MARTINSVILLE, Va. -

Martinsville Speedway is really the only track like it on the Sprint Cup Series.

While there's been five different winners in five races this season, there hasn't been much parity at the Paperclip.

Only six drivers have won the last 18 races here at Martinsville.

“Truthfully, I think our second trip here, so the fall of my rookie year, I got lapped by Tony,” Jimmie Johnson said. “And then all the verbal stuff that Jeff said, all the mechanical stuff, that was set up on my car and just go figure it out it all came together when I followed Tony to pick up the rhythm.

Aside from Johnson, Denny Hamlin in the 11 car made quite the splash setting a track record in practice Friday laying down a lap of 18.932 seconds.
He missed last week’s race after finding a piece of metal in his eye, but now Hamlin hopes to add another Grandfather Clock to his collection this weekend.

“Drivers are going to drive through being sick and under the flu and things like that,” Hamlin said. “You can do that. But you can't mess with your vision. That's what we've got to go off of when we're driving these cars. Especially at a race track like that, you can't be compromised like that and mine was. It wasn't a goal to go out there and be first in practice. We didn't set out to do that. Of course it's a goal of everyone, but it's not something we put extra effort on, especially practice. But it obviously shows we're very capable of winning the race this weekend.”