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Drivers to watch in Sunday's Cup race at Martinsville

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The NASCAR Cup teams return to Martinsville for a short-track race Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. ET on FS1).

Martin Truex Jr. continues to lead the Cup standings after a fourth place finish at Richmond. He is one of 11 full-time Cup drivers with a previous win at Martinsville. Seven of these drivers are still looking for their first win of the season.

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Here are the drivers to watch at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Frontrunner

Denny Hamlin

Score: 3

Best result this season: 1. (Bristol I, Richmond I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with three top-10 finishes, two top-5 finishes and two wins. An average result of 11.0 with a lead of 292 laps. Both victories this season came at short distances.

Past in Martinsville: Thirty-six starts with 25 top-10 finishes, 19 top-5 finishes and five wins. Hamlin finished in the top five in each of the last three races at Martinsville. He celebrated his last victory on the short course in 2015.

Martin Truex Jr.

Score: 1

Best result this season: 2. (Bristol I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with five top 10 finishes and two top 5 finishes. An average result of 8.1 with a lead of 352 laps. Top five finishes in Bristol and Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: Thirty-six starts with 16 top-10 finishes, 10 top-5 finishes and three wins. Truex finished third in last season's spring race at Martinsville. His last win at Martinsville was the 2021 spring race.

Kyle Larson

Score: 2

Best result this season: 1st place (Las Vegas I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with three top-10 finishes, three top-5 finishes and one win. An average result of 11.9 with a lead of 368 laps. Top five finishes in Bristol and Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: Eighteen starts with six top-10 finishes, four top-5 finishes and one win. Larson has finished sixth or better in the last three races at Martinsville, including a win last season.

Christopher Bell

Score: 6

Best result this season: 1. (Phoenix I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with five top-10 finishes, three top-5 finishes and one win. An average result of 12.7 with a lead of 119 laps. Top 10 finishes in Bristol and Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: Eight starts with three top-10 finishes, one top-5 finish and one win. Bell won the 2022 fall race in Martinsville.

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Brad Keselowski

Score: 16

Best result this season: 3. (Bristol I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with three top 10 finishes and two top 5 finishes. An average score of 18.1 with a six lap lead. Keselowski finished in the top 10 at Bristol and Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: 28 starts with 17 top 10 finishes, 12 top 5 finishes and two wins. Keselowski last won in Martinsville in 2019. He finished 17th or worse in every Next Gen race at Martinsville.

Chase Elliott

Score: 8th

Best result this season: 5. (Richmond I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with two top 10 finishes and one top 5 finish. An average result of 12.7 with a 23 lap lead. Elliott achieved both top 10 finishes in Bristol and Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: Seventeen starts with ten top 10 finishes, five top 5 finishes and one win. Elliott won at Martinsville in the fall of 2020. He finished 10th in the first three Next Gen races at Martinsville and 17th in last season's fall race.

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Kyle Busch

Score: 13

Best result this season: 3. (Atlanta I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with two top 10 finishes and one top 5 finish. An average result of 16.7 with a lead of 63 laps. Busch finished 20th or worse in the first two short track races this season.

Past in Martinsville: Thirty-seven starts with 21 top-10 finishes, 17 top-5 finishes and two wins. Busch has finished 21st or worse in the last three races at Martinsville. He last won in Martinsville in 2017.

Joey Logano

Score: 19

Best result this season: 2. (Richmond I)

Statistics for 2024: Seven starts with two top 10 finishes and one top 5 finish. An average result of 19.7 with a 79 lap lead. Logano's best result this season is second place at Richmond.

Past in Martinsville: Thirty starts with 18 top-10 finishes, 11 top-5 finishes and one win. Logano achieved top-10 finishes in all four Next Gen races at Martinsville. He last won on the short track in 2018.