Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville

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Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville
Mike McCarn

There are three things you need to know about Martinsville Speedway: old-school cool, grandfather clocks and red hot dogs.

This place is the very definition of old school. Martinsville Speedway has been staging stock-car racing before there was a NASCAR.

Ask any Sprint Cup driver about Martinsville Speedway, and you’ll likely get some variation of a love-hate answer. Its narrow straightaways and tight corners are reminiscent of the race tracks where many learned their craft. Yet Martinsville, with its concrete and asphalt surface, presents a challenge like no other short track they've raced on.

The winner here receives one of the more iconic trophies in all of sports—a Ridgeway Grandfather Clock. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon each have eight of them.

What do Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer have in common? They’re all zero for whatever at Martinsville.

Before he claimed his first of three grandfather clocks, Tony Stewart suggested that Martinsville Speedway should be paved over and turned into a shopping center. 

It can be that kind of place.

And the hot dogs? Priced at $2 each, they’re skinny, bright red Jesse Jones hot dogs served wrapped in wax paper with chili, onions, mustard and slaw. They are amazingly addictive. You can't eat just one. 

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