NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: STP 500

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: STP

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    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.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,083,289
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
    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
    Opened: 1947

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    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

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

  • 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:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson..........124.0
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............121.1
    #11-Denny Hamlin............111.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt...........98.9
    #14-Tony Stewart.............98.5
    #18-Kyle Busch...............97.0
    #15-Clint Bowyer.............93.8
    #29-Kevin Harvick............92.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski...........89.2
    Jeff Burton..................87.4
    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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • 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
    (3-30-2014)

  • 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
    (3-30-2014)

  • 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
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    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.

  • 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


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

  • 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:
    #11-Hamlin 100.021
    #22-Logano 99.313
    #20-Kenseth 99.173
    #15-Bowyer 99.147
    #14-Stewart 99.126
    slowest: #66-Nemechek 95.961 & #7-Annett 94.784.
    All 44 drivers practiced.
    Notes:
    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)


Local Newspapers

Martinsville Bulletin
Martinsville Daily
Martinsville.com
Danville Register & Bee
Free Lance Star
Lynchberg News and Advance
Newport News Daily Press
News Leader
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Roanoke Times
Virginian Pilot


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
Track Stay


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • 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.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis - PRS-901. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Texas 2013 (finished 3rd as No. 22 car)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 420 in the Martinsville 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized five times during the 2013 season by the Gil Martin-led team with driver Kevin Harvick posting a sixth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in October, an 11th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway (September), a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July), a first-place finish at Richmond International Raceway (April) and a 13th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway (April).
    #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 twice at Martinsville last year, notably recording a fourth-place result at the paper-clip oval in April 2013
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-865: is a new car that has not been used previously. Backup Racecar - Chassis No. 10-811: Chassis No. 10-811 was first used during a test Aug. 26-27, 2013 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Danica Patrick tested the car on Aug. 26, while teammate Mark Martin tested it Aug. 27. Patrick then drove the car in the September 2013 race at Richmond, where she started 36th and finished 30th, four laps down. Chassis No. 10-811 then served as a backup at Phoenix in November 2013 and March 2014.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-742: This car first turned its wheels on a racetrack in 2012 during a test session Sept. 4-5 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., which prepared Chassis No. 14-742 for its debut in the Sept. 23 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. There, the car qualified third and led 38 laps before finishing seventh. Chassis No. 14-742 returned to another relatively flat, 1-mile oval when it made its second career start in the penultimate race of the 2012 season at Phoenix International Raceway. After qualifying ninth, a pit road miscue and a lap-282 spin conspired for a 19th-place finish. With a new 2013 Chevrolet SS body, Chassis No. 14-742 returned to Phoenix in February for its third career start, where it had a solid outing, qualifying sixth and finishing eighth. With the exception of a test June 25-26 at New Hampshire, the car sat idle for the remainder of the 2013 season. Chassis No. 14-742 reprised its testing regimen in 2014, with tests Jan. 30-31 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Feb. 6 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. The STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway marks Chassis No. 14-742's first start in more than a year and its fourth overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 806 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Martinsville Speedway. It's a new Chassis for the 2014 season. Chassis No. 787 serves as the back-up chassis. Martin Truex Jr. drove this Chassis to a 16th-place finish last October in Martinsville.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-856 Last ran Martinsville - finished 9th. Backup Chassis: RK-867 Last ran Phoenix - finished 17th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-858 is a chassis that the No. 17 team ran various times in 2013, but most recently at Martinsville where Stenhouse finished 31st after being involved in a wreck early on in the 500-mile race. Backup Chassis: RK-815 - last raced at Dover - finished 17th
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-902. Last Raced: New chassis. Bacckup Chassis: PRS-858. Last Raced: Backup at Bristol.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-788 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been used in competition twice with both occurring at Martinsville in 2013. Last October, Gordon qualified the car ninth and won the event, while he started sixth and finished third in the April race.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 419 in the 500-lap race at Martinsville Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized five times in 2013 having raced both Martinsville races finishing 19th and 22nd, and Richmond International Raceway events finishing 13th and fifth, and the July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where it took the checkered flag in 17th place.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 435 in Sunday's Martinsville 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new in competition and will make its debut for the first time during Friday's practice and qualifying activities.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-David Reutimann: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 867 in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 867 will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-749 which Johnson drove to Victory Lane last April at Martinsville. Johnson also raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at the paper-clip shaped oval in October 2013. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806 which Johnson raced last season at both events in New Hampshire.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary 807- Never raced. Backup 785 - Elliott Sadler finished 25th subbing for Vickers at Martinsville in October.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: 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 most recently raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Martinsville last October.
    #95-Michael McDowell: will pilot Chassis No. PRS-838 in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. McDowell drove this LFR-prepared Ford Fusion to a 33rd-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, as well as driving it at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16 with a qualifying effort of 24th and finishing 37th.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis: RK-866 was last run in November 2013 at Phoenix, finishing 21st. Backup chassis: RK-831 was last used in 2014 as a primary at Phoenix, finishing 8th
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(3-27-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

  • Set limits:
    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

  • 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 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.


Race / Cup Odds


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Martinsville Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

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Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
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