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Martinsville pits strength vs. strength

Jay Hart
Yahoo Sports

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It's Denny vs. Jimmie, with Kevin just hoping to hang on.

That pretty much sums up this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway, a track where Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have combined to win the last eight races, while Kevin Harvick has never finished better than seventh there.

Each Wednesday during the Chase, Yahoo! Sports breaks down the 12-driver field. Here is a look at how the field stacks up heading into race No. 6 of the Chase, Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500:

5843 pts.
Johnson

A ninth-place finish at Martinsville is tantamount to a DNF for Johnson at Martinsville. He never ran higher than third there in April. Was that just an anomaly?
Last week's result: 3nd

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
6 14 3
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 5.4
Last time: 9th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Phoenix (4.9)
Worst: Talladega (17.8)
Total avg.: 10.2
2. Denny Hamlin
5802 pts. (-41)
Hamlin

His goal is to win and lead the most laps, which would assure him of knocking at least 25 points off Johnson's lead. He's capable of it, but can he do it when it matters most?
Last week's result: 4th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
6 12 1
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 6.6
Last time: 1st
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Martinsville (6.6)
Worst: Talladega (19.3)
Total avg.: 11.5
3. Kevin Harvick
5766 pts. (-77)
Harvick

By the time he leaves Martinsville, Harvick's will likely face at least a 100-point hole, making Talladega an absolute must-win. But will the deficit be so great that even a win won't matter?
Last week's result: 8th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
3 13 2
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 18.1
Last time: 35th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Homestead-Miami (8.4)
Worst: Martinsville (18.1)
Total avg.: 14.0
5687 pts. (-156)
Gordon

It's all about trying to end his winless streak now. Gordon believes he can do just that at Martinsville, where he led 92 laps in April. But can he actually beat Hamlin and Johnson?
Last week's result: 23rd

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
0 11 0
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 6.7
Last time: 3rd
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Martinsville (6.7)
Worst: Talladega (16.7)
Total avg.: 11.8
5666 pts. (-177)
Kyle Busch

Has been anything but consistent at Martinsville, a track where you're usually either good or bad. Busch has been both. Which will he be on Sunday?
Last week's result: 35th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
3 9 2
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 17.8
Last time: 22nd
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Phoenix (13.9)
Worst: Homestead-Miami (25.2)
Total avg.: 19.0
5666 pts. (-177)
Stewart

There was a time when Smoke dominated Martinsville. Problem is, that time was 2006. Since then, Stewart has led just 11 laps there. Can he find the old magic?
Last week's result: 21st

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
2 9 2
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 12.6
Last time: 26th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Phoenix (11.7)
Worst: Talladega (14.8)
Total avg.: 13.1
5643 pts. (-200)
Edwards

Looking at future chances for Edwards, Martinsville will be his Achilles' heel in running for a title. Why? Because in 12 starts there, he's yet to lead a single lap.
Last week's result: 12th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
0 7 2
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 17.5
Last time: 8th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Homestead-Miami (6.5)
Worst: Talladega (22.5)
Total avg.: 15.4
5618 pts. (-225)
Biffle

Is it time to start considering Biffle as the No. 1 guy in the Roush Fenway stable? Of the three, only Biffle finished in the top 10 in the standings in 2008 and 2009, and he's on his way to a third straight top-10 finish.
Last week's result: 5th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
2 7 0
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 22.3
Last time: 10th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Homestead (13.5)
Worst: Martinsville (22.3)
Total avg.: 18.7
5606 pts. (-237)
Kurt Busch

Maybe the most disappointing of the 12 Chase drivers, because going in Kurt Busch looked like he'd be a legitimate contender. He hasn't been since leaving New Hampshire.
Last week's result: 30th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
2 9 2
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 21.6
Last time: 23rd
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Talladega (12.8)
Worst: Martinsville (21.6)
Total avg.: 16.1
5604 pts. (-239)
Burton

Did you know that Burton's average finish this season (13.3) is better than Denny Hamlin's (13.8) and just behind Jimmie Johnson's (13.2)? Go figure.
Last week's result: 20th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
0 6 0
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 14.8
Last time: 20th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Phoenix (11.4)
Worst: Talladega (18.4)
Total avg.: 14.8
5587 pts. (-256)
Kenseth

As we continue to look at what would have been had McMurray – not Kenseth – made the Chase (because it's more interesting), McMurray would be fourth, 107 points back.
Last week's result: 6th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
0 5 0
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 16.3
Last time: 18th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Texas (9.9)
Worst: Homestead (19.8)
Total avg.: 16.6
5543 pts. (-300)
Bowyer

Yes, Bowyer is out of it, but he continues to march on as the fourth-best driver in the Chase. That's right, fourth best, because if you take away his 150-point penalty, that's where he'd be.
Last week's result: 17th

2010 STATS
Wins Top 5s Poles
1 6 0
CAREER
AT MARTINSVILLE
Avg. finish: 12.8
Last time: 7th
REMAINING TRACKS
Best: Martinsville (12.8)
Worst: Talladega (21.4)
Total avg.: 16.1