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NASCAR STP 500 preview: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano return to Martinsville

Fueling Joey Logano is the still-fresh memory of a late-race accident involving him and Matt Kenseth during October’s race at Martinsville.
Fueling Joey Logano is the still-fresh memory of a late-race accident involving him and Matt Kenseth during October’s race at Martinsville. AP

Everything you need to know about Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, in three minutes:

Three things to watch

1. Martinsville’s last race saw the Joey Logano-Matt Kenseth feud boil over. Nothing has happened since, however, to indicate hostilities have carried over to this season.

2. That said, pole-winner Logano has made no secret that he hasn’t forgotten about the incident and is using it as motivation.

3. A familiar team returns to Martinsville – the Wood Brothers, from nearby Stuart, Va., will field their No. 21 Ford (Ryan Blaney at the wheel) for the first time since 2011.

Worth knowing

▪ Sunday is a milestone for Trevor Bayne. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner will make his 100th Cup start. Bayne’s victory at Daytona came in his second start.

▪ Don’t forget about Jimmie Johnson, this season’s only multiple winner who also happens to have eight series victories at Martinsville.

▪ Chase Elliott, who will start 10th, has taken the rookie-of-the-year lead from Blaney in what should be a close race all season.

▪ There was a fire Saturday at the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman. A team spokesman said the fire was contained to a small portion of the building and minimum damage was reported, along with no injuries.

Best bets

Three picks for your fantasy team:

Joey Logano: Third consecutive pole and appeared to be on the way to winning Martinsville’s fall race before he was taken out by Kenseth.

Kasey Kahne: Has had speed all weekend, starting on outside of front row and also was fast in Saturday’s practice. Ready to stop long non-winning streak.

Kyle Busch: He hasn’t won – this season or ever at Martinsville. That’s bound to change some time.

He said it

“The key to success at Martinsville is not losing my mind.” – Kenseth

Getting there

 

Race facts

STP 500

Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Track type: A .526-mile, paper-clip shaped paved oval.

Race distance: 263 miles, or 500 laps.

Green flag: 1:13 p.m.

Weather: Sunny, high of 62. Zero percent chance of rain.

TV: Fox Sports 1.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

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