrack with both left and right hand turns.

        All of NASCAR's Oval racetracks can be categorized into a few other classifications. Quad Oval: circle racetrack with four corners a straight backstretch and a frontstretch with two slight turns in it with little or no banking. Tri-oval: circle racetrack with four corners a straight backstretch and a frontstretch with one slight turn in it with little or no banking. D-shaped Oval: circle racetrack with four corners a straight backstretch and a frontstretch that arcs from turn four to turn one. Oval: circle racetrack with four corners and two straightaways. All the oval-track races are run counterclockwise, meaning they have only left-hand turns.

        Today all of the tracks that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series run on are paved, but it wasn't always that way. NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season, all the tracks were dirt except for the 4.15-mile Daytona Beach & Road Course, only part of which was paved. NASCAR continued to run on both paved and dirt tracks until September 30, 1970.

        Follow the links provided below to learn more about the NASCAR race tracks of today. View pictures of the tracks, and find out information you will need to know when you attend a race and purchase Race Tickets.

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