(NEW YORK) — Only four races are left in the race for the Sprint Cup championship in 2012. Brad Keselowski still has the points lead, with Jimmie Johnson seven points back.
NASCAR will be at Martinsville Speedway at Sunday afternoon’s TUMS 500. Johnson likes his team’s chances.
“It’s been a good track for us, [but] it’s also been good for Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin,” he said of Martinsville. “Kevin Harvick should be strong, too, but he’s a bit back in points. There’s maybe a chance to pick up some points on Brad. I’m not sure what his record is, but I don’t remember seeing him up front a lot, so there might be a good opportunity. At the same time, I don’t want to count him out. Those guys have shown up every weekend and shown a lot of speed in a lot of situations.”
Keselowski has had tough luck this season at Martinsville but isn’t making any excuses headed into the weekend.
“It’s a place I’ve learned to enjoy,” Keselowski said. “It requires finesse that can only be learned with track time. I’ve never considered myself a great short-track driver, but when I was growing up I raced a lot of different short tracks, and that made me more comfortable when I got into NASCAR’s upper levels.”
Hamlin sits in third, 20 points back of Keselowski.
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Jason Borba, KPVI
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com