Blame it on a hangover from tandem drafting. Blame it on the weather. Or maybe, in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s opinion, blame it on too many energy drinks. Or blame it on typical Martinsville short-track racing.

Blame it on a hangover from tandem drafting. Blame it on the weather. Or maybe, in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s opinion, blame it on too many energy drinks. Or blame it on typical Martinsville short-track racing.

He's always been the outsider in this Sprint Cup championship hunt, the one driver who despite his points standing gets overlooked when conversation turns to who might win the title. Sunday, Brad Keselowski once again felt like an outsider -- except this time, literally.

He's always been the outsider in this Sprint Cup championship hunt, the one driver who despite his points standing gets overlooked when conversation turns to who might win the title. Sunday, Brad Keselowski once again felt like an outsider -- except this time, literally.

In a wild race that featured drivers trading shots -- some deserved, some cheap -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave better than he got in Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

As Sunday's event at Martinsville Speedway neared its final stages, Matt Kenseth was poised to seize the series lead and Kyle Busch was in position to vault himself back into the championship picture. Then one driver ran into the other, and they both saw their title aspirations left as battered and damaged as their race cars.

Fans at Martinsville Speedway barely had enough time to pop the cap on the first beer in the cooler Sunday afternoon before Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin were on pit road with damage.

Sean Irvan, jackman for the No. 38 Ford team of Front Row Motorsports, was treated and released from Martinsville Memorial Hospital after being hit on pit road during Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps left in Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and held off Johnson's desperate bid for the win on the final lap.

Russ Wallace, the patriarch of the racing family that grew to include not only his three sons but also some of his grandchildren, died early Sunday morning from complications of a stroke he suffered only days earlier. He was 77.