NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Goody's Fast Relief 500

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2016 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #7 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Martinsville, VA

Title Sponsor: Goody's

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 12:30 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:00am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, October 31 at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • 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, October 27
4:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 28
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, October 29
7:00 AM-3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM-9:55 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:00 PM-12:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, October 30
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 (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)

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

  • Martinsville Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 30th: (eastern time)
    -- 12:30pm: Drivers Introductions
    -- 1:00pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Virginia State Police Color Guard
    -- 1:00pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Corn's 2nd grade class from Albert Harris Elementary, Mrs. Bowling's 5th grade class from Hurt Elementary
    -- 1:00pm: Invocation by Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
    -- 1:01pm: National Anthem by Wake Forest University's Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band
    -- 1:02pm: Flyby by The Bandit Flight Team
    -- 1:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Tricia Helfer, from the hit TV show "Lucifer."
    -- 1:13pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 (500 laps, 263 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 28, 11:00am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, October 29, 9:00 - 9:55am/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 29, 12:00-12:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, October 28 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled at 10:30pm/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being 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: TBA
    Command to start engines: Actress Tricia Helfer
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Richard Petty
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Sprint's Kimberly Meesters
    Color Guard: Virginia State Police Color Guar
    Invocation: Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
    National Anthem: Wake Forest University's Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band
    Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team

  • April 2016: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Martinsville Race Info page

  • April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 80.088mph, started 7th

  • 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

  • April 2016 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 97.043mph, finished 11th

  • 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

  • Who's Hot and Who's Not - Martinsville:
    HOT
    " Kyle Busch: defending Martinsville winner; 7 straight top-15 finishes at track
    " Jeff Gordon: 9 career Martinsville wins; 19 top 5s, 23 top 10s in last 26 Martinsville races
    " Denny Hamlin: 9.5 career Avg finish at Martinsville, 3rd-best among active drivers
    " Joey Logano: led 336 laps led in last 3 Martinsville race (2nd behind Kyle Busch's 352)
    NOT
    " Jimmie Johnson: 22.0 Avg finish in last 4 Martinsville races (5.2 in first 25 career starts)
    " Kurt Busch: 1 top-10 finish in last 21 Martinsville races (spring 2014 win)
    " Carl Edwards: 1 top-5 finish in 24 career Martinsville races (3rd in 2008 Chase race)
    " Matt Kenseth: finished 38th in last year's Martinsville Chase race after being parked after incident with Joey Logano
    (ESPN Stats & Info)(10-29-2016)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville:
    #88-Jeff Gordon............................... 119.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 117.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin........................... 108.1
    #18-Kyle Busch................................. 98.8
    #14-Tony Stewart.............................. 96.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 95.4
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 90.2
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 89.7
    #22-Joey Logano............................... 89.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 87.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 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 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; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles.
    13 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano who has won the last three poles at Martinsville.
    Five 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) and Joe Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring).
    12 drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway; the two most recent are Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) and Tony Stewart (4/18/1999).
    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.
    21 of 135 races (15.5%) 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 135 (26.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    97 of the 135 (71.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 135 (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
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
    (NASCAR)

  • Martinsville Driver Notes & Facts:
    612 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 389 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 46.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.196. Ryan Newman (9.138), Denny Hamlin (9.714) and Joey Logano (9.867) each have 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.
    49 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jeff Gordon leads the series among active drivers with nine wins; followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight.
    22 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway; nine drivers have won five or more times; three of which are active: Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (eight) and Denny Hamlin (five).
    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.
    Kyle Busch competed at Martinsville Speedway 21 times before winning in the earlier this season; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Three active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Kevin Harvick (19), Ryan Newman (20) and Kyle Busch (21).
    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; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five, followed by Jimmie Johnson with four, AJ Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth each have two.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 29, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 18.
    Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37 each.
    Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Martinsville: Jeff Gordon (6.761), Jimmie Johnson (7.517) and Denny Hamlin (9.524).
    Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (46).
    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)

  • Martinsville Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 135 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    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).
    A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville. Chevrolet leads series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 55 victories; followed by Ford with 26 wins and Toyota has six.
    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)

  • Lap Leaders after 32 races:
    Driver, Laps Led
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr, 1,590
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 1,371
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1,305
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 834
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 715
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 626
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 540
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 467
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 440
    10) #24-Chase Elliott, 350
    39 drivers have led at least one lap

  • Five Non-Chase Storylines Heading into the Goody's Fast Relief 500: This weekend NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 weekend. With the a lot of focus being on the Chase for the Sprint Cup, here are five non-chase related storylines:
    1. Jeff Gordon - The defending race winner finds himself back in the Martinsville lineup, subbing for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon, a nine-time Martinsville winner, could very well be making his last start in NASCAR's top series and has the chance to go out on top.
    2. Ford - A Ford has not won at Martinsville since Kurt Busch won driving for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2002. Recently, Brad Keselowski has finished second and Joey Logano was in a position to win last fall, before an incident with Matt Kenseth late in the race ended his day. Could this be the year that Ford returns to Victory Lane at Martinsville?
    3. Non-Chasers Winning - The focus will be on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and which driver will be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, two years ago, after being eliminated from championship contention, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won, keeping a Chase driver from locking up a spot. Can it happen again? A.J. Allmendinger, Jamie McMurray, Keselowski and Gordon have finished second in the last four Martinsville races and all four are out of championship contention.
    4. Jimmie Johnson - The six-time champion is an eight-time Martinsville winner, the most among full-time, active drivers. However, the driver of the No. 48 hasn't won at Martinsville since April, 2013 and averaged a 22nd place finish in his last four Martinsville starts.
    5. Joey Logano - The driver of the No. 22 will look to make Martinsville Speedway history on Virginia Lottery Pole Day, by becoming the first driver to win four consecutive Sprint Cup Series poles in the track's 69 year history.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-25-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 9th win at Martinsville and 79th career win. Johnson led 92 of the 500 laps.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #88-Gordon, pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr., #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, and #47-Allmendinger.
    Three Chase drivers finished off the lead lap - #4-Harvick in 20th, #41-Busch in 22nd, and #19-Edwards in 36th.
    #19-Edwards cut a tire down with just over 100 laps to go and hit the wall. He had to go to the garage for repairs. NASCAR had to throw the caution during green flag pit stops, which led to a 29 lap caution period as NASCAR had to work to determine the restart positions for all drivers.
    There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps.
    Average race speed: 78.540mph
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results (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).(10-30-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway:
    Jimmie Johnson (C) won the 68th Annual Goody's Fast Relief 500, his 79th victory in 540 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his ninth victory and 24th top-10 finish in 30 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2016.
    Denny Hamlin (C) (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson (C) leads the point standings by 5 points over Denny Hamlin (C).
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-30-2016)

  • Finishing positions of the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Martinsville:
    (by Chase standings before the race)
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 9th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 20th
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 36th
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 22nd
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th
    (10-30-2016)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 8:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36, Chase race 7 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*,[4 wins], 4044 (won Martinsville)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin,[3 wins], 4039, +6 ahead of 5th
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth,[2 wins], 4039, +6
    4) #18-Kyle Busch,[4 wins], 4037, +4
    5) #22-Joey Logano,[2 wins], 4033, -4 behind 4th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick,[4 wins] 4021, -16
    7) #41-Kurt Busch,[1 win], 4019, -18
    8) #19-Carl Edwards,[2 wins], 4005, -32
    * will advance to the Championship Round by winning a Round of 8 race
    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).

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 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) #4-Kevin Harvick (C6), 1048,
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski (EC), 1029, -19
    3) #22-Joey Logano (C5), 1010, -38
    4) #18-Kyle Busch (C4), 993, -55
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (C2), 984, -64
    6) #41-Kurt Busch (C7), 970, -78
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (EC), 946, -102
    8) #19-Carl Edwards (C8), 931, -117
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C1), 929, -119
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth (C3), 908, -140
    11) #3-Austin Dillon (EC), 866, -182
    12) #24-Chase Elliott (EC), 866, -182
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 833, -215
    14) #42-Kyle Larson (EC), 826, -222
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 819, -229
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 819, -229
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 749, -299
    18) #21-Ryan Blaney, 735, -313
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 718, -330
    20) #6-Trevor Bayne, 717, -331
    21) #10-Danica Patrick, 638, -410
    22) #16-Greg Biffle, 619, -429
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 607, -441
    24) #43-Aric Almirola, 599, -449
    25)#14-Tony Stewart (EC), 587, -461
    28)#34-Chris Buescher (EC), 495, -553
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-30-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no on a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #30-Gaulding, 39th
    Caution 3: #6-Bayne, 23rd
    Caution 4: #6-Bayne (2), 23rd
    Caution 5: #88-Gordon, 6th
    (10-30-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 30, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:13pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 31 at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (21,30,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the 2nd pit stall.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, 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.

  • 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 Stop 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

  • Final practice for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 50 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 96.088
    #14-Stewart 96.019
    #27-Menard 95.845
    #23-Ragan 95.781
    #18-Busch 95.748
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 38 drivers): #42-Larson, 95.462mph
    slowest: #30-Gaulding 93.217 & #32-Earnhardt 92.646.
    most laps run: #11-Hamlin 99 & 18-Busch 89.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Martinsville Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(10-29-2016)

  • First Saturday practice for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #1-McMurray 96.780
    #22-Logano 96.736
    #23-Ragan 96.671
    #78-Truex, Jr. 96.652
    #47-Allmendinger 96.622
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 39 drivers): #78-Truex, Jr. 96.198mph
    slowest: #83-Lupton 93.840 & #32-Earnhardt 93.331.
    most laps run: #43-Almirola 84, #38-Cassill 79.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Martinsville Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-29-2016)

  • Truex, Jr. wins Martinsville pole: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 98.206mph for his 5th pole of 2016, 1st at Martinsville and 12th of his career. Truex, Jr. has won 1 race from the pole in his career in 11 tries.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #47-Allmendinger, #24-Elliott, #14-Stewart, #19-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #88-Gordon, #42-Larson, and #23-Ragan.
    #24-Elliott was fastest in the 2nd round with a speed of 98.129mph and will start 5th.
    #22-Logano was fastest in the first round at 98.323mph. He starts 2nd.
    Did not qualify: None, only 40 drivers entered.
    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).(10-28-2016)

  • Where the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Martinsville:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 20th
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 17th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 7th
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 8th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 23rd
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 9th
    (10-28-2016)

  • Martinsville Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Martin Truex Jr won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 68th Annual Goody's Fast Relief 500 with a lap of 19.282 seconds, 98.206 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 402 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 24th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Joey Logano (C) (second) posted his 24th top-10 start of 2016 and his 11th in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (C) (third) posted his 19th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 16th in 33 races this season.
    Chase Elliott (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-28-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #24-Elliott 98.129
    #78-Truex, Jr. 98.124
    #18-Busch 98.114
    #14-Stewart 98.012
    #42-Larson 97.790
    the rest of the top 12: 22 88 48 19 47 23 11;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 31 1 21 43 20 27 2 4 7 5 41 10
    (10-28-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 98.323
    #14-Stewart 98.145
    #78-Truex, Jr. 97.785
    #11-Hamlin 97.739
    #24-Elliott 97.709
    the rest of the top 24: 18 88 21 47 1 48 19 31 2 20 4 23 42 10 5 27 43 41 7;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 13 93 15 34 95 6 3 38 55 44 30 83 32 17 46
    Drivers who will miss the race: None, only 40 drivers entered.
    (10-28-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 10:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • 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 Goody's Fast Relief 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 #6-Bayne.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #10-Patrick.
    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).

  • Friday practice for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over after 85 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 98.710
    #11-Hamlin 98.058
    #22-Logano 98.053
    #24-Elliott 98.007
    #10-Patrick 97.972
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (19 drivers): #42-Larson 95.242.
    slowest:#44-Scott 94.284 & #55-Sorenson 92.642
    most laps run: #43-Almirola 54, #93-DiBenedetto & #30-Gaulding 48.
    Notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 4:40pm/et, with TV coverage on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Martinsville Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-28-2016)

  • Entry List for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Gray Gaulding*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #83-Dylan Lupton, #93-DiBenedetto*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney*, #30-Gaulding*, #55-Sorenson*, #93-DiBenedetto*, #98-Whitt*
    The #98 team has withdrawn. 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 12:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36, Chase race 6 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*,[3 wins], 3100 (won Charlotte)
    2) #22-Joey Logano*,[2 wins], 3089 (won Talladega)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick*,[4 wins] 3082 (won Kansas)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch,[1 win], +21 ahead of 9th
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth,[2 wins], +10
    6) #18-Kyle Busch,[4 wins], +6
    7) #19-Carl Edwards,[2 wins], +4
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin,[3 wins], +0 (wins tiebreaker over Dillon)
    Eliminated from the Chase:
    9) #3-Austin Dillon, -0 pts out of 8th (loses tiebreaker to Hamlin)
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., [4 wins] -18
    11) #24-Chase Elliott, -28
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski,[4 wins], -35
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    * will advance to the Round of 8 by winning a Round of 12 race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Chase Reset Points (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 8:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36, Chase race 6 of 10]
    1) #22-Joey Logano[2 wins], 4000
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson[3 wins], 4000
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick[4 wins], 4000
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth[2 wins], 4000
    5) #19-Carl Edwards[2 wins], 4000
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin[3 wins], 4000
    7) #41-Kurt Busch[1 win], 4000
    8) #18-Kyle Busch[4 wins], 4000
    Points are reset after each round, for the Round of 8 it goes to 4000, no points for wins
    Standings are reset by best finish of previous round.
    If tied, then next-best finish.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, within that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Round of 8 on the Round of 8 Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-23-2016)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick(C12), 1027
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 990, -37
    3) #22-Joey Logano(C1), 977, -50
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(C8), 956, -71
    5) #41-Kurt Busch(C7), 951, -76
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin(C6), 945, -82
    7) #19-Carl Edwards(C5), 926, -101
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(EC), 911, -116
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C2), 885, -142
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth(C4), 869, -158
    11) #3-Austin Dillon(EC), 842, -185
    12) #24-Chase Elliott#(EC), 837, -190
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 803, -224
    14) #42-Kyle Larson(EC), 798, -229
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 794, -233
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray(EC), 786, -241
    17)#47-AJ Allmendinger, 717, -310
    18)#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 717, -310
    19)#21-Ryan Blaney#, 713, -314
    20)#6-Trevor Bayne, 699, -328
    21)#10-Danica Patrick, 621, -406
    22)#16-Greg Biffle, 591, -436
    23)#27-Paul Menard, 591, -436
    24)#43-Aric Almirola, 573, -454
    25)#14-Tony Stewart(EC), 572, -455
    28)#34-Chris Buescher#(EC), 481, -546
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-23-2016)

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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: 5 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 tire set-up 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 at which NASCAR teams have run either of these two tire codes this season . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Martinsville on October 4-5, looking ahead to 2017 . . . drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr. . . . 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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