NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Lessons We Learned at Martinsville

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Lessons We Learned at Martinsville
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The Tums Fast Relief at Martinsville this Sunday turned out to be a typical short-track race.  Drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon dominated throughout, and there was, of course, some bumping and banging between cars.

However, other drivers, like Denny Hamlin, saw an early end to their day.  Hamlin himself saw an end to his chase chances.

The chase itself began to change, and with three races left before the season is finished, there are still four drivers who might be able to make a big run at the championship.

The biggest question with the chase, though, was who would be leading it when the checkered flag waved at Martinsville?  Would Keselowski be able to hold back a dominant short-track expert like Johnson?

In the end, Johnson moved up to first, and Keselowski dropped down a spot.  He sits two points behind first, and still has time to take a shot at the title.

Martinsville managed to shake things up a bit, as the NASCAR season boils down to these last three races.

Here are 10 lessons we learned at the Paper Clip.

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