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 2014 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #7 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: Goody's Headache Powder

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 23
5:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 24
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 25
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:00 - 12:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, October 26
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 NSCS RACE
2:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, October 24, 12:00 - 1:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, October 25, 9:00 - 9:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 25, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, October 24 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,036,108
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
    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:
    Grand Marshal: Richard Petty
    Command to start engines: Richard Petty
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Junior Johnson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mixed Martial Arts star Miesha Tate
    Invocation: Mike Hatfield, track chaplain
    National Anthem: University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels
    Flyover: Warbirds Flyover Team

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

  • March 2014: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • October 2013: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • March 2014 Race Winner: #41-Kyle Busch, 72.176mph, started 22nd

  • October 2013 race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 70.337mph, started 9th

  • 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

  • March 2014 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 99.674mph, finished 14th

  • October 2013 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 99.595mph, finished 7th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, March 28, 2014, 100.201mph, set in first round of qualifying

  • 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

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    12: The number of laps led by Brad Keselowski in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, a race he had to win to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski led laps 187 through 192, and after surrendering the top spot to Ryan Newman on the white-flag lap (193) retook the lead from Newman on the one that counted.
    31: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races run this year by Denny Hamlin, who missed the event at Fontana, Calif., in March because of an eye injury. Should Hamlin win the championship this year, he would be the first series champion since Richard Petty in 1971 to win the series title without competing in a full schedule of races.
    1: The number of top-five finishes for driver Landon Cassill in 147 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. Cassill ran a superb race in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega, avoided the pitfalls that beset other drivers and sped across the finish line in fourth place for a career-best result.
    7.0: Jeff Gordon's average finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, best among the eight drivers still eligible for the series championship. Denny Hamlin is second at 8.8. Surprisingly, the driver among the eight with the worst average finish at Martinsville is Kevin Harvick at 15.8.
    5.2: The average finish at Martinsville for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who has won eight times at the historic .526-mile short track. Johnson may have been eliminated from the Chase on Sunday, but it's a virtual certainty he'll be a contender for the victory this weekend at Martinsville-Chase or no Chase.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-21-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 124.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 119.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin 109.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 99.9
    #14-Tony Stewart 97.0
    #18-Kyle Busch 96.1
    #15-Clint Bowyer 94.6
    #4-Kevin Harvick 93.2
    Jeff Burton 87.4
    #31-Ryan Newman 86.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    " 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.
    (NASCAR)(10-23-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
    " 58 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).
    " 21 of 131 races (16.0%) 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 131 (27.4%) 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 131 (72.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Six of the 131 (4.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    " 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.
    " Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(10-24-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    " 599 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 376 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 43.
    " 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.
    " 24 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Kurt Busch (two).
    " Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.
    " NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with four each.
    " 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 18.
    " 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 with 22.
    " Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.186. Ryan Newman (9.680) and Denny Hamlin (9.765) are the only two other active drivers with an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top-10.
    " Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top-10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.200), Jeff Gordon (6.953) and Denny Hamlin (8.765).
    " Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (43).
    " 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.
    " Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)(10-25-2014)

  • Martinsville Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    " There have been 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
    " 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).
    " 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 eight 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 eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    " Four drivers have made eight or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: 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)(10-26-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Earnhardt, Jr. wins at Martinsville: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st at Martinsville and his 23rd career win. He took the lead from #14-Stewart with 3 laps to go. Stewart had stayed out after a late race caution while Earnhardt and most of the leaders pitted.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin. #47-Allmendinger, and #34-Ragan.
    Polesitter #1-McMurray finished 16th.
    Among the Chase drivers, #4-Harvick suffered damage after contact with #20-Kenseth. He had to go behind the wall for repairs and finished 33rd. #2-Keselowski broke an axle with less than 70 laps to go and finished 31st.
    There were 24 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were 15 cautions for 105 yellow flag laps. The race was red flagged twice, one on lap 436 for nearly 11 minutes and on lap 490 for almost 9 minutes, both for track cleanup after accidents.
    The average speed was 70.725mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-26-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Martinsville:
    [listed by driver chase points position before the race](started)
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 5th (2)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 33rd (33)
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 3rd (9)
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 8th (5)
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 6th (3)
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 20th (11)
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2nd (13)
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 31st (6)
    (10-26-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 66th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, his 23rd victory in 538 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2014. Only in 2004 has Earnhardt won more races (six).
    This is his first victory and 17th top-10 finish in 30 races at Martinsville Speedway. His previous best finish was second (twice, 2008 and 2011).
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 35th top-10 finish in 44 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 21st top-10 finish in 2014.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 3 points over Ryan Newman.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-26-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    drivers who win in round 3 automatically advance to the Championship race at Homestead
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 4044 [+7]
    2) #31-Ryan Newman, 4041, -3 [+4]
    3) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 4040, -4 [+3]
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4039, -5 [2 points ahead of 4th]
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 4037, -7 [2 points behind 4th]
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 4024, -20 [-16]
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 4013, -31 [-27]
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins] 4011, -33 [-29]
    Chase drivers eliminated in the first 2 rounds:
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2230
    10) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2198
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [4 wins], 2196
    12) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2186
    13) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2178
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2173
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2155
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2124
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    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 Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-26-2014)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(C1), 1159
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C3), 1117, -42
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(EC), 1070, -89
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski(C7), 1056, -103
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick(C8), 1033, -126
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(C4), 1032, -127
    7) #31-Ryan Newman(C2), 1031, -128
    8) #99-Carl Edwards(C6), 985, -174
    9) #42-Kyle Larson, 981, -178
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 979, -180
    11) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 931, -228
    12) #15-Clint Bowyer, 923, -236
    13) #18-Kyle Busch(EC), 914, -245
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 910, -249
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 906, -253
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne(EC), 905, -254
    17) #11-Denny Hamlin(C5), 874, -285
    18) #27-Paul Menard, 856, -303
    19) #55-Brian Vickers, 847, -312
    20) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 806, -353
    21) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 803, -356
    22) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 802, -357
    23) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 773, -386
    24) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 749, -410
    25) #14-Tony Stewart, 741, -418
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-26-2014)

  • Martinsville Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
    #51-Allgaier 17th, 10
    #26-Whitt, 18th, 9
    #7-Annett, 24th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 29th, 7
    #42-Larson, 30th, 6
    Truex, Did Not Race
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(10-26-2014)

  • 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: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #34-Ragan, 10th
    Caution 4: #78-Truex, Jr., 38th
    Caution 5: #42-Larson, 30th
    Caution 6: #13-Mears, 37th
    Caution 7: #26-Whitt, 18th
    Caution 8: #98-Wise, 25th
    Caution 9: #7-Annett, 24
    Caution 10: #66-Wallace, 26th
    Caution 11: #66-Wallace (2), 26th
    Caution 12: #78-Truex, Jr, 38th
    Caution 13: #17-Stenhouse, Jr, 15th
    Caution 14: #99-Edwards, 20th
    Caution 15: #38-Gilliland, 22nd
    (10-26-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:43pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: October 27, 1:30am/et on ESPN2

  • 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 #1-McMurray chose pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall #2, right behind McMurray.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 11th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #41-Busch, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-24-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List
    Preliminary 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

  • 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:
    #4-Harvick 97.322
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 97.242
    #2-Keselowski 97.182
    #18-Busch 97.158
    #24-Gordon 97.133
    slowest: #83-Yeley 94.111 & #32-Fowler 93.520. 40 drivers were on track.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Martinsville Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(10-25-2014)

  • First Saturday 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:
    #48-Johnson 98.023
    #24-Gordon 97.699
    #78-Truex, Jr. 97.679
    #1-McMurray 97.674
    #4-Harvick 97.664
    slowest: #32-Fowler 94.115 & #98-Wise 94.055. no speed: #93-Rogers
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Martinsville Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-25-2014)

  • McMurray wins Martinsville pole: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 99.905mph for his 2nd pole of 2014, 2nd at Martinsville and 11th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #99-Edwards, and #15-Bowyer.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the Starting lineup, round by round qualifying results, notes and links on Jayski.com's Martinsville Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(10-24-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Martinsville:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 33rd
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 6th
    (10-24-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 66th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 with a lap of 18.954 seconds, 99.905 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 435 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014. His first pole of 2014 came at Sonoma. It's the second multi-pole season of his career (2010).
    This is his second pole in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway. He last won the pole at Martinsville in 2011.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2014 and his seventh in 12 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his ninth in 33 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-24-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 30 minutes..
    #20-Kenseth 99.816
    #1-McMurray 99.490
    #11-Hamlin 99.412
    #48-Johnson 99.198
    #2-Keselowski 99.178
    the rest of the top 12: 15 22 18 31 41 99 14;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round: 24 27 47 42 55 17 3 13 16 51 88 5 9 78 43 40 34 10 36 23 4 38 98 26 7 93 33 83 44 32 66
    Driver who will miss the race: none, only 43 entered.
    (10-24-2014)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #3-Austin Dillon, starts 19th
    #7-Michael Annett, 37th
    #23-Alex Bowman, 32nd
    #26-Cole Whitt, 36th
    #42-Kyle Larson, 16th
    #51-Justin Allgaier, 22nd
    Ryan Truex, Did not race
    Parker Kligerman, Did not race

  • Friday practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 99.250
    #22-Logano 99.198
    #11-Hamlin 99.141
    #1-McMurray 99.115
    #2-Keselowski 99.069
    slowest: #93-Rogers 94.106 & #32-Fowler 93.952.
    notes: #51-Allgaier spun at the start of the session, but did not hit anything. #1-McMurray made contact with the wall with the rear of his car, suffering only minor damage.
    Qualifying is scheduled for today at 4:40pm/et on FoxSports 1. Speeds from this practice would set the starting lineup for the race if qualifying was cancelled, but the weather is not an issue today.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Martinsville Friday Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-24-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 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 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 #26-Whitt.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice and is drawn to determine how the drivers will go on the track at the start of qualifying and go thru inspection.
    See the full qualifying order on the Martinsville Qualifying Page.(10-24-2014)

  • 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-Kyle Fowler, #33-Kvapil, #44-Hill, #66-Mike Wallace, #83-Yeley, #93-Clay Rogers.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Martinsville Entry List

  • For the 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    drivers who won in round 2, automatically advanced to the Eliminator round
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3121
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3117, -4
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 3117, -4
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 3100, -21
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3099, -22
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 3099, -22
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 3093, -28
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins, 1 win in round 2], 3085, -36
    Chase drivers eliminated after round 2
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 3090, -31
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 3086, -35
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3053, -68
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3046, -76
    Chase drivers eliminated after round 1
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2163
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2147
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2146
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2101
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-19-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Eliminator Round Reset:
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins], 4000 points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 4000
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 4000
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 4000
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4000
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 4000
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins], 4000
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 4000
    Points are reset after each round. For the Eliminator Round it goes to 4000, no points for wins.
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Eliminator Round (Chase races 7-9) on the Eliminator Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-19-2014)


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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 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis:PRS-914. Last Raced: Watkins Glen (finished 35th). Backup Chassis: PRS-910. Last Raced: Charlotte backup (not raced)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 489 in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis No. 4-868: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-864 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-864 started 18th and finished seventh at Martinsville in April, its only time in competition.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-865: Chassis No. 10-865 debuted in March at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Patrick qualified 10th but finished 32nd. It was then used in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where she started 29th and finished 22nd.
    #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, Wisconsin, 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, Georgia. The STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in March marked Chassis No. 14-742's first start in more than a year and its fourth overall. The run, however, was a quiet 17th-place effort. Looking for more in its second start this season and fifth overall, Chassis No. 14-742 returns to Martinsville for this weekend's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 806 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Martinsville. This chassis raced at Martinsville in April where Bowyer finished ninth. Chassis No. 787 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis served as the primary chassis for Martin Truex Jr. in last October's Martinsville race where he finished 16th.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-856 is the same car Biffle led laps with in the spring race and is also the same car he finished in the top 10 last fall at Martinsville. Backup Chassis: RK-867 Last ran Phoenix - finished 17th
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.:Chassis RK-858 is the same chassis that the No. 17 team raced at Martinsville in the spring. Stenhouse had worked his way inside the top-20 before breaking a drive shaft. Backup Chassis: RK - 877 - last raced at Loudon - finished ninth.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-913. Last Raced: Watkins Glen (finished sixth). Backup Chassis: PRS-901. Last Raced: Charlotte backup (not raced)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-902 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 488 during the 263-mile event at Martinsville Speedway. This Chevrolet SS chassis is brand new to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will make its first laps during Friday's practice session at the paperclip-shaped track.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 490 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend. The No. 31 team tested with this car last week in a two-day Richard Childress Racing Cup team test at the .526-mile track.
    #34-David Regan: 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: Chassis No. 909: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 909 in Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 909 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #42-Kyle Larson: 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. 48-913 for this weekend's event in Martinsville. This is a brand new car. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-749, which was last raced in March at Martinsville, where Johnson finished second.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 807 finished 16th at Martinsville on March 30. Backup: 785 has not raced.
    #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 a third-place finish at Martinsville in April.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-866 last ran at the Spring Martinsville race, starting eighth and finishing 13th. Backup chassis RK-886 last ran at Richmond, starting 10th and finishing 22nd.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(10-23-2014)


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: 4 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4468

  • 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 left-side tire code (D-4588) that teams ran at this track in April . . . this is a different right-side tire code (D-4468) than the one run at Martinsville this spring, though it has been run at this track before . . . compared to what was run in April, this right-side features a slight compound change to help 'rubber in' the race track . . . Martinsville is the only track at which NASCAR teams have run either of these two tire codes in 2014 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.


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