4.14 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
2011 RECAP After leading more laps (169) than he did all of last year (108), MATT KENSETH ended a 76-race skid, beating runner-up Clint Bowyer by more than eight seconds.
TRACK FACT Told by Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith that "even a monkey could sell programs," TMS president Eddie Gossage hired two to do so at the fall race in 2010.
EYE ON 2012 Jack Roush usually has a stranglehold on Texas, where last spring his four drivers (Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and David Ragan) finished in the top seven.
WALTRIP "Texas is one of my favorite races, and it's all because of one thing: Gossage. He's a showman. He's got something to entertain you the whole time."
4.1 MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
2011 RECAP For the second consecutive race KEVIN HARVICK took the checkered flag—this time after passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead with four laps to go.
TRACK FACT In 1947 Red Byron took home $500 by winning the inaugural event at Richmond when it was a dirt track with 750 seats. The track was paved in '55.
EYE ON 2012 Drivers must navigate through traffic here, and no one is better at that than Jimmie Johnson, whose average finish of 5.4 in 20 starts is tops among current Cup drivers.