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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: STP

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 26
4:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 27
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 28
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 29
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM Martinsville Speedway Track Walk
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Martinsville Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
12:30 p.m.: Driver introductions.
1 p.m.: Presentation of colors by Martinsville Henry County Combined Law Enforcement Color Guard.
1:00:20: Invocation by Chatham Heights Baptist Church's Mike Hatfield.
1:01 p.m.: National anthem by The Training and Doctrine Command Band Herald Trumpets from Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
1:02:30: Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team (Turn 4 to Turn 1).
1:07:30: "Drivers, start your engines" by STP Vice President of Marketing, Jamie Kistner.
1:13:30: Start of the STP 500 (500 laps, 263 miles).
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, March 27, 12:00 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 28, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 28, 1:00 - 1:50 pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, March 27 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled Saturday, March 28 at 8:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,075,776
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: 55,000
    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: STP Vice President of Marketing, Jamie Kistner
    Command to start engines: STP Vice President of Marketing, Jamie Kistner
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Martinsville Henry County Combined Law Enforcement Color Guard
    Invocation: Chatham Heights Baptist Church's Mike Hatfield
    National Anthem: United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Herald Trumpets
    Flyover: Bandit Flight Team

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Martinsville Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Martinsville Speedway App
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • March 2014: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Martinsville Race Info page

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

  • October 2014 race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 70.725mph, started 23rd

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 99.905mph, finished 16th

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 122.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 119.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin 110.1
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 101.2
    #14-Tony Stewart 97.6
    #18-Kyle Busch 96.2
    #15-Clint Bowyer 95.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick 91.8
    #31-Ryan Newman 87.4
    #22-Joey Logano 85.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 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 Speedway 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)(3-26-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway 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 132 races (15.9%) 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).
    Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.
    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 132 (27.2%) 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 132 (71.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 132 (5.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - including both races last season.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
    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)(3-27-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    602 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 380 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67; Jeff Gordon has the most starts among active drivers with 44.
    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 five, followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson with four.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 28, 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 35, 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 7.318. Denny Hamlin (9.500) and Ryan Newman (9.654) are the only 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 (6.231), Jeff Gordon (6.841) and Denny Hamlin (8.722).
    Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (44).
    Mike Bliss (09/27/1998), Travis Kvapil (10/24/2004) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are active drivers that 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. Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to win consecutive races (Fall of 2012 / Spring of 2013) at Martinsville.
    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 (2000) 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.
    Two active drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Kevin Harvick (19) and Ryan Newman (20).
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Below are Patrick's stats at Martinsville.
    (NASCAR)(3-28-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 132 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    48 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 22.
    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).
    Chevrolet leads series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 54 victories - including the last eight consecutive races.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.
    (NASCAR)(3-29-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Hamlin wins at Martinsville: #11-Denny Hamlin won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 5th win at Martinsville Speedway and his 25th career win.
    #2-Keselowski finished second, the rest of the top 10: #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #18-Ragan, #78-Truex, Jr., #10-Patrick, #4-Harvick, #24-Gordon, and #1-McMurray.
    #25-Chase Elliott, making his Sprint Cup debut, was involved in an early accident and spent some time behind the wall for repairs. He finisehd 38th.
    #42-Regan Smith, filling in for Kyle Larson, overcame a spin midway through the race to finish 16th.
    Harvick's 8th place finish is his first finish outside the top 2 since Martinsville in October last year.
    Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead, now 24 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 31 lead changes among 13 drivers. There were 16 cautions for 112 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 68.843mph.
    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).(3-29-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 263
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 239, -24
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 206, -57
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 172, -91
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 168, -95
    6) #78-Truex Jr., 231, -32
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 193, -70
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 180, -83
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 173, -90
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 172, -91
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 170, -93
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 168, -95
    13) #18-David Ragan, 163, -100
    14) #13-Casey Mears, 161, -102
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 154, -109
    16) #10-Danica Patrick, 148, -115
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-29-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down
    Caution 3: none, #23-Yeley caused the caution
    Caution 4: #9-Hornish, Jr., 32nd
    Caution 5: #26-Burton, 29th
    Caution 6: #13-Mears, 15th
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 35th
    Caution 8: 10-Patrick, 7th
    Caution 9: #3-Dillon, 41st
    Caution 10: #31-Newman, 27th
    Caution 11: #27-Menard, 23rd
    Caution 12: #40-Cassill, 21st
    Caution 13: #40-Cassill (2), 21st
    Caution 14: #41-Busch, 14th
    Caution 15: #35-Whitt, 22nd
    Caution 16: #16-Biffle, 19th
    (3-29-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2015.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30am/et; green flag approx. 1:13pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, March 30 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, March 31 at 3:00am/et on 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 #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #31-Newman took pit stall 11, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd took the 2nd pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #11-Hamlin, who starts 15th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-27-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.(2-14-2015)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final 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.com's - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 50 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 97.098
    #48-Johnson 96.810
    #24-Gordon 96.726
    #11-Hamlin 96.652
    #31-Newman 96.597
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 94.055 & #23-Yeley 93.943
    notes: #16-Biffle spun out and made light contact with the outside wall.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Martinsville practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #11-Denny Hamlin 97.113
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 96.988
    #24-Jeff Gordon 96.884
    #5-Kasey Kahne 96.815
    #19-Carl Edwards 96.711
    Most laps run: #6-Bayne 91 & #55-Moffitt 73.
    slowest: #83-Matt DiBenedetto 94.195 and #23-J.J. Yeley 94.064.
    notes: #25-Chase Elliott 20th fastest as he enters his first Cup race this weekend.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Martinsville practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2015)

  • Logano wins Martinsville pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 98.461mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st at Martinsville and 10th of his career.
    #31-Newman is on the outside pole followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, and #47-Allmendinger.
    #25-Chase Elliott will make his Sprint Cup debut from the 27th position.
    Missing the race were: #62-Gaughan and #30-Hornaday.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Martinsville Qualifying Page. (3-27-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 66th Annual STP 500 with a lap of 19.232 seconds, 98.461 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 225 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 13 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Ryan Newman (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2015 and his 17th in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third in six races this season.
    Jeb Burton (32nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-27-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #31-Newman 97.926
    #14-Stewart 97.800
    #24-Gordon 97.764
    #47-Allmendinger 97.704
    #48-Johnson 97.689
    the rest of the top 12: 42 2 22 5 20 78 19;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 27 88 11 10 4 43 1 18 51 3 17 13
    (3-27-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 97.952
    #22-Logano 97.886
    #48-Johnson 97.724
    #31-Newman 97.633
    #78-Truex, Jr. 97.568
    the rest of the top 24: 5 47 17 11 19 42 2 24 10 27 13 88 51 43 1 18 14 4 3;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 41 25 46 38 15 98 26 55 40 34 6 35 9 7 32 62 30 33 23 83
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan, #30-Hornaday.
    (3-27-2015)

  • Friday practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 43 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #31-Newman 97.835
    #47-Allmendinger 97.679
    #24-Gordon 97.664
    #48-Johnson 97.618
    #78-Truex, Jr. 97.558
    Most laps run: #33-Kennedy 37 & #34-Buescher 35
    slowest: #7-Bowman 94.129 & #33-Kennedy 92.416.
    notes: Practice started 2 hours late after rain at the track during the morning. #25-Chase Elliott was 29th in his first Cup practice.
    If qualifying is rained out this evening, #30-Hornaday and #25-Elliott would miss the race.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Martinsville practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-27-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 28 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #34-Buescher.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #13-Mears.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Qualifying Page.(3-27-2015)

  • Entry List for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #25-Chase Elliott (making his Cup debut), #30-Hornaday, #32-Bliss, #33-Kennedy, #34-Buescher, #44-Kvapil, #55-Moffitt, #83-DeBenedetto.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #30-Hornaday (46th in owner points), #25-Elliott (none)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #30-Hornaday (2 attempts, 48th owner pts) #25-Elliott (none)
    The #44 team has withdrawn.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Entry List page

  • For the new 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Auto Club, race 5 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 228
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 197, -28
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 163, -62
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 159, -66
    5) #78-Truex Jr., 192, -33
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 164, -61
    7) #31-Ryan Newman, 162, -63
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 159, -66
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 152, -73
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 138, -87
    11) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 137, -88
    12) #13-Casey Mears, 132, -93
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 127, -98
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin, 125, -100
    15) #18-David Ragan, 124, -101
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 120, -105
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-22-2015)

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

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 489 in the Martinsville 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced at Martinsville Speedway in October 2014, securing a 12th-place finish.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-864 in the Martinsville 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-864 made its debut at Martinsville last March, when it started 18th and led one lap and finished seventh. It made its second appearance at Martinsville in October, when it started 33rd and finished 33rd after being collected in an accident with Matt Kenseth.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-925 for Sunday's race at Martinsville. This is a brand new car.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will pilot Chassis No. 909 in the Martinsville 500. Previously a No. 41 team chassis, the car made its on-track debut with her Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kurt Busch last October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He started 10th, led 21 laps and raced inside the top-10 until an oil line failure on lap 424 relegated him to a 36th-place finish.
    #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 March 2014 race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway 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. The car returned to Martinsville in October, where in just its second start of 2014, it qualified fourth and led 18 laps before finishing fourth. Chassis No. 14-742 returns to Martinsville this weekend for its first start this season and sixth overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 806 serves as Bowyer's primary chassis at Martinsville. Bowyer raced the chassis to top-10 finishes in both Martinsville races in 2014. He finished ninth in March and seventh in October. This weekend's back-up chassis also served as the back-up at both Martinsville races in 2014.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-902 for this Sunday's race. Gordon raced this chassis to a runner-up finish at Martinsville in October of last year.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 488 during the 263-mile event at Martinsville Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet SS will make its first laps of the 2015 season.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 490 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. This is a brand new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.
    #32-Mike Bliss: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 669 to serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at the fall Martinsville event in 2015 with Kyle Fowler finishing 28th in his NSCS debut. Chassis 289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 865 in Sunday's Martinsville 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 865 debuted in March 2014 at Martinsville , where Patrick started 10th but struggled with an ill-handling racecar and finished 32nd. Its next event was in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where she started 29th and finished 22nd. Chassis No. 865 then raced again at Martinsville in October, where Patrick started 30th and finished 34th after being involved in a massive accident on the frontstretch late in the race. Chassis No. 865 will see its first laps of 2015 competition this weekend.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-913, which Johnson raced last October at Martinsville. The backup car is No. 48-749, which Johnson raced at Martinsville in March 2014.
    #55-Brett Moffitt: Primary: 807 - Brian Vickers drove this chassis to 16th and 27th-place finishes at Martinsville in 2014. Backup: 785 - served as backup in Martinsville in 2014.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Greg Ives will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-789 for this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt most recently won with the chassis at Martinsville last October.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)

  • 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 at this track last October . . . Martinsville is the only track where NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . 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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