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Four-time Martinsville winner, and native Virginian, Denny Hamlin will miss racing on his best track because of a back injury suffered during his wreck with Joey Logano two weeks ago at California. With Hamlin out of the mix, the expectancy rates of the other two Martinsville giants went up even higher.
Jimmie Johnson has won at Martinsville seven times at his career, including last fall, which tied him with Jeff Gordon for the most among active drivers. Because of Hamlin’s absence, Johnson’s opening odds at the LVH SuperBook shrunk from what was expected to be about 5-to-1 down to 7-to-2. Instead of Gordon being 6-to-1, he’s been posted at 5-to-1.
Gordon hasn’t won at Martinsville since sweeping the 2005 season, as Johnson and Hamlin have hogged up most of the wins up. Since then, however, Gordon has finished in the top five in 11 of his last 14 starts at the track.
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