virginia 500

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2001

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Martinsville Speedway's .526-mile-oval with 12-degree banking in the corners and a pair of 800-foot straightaways in Martinsville, Va.

Broadcast: Television - Fox; Radio - Motor Racing Network.

2000 winner: Mark Martin

Morris News Service pick to win: Jeff Gordon

Others to watch: Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Sterling Marlin and Rusty Wallace.

Notes: The posted awards are $3,078,736. ... The biggest concern during 500 laps of racing at Martinsville is brakes. It's easy to burn up the brakes by mid-race. In fact, the term most used at the short track this week will be, ''the best way to go fast is to slow down.'' ... This race concludes a run of nine consecutive racing weekends one all-star race and eight official races to open the season. On April 15, the series will enjoy the first of only three off dates until November. ... Rusty Wallace has the most career wins at Martinsville among active drivers with six.

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