Alex Bowman Wins in Classic Short Track Fashion at Martinsville

Alex Bowman wins in classic short track fashion at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Bowman wins in classic short track fashion at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 on Sunday afternoon.

One final race to set the stage for the championship race in Phoenix. Eight drivers hunting for a Final Four spot in a race that settles it all. It all takes place at Martinsville Speedway. A half-mile paperclip track where tempers flare quickly. Martinsville is the perfect spot for an important cutoff race. A playoff team always leaves heartbroken when the checkered flag is waved.  

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Alex Bowman Triumphs at Martinsville; Martin Truex Jr Advances to Final Four

Alex Bowman triumphs at Martinsville; Martin Truex Jr advances to Final Four in the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 on Sunday afternoon.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin provided the perfect capstone to a day of banged-up stock cars, hurt feelings, and crushed dreams.

Alex Bowman took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway after sliding up into Hamlin’s race-leading Toyota on lap 494 of 501 and knocking Hamlin’s car up the track and into the outside wall.

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Kevin Harvick Tosses his Career-Best Season Upside Down

Kevin Harvick tosses his career-best season with nine victories upside down during the playoffs and ends his chance to run for the NASCAR Cup title.

COMMENTARY—The No. 4 team’s elimination was their fault, not NASCAR, not the points format, or the actions of any other team

The elimination of the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season champion Kevin Harvick after the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway sure is sparking a lot of hand-wringing and discussion among NASCAR fans.  NASCAR Twitter and Reddit saw a flood of posts on the subject ranging from well-reasoned analysis to outright ranting and raving. 

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Chase Elliott’s Clutch Win at Martinsville Puts him in the Championship 4 at Phoenix

Chase Elliott's clutch win in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway gives him a chance to win a title at Phoenix Raceway.
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 01, 2020, in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Chase Elliott’s clutch win in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway, gives him a chance to win a title at Phoenix Raceway.

The NASCAR Cup Series headed to Martinsville Speedway for one final time to decide which four drivers will be racing for a championship. Heading into Sunday’s race, all four drivers below the cutline faced a must-win situation to advance on to the championship round. It appeared as if the top-four had already solidified their place, but nothing is a guarantee, especially when racing at Martinsville.

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