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NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 500 preview

Carl Edwards finished 13th last week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., the highest finish for Toyota. This week, the Sprint Cup Series returns east and goes to its smallest track, Martinsville Speedway. The .526-mile paperclip is not one of Edwards’ stronger tracks. He is winless there and has one top-five finish in 21 starts. His last top-10 finish was in October 2011.
Carl Edwards finished 13th last week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., the highest finish for Toyota. This week, the Sprint Cup Series returns east and goes to its smallest track, Martinsville Speedway. The .526-mile paperclip is not one of Edwards’ stronger tracks. He is winless there and has one top-five finish in 21 starts. His last top-10 finish was in October 2011. GETTY

This week’s race

STP 500

What: 500 laps (263 miles)

Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, a .526-mile paved flat oval

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kurt Busch

Also this week: Kroger 250, Truck Series, Martinsville Speedway, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1

Worth mentioning: Hendrick Motorsports owns 22 NASCAR Cup Series victories at Martinsville, the most on any track. Hendrick also has 17 poles at Martinsville, tied with Charlotte and Richmond, Va., for the most at any track.

Who’s Hot/

Who’s Not

HOT

Brad Keselowski: He led one lap at Fontana, but it was the only one that mattered.

Kevin Harvick: Eighth consecutive race (dating to last season) of finishing first or second. Plus an Xfinity Series win.

Chris Buescher: Last-minute decision to make his first career start and finished 20th.

Kurt Busch: Two races back, two top-five finishes.

Daniel Suarez: After wrecking out of the Xfinity Series opener, he has finished 14th or better in the past four races.

NOT

Brian Vickers: Blood clots have once again detoured his comeback road.

Toyota: Carl Edwards’ 13th-place finish was the manufacturer’s best at Fontana.

Jim Utter

Points Leaders

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick225

2. Joey Logano197

3. Martin Truex Jr.192

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.164

5. Brad Keselowski163

6. Ryan Newman162

7. Jimmie Johnson159

8. Kasey Kahne159

9. Paul Menard152

10. Aric Almirola138

11. AJ Allmendinger137

12. Casey Mears132

13. Matt Kenseth127

14. Denny Hamlin125

15. David Ragan124

16. Jamie McMurray120

17. Carl Edwards120

18. Kyle Larson116

19. Austin Dillon116

20. Clint Bowyer115

21. Greg Biffle113

22. Jeff Gordon112

23. Danica Patrick111

24. Justin Allgaier102

25. David Gilliland101

26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.99

27. Trevor Bayne86

28. Kurt Busch82

29. Sam Hornish Jr.80

30. Cole Whitt80

31. Brett Moffitt78

32. Tony Stewart62

33. Michael Annett60

34. Alex Bowman49

35. Michael McDowell44

36. Josh Wise38

Xfinity

1. Ty Dillon187

2. Chris Buescher182

3. Chase Elliot172

4. Ryan Reed168

5. Darrell Wallace Jr.165

6. Brendan Gaughan164

7. Regan Smith157

8. Elliott Sadler148

Truck

1. Tyler Reddick 87

2. Matt Crafton 85

3. Erik Jones 80

4. Johnny Sauter 72

5. James Buescher 63

6. Bryan Silas 60

7. Ben Kennedy 58

8. Ray Black Jr. 58

9. Joe Nemechek 58

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