Complete Preview for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

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Complete Preview for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville
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Martinsville Speedway is the seventh race in the Chase.

One week after the Sprint Cup Series held a Chase race at the sport's longest speedway, they follow up with one at the shortest track on the circuit.

The stars of NASCAR's top series will race at Martinsville Speedway for the second time this year. The first time they were here, back in early April, Jimmie Johnson started on the pole and dominated the race.

Johnson led 346 laps that day en route to his eighth career win at the half-mile paperclip-shaped race track.

For the first time this postseason, a driver other than Matt Kenseth has assumed the championship lead. Following a 13th-place finish at Talladega, Johnson enters Martinsville at the top of the standings with a four-point lead.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon all come into this event with their championship hopes still intact as they are all within 34 points of Johnson. 

So who are the primary drivers to watch, and what are the stories making headlines as the series enters the seventh race of the 2013 Chase for the Championship? Join us as we break it all down and get you set for the beating and banging that is Martinsville Speedway.

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