If Jeff Gordon ever decides to race again after his 2015 retirement tour is finished, it would likely be at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, a track where the four-time champion has had great success.
Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with eight victories on the 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped track, which has been hosting races in southwest Virginia since 1947.
"This is probably the first track that comes to mind for me that if I ran another race — not that I have plans to — that I'd do it at Martinsville," Gordon said. "Truck, Cup, maybe Late Model. I just love this track."
Gordon also has won seven poles at the track, and will start fourth, behind pole-winner Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. in Sunday's first of two visits to the track this year. Gordon's teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has won at Daytona and got his first victory at Martinsville last fall.
And, Earnhardt adds, it's a track where the driver has plenty of impact on the outcome.
"I don't often take a lot of credit for everything we do good out there, but I will say that at Martinsville it does take a little bit of driver to do well," Earnhardt said. "I feel like when you win at certain tracks like Martinsville you can feel good about it that you were part of that puzzle and part of making that happen."
•Chip Ganassi racing driver Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital as a precaution after fainting during an autograph session in the fan area Saturday at Martinsville. Ganassi said Larson was awake and alert and that he hoped Larson, who qualified seventh, would be cleared to race on Sunday.
•Logano passed Matt Crafton entering the first turn to start a two-lap sprint to the finish Saturday and won the NASCAR truck series race at Martinsville.