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As usual, Talladega had some surprises in store for the Truck Series.
Spencer Boyd scored an upset victory, and as a result, none of the playoff drivers managed to secure a spot in the Championship Round.
The six will have another shot this weekend at Martinsville.
Only three races remain until the end of the 2019 season.
Avoiding a bad result is just as important in order to remain in the title hunt for the penultimate round.
Where: Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA
When: Saturday, October 26th at 1:30 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Despite his poor 2019 form, Johnny Sauter is the most successful driver in the current field at Martinsville.
The 2016 champion has four wins at the track, and he is also the defending Hall of Fame 200 winner.
Sauter has three top 3 finishes in his last five starts at Martinsville, including a win.
He has nine top 5 results in 22 starts at the Paper Clip.
After an early Round of 8 exit, Sauter will be looking to end his year on a high heading into 2020.
The ThorSport driver is seventh in points this season with one win, three top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 20 races.
Matt Crafton has also enjoyed some success at Martinsville through his career.
The Truck Series veteran has 33 starts at the track, with eight top 5 finishes.
While Crafton has only won once at the short oval, he has finished second four times.
A second win at Martinsville would secure a spot at Homestead for the two-time champion.
After failing to win a race in 2018, Crafton is still chasing after his first victory of 2019 as well.
Despite this, he is currently fourth in the standings, only one point ahead of the fifth-place cutoff.
Brett Moffitt will try to seal his Championship Four spot with a victory at Martinsville.
The reigning Truck Series champion has been on fire during the second half of the season.
Moffitt kicked off the playoffs in style, winning the first two races of the 2019 postseason from the pole.
He scored a solid seventh at Las Vegas and then started the Round of 6 with a fourth-place at Talladega.
The GMS driver has an impressive record of one second and two third-place finishes in three career starts at Martinsville.
Given his current form, Moffitt has a very good chance at winning for the first time at the track.
As the current leader, he has a comfortable margin of 45 points over fifth place in the standings.
Ross Chastain will be looking to bounce back following a bad race at Talladega.
The Melon Man retired after getting involved in one of the multiple car crashes, scoring the 22nd place.
The result has moved Chastain to sixth and last among the remaining contenders, although only two points behind the cutoff.
The Niece Motorsports driver finished fourth at Martinsville this year in his first Truck Series starts at the track since 2017.
Chastain has three wins this season and also won on the track at Iowa before getting disqualified post-race.
He won at least one stage in the first three playoff races.
Stewart Friesen started the March race at Martinsville from the pole, finishing a solid fifth.
The Halmar Friesen driver is in a good position to secure a spot in the Championship Four.
Friesen is currently second in the standings, 22 points ahead of fifth place.
While this doesn’t guarantee him in the Homestead finale, it is, undeniably, a very comfortable margin.
A win at Martinsville, however, means an automatic spot, giving him another reason to fight hard for it.
The Canadian driver finished inside the top 10 in three of the four playoff races thus far, winning a stage at Talladega.
Ben Rhodes could be a solid pick as well for this weekend.
The ThorSport driver failed to qualify for the postseason but did a good job in the four playoff races.
He has three top 10 finishes, with the best result of third at Mosport.
Rhodes has two poles at Martinsville, including one in March 2018.
He had a dominant run, leading the most laps and winning both stages before getting relegated to 12th at the finish following a pit stop problem.
Rhodes followed it up with a solid fourth in the October race.
He is currently ninth in points, the best of the non-playoff drivers, but is still chasing after his first win in 2019.
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