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Tight Martinsville may be bigger challenge

Teams and drivers got to practice at Bristol with the Car of Tomorrow, and that helped them learn what to expect. Martinsville is up this week, and with no testing done there, things could get wild. Terry Blount's Blitz

Updated: March 30, 2007, 4:04 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

If the Nextel Cup teams thought it was hard to get the Car of Tomorrow to turn at Bristol, wait 'til they get a load of Martinsville.

A high-speed turn in downtown Charlotte is easier to negotiate than the flat Virginia track.

The teams had 36 degrees of banking in the turns and 16 degrees on the straights to help them turn at Bristol. No such luck at Martinsville, a comparatively flat, paper clip-shaped short track.

The half-mile oval at Martinsville has no banking ...

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