NASCAR Barometer: Martinsville
NASCAR Barometer: Martinsville

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Brad Keselowski dominated Sunday's running of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway despite teammate Joey Logano starting from pole position. The Ford-powered machines were expected to have the advantage at the short track, and Keselowski put that advantage to good use by winning his second race at the track and his second of the season. Logano ended up being the only Penske driver not to finish in the top 10, but Keselowski had his car working to perfection from the beginning. The win leaves Keselowksi second in the standings behind the only other repeat winner, Kyle Busch.

This week the series returns to the new rules package at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski won his first race this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of the three 1.5-mile quad-ovals on the schedule. Texas is another track with that configuration, which could make him and the rest of the Penske organization one of the early favorites. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick won the two races at that track last season, which could make this Sunday's affair a bit more of a battle.

UPGRADE

Brad Keselowski – Keselowski was the quickest car in the first segment of Sunday's race and took the stage victory in dominating fashion. After that he went out and did the same in the second stage and continued that dominance in the final stage to win his second race of the season and his second at Martinsville Speedway. It was a dominating performance on a weekend when Ford

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C.J. Radune
Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2015 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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