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Race: Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, VA
Title Sponsor: STP
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:13pm/et
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
FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, April 2, 3:00am/et, FS1
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, March 20
6:00 pm NSCS haulers enter infield
Friday, March 21
6:30 am NSCS garage opens
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS practice
4:40 pm NSCS qualifying
6:30 pm Garage closes
Saturday, March 29
8:30 am NSCS garage opens
10:00 - 10:55 am NSCS practice
1:00 - 1:50 pm NSCS practice
5:00 pm NSCS garage closes
Sunday, March 30
7:00 am NSCS garage opens
9:15 am Martinsville Speedway track walk
11:00 am Driver, crew chief meeting
12:30 pm Driver introductions
1:00 pm STP 500 NSCS race
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Friday, March 28, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 am - 10:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 29, 1:00 - 1:50pm/et, TV-FS2
Qualifying: groups for positions 1-36, Friday, March 28 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.
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
Grandstand Seating: 61,000
Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
Speed Limits: Pit Road, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
Moment of Silence for Lynda Petty
Grand Marshal: Dale Inman
Command to start engines: Dale Inman
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Invocation: Dr. Mike Hatfield
National Anthem: Virginia Army National Guard's 29th Army Band
Flyover: The Warbirds
March 2013: see the Martinsville Race Info page
October 2013: see the Martinsville Race Info page
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 2013 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 99.595mph, finished 7th
April 2013 Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400mph, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, October 25, 2013, 99.595mph
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
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville:
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races(18 total) among 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)(3-25-2014)
Martinsville Speedway News & Notes:
• 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 130 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
• 593 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 374 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 42.
• 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 and Jeff Gordon lead the series among active drivers with eight wins each.
• 23 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only four active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four) and Tony Stewart (three).
• Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.
• 21 of 130 races (16.1%) 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 130 (27.6%) 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 130 (73%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Five of the 130 (3.8%) 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 27, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 17.
• 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 (21).
• Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.238. Ryan Newman is the only other active driver with an average starting position at Martinsville in the top-10 (9.417).
• Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top-10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.333), Jeff Gordon (6.833) and Denny Hamlin (8.125).
• 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).
• Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (42).
• 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 10 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 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).
• 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.(NASCAR)(3-25-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Martinsville Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Kurt Busch wins at Martinsville Speedway: #41-Kurt Busch won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of 2014, his 2nd at Martinsville Speedway and his 25th career win. It is his first win since Dover in October 2011.
It is the first win for car #41 since Curtis Turner won at Rockingham on October 31, 1965.
#48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #9-Ambrose, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #43-Almirola, #15-Bowyer, and #27-Menard.
Pole winner #18-Busch finished 14th
#3-Austin Dillon was the rookie of the race, finishing 15th.
#99-Edwards, who came into the race as the points leader finished 13th, so #88-Earnhardt, Jr. retakes the points lead, 9 points over #20-Kenseth.
There were 33 lead changes (a record for this race) among 12 drivers and there were 14 cautions for 92 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 72.176mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Martinsville Speedway Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Martinsville Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Speedway Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-30-2014)
Race Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway:
Kurt Busch won the 65th Annual STP 500, his 25th victory in 477 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
There were 33 lead changes today, a new track record. The previous record was 31, set on April 3, 2011.
This is Busch's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2014.
With the victory, Busch breaks an 83-start winless drought. His last win came at Dover on Oct. 2, 2011.
This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway. His first Martinsville win came in October 2002.
There have now been six different winners in the first six races this season, the most in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup era and longest streak to start a season since 2003.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 22nd top-10 finish in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 29 races at Martinsville Speedway.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-30-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Martinsville Speedway, race 6 of 36]
1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 227
2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 218, -9
3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 217, -10
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 216, -11
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 209, -18
6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 189, -38
7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 188, -39
8) #22-Joey Logano, 187, -40
9) #3-Austin Dillon, 179, -48
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 174, -53
Other drivers with a win:
20) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 146, -81
25) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 135, -92
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).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-30-2014)
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: #7-Annett, 31st
Caution 3: #83-Truex, 30th
Caution 4: #78-Truex, Jr, 21st
Caution 5: #83-Truex (2), 30th
Caution 6: #23-Bowman, 36th
Caution 7: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 40th
Caution 8: #5-Kahne, 22nd
Caution 9: #13-Mears, 24th
Caution 10: #14-Stewart, 17th
Caution 11: #20-Kenseth, 6th
Caution 12: #83-Truex (3), 30th
Caution 13: #51-Allgaier, 23rd
Caution 14: #38-Gilliland, 26th
Martinsville Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#3-Dillon, finished 15th, 11 rookie points
#51-Allgaier, 23rd, 10
#42-Larson, 27th, 9
#26-Whitt, 29th, 8
#83-Truex, 30th, 7
#7-Annett, 21st, 6
#23-Bowman, 36th, 5
#30-Kligerman, 41st, 4
Competition caution: Due to all the rain at Martinsville Speedway, there will at competition caution on lap 40 of today's race.(3-30-2014)
Sunday forecast: The National Weather Service forecast for Martinsville Speedway improves as the day goes on:
A chance of showers before noon. Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
See more weather links on the Martinsville Race Page - weather section.(3-30-2014)
Race Coverage of the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, 2014.
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: Wednesday, April 2, 3:00am/et, FS1
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 10, with an opening behind it.
#22-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 2nd pitstall.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Vickers, who starts 13th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-28-2014)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Practice 1 Speeds
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.
See Jayski's - 2014 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
Saturday on track activity cancelled: Due to steady rain at the track, both NASCAR Sprint Cup practices, Truck Series qualifying and the Truck Series race were all cancelled Saturday. The Truck race has been rescheduled for Sunday at 5:30pm/et, after the Cup race concludes.(3-29-2014)
First Cup practice cancelled: Rain started at Martinsville Speedway just minutes before the first Cup practice was to get underway. NASCAR has cancelled the practice to try to get Truck Series qualifying completed. Final practice is still scheduled for 1:00pm/et.(3-29-2014)
Kyle Busch wins Martinsville pole: ##18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 99.674mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Martinsville and 14th of his career.
#11-Hamlin is on the outside pole, followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #14-Stewart, #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #10-Patrick, #16-Biffle, and #15-Bowyer.
So far this season, #48-Johnson and #22-Logano are the only drivers to make it to the final round in all races featuring knockout qualifying.
The fastest driver in the first qualifying session was #22-Logano with a speed of 100.201mph which is a new track record.
Missing the race was: #35-Reutimann.
See the full starting lineup, qualifying results & order on the Martinsville Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(3-28-2014)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 65th Annual STP 500 with a lap of 18.998 seconds, 99.674 mph. With a first-round speed of 100.201 mph (18.898 seconds), Joey Logano set the track qualifying record. The previous record was set by Denny Hamlin on Oct. 25, 2013 (99.595 mph/19.013 seconds).
This is his 14th pole in 335 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014. Busch now has scored one Coors Light Pole in seven consecutive seasons.
This is his first pole in 19 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 and his 11th in 17 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his fifth in six races this season.
Alex Bowman (19th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-28-2014)
Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:40pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none.
Qualifying Order for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. This is the order drivers can go through inspection.
The first of the drivers listed is #14-Stewart.
The final driver scheduled to is #17-Stenhouse, Jr..
Qualifying order is set by a random draw about an hour before the first practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-28-2014)
Friday practice: for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
slowest: #66-Nemechek 95.961 & #7-Annett 94.784.
All 44 drivers practiced.
Qualifying is scheduled for 4:40pm/et and will be shown on FoxSports 1
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Martinsville Practice 1 speeds page.(3-28-2014)
Another wet NASCAR weekend? The National Weather Service calls for the possibility of wet weather at Martinsville Speedway Friday and Saturday, although Sunday's forecast looks good. The current forecast as of Friday morning:
Friday: Showers likely, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 61.Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night: Rain likely, mainly after 1:00am. Cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday: Occasional rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 3:00pm. High near 60. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
See more weather links on the Martinsville Race Page - weather section.(3-28-2014)
Entry List for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #33-Hill, #66-Nemechek, and #95-McDowell. With 44 cars entered, 1 driver will miss the race. #95-McDowell must qualify on speed.
UPDATE: #77-Dave Blaney has been added to the list. He will need to qualify on speed.
David Stremme will drive the #33 for Circle Sport.
UPDATE: After being added to the list late, the #77 team has now withdrawn.
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List
For the new 2014 group 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
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Auto Club Speedway, race 5 of 36]
1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 186
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 185, -1
3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 184, -2
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 182, -4
5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 179, -7
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 165, -21
7) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 158, -28
8) #31-Ryan Newman, 150, -36
9) #3-Austin Dillon, 150, -36
10) #22-Joey Logano, 146, -40
Other drivers with a win:
25) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 97, -89
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-23-2014)
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Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the The STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 11 sets for the race;
Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event, with an additional 2 sets for "extra" practice time on schedule
Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4590
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 the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Martinsville this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran twice each at this track last season . . . Martinsville is the only track at which NASCAR teams run this left-side tire code (D-4588) . . . this right-side tire code (D-4590) was run on all four tire positions by NASCAR teams on all road courses in 2013 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
(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)