NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: STP Gas Booster 500

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: STP

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:13pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: Fox - 12:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 4
5:00 pm NSCS haulers enter infield

Friday, April 5
9:00 -10:00 am NCWTS practice
10:30 - 11:50 am NCWTS final practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS practice
3:40 pm NSCS qualifying
5:00 pm NCWTS qualifying

Saturday, April 6
10:30 - 11:15 am NSCS practice
11:30 am NCWTS driver and crew chief meeting
11:45 am - 12:45pm NSCS Final practice
1:00 pm NCWTS Driver introductions
1:30 pm NCWTS race start

Sunday, April 7
9:15 am Martinsville Speedway track walk on front stretch.
11:00 am NSCS Driver, crew chief meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Driver introductions
1:00 pm STP Gas Booster 400 NSCS race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, April 6, 10:30 - 11:15 am/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 6, 11:45am - 12:45pm/et, TV-same day delay on SPEED at 11:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Friday, April 5 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-same day delay on SPEED at 8:00pm/et, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,050,972
2012: $5,009,303
2011: $4,897,916
2010: $4,935,846
2009: $5,066,999
2008: $5,027,520
2007: $4,929,787
2006: $4,826.889
2005: $4,761,101
2004: $4,774,299
2003: $3,976,971


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track Size: 0.526 Mile
    Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
    Straights: 800 feet
    Backstretch: 800 feet
    Grandstnd Seating: 61,000
    Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
    Speed Limits: Pit Road, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
    Opened: 1947

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
    Command to start engines: Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: actor Mario Lopez
    Invocation: Rev. Jonathan Falwell
    National Anthem: Virginia Military Institute's Glee Club
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Va. Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer
    Military Flyover: none

  • Track Websites:
    Martinsville Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook - Martinsville Speedway
    Twitter - MartinsvilleSwy
    Martinsville Speedway App

  • March 2012: see my Martinsville Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Martinsville Race Info page

  • April 2012 Race Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 78.823mph, started 5th

  • October 2012 race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 77.677mph, started 1st

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960

  • April 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 97.128mph, finished 38th

  • October 2012 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 97.598mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, October 2005, 98.083mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981

  • News and Notes - Martinsville Speedway: • Opened in September 1947 by H. 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.
    • There have been 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    • 589 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville; 372 in more than one.
    • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville with 67 starts; Terry Labonte has the most among active drivers with 53.
    • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
    • 57 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.
    • 11 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway. Four of the 11 have won 3 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 (15); Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead the series among active drivers with seven wins each.
    • 23 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins: Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson (seven); Denny Hamlin (four); Tony Stewart (three) and Mark Martin (two).
    • Hendrick Motorsports and Petty Enterprises are tied for the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the most wins at Martinsville Speedway with 19 each.
    • 20 of 128 races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; six of those 20 wins came from active drivers: Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (2003 twice), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012) and Denny Hamlin (2010).
    • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville producing more wins than any other starting position in the field.
    • 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 20 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    • 93 of the 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Five of the 128 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.
    • 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 four, followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson with three.
    • Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 25, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 15.
    • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 32, followed by Terry Labonte (27) and Mark Martin (25).
    • Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.225. Ryan Newman is the only other active driver with an average starting position at Martinsville in the top 10 (9.045).
    • Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.545), Jeff Gordon (7.075) and Denny Hamlin (8.200).
    • 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 races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (40).
    • 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.
    • 11 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 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Four drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Mark Martin (12); Bobby Labonte (18), Kevin Harvick (19) and Ryan Newman (20).
    • Terry Labonte leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 53.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory at Martinsville Speedway was the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.
    • This weekend will be Danica Patrick's first attempt at Martinsville Speedway. If she makes the event, she will become the first female driver to compete at Martinsville in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(NASCAR)(4-2-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Martinsville Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 2nd win of 2013, 8th win at Martinsville and 62nd career win. #15-Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #9-Ambrose, #16-Biffle, and #11-Martin.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr., the points leader coming into the race, fought an ill-handling car and a spin late in the race. He finished 24th and fell to 3rd in the points.
    There were 12 lead changes among 5 drivers and 12 cautions for 85 yellow flag laps. There was a 6 minute red flag with 13 laps remaining after #78-Busch lost his brakes, hit the wall and the car caught fire. He was not injured. The average speed was 72.066mph.
    Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Martinsville Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Martinsville Penalty Report (pdf)
    And see the Official Race and Points on the STP Gas Booster 500 Official Race and Points Report page (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 64th Annual STP Gas Booster 500, his 62nd victory in 405 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his eighth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 23 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Clint Bowyer (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2013.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 33rd top-10 finish in 41 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Danica Patrick (12th) was the highest finishing rookie in her first trip to Martinsville Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 6 points over Brad Keselowski and 12 over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-7-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 231
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 225, -6
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 219, -12
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 203, -28
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 199, -32
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 199, -32
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 193, -38
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 179, -52
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 179, -52
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 172, -59
    11) #22-Joey Logano, 167, -64
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 164, -67
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 25th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #42-Montoya,
    Caution 3: #14-Stewart, 17th
    Caution 4: #99-Edwards, 15th
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 9th
    Caution 6: #27-Menard, 19th
    Caution 7: #13-Mears, 16th
    Caution 8: #47-Labonte, 21st
    Caution 9: #51-Smith, 22nd
    Caution 10: #27-Menard (2), 19th
    Caution 11: #55-Vickers, 11th
    Caution 12: #43-Almirola, 20th
    (4-7-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 1:13pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #59-Ambrose took pit stall 11, the next pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #55-Vickers, who starts 3rd took the 8th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Montoya, who starts 14th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-6-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 97.018
    #48-Johnson 96.293
    #99-Edwards 96.161
    #16-Biffle 96.151
    #31-Burton 96.073
    slowest: #7-Blaney 94.293 & #87-Nemechek 93.318. No speed: #98-McDowell.
    notes: there is no TV coverage of today's practices. #22-Logano suffered some right rear damage after contact with #48-Johnson, with 20 minutes left in the session.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the STP Gas Booster 500 Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(4-6-2013)

  • Saturday first practice for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 96.681
    #18-Busch 96.529
    #24-Gordon 96.357
    #55-Vickers 96.327
    #39-Newman 96.185
    slowest: #32-Schrader 94.125 & #95-Speed 93.673. No speed: #44-Riggs.
    notes: there is no TV coverage of today's practices.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the STP Gas Booster 500 Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-6-2013)

  • Johnson wins Martinsville pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 98.400mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2013 and 30th of his career. #9-Ambrose will start 2nd, followed by #55-Vickers, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #99-Edwards, and #39-Newman. #11-Martin qualified 35th. Missing the race was: #19-Bliss.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Martinsville Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(4-5-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 64th Annual STP Gas Booster 500 with a record lap of 19.244 seconds, 98.400 mph.
    This is his 30th pole in 405 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 23 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    His average starting position at Martinsville Speedway is 11.9.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2013 and his second in nine races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Brian Vickers(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
    Tony Stewart held the previous track qualifying record with a lap of 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-5-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, same day delay, 8:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network, 3:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #87-Nemechek.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #48-Johnson, is scheduled to qualify 33rd.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Martinsville Qualifying Page.(4-5-2013)

  • Friday practice for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 98.553
    #42-Montoya 98.502
    #15-Bowyer 98.359
    #24-Gordon 98.257
    #2-Keselowski 98.236
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 96.156 & #32-Schrader 95.574.
    #11-Martin, filling in for Hamlin, was 18th fastest.
    ee fastest speeds, laps run and more on the STP Gas Booster 500 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).-->(4-5-2013)

  • Entry List for the STP Gas Booster 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #11-Martin, #19-Bliss, #32-Schrader, #44-Riggs, #51-Smith, and #55-Vickers. #19-Bliss would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List

  • For the new 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Auto Club, race 5 of 36]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 199
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 187, -12
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 183, -16
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 164, -35
    5) #16-Greg Biffle, 164, -35
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 163, -36
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 159, -40
    8) #27-Paul Menard, 154, -45
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 146, -53
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 145, -54
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 141, -58
    12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 139, -60
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th in points
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 15th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 18th
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 19th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

Daily Press
Danville Register & Bee
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
Martinsville.com
Martinsville Bulletin
Martinsville Daily
Roanoke Times


Local TV Network Stations

ABC 13 WSET
CBS 2 WFMY
FOX 21 WFXR
NBC 10 WSLS


Weather Links

Weather Channel
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National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
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Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Martinville: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Martinsville Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-837 New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-834 - Backup chassis from Bristol (not used)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-787 for Sunday's event at Martinsville. This is a new chassis.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 728 for Martinsville. The team competed with this chassis at Martinsville last fall.
    #10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-535: This car (formally No. 14-535) debuted in April 2009 with Tony Stewart at the wheel at Phoenix International Raceway, where Stewart used it to qualify sixth and lead once for 19 laps before finishing second. Chassis No. 10-535 returned to another flat track with Stewart in June via New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, but its time on the racetrack was short after it crashed in practice. It was repaired with new front and rear clips for its return trip to New Hampshire in September. There, Chassis No. 10-535 led four times for 52 laps before a loose axle cap forced an unscheduled pit stop, which resulted in a 14th-place finish for Stewart. The November trek to Phoenix marked the car's third career start, where it qualified eighth and went from a possible top-10 performance to a disappointing 25th-place result when Stewart was caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 171 of the 312-lap race. With a new body, Chassis No. 10-535 returned to Phoenix with Stewart in April 2010 and had a quiet outing in its fourth start, qualifying 11th and finishing 23rd. The car was quickly turned around and tested by Stewart on April 26, 2010 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. The last outing for Chassis No. 10-535 was in November 2010, when Stewart started 20th and finished 17th at Phoenix. The car was on standby for the No. 14 team throughout many race weekends in 2011 and 2012 but was never pressed into service. Since the end of the 2012 season, it was updated to the sixth-generation (Gen-6) Chevrolet SS configuration and transferred to the No. 10 GoDaddy.com team of Danica Patrick and crew chief Tony Gibson.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in April 2012 in the Capital City 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Tony Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked Chassis No. 14-710's second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington, and they labored to a 12th-place finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start via the Federated Auto Parts 400, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returns to Martinsville for the STP Gas Booster 500.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 761 is new. The backup chassis (No. 741) led 154 laps last fall at Martinsville and finished fifth.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-822 was brand new when it kicked off the 2012 Chase for Biffle at Richmond earning him a ninth-place finish. The team then took the same car to Loudon last fall, but had to settle for an 18th-place finish. RK-822 finished out 2012 with a 10th-place finish at Martinsville and will once again be back on track this weekend. Backup Chassis: RK-844 Last ran Phoenix  finished 17th
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 814  2012 #99 chassis -last ran at Dover - finished 26th. Backup Chassis: RK-801 - 2012 No. 99 chassis
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-835 Backup chassis from Las Vegas (not used). Backup Chassis: PRS-836 Backup chassis from Phoenix (not used)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Martinsville Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the STP Gas Booster 500. This Chevrolet is new to the RCR line up and will run its first competitive laps this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet seeing its first on-track action during Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-783: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-783 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-783 will see its first laps of competition this weekend at Martinsville.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 850 for Martinsville. The team built the chassis in the off-season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 749, at Martinsville. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-789 for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards Primary RK- 819 last ran at Kansas and Michigan test fall 2012. RK790 backup car for Bristol and last ran in Spring Martinsville race 2012.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(3-4-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 11 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,325;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side  325, Right-side -- 325

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4590

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi
    Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 10 psi; Left Rear -- 10 psi;
    Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Martinsville this week will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time these teams have run on either of these two tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Martinsville last year, this left-side tire code (D-4588) features slight construction and compound changes, while this right-side code (D-4590) features a minor compound change and has slightly less gage (tread depth) . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Martinsville last August 7-8 . . . drivers and teams participating in that Gen-6 test were Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Kevin Harvick in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.


Race / Cup Odds

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Next Race: Federated Auto Parts 400

Countdown to Race Time: 9/6/2014 ~7:46pm/et

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA

ABC, 7:30pm/et
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Qualifying:
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm/et
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Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, September 5, 2014, 1:00pm/et
ESPN2 11:00am/et



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