This week’s race
What: 500 laps (263 miles)
Where: Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile flat, concrete oval in Martinsville, Va.
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When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Jeff Gordon
Also this week: Kroger 200, Camping World Truck Series, Martinsville Speedway, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.
Worth mentioning: The University of North Carolina’s Marching Tar Heels will perform the national anthem as part of the prerace ceremonies for Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Brad Keselowski: Stepped into a must-win situation and knocked it out of the park.
Matt Kenseth: May not have a win this year, but he’s doing what he needs to do to advance.
Chase format: The Talladega elimination race lived up to expectations. How wild will the Phoenix race be?
Timothy Peters: Has won at least one Truck race for six consecutive seasons now.
Ryan Blaney: Suddenly he’s back in the Truck series championship picture.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior Nation is crushed with his elimination, but under the previous format he’d be out, too.
Kyle Busch: Entered Talladega second in points. He left out of title contention. Ouch.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Had to watch Sunday’s race from the sidelines after failing to qualify for the race.