Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon Emerging As Favorites To Win At Martinsville

By Dalton Keene
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Veterans Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been running well the last couple of weeks. Together, they dominated the Auto Club 500 at Fontana. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Johnson almost won the race, falling short to due a blown tire. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Gordon, also had some tire issues that caused him to not finish where he would have liked to.

Both drivers are strong favorites to win at Martinsville Speedway no matter the weather and no matter what has been going on lately. Larry McReynolds made some comments on who was the favorite to win at Martinsville:

“I’ve got my eye on Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, who have eight wins each at Martinsville. They always downplay it, but I’m sure one of them would like to be able to say he has one more win than the other. But don’t discount Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has also had some strong showings there.”

Just like Larry Mac said, Gordon and Johnson each have eight wins there and there might be a little competition between the two on who can finish their career with more. Eights wins are a lot at a single track, but nine sounds even better for either racer.

Earnhardt Jr. could surprise all and wheel his No. 88 car to victory. We also could see Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 come back from missing a race and win. You never know when it comes to short-track racing.

Martinsville is pretty much unpredictable, but as it stands now, Johnson and Gordon are two drivers who you hope you pull in your race pool for Sunday’s race since they have a strong chance at winning and also have some really fast race cars.

Dalton Keene is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com, you can follow him on twitter @daltonjkeene and add him to your circles on Google.

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