|Hamlin loves returning to his|
home state of Virginia. (Getty)
At a Cup level that so often rewards the state-of-the-art machines with the best funding, short tracks still put an emphasis on overall driver ability. I mean, it's certainly not a coincidence that those with the best overall driving ability often end up in the most pristine cars, but this is the kind of track that reminds us what got these drivers to the levels they're at now.
Push just about any driver for a pre-Cup career story and you'll probably hear about how he crashed his way to a victory on some half-mile (if that) track that was lucky to have asphalt. These types of tracks are abundant in New England.