There will be seven drivers fighting for three spots in NASCAR’s final four this weekend in Martinsville. And they’ll only have three full days to prepare for the half-mile short track after racing at Texas Motor Speedway concluded Wednesday night.
But in this year like no other, the mentality for those in title contention are a bit different this time.
“It’s a totally different feeling from a physical standpoint than what you had in the past,” points leader Kevin Harvick said.
Normally, drivers are fatigued from a long season of racing every week from February to November.
But instead of going through the routine of three days of racing each weekend, the pandemic caused a long layoff in the scheduled. Then it condensed events by eliminating practice and qualifying.
That leaves drivers like Kevin Harvick with extra energy for the final two races of the year. The driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang leads the Cup Series with nine wins during this unique season.
“I would tell you from an end of season standpoint, it doesn’t feel like the end of the season because you don’t have that ultimate fatigue that you normally get from being run down and tired of traveling and all of the things that come with the three day weekend grind that we’re typically accustomed to in traveling so much,” Harvick said. “So it feels much different than what we have done in the past for sure.”