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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: STP

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1(FS1), 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, April 4 at 12:30am/et and 8:30am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 31
5:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 1
8:00 AM - 5:45 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 2
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, April 3
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Martinsville Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
12:30pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
1pm: Presentation of Colors by US Army 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard
1pm: Invocation by Martinsville Speedway Track Chaplin, Mike Hatfield
1:01pm: National Anthem by US Air Force Heritage Brass Band Quintet
1:02pm: Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team (Turn 4 to Turn 1)
1:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by AJ Cook
1:13pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 (500 laps, 263 miles), FS1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR 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, April 1, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, April 2, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 2, 1:00 - 1:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-43, Friday, April 1 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 8:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being posted / reported

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: A.J. Cook
    Command to start engines: A.J. Cook
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: US Army 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Melissa Joan Hart
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: Track Chaplin, Mike Hatfield
    National Anthem: US Air Force Heritage Brass Band Quintet
    Flyover: Bandit Flight Team

  • March 2015: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • November 2015: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • March 2015 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 68.843mph, started 15th

  • October 2015 race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 69.643mph, started 5th

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 98.461mph, finished 3rd

  • October 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 98.548mph, finished 37th

  • 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:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 118.4
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 110.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 99.4
    #18-Kyle Busch, 96.5
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 94.6
    #15-Clint Bowyer, 92.5
    #22-Joey Logano, 89.7
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 87.8
    #1-Jamie McMurray, 86.9
    #31-Ryan Newman, 86.5
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) at Martinsville Speedway (active drivers only).
    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 Track Notes & 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)

  • Martinsville Pole Notes & Facts:
    Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
    59 drivers have Coors Light poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with three each.
    13 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano sweeping both poles last season.
    21 of 134 races (15.6%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; four of those 21 wins came from active drivers: 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 134 (26.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    96 of the 134 (71.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 134 (5.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - including both races in 2015.
    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)

  • Martinsville Driver Notes & Facts:
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67; Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the most starts among active drivers with 32.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 9.3. Denny Hamlin (9.8) is the only other active driver with an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top 10.
    In total 60 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville.
    Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are active drivers that made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.
    Four of the 13 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).
    12 drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway; the last two most recent are Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) and Tony Stewart (4/18/1999).
    48 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers with eight wins.
    24 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway; nine drivers have won five or more times.
    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.
    Ryan Newman competed at Martinsville Speedway 20 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the six 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).
    11 drivers posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with five, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth with two each.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 18, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 13.
    Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37 each; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 22, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr with 18.
    Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (7.5) and Denny Hamlin (8.1).
    Greg Biffle has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (26).
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)

  • Martinsville Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    609 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 387 in more than one.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 23 - Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (eight), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one).
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
    Chevrolet leads series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 55 victories - including the nine of the last 10 races.
    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).
    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)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at Martinsville: #18-Kyle Busch won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Martinsville Speedway and 35th career win. He led the most laps - 352 of 500 laps.
    #47-Allmendinger finished 2nd, followed by #42-Larson, #3-Dillon, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #14-Vickers, #27-Menard, #49-Johnson, and #31-Newman.
    Pole winner, #22-Logano, lost a lap early but got back on the lead lap and finished 11th.
    There were 11 lead changes among 5 drivers and 8 cautions for 51 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 80.088mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-3-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville:
    Kyle Busch won the 67th Annual STP 500, his 35th victory in 396 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016. With the win, Busch is virtually guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway. His previous best finish was second, in 2012.
    Busch, who won Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, completed the first NASCAR national series weekend sweep at Martinsville.
    Busch led 352 laps, the most at Martinsville since Bobby Hamilton led 378 on April 20, 1998.
    AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish and second runner-up finish in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kyle Larson (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 4 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-3-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 220
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 216, -4
    3) #18-Busch, [1 win], 215, -5
    4) #19-Edwards, 206, -14
    5) #22-Logano, 196, -24
    6) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 178, -42
    7) #3-Dillon, 176, -44
    8) #41-Busch, 176, -44
    9) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 172, -48
    10) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 172, -48
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 2nd in drivers pts
    2) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    3) #18-Busch [1 win], 3rd
    4) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 6th
    5) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    6) #19-Edwards, 206 points
    7) #22-Logano, 196
    8) #3-Dillon, 176
    9) #41-Busch, 176
    10) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 172
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 150
    12) #47-Allmendinger, 147
    13) #1-McMurray, 143
    14) #20-Kenseth, 140
    15) #21-Blaney, 132
    16) #24-Elliott, 131
    (4-3-2016)

  • 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: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 32nd
    Caution 3: #22-Logano, 11th
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 16th
    Caution 5: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 14th
    Caution 6: #19-Edwards, 6th
    Caution 7: #-21-Blaney, 19th
    Caution 8: None, #1-McMurray caused the caution.
    (4-3-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 3, 2016.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30 am/et; green flag approx. 1:13pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, April 4 at 12:30am/et and 8:30am/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 #5-Kahne took pit stall 2.
    #14-Vickers, who starts 3rd took the 11th pit stall,with an opening in front of it.
    The 42nd and final pit stall [43 is not being used at Martinsville] was taken by #16-Biffle, who starts 14th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-2-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Road Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Happy Hour (final) Practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 95.648
    #18-Busch 95.338
    #14-Vickers 95.304
    #31-Newman 95.304
    #78-Truex, Jr. 95.280
    slowest: #6-Bayne 92.910 & #32-Gase 92.710. All 40 drivers practiced.
    most laps run: #27-Menard, 85 & #18-Busch, 83
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Martinsville Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(4-3-2016)

  • First Saturday Practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 96.073
    #31-Newman 95.849
    #78-Truex, Jr. 95.694
    #14-Vickers 95.661
    #27-Menard 95.636
    slowest: #46-Annett 93.341 & #32-Gase 93.084. No speed: #55-Sorenson.
    most laps run: #27-Menard, 70 & #31-Newman, 69
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Martinsville Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-2-2016)

  • 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 97.043mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 3rd at Martinsville and 15th of his career.
    #5-Kahne is on the outside pole followed by #14-Vickers, #27-Menard, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #2-Keselowski, #21-Blaney.
    Logano was fastest in all 3 rounds.
    Only 40 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Martinsville qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Martinsville Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-1-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 67th Annual STP 500 with a lap of 19.513 seconds, 97.043 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 261 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his third pole in 15 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    This is Logano's third consecutive pole at Martinsville. He is the first to accomplish the feat at Martinsville since Jeff Gordon in 2003-04.
    Logano is the fifth driver to win three straight poles at Martinsville. The others are Glen Wood, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his ninth in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his first in four races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-1-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 97.679
    #27-Menard 97.317
    #14-Vickers 97.043
    #5-Kahne 97.028
    #47-Allmendinger 96.998
    the rest of the top 12: 47 31 20 21 11 2 18 24;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round 3: 17 16 1 78 42 13 4 43 88 23 41 48
    (4-1-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 97.237
    #14-Vickers 97.212
    #47-Allmendinger 96.973
    #27-Menard 96.944
    #4-Harvick 96.909
    the rest of the top 24: 21 16 78 2 20 18 31 42 24 13 41 11 17 5 23 88 43 1 48;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 19 44 95 10 3 15 98 6 38 7 83 34 32 46 30 55
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
    (4-1-2016)

  • Friday Practice for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #14-Vickers 97.182
    #11-Hamlin 97.108
    #22-Logano 97.088
    #31-Newman 97.053
    #42-Larson 97.023
    slowest: #7-Smith 94.656 & #46-Annett 93.715. All 40 drivers have been on track.
    most laps run: #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 67, #6-Bayne, 51
    #6-Bayne wrecked as the session ended when his brakes locked up going into turn 1.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 4:15pm/et this afternoon. There is a chance of rain later in the day. If qualifying were to be rained out, speeds from this practice session would set the lineup.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Martinsville Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-1-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 2 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #10-Patrick.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #44-Scott.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Martinsville Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(4-1-2016)

  • Entry List for the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Vickers, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Gase, #55-Sorenson*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): none
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Martinsville Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Auto Club, race 5 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 195
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 184, -11
    3) #19-Edwards, 171, -24
    4) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 170, -25
    5) #18-Busch, 170, -25
    6) #22-Logano, 165, -30
    7) #41-Busch, 148, -47
    8) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 145, -50
    9) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 142, -53
    10) #3-Dillon, 139, -56
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Auto Club Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Auto Club, race 5 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 2nd in drivers pts
    2) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 4th
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 2nd
    4) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    5) #19-Edwards, 171 points
    6) #18-Busch, 170
    7) #22-Logano, 165
    8) #41-Busch, 148
    9) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 145
    10) #3-Dillon, 139
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 127
    12) #1-McMurray, 125
    13) #43-Almirola, 120
    14) #17-Stenhouse Jr., 119
    15) #20-Kenseth, 113
    16) #24-Elliott, 110
    (3-20-2016)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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Roanoke Times

Virginian Pilot

WEATHER

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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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 these teams have run at this track since October 2014 . . . this left-side tire code has been run at this track since April 2013 . . . 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.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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