Five hundred laps around Martinsville Speedway tests the patience of everyone involved, from the drivers behind the wheel to the fans watching at home. It's always a long day of racing, chugging, bucking and jerking along toward a finish that often feels so far away.
Amid that often interminable-feeling distance are plenty of opportunities for hopes and dreams—based both in the race itself and in the larger picture of the championship—to be dashed by an overly aggressive competitor, a flat tire, a mechanical problem or something else. Sunday's fall race at the Virginia short track featured plenty of that and more.
Find out who used Sunday's 500 laps and 17 cautions to gain the most, and find out who left the old track gritting and smarting from a disappointing day.