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SPRINT CUP LINE UP MARTINSVILLE

 

1. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 99.905.

2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 99.605.

3. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 99.318.

4. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 99.297.

5. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 99.266.

6. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 99.24.

7. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 99.23.

8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 99.209.

9. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 98.836.

10. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 98.62.

11. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 98.553.

12. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 98.328.

13. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 98.841.

14. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 98.815.

15. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 98.81.

16. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 98.646.

17. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 98.625.

18. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 98.589.

19. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 98.466.

20. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 98.466.

21. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 98.446.

22. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 98.338.

23. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 98.333.

24. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 98.282.

25. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 98.216.

26. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 98.2.

27. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 98.114.

28. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 98.089.

29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 98.073.

30. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 97.906.

31. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 97.886.

32. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 97.876.

33. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 97.835.

34. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 97.785.

35. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 97.729.

36. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 97.694.

37. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

38. (93) Clay Rogers, Toyota, Owner Points.

39. (33) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

40. (83) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, Owner Points.

41. (44) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

42. (32) Kyle Fowler, Ford, Owner Points.

43. (66) Mike Wallace, Toyota, Owner Point

10/24/2014 Posted by | 2014 NSCS RESULTS | | Leave a comment

Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator Eight at Martinsville

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator Eight at Martinsville Speedway

  Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating  
 
1 Joey Logano 11 0 0 2 3 0 14.8 82.3  
2 Kevin Harvick 26 0 1 3 12 1 15.8 93.2  
3 Ryan Newman 25 3 1 7 11 2 15.5 86.9  
4 Denny Hamlin 17 3 4 9 13 1 8.8 109.6  
5 Matt Kenseth 29 0 0 4 10 2 15.0 84.2  
6 Carl Edwards 20 0 0 1 5 0 15.7 81.4  
7 Jeff Gordon 43 7 8 27 34 0 7.0 119.0  
8 Brad Keselowski 9 0 0 1 5 0 13.4 84.5  

* – Based on last 19 races at Martinsville Speedway (2005 – 2014).

 

10/23/2014 Posted by | 2014 CHASE STATS | | Leave a comment

Career Driver Performance at Upcoming Tracks in the Eliminator Round

Career Driver Performance at Upcoming Tracks in the Eliminator Round
*-2005-2014 point-paying races at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix
Driver Starts Win Top 5 Top 10 Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Run Pos* Pct Fastest Laps* Pct Laps in Top 15* Pct Laps Led Driver Rating* Current Points
Jeff Gordon 101 11 47 67 9.7 11.0 10.297 8.7 79.1 11.6 103.7 4000
Denny Hamlin 52 7 22 31 12.6 10.3 11.038 6.0 75.7 8.6 100.1 4000
Kevin Harvick 72 6 14 35 17.1 13.8 13.312 3.8 67.1 3.9 93.5 4000
Carl Edwards 59 5 14 25 14.3 14.4 13.632 4.8 63.4 4.2 92.7 4000
Matt Kenseth 77 3 22 36 18.7 13.6 13.754 3.8 61.6 4.6 92.2 4000
Brad Keselowski 31 0 5 12 18.5 16.5 16.526 3.8 51.9 2.5 83.7 4000
Ryan Newman 71 3 18 26 12.8 17.5 16.780 1.5 52.6 1.8 82.6 4000
Joey Logano 34 1 8 12 14.9 16.4 16.884 1.9 49.0 2.2 80.9 4000

10/23/2014 Posted by | 2014 CHASE STATS | | Leave a comment

MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Below is a look at the eight Eliminators  – at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia going into the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26.

MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.6

2014 Rundown

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Led 20 races for 916 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.8 in 11 races
  • Average Running Position of 16.0, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.3, 14th-best

 

2 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.7

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; eight poles
  • Average finish of 13.4
  • Led 24 races for 1,817 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8 in 26 races
  • Average Running Position of 13.7, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.2, eighth-best
  • 956 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.163 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 6,348 Laps in the Top 15 (66.6%), sixth-most
  • 578 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

3 – Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.1

2014 Rundown

  • Three top fives, 14 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.3
  • Led 7 races for 41 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 15.5 in 25 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.1, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.9, 10th-best
  • 1,008 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 5,419 Laps in the Top 15 (56.8%), ninth-most
  • 528 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

4 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.1
  • Led 14 races for 218 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 8.8 in 17 races
  • Average Running Position of 9.0, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.6, third-best
  • 580 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.467 mph, third-fastest
  • 7,007 Laps in the Top 15 (82.1%), fourth-most
  • 609 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

5 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.6

2014 Rundown

  • 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Led 18 races for 468 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.0 in 29 races
  • Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.2, 12th-best
  • 173 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 1,023 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.042 mph, 11th-fastest

 

6 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford Ecoboost Fusion Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.7

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Led 11 races for 135 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.7 in 20 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.9, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.4, 15th-best
  • 1,036 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • 5,181 Laps in the Top 15 (54.3%), 11th-most
  • 555 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

7 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4

2014 Rundown

  • Four wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.3
  • Led 23 races for 743 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • Eight wins, 27 top fives, 34 top 10s; seven poles
  • Average finish of 7.0 in 43 races
  • Average Running Position of 6.7, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 119.0, second-best
  • Series-high 1,034 Fastest Laps Run
  • 933 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.684 mph, second-fastest
  • 8,375 Laps in the Top 15 (87.8%), second-most
  • Series-high 691 Quality Passes

 

8 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.3

2014 Rundown

  • Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Led 26 races for 1,518 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.4 in nine races
  • Average Running Position of 16.2, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.5, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.102 mph, 10th-fastest

 

 

10/23/2014 Posted by | 2014 CHASE STATS | | Leave a comment

The Eliminator Round

Almost There: Welcome to The Eliminator Round

Before we get into the nitty gritty of this storyline-rich round, a quick primer of the Eliminator Round – the final hurdle before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Only eight drivers remain in championship contention as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kicks off its Eliminator Round with the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Points for the remaining drivers in the Chase – Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin – have been reset to 4,000. Following Martinsville, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will visit Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 2, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN) and conclude the Eliminator Round at Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 9, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN). Like the previous two Chase segments, a win by a championship-eligible driver guarantees advancement to Homestead. The four winless championship-qualifying drivers lowest in points will be “eliminated” after Phoenix. The advancing four drivers left in NASCAR’s Playoffs will move on to the one-race Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN).

No driver without Chase eligibility has won a race so far in NASCAR’s playoffs. Four drivers – Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were knocked out of the Chase following Talladega. Six-time series champion Johnson led the most laps (84) at the Alabama track, but he was unable to close the race and defend his 2013 title. Of the final eight drivers, Jeff Gordon (four: 2001, 1998, 1997, 1995), Brad Keselowski (one: 2012) and Matt Kenseth (one: 2003) have previously won series championships.

 

Team Penske Tandem In Title Contention With Four Races Left

Here is a trivia question that is likely to stump fellow NASCAR fans around the water cooler:

Q: Which of the remaining eight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders has not won a race at the final four tracks?

A: Brad Keselowski

The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion driver claims 14 wins in the last four seasons, second only to Jimmie Johnson’s 16. He leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six victories this season, but has never visited victory lane at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix or Homestead. Contributing to Keselowski’s win total is his 37 starts at the four tracks are the fewest of any remaining Chase driver. He will look to change his luck in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Keselowski has been strong at the paper clip in his career with five top-10 results in nine starts, including a fourth-place showing in the 2013 Martinsville fall race. He finished 38th at the Virginia track in March, but placed no worse than ninth in his previous four starts there.

Looking further ahead, Keselowski owns just four top fives and eight top 10s in 28 career starts with a 17.3 average finish at the last three Chase tracks.

When Keselowski won the 2012 NSCS Championship, he came up clutch with sixth-place finishes at Martinsville and Phoenix, and a runner-up finish at Texas, before taking home the title with a 15th-place showing at Homestead.

Arguably the most impressive driver in the Chase so far has been Keselowski’s Team Penske shop mate Joey Logano, who ranks second in the series with five wins this season, including two so far during NASCAR’s playoffs. He became the first driver ever to log top-five finishes in the first five Chase races. The 24-year-old has one victory (Texas, 4/7/14), eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 39 careers starts at the final four tracks. Sunday, he will attempt to improve on his fourth-place Martinsville finish in March.

 

Hamlin In Position For Championship Run

Persevering his way through the regular season and the first two rounds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Denny Hamlin finds himself in the perfect situation for a championship run.

The trio of Eliminator Round tracks – Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix are three of his best courses. All he has to do is win a race at one of those venues and he automatically advances to the Championship at Homestead where he boasts two victories and is the defending winner. If not, he can still move on to Homestead by accumulating more points in the Eliminator Round than four winless Chase-contending drivers.

Hamlin gets his first crack at winning in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). The No. 11 FedEx Toyota driver owns four victories at “The Paper Clip” – tied with Pocono for his most at any track. Additionally, he boasts nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the track located 130 miles from his hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia.

Although he has the third-fewest starts (52) of the remaining eight drivers at the Eliminator Round tracks, Hamlin’s seven wins rank second to only Jeff Gordon’s 11, accumulated over 101 starts. The 34-year-old also claims the highest average finish (10.3) and second-best driver rating (100.1). He owns two wins at Texas and one at Phoenix.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” said Hamlin of his opportunity to advance with a win at Martinsville. “As average as our team has been this year, we go into a short track where horsepower doesn’t matter, aero doesn’t matter, it’s about driver and mechanical setup. I feel like that’s our strong suit with our team.”

 

Still Alive In His Drive For Five, Gordon Goes For Ninth Win At Martinsville

After surviving the unpredictability of Talladega to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Jeff Gordon travels to a welcoming site this weekend in his quest for his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship – Martinsville Speedway.

Gordon will go for his ninth win at the .526-mile oval in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). Currently, the No. 24 Chevrolet driver ranks tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for its wins lead among active drivers.

An added bonus?

By visiting Victory Lane on Sunday, Gordon would automatically advance to the Championship Round race at Homestead-Miami.

Standing in his way at Martinsville is a contingent of Chase contenders who have also previously won there – Denny Hamlin (four victories), Ryan Newman (one) and Kevin Harvick (one).

Gordon captured the checkered flag in last fall’s race at Martinsville and boasts a gaudy 27 top fives (62.8%) and 34 tops 10s (79.1%) in 43 starts at “The Paper Clip.”

If he is able to clinch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Gordon’s 13-year period between titles will defeat Terry Labonte’s record 12-year dry spell. His 92 career NSCS wins rank third on the all-time list.

 

Consistency Key For Kenseth, Newman

No win, no problem.

Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman have both moved on to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup although neither has won a race all season. Instead they have navigated their way through the field with consistent high finishes all season.

Coming off a seven-victory 2013 season, Kenseth hasn’t been able to match his winning ways. Still, he ranks third in the NASCAR Sprint Series in both top-five (12) and top-10 (19) finishes. Facing elimination at Talladega on Sunday, sitting one point behind the cutoff line, Kenseth ironically teamed up with rival Brad Keselowski at the end of the race, drafting with him to a second-place finish.

Newman ranks ninth on the Sprint Cup circuit this season with 14 top-10 finishes. Although he has posted just three top-five efforts, he has stayed out of major trouble with only two finishes worse than 30th. The Richard Childress Racing driver has taken his consistency to a new level during the Chase as the only driver with top-10 performances in all three Eliminator Round races. Dating back to the August Atlanta race, Newman claims six top-10 efforts in his last eight starts. “Rocket Man” made a run at his first victory this weekend at Talladega, leading with ten laps remaining, but was eventually passed by Keselowski who blocked him on his way to the win. Newman ended up finishing fifth.

Advancing to the Championship Round race at Homestead-Miami Speedway without a win in the Eliminator Round will be a tough proposition for any Chase-contending driver. Three of the four Championship Round spots can be filled by drivers who win during the Eliminator Round.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.

Milestone Watch: Kurt Busch finished seventh at Talladega last Sunday, his 199th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-10 finish. With his next top 10, he’ll become the 31st driver to reach 200 top-10 finishes. … Hendrick Motorsports is still waiting for its 200th NSCS Coors Light Pole (it’s last came at Michigan in August (Jeff Gordon). Martinsville might be a good spot to get it; the team has 17 poles there, tied with Richmond and Charlotte as its most prolific track in terms of poles. … David Ragan will run a special paint scheme this weekend at Martinsville to honor NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott, who also drove the No. 34 car during his career. … Testing Update: Five teams will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 28-29): Stewart Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.

10/23/2014 Posted by | 2014 NSCS ARTICLES | | Leave a comment

Martinsville Speedway: History

Martinsville Speedway:

History

  • Opened in September 1947 by Clay Earles, Martinsville, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.
  • The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Sept. 25, 1949.
  • The track was paved in 1955.
  • The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
  • Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.

Notebook

  • There have been 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
  • 599 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 376 in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67 starts; Jeff Gordon has the most among active drivers with 43.
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • 58 drivers have Coors Light poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
  • 12 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway. Four of the 12 have won three consecutive poles at Martinsville: Glen Wood (Fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep); Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980); Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep); Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004).
  • Youngest Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (4/26/1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (4/26/1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
  • 47 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the series among active drivers with eight wins each.
  • 24 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins:  Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Kurt Busch (two).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.  
  • 21 of 131 races (16.0%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; seven of those 21 wins came from active drivers: Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (2003 twice), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012, spring 2013) and Denny Hamlin (2010).
  • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville producing more wins (21) than any other starting position.
  • 36 of the 131 (27.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
  • 95 of the 131 (72.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Six of the 131 (4.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
  • Youngest Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (04/10/1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (09/22/1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with four each. 
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 27, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 18.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 34, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 22.
  • Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.186. Ryan Newman (9.680) and Denny Hamlin (9.765) are the only two other active drivers with an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top-10.
  • Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top-10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.200), Jeff Gordon (6.953) and Denny Hamlin (8.765).
  • There have been five NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Martinsville Speedway: fall 2007 (500/506), fall 2008 (500/504), fall 2009 (500/501), spring 2010 (500/508), and spring 2012 (500/515).
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions eight times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was the fall race of 2011.
  • Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (43).
  • Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.   
  • Mike Bliss (09/27/1998), Travis Kvapil (10/24/2004), Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) and Scott Speed (10/19/2008) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.
  • 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway. Fred Lorenzen won four NSCS races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965. 
  • All eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Martinsville Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Martinsville with the fewest previous appearances (three).
  • Ryan Newman competed at Martinsville Speedway 20 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
  • Four drivers have made eight or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Kevin Harvick (19) and Ryan Newman (20).
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the 4/1/2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.
  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

10/23/2014 Posted by | 2014 NSCS ARTICLES | | Leave a comment

Sprint Cup Preliminary Entry List Driver Statistics

Preliminary Entry List Driver Statistics
Number of Races: 19
Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Pre-Race
Loop Data: For point-paying races in current and past nine years, at this track.
Martinsville Speedway
CAREER LOOP DATA
Car No. Driver Total
Races
Avg Start Avg Finish Avg Pos % Of Laps
In Top 15
Driver
Rating
48 Jimmie Johnson 25 10.7 5.2 5.615 92.6 124.8
24 Jeff Gordon 43 7.2 7.0 6.660 87.8 119.0
11 Denny Hamlin 17 9.8 8.8 8.986 82.1 109.6
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 29 14.2 12.8 10.810 77.5 99.9
14 Tony Stewart 30 13.2 13.9 11.457 69.1 97.0
18 Kyle Busch 19 12.5 15.9 13.271 69.1 96.1
15 Clint Bowyer 17 15.4 12.4 12.272 72.5 94.6
4 Kevin Harvick 26 13.7 15.8 13.690 66.6 93.2
31 Ryan Newman 25 9.7 15.5 15.143 56.8 86.9
2 Brad Keselowski 9 16.8 13.4 16.181 54.8 84.5
20 Matt Kenseth 29 20.1 15.0 15.991 50.6 84.2
1 Jamie McMurray 23 14.6 17.3 16.582 52.6 84.1
22 Joey Logano 11 13.0 14.8 16.020 50.6 82.3
99 Carl Edwards 20 16.9 15.7 15.895 54.3 81.4
55 Brian Vickers 17 19.4 18.8 16.443 54.6 80.3
41 Kurt Busch 28 19.9 20.8 18.208 46.7 79.0
5 Kasey Kahne 21 19.2 20.2 20.397 35.7 77.7
3 Austin Dillon 1 34.0 15.0 20.326 15.4 72.0
9 Marcos Ambrose 11 18.8 19.5 20.917 32.6 70.8
47 AJ Allmendinger 12 21.8 20.6 21.250 41.8 70.8
16 Greg Biffle 23 20.4 20.1 20.603 31.8 70.5
78 Martin Truex Jr. 17 17.6 22.2 22.089 34.6 69.9
34 David Ragan 16 20.6 22.8 23.334 23.4 64.8
43 Aric Almirola 11 23.2 24.0 23.919 28.2 64.8
13 Casey Mears 22 25.5 22.9 23.283 19.0 64.6
10 Danica Patrick 3 27.7 20.3 26.186 11.8 63.2
27 Paul Menard 14 21.6 20.9 22.510 19.9 62.2
51 Justin Allgaier 1 25.0 23.0 24.804 .0 57.1
42 Kyle Larson 2 27.0 34.5 29.520 10.0 51.2
36 Reed Sorenson 13 30.5 31.8 29.433 10.8 50.2
33 Travis Kvapil 17 26.9 28.9 29.695 8.6 48.9
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3 23.3 32.0 29.657 .0 47.3
23 Alex Bowman 1 19.0 36.0 32.756 .2 46.3
38 David Gilliland 16 32.1 30.1 30.163 1.3 44.1
66 Mike Wallace 10 26.9 26.7 31.609 .0 43.4
40 Landon Cassill 8 31.9 30.6 32.119 .8 42.8
7 Michael Annett 1 40.0 31.0 32.896 .2 38.5
26 Cole Whitt 2 32.5 32.0 33.366 .0 38.1
98 Josh Wise 5 33.4 36.6 37.895 .0 32.8
32 Kyle Fowler 0 - - - - -
44 Timmy Hill 0 - - - - -

10/20/2014 Posted by | NSCS STATS | | Leave a comment

Points Report Sprint Cup

Points Report
Talladega Superspeedway
46th Annual GEICO 500 
UNOFFICIAL	Provided by NASCAR Statistics- 	Sunday, 10/19/2014 @ 6:30 PM Eastern	 
Pos	Driver	BPts	Points	Ldr	Nxt	Starts	Poles	Wins	T5s	T10	
 1	 Joey Logano	38	3121	0	0	32	1	5	15		 
2	 Kevin Harvick	42	3117	-4	-4	32	8	3	11		 
3	 Ryan Newman	7	3117	-4	0	32	0	0	3		  
4	 Denny Hamlin	17	3100	-21	-17	32	2	1	6	
5	 Matt Kenseth	19	3099	-22	-1	32	1	0	12	
6	 Carl Edwards	17			5	-1
7	 Jeff Gordon	38	3093	-28	-6	32	2	4	12	
8	 Kasey Kahne	16	3090	-31	-3	32	0	1	3		
9	 Kyle Busch	18	3086	-35	-4	32	3	1	8		
10	 Brad Keselowski	49	3085	-36	-1	32	5	6	
11	 Jimmie Johnson	30	3053	-68	-32	32	1	3	10		
12	 Dale Earnhardt Jr.	25	3045	-76	-8	32	0	3		
13	 AJ Allmendinger	10	2163	-958	-882	32	0	1	
14	 Greg Biffle	8	2147	-974	-16	32	0	0	3		
15	 Kurt Busch	16	2146	-975	-1	32	0	1	6
16	 Aric Almirola	8	2101	-1020	-45	32	0	
17	 Kyle Larson #	6	967	-2154	-1134	32	1	0	8	
18	 Clint Bowyer	11	885	-2236	-82	32	0	0	5	
19	 Austin Dillon #	4	878	-2243	-7	32	
20	 Jamie McMurray	12	877	-2244	-1	32	1
21	 Brian Vickers	5	830	-2291	-47	32	1	0	3	
22	 Paul Menard	3	826	-2295	-4	32	0	0	4	
23	 Marcos Ambrose	4	781	-2340	-45	32	0	0	3	
24	 Martin Truex Jr.	1	767	-2354	-14	32	0	0	
25	 Casey Mears	2	716	-2405	-51	32	0	0	1	
26	 Tony Stewart	5	700	-2421	-16	29	1	0	2	
27	 Danica Patrick	3	669	-2452	-31	32	0	0	0	
28	 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.	0	658	-2463	-11	31	0
29	 Justin Allgaier	3	548	-2573	-110	31	0	
30	 David Gilliland	7	488	-2633	-60	32	1	0	
31	 Cole Whitt #	1	468	-2653	-20	32	0	0	0
32	 Michael Annett #	3	461	-2660	-7	32	0	0	
33	 Reed Sorenson	4	460	-2661	-1	32	0	0	0	
34	 David Ragan	5	451	-2670	-9	32	0	0	0	
35	 Alex Bowman #	0	372	-2749	-79	32	0	0	0	
36	 Josh Wise	0	368	-2753	-4	31	0	0	0	
37	 Travis Kvapil	2	211	-2910	-157	20	0	0	0	
38	 Michael McDowell	1	205	-2916	-6	16	0	0	
39	 Ryan Truex	0	193	-2928	-12	23	0	0	0	
40	 Terry Labonte	0	88	-3033	-105	4	0	0	0	
41	 Jeff Burton	0	87	-3034	-1	4	0	0	0	
42	 Michael Waltrip	1	76	-3045	-11	4	0	0	
43	 David Stremme	0	75	-3046	-1	10	0	0	0	
44	 Bobby Labonte	0	54	-3067	-21	3	0	0	0	
45	 Parker Kligerman	0	54	-3067	0	8	0	0	
46	 Timmy Hill	0	51	-3070	-3	9	0	0	0	
47	 Brett Moffitt	0	48	-3073	-3	5	0	0	0	
1	$48,530	72	0
73	 Eric McClure(i)	0	0	-3121	-1	0
74	 Matt Crafton(i)	0	0	-3121

10/20/2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Race Fast Facts Talladega

 

Race Fast Facts
Talladega Superspeedway
46th Annual GEICO 500 
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sun, October 19, 2014 @ 06:17 PM Eastern
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Age: 30
Team : No. 2 - Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford
Owner: Roger Penske
Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe
Brad Keselowski won the 46th Annual GEICO 500 , his 16th victory in 193 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway.  It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2014.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Austin Dillon (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.

 

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SPRINT CUP TALLADEGA RESULTS

 

1. (5) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 194 laps, 118.4 rating, 47 points, $288,361.

2. (13) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 194, 71.7, 43, $228,207.

3. (33) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 194, 78, 41, $180,329.

4. (29) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 194, 85.3, 0, $129,475.

5. (11) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 194, 59.8, 40, $134,521.

6. (7) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 194, 76.6, 38, $122,860.

7. (18) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 194, 110.6, 37, $102,115.

8. (26) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 194, 98.8, 36, $130,125.

9. (39) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 194, 94.1, 36, $134,261.

10. (19) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 194, 84.3, 34, $121,919.

11. (40) Joey Logano, Ford, 194, 87.1, 33, $131,544.

12. (8) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 194, 104.4, 33, $108,086.

13. (30) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 194, 67.2, 31, $142,697.

14. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 194, 78.5, 30, $105,973.

15. (22) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 194, 67.5, 30, $89,940.

16. (34) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 194, 55.7, 28, $96,686.

17. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 194, 96.4, 27, $114,681.

18. (38) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194, 63.2, 27, $96,536.

19. (27) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 194, 79.9, 26, $95,661.

20. (1) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 194, 47.1, 24, $129,594.

21. (15) Carl Edwards, Ford, 194, 45.9, 23, $102,511.

22. (4) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 194, 73.9, 0, $82,940.

23. (3) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 194, 51.3, 21, $100,273.

24. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 194, 118.2, 22, $142,859.

25. (24) Greg Biffle, Ford, 194, 66.4, 20, $128,002.

26. (43) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 194, 50.5, 19, $129,197.

27. (12) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 194, 87.7, 18, $115,252.

28. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 194, 49.7, 16, $84,440.

29. (21) David Gilliland, Ford, 194, 57, 16, $104,419.

30. (25) David Ragan, Ford, 194, 62.9, 15, $103,633.

31. (28) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194, 98.5, 14, $91,931.

32. (16) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 194, 72.7, 0, $80,640.

33. (9) Terry Labonte, Ford, 193, 33.3, 11, $80,490.

34. (37) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, accident, 190, 46.3, 11, $115,436.

35. (31) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189, 63.6, 10, $117,900.

36. (20) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, accident, 188, 71.3, 8, $108,439.

37. (10) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, accident, 187, 73.9, 7, $79,821.

38. (23) Mike Wallace, Toyota, 186, 26.6, 0, $74,805.

39. (17) Aric Almirola, Ford, 166, 56.3, 5, $108,312.

40. (41) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 145, 31.1, 4, $115,217.

41. (6) Michael McDowell, Ford, accident, 127, 44.4, 3, $62,805.

42. (32) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, accident, 102, 56.3, 0, $58,805.

43. (14) Alex Bowman, Toyota, accident, 102, 44, 1, $55,305.

Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 160.302 mph.

Time of Race: 3 hours, 13 minutes, 9 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 0.141 seconds.

Caution Flags: 6 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 38 among 19 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J.Johnson 1; R.Blaney 2-14; J.Johnson 15-25; B.Keselowski 26-28; J.Johnson 29-38; D.Hamlin 39; T.Stewart 40-44; K.Kahne 45; G.Biffle 46; J.McMurray 47-49; B.Keselowski 50; K.Kahne 51-61; D.Ragan 62; M.Kenseth 63; J.Johnson 64-74; D.Earnhardt Jr. 75-103; D.Gilliland 104-105; J.Gordon 106; R.Blaney 107-108; L.Cassill 109; D.Earnhardt Jr. 110-111; K.Harvick 112-113; J.Johnson 114-132; C.Whitt 133; J.Johnson 134-137; B.Keselowski 138; J.Johnson 139-162; M.Truex Jr. 163; J.Johnson 164-166; D.Patrick 167-173; D.Ragan 174; J.Gordon 175-176; R.Newman 177-181; J.Johnson 182; R.Newman 183-186; B.Keselowski 187-192; R.Newman 193; B.Keselowski 194.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.Johnson, 9 times for 84 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr., 2 times for 31 laps; R.Blaney, 2 times for 15 laps; B.Keselowski, 5 times for 12 laps; K.Kahne, 2 times for 12 laps; R.Newman, 3 times for 10 laps; D.Patrick, 1 time for 7 laps; T.Stewart, 1 time for 5 laps; J.Gordon, 2 times for 3 laps; J.McMurray, 1 time for 3 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 2 laps; D.Gilliland, 1 time for 2 laps; D.Ragan, 2 times for 2 laps; M.Kenseth, 1 time for 1 lap; L.Cassill, 1 time for 1 lap; C.Whitt, 1 time for 1 lap; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 1 lap; G.Biffle, 1 time for 1 lap; M.Truex Jr., 1 time for 1 lap.

Wins: B.Keselowski, 6; J.Logano, 5; J.Gordon, 4; D.Earnhardt Jr., 3; K.Harvick, 3; J.Johnson, 3; C.Edwards, 2; A.Allmendinger, 1; A.Almirola, 1; Ku.Busch, 1; Ky.Busch, 1; D.Hamlin, 1; K.Kahne, 1.

Top 16 in Points: 1. J.Logano, 4,000; 2. K.Harvick, 4,000; 3. R.Newman, 4,000; 4. D.Hamlin, 4,000; 5. M.Kenseth, 4,000; 6. C.Edwards, 4,000; 7. J.Gordon, 4,000; 8. B.Keselowski, 4,000; 9. Ky.Busch, 2,197; 10. J.Johnson, 2,174; 11. K.Kahne, 2,169; 12. A.Allmendinger, 2,163; 13. D.Earnhardt Jr., 2,149; 14. G.Biffle, 2,147; 15. Ku.Busch, 2,146; 16. A.Almirola, 2,101.

 

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