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Martinsville Speedway Data

Season Race #: 32 of 36 (10-30-16)

Track Size: 0.526-mile

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 12 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 12 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 0 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 0 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 800 feet

Backstretch Length: 800 feet

Race Length: 500 laps / 263 miles

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville

Jeff Gordon…………………………. 119.5

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 117.8

Denny Hamlin……………………… 108.1

Kyle Busch…………………………… 98.8

Tony Stewart………………………… 96.0

Kevin Harvick………………………… 95.4

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 90.2

Brad Keselowski……………………. 89.7

Joey Logano…………………………. 89.1

Matt Kenseth………………………… 87.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 pole winner:

Joey Logano, Ford

98.548 mph, 19.215 secs. 10-29-15

 

2015 race winner:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

69.643 mph, (03:46:35), 11-01-15

 

Track qualifying record:

Joey Logano, Ford

100.201 mph, 18.898 secs. 03-28-14

 

Track race record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

82.223 mph, (3:11:55), 09-22-96

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.

Starts

  • There have been 135 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
  • 612 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 389 in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67; Jeff Gordon has the most starts among active drivers with 46.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.196. Ryan Newman (9.138), Denny Hamlin (9.714) and Joey Logano (9.867) each have an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top 10.
  • In total 60 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville.
  • Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are active drivers that made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.

Poles

  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • 59 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 poles.

 

  • 13 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano who has won the last three poles at Martinsville.
  • Five of the 13 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) and Joe Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring).
  • 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).
  • 12 drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway; the two most recent are Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) and Tony Stewart (4/18/1999).

Wins

  • 49 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jeff Gordon leads the series among active drivers with nine wins; followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight.
  • 22 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway; nine drivers have won five or more times; three of which are active: Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (eight) and Denny Hamlin (five).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 23 – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (eight), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one).
  • 21 of 135 races (15.5%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; four of those 21 wins came from active drivers: 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 135 (26.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
  • 97 of the 135 (71.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Seven of the 135 (5.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – including both races in 2015
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 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).
  • 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. Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to win consecutive races (fall of 2012 / spring of 2013) at Martinsville.

 

  • Kyle Busch competed at Martinsville Speedway 21 times before winning in the earlier this season; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
  • Three active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Kevin Harvick (19), Ryan Newman (20) and Kyle Busch (21).
  • 11 drivers posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
  • A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville. Chevrolet leads series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 55 victories; followed by Ford with 26 wins and Toyota has six.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five, followed by Jimmie Johnson with four, AJ Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth each have two.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 29, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 18.
  • Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37 each.
  • Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Martinsville: Jeff Gordon (6.761), Jimmie Johnson (7.517) and Denny Hamlin (9.524).
  • Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (46).

 

Track Event Specific Stats

  • 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.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.

 

10/26/2016 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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