NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #7 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: Goody's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:43pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace and on FoxSports2 at 11:00am/et

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 28 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 24
5:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 25
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
12:00 PM 1:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 26
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM 11:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:00 PM 12:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, October 27
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 9:15 - 11:45 AM Martinsville Speedway Track Walk
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:30 PM Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE IN LOCAL TIME ZONE


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, October 25, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FoxSports1
    Saturday, October 26, 10:30 - 11:25 am/et, TV-FoxSports2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 26, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et, TV-FoxSports1

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 25 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-FoxSports1, re-air scheduled at 12:30am/et on FoxSports1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,013,097
2012: $4,962,589
2011: $4,851,202
2010: $4,886,673
2009: $5,012,362
2008: $4,972,883
2007: $4,872,371
2006: $4,809,747
2005: $4,705,474
2004: $4,690,147
2003: $4,242,123
2002: $3,657,565
2001: $3,029,236
2000: $2,115,007


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: NASCAR Legend Junior Johnson
    Command to start engines: Junior Johnson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Lizard Lick's Amy Shirley
    Honor Guard: Local law enforcement and public safety honor guard
    Invocation: Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
    National Anthem: N.C. State Band
    Flyover: the Warbirds

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

  • March 2013: see my Martinsville Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Martinsville Race Info page

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

  • April 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 72.066mph, 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

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

  • April 2013 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, April 5, 2013, 98.400mph

  • 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

  • Martinsville Facts and Notes - Friday - poles:
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 47 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers with eight wins.
    • 23 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (seven), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Mark Martin (two).
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 20.
    • 21 of 129 races (16.2%) 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 in the field.
    • 36 of the 129 (27.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    • 94 of the 129 (72.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Five of the 129 (3.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup 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)(10-25-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Martinsville Speedway:
    • Martinsville Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff's inception in 2004.
    • The winner of the Martinsville Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship four times: Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2008) and Tony Stewart (2011).
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Martinsville with five (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012).
    • The worst finish by the eventual series champion at Martinsville Speedway is sixth, by Brad Keselowski in 2012. Keselowski was second in the standings following the 2012 Martinsville Chase race.
    • Chase Contenders have won all nine previous Chase races at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Two of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Martinsville Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (five) and Jeff Gordon (one).
    • The average finish by the eventual series champion at Martinsville Speedway is 2.7. Only once has the eventual champion finished outside the top five in the Chase race at Martinsville - Keselowski (sixth, 2012).
    • Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Martinsville with seven; followed by Toyota with two.
    • The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Martinsville Speedway is Jimmie Johnson's victory in 2008. He posted a Driver Rating of 149.1 and led 339 of the 504 laps (67.2% of his laps completed) - most by a Chase race winner at Martinsville.(NASCAR)(10-24-2013)

  • Martinsville Facts and Notes - Thursday:
    • 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 26, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 16.
    • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 33, followed by Terry Labonte (27) and Mark Martin (26).
    • Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.195. Ryan Newman is the only other active driver with an average starting position at Martinsville in the top 10 (9.087).
    • Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.348), Jeff Gordon (6.976) 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.(NASCAR)(10-24-2013)

  • Martinsville Facts and Notes - Wednesday:
    • Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (41).
    • 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 (9/27/1998), 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 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 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.(NASCAR)(10-23-2013)

  • Top 13 Driver Rating at Martinsville:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson...................... 123.8
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon......................... 120.7
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin........................ 111.6
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr................... 98.8
    5) #14-Tony Stewart........................ 98.5
    6) #18-Kyle Busch.......................... 96.6
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick....................... 92.6
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer........................ 91.9
    9) #39-Ryan Newman......................... 88.5
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski..................... 87.4
    11) #31-Jeff Burton........................ 87.3
    12) #11-Mark Martin........................ 85.8
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray...................... 84.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(10-22-2013)

  • Martinsville Facts and Notes - Tuesday:
    • 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 129 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    • 591 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.
    • 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.(NASCAR)(10-22-2013)

  • 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

  • Gordon wins Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of 2013, his 8th at Martinsville and 88th career win.
    #20-Kenseth, who led the most laps on the day, finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, pole sitter #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #16-Biffle, and #1-McMurray.
    Other Chase driver finishes: #99-Edwards (12th); #22-Logano (14th); #18-Busch (15th); #78-Busch (18th); #5-Kahne (27th); #39-Newman (38th).
    #20-Kenseth & #48-Johnson are now tied for the points lead with 2294 points. #20-Kenseth holds the tie breaker with 7 wins on the season.
    There were 19 lead changes among 8 drivers and 17 cautions for 111 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 70.337mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Martinsville Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Martinsville Penalty Report (pdf).(10-27-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Jeff Gordon won the 65th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger, his 88th victory in 722 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his eighth victory and 34th top-10 finish in 42 races at Martinsville Speedway. The win ties him with Jimmie Johnson for most victories at Martinsville among active drivers, trailing only Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip on the all-time wins list here.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 0 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-27-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Martinsville:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, finished 5th (started 3rd)
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd (4th)
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 15th (2nd)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (10th)
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st (9th)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th (12th)
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th (33rd)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 3rd (5th)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 18th (19th)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 12th (14th)
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 38th (17th)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 14th (6th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 27th (25th)
    (10-27-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2294
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2294
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2267, -27
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2266, -28
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2258, -36
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2239, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2238, -56
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2236, -58
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2219, -75
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2218, -76
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2209, -85
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2188, -106
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2170, -124
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1123
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1088, -35
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1086, -37
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1057, -66
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1054, -69
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1019, -104
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1018, -105
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1017, -106
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 992, -131
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 981, -142
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 957, -166
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 954, -169
    13) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 929, -194
    14) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 929, -194
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 909, -214
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-27-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #27-Menard, 22nd
    Caution 3: #27-Menard (2), 22nd
    Caution 4: #55-Sadler, 25th
    Caution 5: #83-Reutimann, 37th
    Caution 6: #13-Mears, 21st
    Caution 7: #10-Patrick, 17th
    Caution 8: #38-Gilliland, 23rd
    Caution 9: #13-Mears (2), 21st
    Caution 10: #99-Edwards, 12th
    Caution 11: #42-Montoya, 13th
    Caution 12: #98-McDowell, 26th
    Caution 13: #98-McDowell (2), 26th
    Caution 14: #98-McDowell (3), 26th
    Caution 15: #93-Kvapil, 24th
    Caution 16: #93-Kvapil (2), 24th
    Caution 17: #93-Kvapil (3), 24th
    (10-27-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:43pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, October 28 at 1:00am/et

  • Final practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 97.533
    #15-Bowyer 97.133
    #5-Kahne 97.068
    #18-Busch 97.038
    #20-Kenseth 97.033
    slowest: #33-Raines 94.817 & #87-Nemechek 94.803. No speed: #47-Labonte.
    notes: #16-Biffle spun off turn 2, but did not hit anything.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Martinsville Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #22-Logano 97.468
    #18-Busch 97.372
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 97.337
    #20-Kenseth 97.287
    #15-Bowyer 97.212
    slowest: #33-Raines 94.519 & #36-Yeley 94.129. no speed: #98-McDowell.
    notes: #16-Biffle spun off turn 4 a few minutes into the session. He did not hit anything. #47-Labonte slid into the wall off turn 2 late in practice.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Martinsville Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-26-2013)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 11, with an opening in front of it.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 16th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Montoya, who starts 13th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-26-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    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 and practice speeds 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

  • Hamlin wins Martinsville pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 99.595mph for his 5th pole of 2013 and 17th of his career.
    #48-Johnson is on the outside pole, followed by #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #1-McMurray. #34-Ragan, #24-Gordon, and #29-Harvick.
    With 43 teams at the track, no one missed the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, qualifying order, pole progression on the Martinsville Starting Lineup - Qualifying Page.(10-25-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 65th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger with a lap of 19.013 seconds, 99.595 mph.
    Eighteen different drivers topped the old track Coors Light qualifying record of 98.4 mph set by Jimmie Johnson in April 2013. This is the 18th time in 2013 a track qualifying record in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been broken.
    This is his 17th pole in 288 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth pole, a personal-best and series-high, and 18th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2013 and his 15th in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 22nd in 33 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-25-2013)

  • Starting positions for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Martinsville:
    [listed by driver points position before the race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 10th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 9th
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 12th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 33rd
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5th
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 19th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 14th
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 17th
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 6th
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 25th
    (10-25-2013)

  • 18 qualifying track records have been set so far 2013
    after 29 qualifying session, 4 were cancelled due to rain:
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012
    12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013, was 127.020 from August 2012
    13) Michigan, #22-Joey Logano, 203.949, August 16, 2013; was 203.241mph from June 2012
    14) Richmond(2nd time), #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.599, September 6, 2013 - was 130.334 from April 2013
    15) Chicago, #22-Joey Logano, 189.414, September 13, 2013 - was 188.147 from July 2005
    16) New Hampshire (2nd time),#38-Ryan Newman, 136.497, September 20, 2103 - was 135.922 from July 2013
    17) Dover, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 161.849, September 27, 2013 - was 161.522 from June 2004
    18) Martinsville (2nd time), #11-Denny Hamlin, 99.595, October 25, 2013 - was 98.400 from April 2013
    (10-25-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 12:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #55-Sadler.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #15-Bowyer, is scheduled to qualify 39th.
    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.(10-25-2013)

  • Friday practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 100.074
    #18-Busch 99.726
    #11-Hamlin 99.532
    #2-Keselowski 99.459
    #9-Ambrose 99.454
    slowest: #33-Raines 95.146 & #36-Yeley 94.941.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:40pm/et and will be shown on Fox Sports 1.
    #10-Patrick spun going into turn 1 and hit the wall. The team will go to a backup car. #17-Stenhouse, Jr. also slid into the turn 1 wall a few minutes later and suffered right rear damage. The team will repair his car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Martinsville Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-25-2013)

  • Entry List for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Schrader, #51-Larson, #55-Sadler, #95-Sorenson. Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List

  • For the 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 Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2254
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2250, -4
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2228, -26
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2228, -26
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2220, -34
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2202, -52
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2201, -52
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2197, -57
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2193, -61
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2186, -68
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 2182, -72
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2179, -75
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2153, -101
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1083
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1050, -33
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1042, -41
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1027, -56
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1022, -61
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 983, -100
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 976, -107
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 970, -113
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 957, -126
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 955, -128
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 927, -156
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 923, -160
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 920, -163
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 892, -191
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 889, -194
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-20-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Martinsville: 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-834 - Last Raced Watkins Glen (finished second). Backup Chassis: PRS-838 - Last Raced: Darlington (finished 32nd)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-787 for Sunday's race at Martinsville. Kahne drove this chassis at Martinsville in April, when he started fifth and finished fourth.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring chassis No. 865 at Martinsville. This chassis was previously ran at the fall Richmond and Loudon races earlier this year.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Goody's 500 Racecar - Chassis No. 10-535: This car (formerly 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 an accident 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 with Stewart at the wheel was in November 2010, when he 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 team of Danica Patrick and crew chief Tony Gibson. It was first used in April 2013 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Patrick qualified 32nd but was forced to start from the rear of the field due to an engine change. Despite the setback, Patrick drove to an impressive 12th-place finish - one of the best finishes for a rookie in the history of Martinsville Speedway.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in April 2012 with Tony Stewart 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 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 returned to Martinsville in April for the STP Gas Booster 500. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the track's Sept. 7 Sprint Cup race. The testing paid off as Martin scored a top-10 after starting 16th. Chassis No. 14-710 returns to Martinsville for its third start of 2013, its second with Martin and seventh overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 786 is brand new to the No. 15 fleet. It has never raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-856 Last ran Richmond - finished 12th. Backup Chassis: RK-867 Last ran Loudon - finished 3rd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK - 858 - last raced at Richmond - finished 10th. 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-836 - Last Raced: Watkins Glen (finished seventh). Backup Chassis: PRS-848 - Last Raced: Loudon (finished 14th)
    #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 was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Harvick has driven this RCR-prepared machine four times this season at Martinsville Speedway in April, to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in May, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and again at Richmond in September.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 435 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.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-790: Chassis No. 39-790 debuted at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in May 2013, when Newman finished 15th. Chassis No. 39-790 was then wind-tunnel tested in August and was utilized for a test session at Richmond in preparation for the Federated Auto Parts 400 in September. In that race, Newman was a handful of laps from victory until a controversial late-race caution foiled what would have been the second win of the 2013 season for Newman and the No. 39 team.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: Crew chief Lance Burns, "Our Clorox Toyota that we will have at Martinsville is a car that we have raced a lot. It is chassis 700 and it is a good short track car."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive a chassis No. 749 at Martinsville. Chassis No. 806 serves as the backup.
    #55-Elliott Sadler: Primary 785 has not raced in 2013.
    #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. Earnhardt first raced this chassis at Martinsville in April.
    #95-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #99-Carl Edwards: R - 857 last ran at Richmond. RK - 866 last ran at Loudon
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-24-2013)


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 - 300, Right-side -- 350

  • 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 same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at this track in April . . . Martinsville is the only track at which NASCAR teams run this left-side tire code (D-4588) . . . this right-side tire code (D-4590) is run on all four tire positions by Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams on NASCAR road courses . . . 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

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Martinsville Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Countdown to Race Time: 10/26/2014 ~1:43pm/et

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