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Three races to go until the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crowns a champion and with a very close points race, it could be decided on the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This NASCAR season sure has flown by.

Instead of talking Homestead in a few weeks, let’s concentrate on this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville Speedway is located in Ridgeway, Virginia, just south of Martinsville. It is a 0.526 mile track, the shortest in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The track itself is a combination of asphalt/concrete with 12 degrees of banking. After last weekend’s events at Kansas Speedway, expect a lot of retaliation this weekend.

Aside from the excitement of the race being at Martinsville this weekend, there is another news as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back. Earnhardt, who sat out the past two races following a concussion suffered at Talladega Superspeedway, has been medically cleared by his neurosurgeon to compete.

Last year, Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on the final restart with three to go and never looked back. The win was Stewart’s third in the Chase and vaulted him into second place in the standings. With the victory, Stewart would tell the media that He(Edwards) should be worried. Edwards was the leader of the points at the time.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series has a weekend off, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back. The Nationwide Series will return next weekend at Texas.

Friday, October 26, 2012:

11am NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice SPEED
12pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice SPEED
1:30pm NASCAR Live SPEED
2pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice SPEED
3:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying SPEED
5:pm Trackside SPEED
6:30pm NASCAR Performance SPEED
7pm  NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice (Re-Air) SPEED
8:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying (Re-air) SPEED

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
2011 Pole Winner: 
Matt Crafton
2011 Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Laps: 200
Distance: 102.5 Miles

Saturday, October 27, 2012:

9:30am NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice SPEED
10:30am NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying SPEED
11:30am NASCAR Live SPEED
12pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice SPEED
1:30pm NCWTS Setup SPEED
2pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race SPEED
(Kroger 200)
4pm NASCAR Performance SPEED
9:30pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race (re-air) SPEED
11:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice (re-air) SPEED

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
2011 Pole Winner: Carl Edwards
2011 Race Winner:  
Tony Stewart
263 Miles

Sunday, October 28, 2012: 

8:30am NASCAR Pre-race Countdown ESPN2
10am NASCAR Performance SPEED
10:30am SPEED Center NASCAR Edition SPEED
1pm NASCAR Countdown ESPN
2pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race ESPN
(Tums Fast Relief 500.)
6pm NASCAR Victory Lane – Special Edition SPEED
7pm SPEED Center SPEED
8pm NASCAR Victory Lane SPEED

All Times Listed Above are Eastern Standard Time