(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Clint Bowyer is eager to win the seven-foot tall grandfather clock this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Bowyer finished in second at last year’s race and followed that with a third-place finish in the fall.
“We’ve been so close the last two or three years,” said Bowyer, who has 10 top-10 finishes in 16 starts at the track. “It is one of those tracks we put a lot of emphasis on. It’s one that we want to win at more than anything.”
Martinsville is the smallest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and Jeff Gordon is looking forward to this weekend.
“You have to be aggressive, but you have to be patient. Martinsville has fairly long straightaways — at least for a half-mile track — with extremely flat, tight corners,” Gordon said.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. trails Carl Edwards by one point for the top spot in the standings.
“Every seat at Martinsville is the best seat in the house,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I think it’s a great place to watch a race. I used to go up there and watch when I was a kid. It was only an hour and a half up the road so we never missed that race. I’ve been going there forever, and I love racing there.”
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