THE RACE: Advance Auto Parts 500
Nextel Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, April 18, 2004 in Martinsville, VA
- TV: FOX - 1:00pm/et, green flag ~1:20pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, April 21 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, April 22 [Full race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, Arpil 23 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,774,299 (was $3,976,971 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, April 16, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, April 17, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 17, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 16, 10:20am/et
- Qualfying Order: Thatsracin.com - Martinsville qualifying order or
Martinsville qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, April 16 at 3:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:00pm and on Saturday, April 17 at 2:00am/et.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track Size: 0.526 Mile
Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
Straights: 800 feet
Grandstnd Seating: 91,000
Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
Speed Limits: Pit Road, 35 mph; Pace Car, 40 mph
- Track Homepage: Martinsville Speedway
- Last Year: see my 2003 Martinsville - April - Race Info Page.
PAST WINNERS at Martinsville
See the chart at the Martinsville site: Past All Time Winners
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300;
Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325
Tire Codes: Left - D-6834; Right - D-6836
Tire Circumference: Left - 86.1 in.; Right - 87.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 15 psi; Left Rear - 15 psi;
Right Front - 25 psi; Right Rear - 25 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 11 psi; Left Rear - 11psi;
Right Front - 22 psi; Right Rear - 21 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Martinsville . . . the previous combination had been run at the track since April 2001 . . .both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Truck Series will compete on the same tire set-up this weekend . . . Martinsville is the only track where Nextel Cup teams will use this specific tire combination, though this right-side tire (D-6836) will be used on the two front tire positions at both Sears Point and Watkins Glen . . . truck series teams will use this combination at one other track this season - Mansfield, Ohio (May 15-16) . . . because Martinsville is an oval of less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners this weekend.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "The 2004 Martinsville tire set-up features softer compounds on both sides of the car for increased grip through the track's tight, low-banked turns. We are also introducing a new left-side construction to help the cars turn through the corners, though the right-side construction remains unchanged from last year."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Martinsville Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Matt Kenseth last won the award, $30,000 at Las Vegas on March 7, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(4-5-2004)
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Tony Stewart claimed the biggest MBNA Mid-Race Leader payout when he took home $85,000 ($10,000 for the award, $75,000 for the race-win bonus) by winning last year’s UAW-GM Quality 500 after leading the race at the halfway point.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Martinsville is: $25,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)(4-5-2004)
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So...what happened to the drivers at Martinsville
from watching/listening to race, PR's and columns/articles
1. #2-Rusty Wallace, breaks long winless streak
2. #18-Bobby Labonte, quiet until last 30 laps or so
3. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., engine soured toward end, but another top five
4. #48-Jimmie Johnson, elected not to pit with rest of leaders lap 414
5. #12-Ryan Newman, two 2 tire stops allowed him to recover from #20 altercation
6. #24-Jeff Gordon, pothole probably cost him the win
7. #42-Jamie McMurray, fell back after red flag
8. #17-Matt Kenseth, came up late, took blame for Harvick wreck
9. #40-Sterling Marlin, pits stops hurt
10. #88-Dale Jarrett, from 19th to 10th in 37 laps
11. #97-Kurt Busch, quiet day, dropped out of points lead
12. #38-Elliott Sadler, was in top 10 most race, then brakes began to fade
13. #25-Brian Vickers, lucky dog twice, highest finishing rookie
14. #20-Tony Stewart, beating and banging
15. #15-Michael Waltrip, lucky dog twice
16. #32-Ricky Craven, lucky dog twice, 1st first lap finish of season
17. #77-Brendan Gaughan, spun, hit nothing soldiered on, best career finish
18. #45-Kyle Petty, got tagged by Riggs, but finished on lead lap
19. #29-Kevin Harvick, got punted by the #17, crew kept him on lead lap
20. #21-Ricky Rudd, had troubles with #9, cut a tire down late lost 2 laps
21. #9-Kasey Kahne, cut down a tire and had some brake problems
22. #0-Ward Burton, fought loose condition all race
23. #5-Terry Labonte, flat tire and penalty for speeding cost him
24. #43-Jeff Green, pit road penalty caused him to fall back
25. #99-Jeff Burton, not bad for a backup car that never practiced
26. #02-Hermie Sadler, solid run for part timer
27. #01-Joe Nemechek, spun out by #15 late in race, damaged brake dropped him back
28. #10-Scott Riggs, spun out, alternator problems, changed batteries
29. #22-Scott Wimmer, alternator problems and a late spin dropped him back
30. #31-Robby Gordon, loose all day, flat tire after contact with #30
31. #30-Johnny Sauter, tangled with teammate, #31
32. #89-Morgan Shepherd, nice run by former winner of the race
33. #50-Derrike Cope, caught up in late race incident with #01
34. #6-Mark Martin, fuel line problems cause engine to sputter, same as Biffle
35. #16-Greg Biffle, fuel line problems, wouldn't start after red flag
36. #19-Jeremy Mayfield, tight car, wheel hopped, spun around, slapped the wall
37. #41-Casey Mears, had gear problems while running in top 15
38. #4-Jimmy Spencer, brake problems, listed as out due to engine problems
39. #98-Todd Bodine, was in and out of garage often until retiring
40. #49-Ken Schrader, tangled with the #01
41. #94-Stanton Barrett, brakes?
42. #80-Andy Hillenburg, broke an axle, crashed, heavy front end damage
43. #09-Joe Ruttman, parked after 2 laps, picked up a cool $53k
- Rusty wins at Martinsville - breaks 3-year streak: #2-Rusty Wallace won the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 55th career Cup win, his first in 105 races [at California Speedway, 4/21/2001] his 7th win at Martinsville Speedway, Rusty's first ever win in a Dodge and first ever for #2 crew chief, Larry Carter. #18-Bobby Labonte was 2nd, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #48-Jimmie Johnson and #12-Ryan Newman. Good narrative of the race at
Results can be seen at:
- Top Five Drivers Points after Martinsville:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1167
#97-Kurt Busch, 1162, -5
#17-Matt Kenseth, 1155, -12
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 1088, -79
#38-Elliott Sadler, 1069, -98
NASCAR.com - official standings.(4-18-2004)
- StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - Martinsville: It was a long time coming, but #2-Rusty Wallace finally answered that question today. Wallace outlasted #18-Bobby Labonte by 0.538 seconds to break his 105 race losing streak today at Martinsville Speedway. In a race delayed by an hour and 17 minutes for cement repair, Rusty took his 55th career win (he breaks a tie with Lee Petty and now occupies 8th all-time - and his 7th at this half-mile beauty. Rusty's last win was at California Speedway in April of 2001. Wallace's winning share of today's Advance Auto Parts 500 was $170,998 from the over $4.7M in posted awards. He also grabs the final spot on the 2004 Winners Circle plan.
#32-Ricky Craven (16th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Talladega last October
#77-Brendan Gaughan (17th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 19th at Daytona in February
#02-Hermie Sadler (26th) had his best finish since he was 23rd at Richmond in September of 2002 (only 16 races)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (32nd) had his best finish since he was 32nd at Rockingham in February of 1999 (only 10 races)
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races
#48-Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races
#12-Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races
#24-Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week (for the second time this season) is Michael Waltrip (+24), followed by Brian Vickers (+22), Bobby Labonte (+21), and Matt Kenseth (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeremy Mayfield (-26), followed by Casey Mears (-25).
Dale Earnhardt Jr reassumes the top-spot in the points....he led the first two weeks of the season. The Top-6 are separated by 100 markers. We had a passel of drivers move forward three spots today. Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton, and Ricky Craven were the drivers in the Top-30 to accomplish that feat. Ken Schrader (27th to 32nd) fell the most spots.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(4-18-2004)
- The Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 500 of 500 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#2-Wallace (19)(45 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (4)(155 laps led)
#48-Johnson (8)(103 laps led)
#12-Newman (3)(16 laps led)
#24-Gordon (1)(180 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6):
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 with 12 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (180 laps led, most led);
Cautions: 11 for 106 laps
Caution 11 - Laps 457 - 463: #01-Nemechek spun, #32-Craven, #29-Harvick and #50-Cope had to stop to avoid the #01 and the smoke.
Caution 10 - Laps 430 - 439: #29-Harvick got tapped by #17-Kenseth and Harvick spun around and backed into the wall hard.
Caution 9 - Laps 415 - 422: #22-Wimmer had his brakes lock up, and looped the car around.
Caution 8 - Laps 372 - 380: #9-Kahne and #89-Shepherd got together, possible tired was going down on the #9.
- RED FLAG from 3:44 - 5:02pm/et: #24-Gordon hit a piece of concrete during caution 7 that came from the track that is coming up in the turn 3 corner, some damage to the right front valance. Gordon said it jerked the wheel out of his hands, the area of the track is a patched area with asphalt.
Caution 7 - Laps 285 - 301: #15-Waltrip loops the car around after getting tapped by #21-Rudd.
Caution 6 - Laps 270 - 277: #19-Mayfield snapped around and smacked the turn 2 wall with the drivers side of the car, Mayfield was able to get the car under power and drag it to the garage.
Caution 5 - Laps 215 - 223: #77-Gaughan got tapped by #25-Vickers and spun out, didn't hit anything and drove on.
Caution 4 - Laps 162 - 169: #10-Scott Riggs ran into the rear of #45-Petty when Petty slowed up for traffic, the #15-Waltrip tapped Riggs, who spun around, recoved and drove on.
Caution 3 - Laps 120 - 127: #01- Nemechek came down on #49-Schrader, Schrader spun around and smacked the frontstretch wall, car is seriously damaged. Schrader is ok.
Caution 2 - Laps 27 - 31: #31-Gordon made contact with #30-Sauter and cut his left rear tire down, couldn't get down in the pits and spun around.
Caution 1 - Laps 7 - 22: #80-Hillenburg hits the 4th turn wall, after breaking an axle and locking up the brakes.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 11: #77-Gaughan, 17th
Caution 10: #32-Craven (2), 16th
Caution 9: #25-Vickers (2), 13th
Caution 8: #15-Waltrip (2), 15th
Caution 7: #32-Craven, 16th
Caution 6: #01-Nemechek, 27th
Caution 5: #02-Sadler, 26th
Caution 4: #25-Vickers, 13th
Caution 3: #15-Waltrip, 15th
Caution 2: none, no one a lap down at the time of the caution
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down [that are on the track]
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #01-Nemechek was a lap down and started inside of leader #48-Johnson and got ahead of the #48 when the 10th caution came out and got back on the lead lap.
---- during the 9th caution ALL the lead laps cars pitted BUT the leader, #48-Johnson. #12-Newman took two tires.
---- noticed, #41-Mears is back on the track.
---- on lap 395, #21-Rudd had a right front tire go down as he was running in the top 15 and had to pit and lost a few laps.
---- after the green flag from caution 8, #6-Martin slowed up and reports no fuel pressure and is in the pits, same problem that teammate #16-Biffle had.
---- #16-Biffle and #19-Mayfield are back on the track as of lap 380.
---- all the leaders came in to pit during the 8th caution.
---- #0-Burton ran the pitroad stop sign after pitting on caution 7, and he had to do a pass-thru penalty.
---- #16-Biffle needed to get a push start after the red flag, then pitted and the team is changing a fuel-line as it had a hole in it.
---- after the red flag, #24-Gordon is making numerous pit stops to fix the front end from the 'rock' damage and is staying on the lead lap.
---- during the red flag, #02-Hermie Sadler went to the infield care center for a burn to his right leg.
---- #24-Gordon hit a piece of contract that came from the track that is coming up in turn 3 corner., some damage to the right front valance. Gordon said it jerked the wheel out of his hands, the area of the track is a patched area with asphalt.
---- all the leaders came in to pit during the 6th caution, #48-Johnson had problems in the pits.
---- noticed: #4-Spencer, #41-Mears, #98-Bodine all back on the track as of 242.
---- all the leaders came in to pit during the 5th caution.
---- #4-Spencer got high in turn 4 and pitted the car around lap 180.
---- #98-Bodine back on the track, noticed it around lap 165.
---- all the leaders came in to pit during the 4th caution.
---- just before the 4th caution, #20-Stewart wacked #12-Newman and passed him.
---- #98-Bodine is back off the track as of lap 150 range.
---- #41-Mears is in the garage around lap 138, having gear problems and getting repairs.
---- #20-Stewart was not happy with the way #2-Wallace passed him around lap 140 and gave him a 'love' tap.
---- all the leaders came in during the 3rd caution.
---- around lap 100, #98-Bodine came back on the track after getting some sort of repairs.
---- on lap 65, #31-Gordon slipped up the track and #20-Stewart and Gordon got together, both drove on. Gordon is having a rough day.
---- on lap 38, #5-Labonte pited for a cut right rear tire and got a drive thru penalty for entering pit road too fast [with a flat tire?].
---- #20-Stewart, #50-Cope and #31-Gordon were among the drivers that pitted during the 2nd caution.
---- #98-Bodine pitted under 2nd caution, and outside of the pitbox, penalized
---- to the back: #99-Burton back up car.
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Martinsville?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 3rd
- Tidbits: #24-Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with an average finish of 8.5 here. ... #21-Ricky Rudd will make his 50th Martinsville start today, while this is the 100th Martinsville race for the Wood Brothers. They've been in all but 11 Martinsville Cup races.(Roanoke Times)(4-18-2004)
- TO the Back: #99-Jeff Burton, scheduled to start 27th, crashed in Happy Hour practice and will go to a backup car, so he will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag of the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The drivers behind Burton on the inside row move up a spot.(4-18-2004)
- Happy Hour practice for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over. The quickest were:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 91.913
slowest were #80-Hillenburg 88.627 and #94-Barrett 89.490.
no speed listed for #98-Todd Bodine.
Most laps run by #42-McMurray with 79 and #48-Johnson with 74.
Towards the end of the session, #99-Burton had a brake problem and spun around and backed into the wall, doing serious damage to the left rear of the car, good chance Burton will have to go to a backup car, he is slated to start 27th.
For speeds see or NASCAR.com - Happy Hour speeds.(4-17-2004)
- Saturday's first practice for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest were:
Slowest were #80-Hillenburg 87.911 and #94-Barrett 89.625.
Two drivers are listed with no speed: #02-Sadler and #89-Shepherd.
#01-Joe Nemechek ran the most laps with 71, followed by #19-Mayfield and #42-McMurray at 68.
See full rundown of speeds at or NASCAR.com - practice 2.(4-17-2004)
- Gordon wins pole at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 93.502mph, it is Gordon's 47th career pole, 3rd striaght at the track and 4th consecutive spring race pole at Martinsville. #42-Jamie McMurray starts on the outside pole with a speed of 93.239. The rest of the top five are #12-Newman, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #29-Harvick. Missing the race was #72-Kirk Shelmerdine who was out of provisionals. For qualifying, practice vs. qualifying speed, provisional rank, and who has to use provisionals, see my Martinsville Qualifying Page - click here.
For qualifying results/starting lineup see:
- Lineup change: Further review of the provisional awards resulted in #72-Kirk Shelmerdine not making the field for the Advance Auto Parts 500. #98-Todd Bodine received the fifth provisional and will start 43rd with #80-Andy Belmont and #89-Morgan Shepherd each moving up one position in the starting lineup (to 41st and 42nd, respectively).(NASCAR Statistical Services), well I feel bad for Shelmerdine, but I was wondering about that as I had him out of provisionals, but when the official lineups came out....figured I missed something.(4-16-2004)
- StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Martinsville:
Usually Fridays belong to #12-Ryan Newman....but this is Martinsville and another driver owns this place. #24-Jeff Gordon grabbed the Bud Pole award today for Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500 with a lap of 20.252 seconds (93.502 mph). It was his third pole in a row at this half-mile paper clip, his 5th overall (DW had 8 here), and the 47th of his Cup career. He now becomes the 5th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout. Gordon was over 1/2 10th quicker than #42-Jamie McMurray....and that's pretty sizeable considering that 1st to 13th was only separated by two 10ths.
#29-Kevin Harvick (5th) has his best starting spot he started 5th when we were here last October.
#0-Ward Burton (6th) has his best starting spot since he started on the outside pole when we were here last fall.
#10-Scott Riggs (13th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday's event. His previous best was 15th at Las Vegas last month.
#21-Ricky Rudd (14th) has his best starting spot since he started 12th here last October.
Think there were a lot of guys happy to see this race come up on the calendar?
Only two sets of ties today (unusual for this place). Sterling Marlin & Mark Martin tied for 18th & 19th and Brian Vickers & Stanton Barrett tied for 35th and 36th. Remember, the tie-breaker is owners points.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in a row. Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
NASCAR did a little revising today on their original starting grid. Upon further review, they decided that #72-Kirk Shelmerdine was out of
provisionals (he's not eligible for his next freebie till we get to Charlotte the end of next month), so he was the lone passenger on this
week's Trouble Train.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(4-16-2004)
- Friday Practice at Martinsville Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts 500 is over.
The top five quickest were:
(Track record is Tony Stewart, Sept 2000, 95.371mph
last years pole was #24-Jeff Gordon 94.307)
Slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine at 86.803 and #80-Hillenburg at 89.211.
For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com - practice 1 speeds.(4-16-2004)
- Entry List Links:
Martinsville Entry List, 45 cars entered - Entry List
- Rookie News and Notes - Martinsville
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- 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
- How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
- Cup Race sold out at Martinsville: Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race was announced a sellout yesterday by Martinsville Speedway. Tickets remain for Friday qualifying and Saturday's Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck race. Tickets for Saturday's event, which include two NEXTEL Cup practice sessions, are $35 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children under six get in free.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(4-13-2004)
- Tickets Remain For Races at Martisnville: Don’t let anyone try to tell you there aren’t tickets remaining for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway because good seats do remain. Every spring about this time the Speedway ticket office gets calls questioning if the event is sold out. Although the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race is normally sold out before the green flag flies, there are good seats remaining for the event. In addition to available tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 500 on April 18, there are plenty of prime seats available for the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, scheduled for April 17. Ticket prices for the Advance Auto Parts 500 range from $40 to $72. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35 and all seats are unreserved. Speedway officials also warn potential ticket buyers to avoid unauthorized independent ticket agencies across the country who are selling tickets far above face value.These agencies have no connection with Martinsville Speedway. They have obtained tickets through over-the-phone or internet orders, without divulging their planned use for the tickets. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors will time trial for the Kroger 250 at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16 while qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts 500 is set for 3 p.m. Tickets for qualifying are $15 for adults and children under 12 get in free. The Craftsman Truck Series racing action begins at 1 p.m. on April 17 when the green flag waves on the Kroger 250. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. All seats are unreserved. Great seats are still available for the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race for $40 to $72 each. To purchase tickets call the speedway ticket office toll free at 877-722-3849 or order online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Martinsville Speedway’s ticket office is open seven days a week, from 9 to 7 Monday through Friday; from 9 to 3 on Saturday; and from 1 to 4 on Sunday.(Martinsville Speedway PR) also check out Jayski's Ticket Links page sponsor, Premiere Sports Travel.(4-6-2004)
- Martinsville to lose a date? Kansas to get it? International Speedway Corp. is considering adding a second tour date at Kansas City next spring, possibly in May, and that could come at the expense of a Martinsville race.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-22-2004)
- SAFER News - Martinsville coming too: There's been some discussion to the pace of the rollout of the SAFER barriers, and the order in which tracks are having the barriers installed. Hunter told TFR today that the pace at which SAFER barriers are being installed has nothing to do with venue, but rather logistics. Debate came to the SAFER barrier project when the two fastest venues of the tour, Speedway Motorsports Inc.s' Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, noted they'd not have the energy absorbing walls installed in time for their 2004 NASCAR events. "There was absolutely nothing to any of the stories on the timeline," Hunter said. "We set up a schedule for [Dr. Dean] Sicking [of the University of Nebraska] and his folks to visit the different tracks. [NASCAR's] Gary Nelson, Dean Sicking and his group met with a representative of SMI, Wes Harris. I guess he's sort of their construction manager and in the process I think the communication got lost and then with Humpy saying that he wanted his engineers to look at it and all those kinds of things, everybody is on board with the SAFER walls." Martinsville Speedway, a half-mile track located in Southern Virginia, will also not have SAFER installed for their spring event, but hopes to have them installed for their October event. Martinsville poses a problem for the engineers due to its single point of entry (a cross-over gate located in Turn 4) to the infield area. Sicking's engineers have got to devise a solution where the SAFER can be installed to the moveable gate. "I think you'll see them at most of the tracks this year and certainly in 2005," said Hunter. "I don't think there's anybody out there that doesn't agree that the SAFER walls are the way to go."(Ford Racing)(3-22-2004)
- Martinsville now 100% ISC's? UPDATE Denied ans SAFER: hearing that Martinsville Speedway, partially owned by ISC, has purchased purchased the remaining 51% they of the track they didn't own. Supposedly Clay Campbell will still run the track.(3-19-2004)
UPDATE: been told by folks with Martinsville Speedway that this rumor is no true and is incorrect. Also, the France family owns part of the track, not publicly-owned ISC.(3-20-2004)
AND - No Sale and SAFER: Clay Campbell, president and general manger of Martinsville Speedway, says he is not selling the track. Campbell owns 50 percent of the track with the France family owning the other half. "It's been in my family from Day1," Campbell said. "We have never had any desire to get out of the business. I like what I do. The rest of the family that is involved in it, they like it. Really we have no reason at this point to do it. I'm not saying it will never be done because I can't look that far down the road. Going forward, if something came along that was worth looking at it, yeah, we'd look at it. Right now, I'm not going to do it. I want to preserve the history of Martinsville Speedway and continue with the great racing we have there now and carry it on down the road." Also, Campbell says he expects to have the SAFER energy-absorbing barriers installed after the October race.
TIX for SALE: Tickets remain for Martinsville's Truck race April 17 and Cup race April 18. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-722-3849.(Roanoke Times)(3-20-2004)
- Trace Adkins To Headline Celebration 2004 at Martinsville: Speedway officials announced recently that Trace Adkins, one of the hottest artists in country music over the past two years, will be the headlining act for Celebration 2004, the annual free event scheduled for July 2. It is the sixth year for the celebration, which is staged as a way for local industry and government to say “thank you” to the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County. For the past two years, the Louisiana-born Adkins has carved out an almost permanent spot at the top of the country music charts. His latest album, “Comin’ On Strong,” was released to critical acclaim earlier this month. In two weeks it has sold over 100,000 copies and is in the top 10 of Billboard’s country album’s chart.
Celebration 2004, a free-to-the-public event, has always drawn the financial support of local government and industry. Already signed on to back this year’s event are the City of Martinsville, Henry County, Hooker Furniture, Stanley Furniture, American of Martinsville, Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation and Martinsville Speedway.
Last year Tracy Byrd played to an estimated crowd of 40,000 for Celebration 2003. Previous entertainers for the event include Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Aaron Tippin and Confederate Railroad. Last’s year’s opening act, Domino, will return for a second appearance, warming up the crowd for Trace Adkins. The Independence Day Celebration will begin at 3:00pm on July 2, with an all new and improved lineup of carnival-type rides for youngsters. There will be no charge for the rides, which continue until 8:00pm. Domino will take the stage at 7:00pm followed by Adkins at 8:30pm. The grand finale of the day will be a fireworks display, set to begin around 10:00pm/et on July 2.(Martinsville Speedway PR)
- Martinsville Speedway President Receives Award: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was awarded the Jack Dalton Community Service Award Monday night by the Henry County Board of Supervisors. The award is based on community service and dedication to Henry County and its residents and is considered the most prestigious award presented annually in the county. The 43-year-old Campbell was chosen by the Board from nominees presented by Henry County residents. Campbell has served as president of Martinsville Speedway since 1988, but he has been a part of the track virtually from his birth. Campbell’s grandfather, the late H. Clay Earles, founded the track in 1947 and the family has operated the facility ever since. Campbell began his full-time career at the track as a member of the maintenance staff while he was a teenager. During his tenure as president, Campbell has been the driving force behind multiple upgrades and expansions that have kept the facility at the forefront of all NASCAR tracks. Campbell also is a community leader. He and his staff play host to and help underwrite the costs of the community’s annual July 4 celebration, which is a free event that includes children’s rides, a free concert and a fireworks display. The facility also plays host to an annual Toy Drive and Souvenir Day at which toys are collected for area children. This year’s event, held last Saturday, collected more than 3,200 toys for needy children in Martinsville and Henry County. Campbell also has established the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, which assists area young people through many avenues. He is a past president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and serves on many local boards and commissions. The award is named for the late Jack Dalton, who served on the Board of Supervisors for more than 24 years. Dalton, who represented the Collinsville District on the Board, was serving as the Board’s chairman at his death on May 24, 2000. Campbell is the third recipient of the Jack Dalton Award. Bill Adkins won the award in 2002 and Dr. Calvin Rains in 2001.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(12-17-2003)
- Get The Broom Out:
1) The Martinsville sweep by #24-Jeff Gordon was the first by a driver since Rusty Wallace won both races there in 1994 and first Chevy driver since Darrell Waltrip did it in 1989.
2) The Martinsville sweep from the POLE by Jeff Gordon has only happened once before, in 1964 by Fred Lorenzen.
3) Jeff Gordon became the fourth driver to sweep two races at one track this season. He joins Kurt Busch (Bristol), Johnson (New Hampshire) and Newman (Dover).(10-20-2003)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway
- Featherlite back as sponsor of the #4 at Martinsville: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced Featherlite, Inc. returning as the primary sponsor of the #4 NEXTEL Cup Series Chevrolet for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Jimmy Spencer will pilot the Monte Carlo. Featherlite, Inc. (www.fthr.com), the "Official Trailer" and "Official Luxury Coach" of NASCAR, debuted its primary sponsorship of the #4 at Texas Motor Speedway with Jimmy Spencer behind the wheel. A premium line of NEXTEL Cup licensed Featherlite Car Care products is available at automotive stores and www.featherlitecarcare.com.
Larry McClure Quotes: "We are extremely happy to have Featherlite return as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Martinsville. The team tested at Martinsville last week. The test will give Jimmy Spencer more input on racing with our cars and the new tires. We are looking forward to racing at Martinsville with the successful combination of Featherlite and Spencer."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(4-13-2004)
- FanZCar To Sponsor Hermie Sadler at Martinsville: The FanZCar, an interactive program that allows race fans to sponsor Hermie Sadler and SCORE Motorsports, along with participating during race weekends, announced that they have agreed to sponsor Hermie Sadler in the Advance Auto Parts 500 in Martinsville, Virginia on April 18. This will be The FanZCar first appearance within NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup series and the first time ever a fan-based sponsorship elevated itself within NASCAR's highest series [NOTE: this is not true, Billy Standridge and Fans Can Race in 1997-1998 was one team, there have been a few others also]. Hermie Sadler, who also drives the #02 Busch Series car that is sponsored by The FanZCar, says it is a testament to the fans that this sponsorship came together. "Since we joined forces with The FanZCar this year, the membership has increased tremendously." Sadler will be making several appearances the week of the Martinsville race to promote not only The FanZCar, but also Autism Awareness month, which is April. He will be on Fast Talk with Benny Parsons on April 12, Totally NASCAR on April 15, and Trackside Live on April 16. Sadler's #02 Chevy will also carry in-car cameras for the race as well as the now familiar Autism Awareness Ribbon. For more information on the FanZCar and to become a member, visit their website theFanZCar.com.(SCORE Motorsports PR)(4-10-2004)
- Ward and 'Stock Car Ballet': Ward Burton, driver of the #0 NetZero Chevy, will be on hand for the debut of Mansfield's NASCAR Ballet next weekend in Roanoke, VA. Burton will help television newscaster Mike Stevens provide live commentary during the Roanoke Ballet Theatre's [roanokeballet.org] performance. Twenty unitard-clad dancers, representing stock cars, will "gracefully careen" around a banked horseshoe-shaped track for 90 minutes, according to the ballet's Web site. Of course, this being NASCAR, there will be crashes -- "stuff's going to blow up," promised Mansfield, who received her MFA from George Washington University in 1995. But other dancers, belonging to the "pit crew," will be on hand to pick up the fallen dancers. "I would say this is by far one of the most bizarre projects I've ever been associated with, no question," said an amused Stevens, who described the hooded dancers' appearance as a cross between bobsledders and members of the Blue Man Group. The "cars" will be adorned with logos of the event's corporate backers -- which also will air commercials on three monitors that will "broadcast" the "race" to the assembled "fans." "Nobody can understand what we're talking about," admitted Mansfield, whose group has been bombarded with calls from confused NASCAR followers who have seen advertisements for the performance. "They're sort of surprised and excited, and that's kind of our thing; to re-excite people about what dance can be." The three performances of NASCAR ballet are timed to coincide with the Advance Auto Parts 500 next weekend in nearby Martinsville, Va. Mansfield said a different dancer will finish first at each performance, but she declined to specify who would dance into Victory Lane.(Washington Post)(4-8-2004)
AND more info at roanokeballet.org, shows on Thursday, April 15 and Saturday, April 17(4-9-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Sept 2000, 95.371mph
- Event Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Apr 1999, 95.275mph
- April 2003 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.307, finished 1st.
- 2003 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 75.557mph, started 1st
- Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Rusty Wallace, 6
- Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15
- Most Poles - Active Driver: Ricky Rudd, 4
- Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8
- Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/91
- Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/60
- Most Cautions: 18 - 10/1/00
- Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/25/71
- Most Caution Laps: 118, 10/19/03
- Fewest Caution Laps: 3, 4/25/71
- Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 4/18/99
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 4 - 5/6/51
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kurt Busch, Oct 2002, started 36th
- Most Lead Changes: 25 - 9/28/80
- Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/9/61
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 - Chevy
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4 - John Andretti 4/18/99
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 493 - Fred Lorenzen, 9/27/64
- Races won from starting pos 1: 17 [of 110] 15.5%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 14, 12.7%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 13, 11.8%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 11, 10%
- Races won from starting pos 5: 5
- Races won from starting pos 6: 8
- Races won from starting pos 7: 7
- Races won from starting pos 8: 2
- Races won from starting pos 9: 1
- Races won from starting pos 10: 4
- Races won from starting pos 11: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12: 3
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 14: 5
- Races won from starting pos 15: 2
- Races won from starting pos 17: 2
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 20: 2
- Races won from starting pos 21: 2
- Races won from starting pos 23: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from starting pos 36: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 60 of 110 - 54.5%
- Races won from the top 10: 82 of 110 - 75.5%
- Some MISC Martinsville Notes:
There have been 110 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Martinsville since 1949.
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with an 8.5 average finish at Martinsville.
Jeff Gordon has not posted a DNF in 22 races at Martinsville.
Red Byron won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (Grand National) 200-lap dirt race at Martinsville Speedway on September 25, 1949 in an Oldsmobile.
A Dodge driven by Buck Baker won The Virginia 500 in 1956, the first 500-lap race at Martinsville. Prior to that, the races at Martinsville were all 200 laps or less - all run on dirt.
The front and backstretch pit roads were combined into one pit road in October 1999.
A new infield garage area and widened pit road was completed prior to the 2001 Virginia 500.
There have been 14 different race winners in the last 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Martinsville. Jeff Gordon (both races 2003, fall 1999, spring 1997 and fall 1996) and Rusty Wallace (spring 1996, spring 1995 both races in 1994 and spring 1993) the only repeat race winners at Martinsville since 1993.
There has been no clear-cut dominating manufacturer over the past 18 races at Martinsville. Ford has claimed eight victories there since 1995 while Chevrolet has won seven times. Pontiac posted the other three victories in the 18-race span. Dodge has not posted a Martinsville victory since Dave Marcis won in a Dodge there in the fall of 1975.
There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the last 14 races at Martinsville. Jeff Gordon (four) and Tony Stewart (two) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners in the 14-race period.
Active Drivers Selected Firsts and Lasts at Martinsville
First Start: Dale Jarrett, 4-29-84
First Pole: Ricky Rudd, 4-24-81; Ricky Craven, 4-21-96; Tony Stewart, 4-16-99
First Win: Ricky Craven, 10-15-01
Last Pole: Jeff Gordon, 10-17-03
Last Win: None
Last Victory at This Track Manuafacturer
in a Chevrolet: Jeff Gordon, 2003 Subway 500
in a Dodge: Dave Marcis, 1975 Old Dominion 500
in a Ford: Kurt Busch, 2002 Old Dominion 500
in a Pontiac: Bobby Labonte, 2002 Virginia 500
How Important is Track Position
Fifty-five of 110 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 500-lap races at Martinsville have been won from the first four starting positions, including both races in 2003 which Jeff Gordon won from the Bud Pole. However, five of the last 10 have been won from a starting position of 13th or worse, including two from the 21st-starting position and one from 36th (Kurt Busch, October 2002), the deepest in the field that a race winner has ever started in a 500-lap race at Martinsville.
Greg Biffle has a 6.14 average start - better than any other driver in 2004.
No driver has posted top-10 starts in every race in 2004. Greg Biffle leads all other drivers with six top-10 starts this season.
Greg Biffle (6.14), Ryan Newman (7.0), Kasey Kahne (7.43) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10.0) all have an average start of 10th or better.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne have each posted four top-five finishes in 2004.
Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon have all posted top-10 finishes in five of the first seven races this season.
Kevin Harvick has been running at the finish for 46 consecutive races - the longest active streak without a DNF. He replaced Terry Labonte who ended a streak of 48 consecutive races without a DNF when he failed to finish at Texas.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-13-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Offweek: Here's a bunny basket full of useless info and stats for ya... We'll start off with our first update on everybody's favorite driver, Mr. Lead Lap. For you new subscribers, a little summary. LL is the guy who runs all the laps, but always finishes last on the lead lap. He's where your favorite driver would finish if that yo-yo hadn't spun in front of him, or if he hadn't gotten into the oil from that blown motor up ahead. Thus far, it's been pretty much hit or miss for our hero. He's in 15th place in the points (809), so he's still in the hunt for the "Chase for the Championship" (how embarassing would that be for NASCAR, huh?). He's had one Top-10 (Rockingham), and an average finish of 15.9. It's not as good as he was this time last year, but the season pretty much went downhill for LL late. He finished 17th last year with an average finish of 18.9! Tho he's 37 points shy of last year, with the new caution rules that could help our man as the season progresses.
We've got 26 drivers currently eligible for the "Chase" (versus 24 last year at this time), and a spread from 1st to 10th this year of 198. Last year (which was supposedly a disaster) we had a spread of 288 from 1-10, but the lead 1st to 2nd was a whopping 155. BTW, the present leader (Kurt Busch) has 58 points less than our leader at this time last year (Matt Kenseth) had.....and this is a season where
you get an extra 5 points for winning. And, of couse, all that makes the racing a whole lot better, doesn't it?
We move next to Martinsville Speedway, so let's take a look at short-track [S/T] points....and the man at the top may suprise you. These numbers are the points earned at the six short-track races from last year along with Bristol from this season. Kevin Harvick is eating 'em up at the shorties, and when you consider he's never won one of those, to say he's due would be an understatement! Since Chevy won both events here last year (Jeff Gordon), and the top three (as well as the four of the top five) are Monte Carlo drivers, you may want to consider those as players this week. Here's the Top-10 in S/T points for the last 7 races [2003 and Bristol in 2004]:
Car#-Driver Name, S/T Points
#29-Harvick Kevin, 1037 (0 S/T Wins)
#8-Earnhardt Dale Jr., 1015 (0)
#24-Gordon Jeff, 1004 (2)
#17-Kenseth Matt, 1003 (0)
#48-Johnson Jimmie, 961 (0)
#97-Busch Kurt, 918 (3)
#18-Labonte Bobby, 861 (0)
#2-Wallace Rusty, 852 (0)
#40-Marlin Sterling, 843 (0)
#12-Newman Ryan, 838 (1)
(in part from the StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(4-12-2004)
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs