First Data 500 Preview: NASCAR'S Elite 8
First Data 500 Preview: NASCAR'S Elite 8

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This week we visit the circuit's shortest track to kick off the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Cup. The Monster Energy Cup Series visits Martinsville Speedway, which is the circuit's shortest track, nestled in the foothills of southern Virginia. After visiting superspeedways and intermediate ovals for most of the Chase, we swing to the other extreme for this week's First Data 500. With the big shift in racing style, the drivers had better be prepared ...

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A five-time FSWA award winner, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year each of the last two years. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.
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