Martinsville: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, heads to Martinsville leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and has seven wins at the .526-mile track: "You must have a lot of patience here. Just to run...

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, heads to Martinsville leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and has seven wins at the .526-mile track: "You must have a lot of patience here. Just to run a single lap by yourself, you have to be patient and not overdrive the car. And you certainly need to be more patient when it comes to traffic. From an observer's vantage point, it's probably just one constant flow of cars. But for me, it's just that one, two or three cars ahead of me that I'm focusing on. You get into such a rhythm and such a zone here -- it's amazing on how you block out how much traffic there really is. I don't even think about there being 40 cars on the track."

TEAM CHEVY IMPALA SS INSIDE THE GARAGE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY -- PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "While the wins haven't been there yet this season, our Team Chevy drivers have been in contention every race. We've had more top-five finishes and top-10 finishes in the first five races of the season than any other manufacturer, putting Chevrolet in the lead in the Manufacturers' Cup standings. Jeff Gordon's tremendous start to the season has put him in the lead of the driver standings for Team Chevy. We know that over time, this consistency and depth will produce wins as we challenge for our 33rd Manufacturers' championship and 26th driver's title in Sprint Cup Series competition.

"Martinsville is a very challenging track. It is flat and narrow with the tightest corners of any track on the tour. Pit road is always a challenge as well, with some of the smallest pit stalls our teams have to deal with all year. Qualifying is always important. But at Martinsville a good qualifying effort is critical in order to pick the "best of the worst" pit spot and have the ever-important track position to get out ahead of early race wrecks that are frequent there. This has been a track where our teams have had great success, winning 10 of the last 12 races there. I'm confident that at the end of Sunday's race there will be a Team Chevy driver in contention to take the checkered flag and bring us our first win of the season."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon