THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Subway 500
Nextel Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, October 24, 2004 in Martinsville, VA
- TV: NBC 1:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, October 27 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, October 28 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, October 29 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,690,147 (was $4,242,123 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, October 22, 11:20am/et - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, October 23, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 23, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 22, 10:20am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, October 22 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and 12:00am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- 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: www.martinsvillespeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2003 Subway 500 Race Info page.
- April's Race: see my 2004 Martinsville Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Codes: Left - D-6834; Right - D-6836
Circumference: Left - 86.2 in.; Right - 87.4 in.
Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300
Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325
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 - 11 psi
Right Front - 22 psi
Right Rear - 21 psi
Notes: This is the second time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Martinsville . . 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) was used on the two front tire positions at both Sears Point and Watkins Glen . . . in addition to Martinsville, truck series teams used this combination at Mansfield back in May . . . 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, said, "The race track at Martinsville has been re-concreted in the corners since the spring race. We attended the team testing held there a few weeks ago and the new surface is smooth with a lot of grip. We will be using the same tire set-up that was used in the spring, but the speeds will be up slightly due to the new concrete in the corners."
- Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History: Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and
Oct. 18, 1981 - Goodyear-equipped driver Sammy Swindell finishes the
World of Outlaws season at Eldora Speedway and wins the championship.
It is Goodyear's first WoO title and the tiremaker would go on to
dominate WoO competition for two decades.
Oct. 23, 1970 - Gary Gabelich, trusting his life to Goodyear's
bias-belted tire construction, pilots his Liquid Natural Gas-propelled
vehicle, the Blue Flame, on record-setting runs of 617.602 mph and
627.287 mph in the Utah desert. The right rear Goodyear tire makes its
27th and 28th runs that day. The tire finishes with 17 passes in
excess of 400 mph, 11 of those above 500 mph. It may be the most
successful tire in land speed record history.
Oct. 24, 1965 - Richie Ginther becomes the first driver to win a
Formula One race on Goodyear tires when he wins in Mexico. When
Goodyear left Formula One in 1998, the company retired with 368
victories, still the best among tiremakers.
Oct. 25-26, 1975 - Bobby Unser and Bobby Allison, racing on Goodyear
tires, win International Race of Champions events at Riverside
Oct. 26, 1997 - John Paul Jr. and Butch Leitzinger win the one-hour,
45-minute World Sportscar Championship race at Laguna Seca. They drive
a Dyson Racing Riley&Scott.
Oct. 26-27, 1974 - Emerson Fittipaldi and Bobby Allison win
International Race of Champions events at Riverside International
Oct. 27, 1973 - Mark Donohue drives a Porsche Carrera RSR to victory
in the inaugural International Race of Champions event, held at
Riverside International Raceway. George Follmer wins a second race
later the same day. Every IROC lap in history has been run on Goodyear
Oct. 27-28, 1979 - Mario Andretti and Darrell Waltrip win
International Race of Champions races on Goodyear tires at Riverside
Oct. 28, 1973 - Mark Donohue, racing on Goodyear tires, wins his
second IROC race in as many days at Riverside International Raceway.(Goodyear PR)(10-23-2004)
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Martinsville Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. 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.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, August 2004, Pocono, $90,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., October 2004, Talladega, $90,000
- 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 and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. 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 weeks award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Martinsville Speedway: $20,000
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
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Dover: Ryan Newman, $15,000*
Talladega: Casey Mears, $10,000
Kansas: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 12
Jeff Gordon 11
Matt Kenseth 7
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his 6th win of the season, 12th of his career, 2nd in a row [he won at Charlotte last week] and first ever win at a short track [less then a mile in length]. #42-Jamie McMurray got by #12-Ryan Newman for second on the last corner, #40-Sterling Marlin was 4th and #97-Kurt Busch, the points leader, finished 5th. #43-Jeff Green finished 7th and ran strong all day, getting his first top-10 of 2004. Busch now has a 96 point lead over #24-Jeff Gordon who moved into 2nd. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had trouble all day and parked the car after a wreck, finishing 33rd and dropping to third. There was no victory celebration due to the fatal plane crash involving many of the Hendrick family [see above].
For more on the race, cautions, lap leaders, narrative, etc., see my Martinsville Race Info/Rundown Page
See race results at:
Jayski's Martinsville Race Results/Awards Page
- Top Ten Drivers Points Standings after Martinsville:
In the Chase......
#97 Kurt Busch 6015
#24 Jeff Gordon -96
#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -125
#48 Jimmie Johnson -207
#6 Mark Martin -224
#20 Tony Stewart -246
#38 Elliott Sadler -255
#17 Matt Kenseth -260
#12 Ryan Newman -266
#19 Jeremy Mayfield -364
the race for 11th
11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 4053
12th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -197
13th: #29-Kevin Harvick, -244
Driver Points Standings at:
Jayski's Driver/Owners Points Page
- Top 10 OLD/CLASSIC Drivers Points Standings after Martinsville:
#8-Earnhardt Jr, 4391, -80
#48-Johnson, 4305, -166
#97-Busch, 4304, -167
#20-Stewart, 4144, -327
#17-Kenseth, 4062, -409
#42-McMurray, 4053, -418
#38-Sadler, 4051, -420
#6-Martin, 3989, -541
#12-Newman, 3930, -541
For full 'old' drivers standings, see:
ThatsRacin.com - Traditional Points
- Martinsville Race Notes:
*** Jimmie Johnson won the Subway 500, scoring his 12th career
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 107th career start. His last victory
came at Charlotte, October 16th, 2004, one race ago.
*** It was
Johnson's sixth victory in 2004.
*** Johnson scored his first
victory in six races at Martinsville Speedway. It marked his fifth
top-10 finish at the Virginia short-track. This is Johnson's first
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory on a short track.
*** Johnson climbed
from eighth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
*** Johnson led twice for 67 laps including the final 61. He did not lead
the most laps.
*** Kurt Busch led four times for 120 laps, leading
the most laps for the fourth time in 2004.
*** This was the 19th
victory for Chevrolet. Dodge has nine and Ford has four. Notebook
Items The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
*** With four races remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup, 364 points separate first to 10th. The Chase started with a 45-point
separation between first and 10th at Race No. 27 at New Hampshire. The
biggest point margin is between ninth and 10th-place where Ryan Newman
leads Jeremy Mayfield by 98 points.
*** Five of the 10 drivers in
the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted top-10 finishes in the 2004
*** Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed
positions at Martinsville Speedway.
*** All 10 drivers competing in
the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup scored at least one victory
in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
*** Five of the six Chase
races have been won by drivers competing in the Chase: New Hampshire
(Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale Earnhardt Jr.),
Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson) and Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson). Only the
race at Kansas (Joe Nemechek) was won by a non-Chase driver.
Kurt Busch is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in the first
six races in the Chase. Busch has finished sixth or better in all six
*** Jeff Gordon (second) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third in The
Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are both within 125 points of the
point leader and could possibly overtake Kurt Busch at Atlanta.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost 101 points to leader Kurt Busch in the Chase
for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the biggest drop in the standings among the
top-10 at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. is now 125 points
behind point-leader Kurt Busch, dropping from second to third in the
*** The Other Chase Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in
the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more
than $400,000 from over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus,
which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the
11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Ceremony in New York in December.
Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by 197 points
over 12th-place Dale Jarrett. Jarrett cannot overtake McMurray at
*** Jamie McMurray (second) scored his 20th top-10 finish
of the season. It was his third top-10 finish in four races at
Martinsville Speedway. McMurray has scored nine top-10 finishes in the
last 10 races.
*** Ryan Newman (third) scored his 13th top-10
finish in 2004. It is his third top-five finish in six races at
*** Sterling Marlin (fourth) scored his
seventh top-10 finish in 2004. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 37
races at Martinsville Speedway.
*** Kurt Busch (fifth) scored his
18th top-10 finish in 2004. It is his third top-10 finish in nine
races at Martinsville Speedway.
*** Matt Kenseth (16th) has ranked
in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 67 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-24-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson got his second win in as many weeks today at Martinsville
Speedway in the Subway 500 as he led the final 61 circuits to claim win #6 for 2004 and the 12th of his career (he's now in sole possession of 46th place). His first short track win was worth $157,440 from the posted awards of over $4.6M. This was win #128 for Hendrick MotorSports.
Jamie McMurray (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Infineon Raceway in June.
Sterling Marlin (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Bristol in March.
Jeff Green (7th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Texas in April of 2003! His Top-10 gives us 39 drivers at that mark this
season....last years number was 42.
Scott Wimmer (20th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Michigan in August.
STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 6 Top-10's in a row.
Jamie McMurray has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races.
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Kasey Kahne (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Dale Earnhardt Jr (-30), followed by Ward Burton (-24), Scott Riggs (-20), and Brendan Gaughan (-20).(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(10-24-2004)
- The Subway 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
#48-Johnson (18)(67 laps led)
#42-McMurray (8)(42 laps led)
#12-Newman (1)(9 laps led)
#40-Marlin (16)(50 laps led)
#97-Busch (7)(120 laps led)
#29-Harvick (19)(104 laps led)
#24-Gordon (15)(6 laps led)
#2-Wallace (2)(34 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (9):
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out);
#32-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out);
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 22 lead changes):
#97-Busch (120 - halfway);
- Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole 1-9; #2-Wallace 10-42; #5-Labonte 43-50; #9-Kahne 51-67: #5-Labonte 68-89; #20-Stewart 90-107; #97-Busch 108; #40-Marlin 109-130; #97-Busch 131-184; #17-Kenseth 185; #97-Busch 186-249; #29-Harvick 250-292; #2-Wallace 293; #17-Kenseth 294; #29-Harvick 295-355; #97-Busch 356; #42-McMurray 357-376; #24-Gordon 377-382; #42-McMurray 383-404; #48-Johnson 405-410; #42-McMurray 411; #40-Marlin 412-439; #48-Johnson 440-500;
Cautions: 17 for 125 laps
NEW Record for Caution laps
Caution 17 - Laps 490 - 493: #31-Gordon and #99-Edwards both went into turn 3, both got out of shape and spun.
Caution 16 - Laps 477 - 484: #01-Nemechek got spun by #18-Labonte in turn 2, #38-Sadler couldn't see with the spoke from the spin and plowed into the #01. Looks like the 1st DNF of the year for the #38.
Caution 15 - Laps 468 - 472: #45-Petty got spun in turn 2, #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into someone, drove up and clipped the #45, which did front end damage, including the radiator. Earnhardt Jr. took the car to the hauler and called it a day.
Caution 14 - Laps 451 - 455: #38-Sadler spun in turn 3 after making contact with #31-Gordon.
Caution 13 - Laps 418 - 427: #8-Earnhardt Jr. broke a gear and the pinion gear stayed on the track.
Caution 12 - Laps 410 - 416: #88-Jarrett spun around by #8-Earnhardt Jr. in turn 3.
Caution 11 - Laps 372 - 376: #22-Wimmer spun around in turn 2, may have had help by #45-Petty.
Caution 10 - Laps 355 - 360: #49-Schrader got into #18-Labonte who spun around, then got into the #49 who wacked the wall, then #43-Green got rearended by #8-Earnhardt Jr., who did some frontend damage, and #9-Kahne ran into the back of #19-Mayfield.
Caution 9 - Laps 322 - 335: Debris in turn 4, sheet metal from the #42, plus #10-Riggs spun out in turn 2. They are cleaning the track off again.
Caution 8 - Laps 292 - 297: #99-Edwards got spun out by #8-Earnhardt Jr.
Caution 7 - Laps 184 - 201: #45-Petty got spun by #06-Kvapil who may had been tapped by #24-Gordon. The track decided to spend extra time to clean and blow-off the track of the marbles.
Caution 6 - Laps 107 - 113: #88-Jarrett got tapped by #17-Kenseth in turn 3 and 3, #32-Hamilton Jr. ran into the #88, #41-Mears hit the #32 in the front. #88 went to the garage.
Caution 5 - Laps 77 - 83: #31-Gordon got spun out by #21-Rudd in tun 4.
Caution 4 - Laps 66 - 71: #31-Gordon got spun out by #45-Petty in turn 4.
Caution 3 - Laps 41 - 47: #21-Rudd got punted by #43-Green, the #30-Burton got into the #43.
Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 22: #40-Marlin hit #77-Gaughan in the rear, Gaughan spun around, #19-Mayfield got into Marlin after #48-Johnson got into him, Marlin stalled then drove on, Gaughan had a flat tire.
Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 7: #01-Nemechek got hit by #02-Sadler, #4-Spencer shot high and hit #50-Bodine causing front damage and a left front tire flat.
- 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 17: #10-Riggs (2), 26th
Caution 16: #10-Riggs, 26th
Caution 15: #38-Sadler, 33rd DNF
Caution 14: #22-Wimmer, 20th
Caution 13: #06-Kvapil, 21st
Caution 12: #45-Petty, 22nd
Caution 11: ?
Caution 10: #21-Rudd, 14th
Caution 9: #31-Gordon (2), 23rd
Caution 8: #24-Gordon, 9th
Caution 7: #01-Nemechek, 30th
Caution 6: #31-Gordon, 23rd
Caution 5: #4-Spencer [still a lap down], 35th
Caution 4: #80-Gosselin, 41st DNF
Caution 3: #72-Shelmerdine, 40th DNF
Caution 2: #4-Spencer [still 2 laps down], 35th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- after the race, on pit road, #2-Wallace and #12-Newman did a little fender banging.
---- with 2 laps to go, #5-Labonte got sideways, but collected it and no caution was thrown [thank you]
---- with five laps to go, #2-Wallace tried to pass #48-Johnson on the outside, #12-Newman came inside, he and Wallace beat and banged, then Wallace went sideways and lost a ton of spots.
---- as of lap 432, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is back on the track after the team made fast repairs to the car, he is 17 laps down.
---- just before the 12th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for an unscheduled pit stop as he had a braoke rotor lock up.
---- during the 8th caution, the #17 changed the battery and went a lap down.
---- During the 8th caution, #43-Petty, #5-Labonte, #9-Kahne and #99-Edwards got together on pit road, Edwards had to come back in as he got a flat front left tire.
---- on lap 273, #24-Gordon went a lap down.
---- during the 7th caution, #88-Jarrett came back on the track after being in the garage for repairs, down 93 laps.
---- during cautions, #48-Johnson's water temp is running very hot.
---- for about 20 laps, around laps 160-180 range, #8-Earnhardt Jr. had no radio contact with his spotter as the spotter radio's weew not working.
---- around lap 180, #4-Spencer and #32-Hamilton Jr. are back on the track and #02-Sadler is back in the garage.
---- during caution 7 pit stop, #24-Gordon fell off the track and lost a lot of track position, last car on the lead lap.
---- around lap 155, #02-Sadler is back on the track.
---- on lap 75, #80-Gosselin was black flagged as something was dragging from his car, he took it to the garage.
---- on lap 64, #21-Rudd spun around in turn 4 no caution.
---- #42 came out 7th after the 3rd caution pit stops, but entered pit road after the committment line and got penalized and had to go to the end of the longest line.
---- to the back: #37-Lepage [engine change];
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Martinsville?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 33rd
- Where did the 'Chasers' finish at Martinsville?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 33rd
#38-Sadler, 32nd first DNF of 2004
- TO THE BACK : #37-Kevin Lepage made an engine change Friday after losing one in practice. Haven't heard of anyone else having an engine change and no accidents reported.
So Lepage [starts 43rd anyhow] will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(10-23-2004)
- Happy Hour practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 88.806 and #37-Lepage 91.607
most laps run: #20-Stewart, 89; #77-Gaughan, 76
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See all the speeds at or NASCAR.com.(10-23-2004)
- Saturday's First Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #98-Chaffin 91.416 and #80-Gosselin 93.267
no speeds listed: #50-Bodine, #37-Lepage, #72-Shelmerdine
most laps run: #01-Nemechek, 69; #0-Burton, 65
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
For speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(10-23-2004)
- Newman breaks the track record at Martinsville: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, with a speed of 97.043mph topping the former record set in 2000 by Tony Stewart of 95.371mph. Seventeen drivers qualified faster then the old track record. It is Newman's 7th Budweiser pole of 2004 and 25th of his career in 112 races [22.3%] which puts Newman 25th in the All-Time Pole Winner list. Rounding out the top five were #2-Rusty Wallace, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #0-Ward Burton and #06-Travis Kvapil [in his first Nextel Cup attempt and start]. #10-Scott Riggs was the highest qualifying Rookie of the Year at 6th. #9-Kasey Kahne will start 38th. Also making his first ever Nextel Cup start is #98-Chad Chaffin.
For the qualifying results, provisionals, where the rookies ended up, pole progression, who DNQ'd, see Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page.
And for starting lineup's, see:
- Martinsville Qualifying Notes:
---- Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Subway 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.513 seconds at 97.043 mph. He broke Tony Stewart's track-qualifying record of 19.855 seconds, 95.371 mph, set Sept. 29, 2000. With the new racing surface, the top-17 qualifiers bested Stewart's time.
---- This is Newman's 25th career Bud Pole in 112 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races (22.3 per cent). His most recent Bud Pole came at Charlotte one race ago. He moved to 25th on the all-time Bud Pole winner's list, passing Alan Kulwicki and Jack Smith.
---- Newman joined Jeff Gordon (Michigan through Chicago), Casey Mears (Pocono and Indianapolis) and Joe Nemechek (Talladega and Kansas) in posting back-to-back Bud Poles this season.
---- This is Newman's 22nd top-10 start in 2004, more than any other driver. It is Newman's fourth start of third or better in six races at Martinsville, including two Bud Poles. He has started from the top 10 in all of his Martinsville races.
---- Newman took sole possession of the lead in the race for the 2004 Bud Pole Award with his seventh Bud Pole of the season. Newman has won the award for the past two years. Jeff Gordon (six), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey Mears (two), Brian Vickers (two), Jeremy Mayfield (two) and Joe Nemechek (two) are the other drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second New Hampshire.
---- Rusty Wallace had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 19.677 seconds at 96.234 mph and will join Newman on the front row. It is his 12th top-10 start in 2004. It is his 32nd top-10 start in his 42 races at Martinsville.
---- This is 15th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 19th top-10 start in 2004. It is his eighth top-10 start in 10 races at Martinsville, all in the past eight races here.
---- Ward Burton (fourth) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. It is his sixth top-10 start in 20 races at Martinsville and his fourth in the past five races here.
----- Travis Kavpil (fifth), driving a fourth Penske Racing entry, qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
---- Jeff Gordon (15th) ended a streak of three consecutive Bud Poles and eight consecutive top-10 starts at Martinsville. This is just his seventh start outside the top 10 in 24 races at Martinsville and his second-worst. He started 25th in his second Martinsville race
---- Chad Chaffin (37th) qualified for hiscareer-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
---- Three of the 10 drivers involved in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top-10: Newman, Earnhardt Jr., and Kurt Busch.
---- Jimmy Spencer, Todd Bodine, Kirk Shelmerdine, Mario Gosselin and Kevin Lepage used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. It will be Gosselin's career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start. Seven drivers failed to qualify for the Subway 500: Klaus Graf, Mike Garvey, Morgan Shepherd, Ryan McGlynn, Greg Sacks, Brad Teague and Carl Long.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-22-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Martinsville: Ryan Newman shattered the old track record (for that matter the first 17 cars were quicker than the previous mark....and I thought it would be more) at Martinsville Speedway and sped to his 7th Bud Pole of the
season today for Sunday's Subway 500. His time of 19.513 (97.043 mph) was over 3/10th's quicker than the previous record and gives Newman 25 poles in his career. Newman is now one up on Jeff Gordon in the Bud Pole contingency program with only Kasey Kahne (4) still mathematically eligible for the top spot in that award program.
It'll be an all-Penske front row as teammate Rusty Wallace (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Infineon in June.
Ward Burton (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at The Brickyard in August.
Jamie McMurray (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Bristol in August.
Sterling Marlin (16th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Bristol in August.
Ken Schrader (20th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 17th at Loudon in July.
Kyle Petty (26th) has his best starting spot since he qualififed 26th at The Brickyard in August.
WELCOME: Travis Kvapil (5th!....what a beginning), Chad Chaffin (37th), and Mario Gosselin (42nd) all make their first Nextel Cup starts this weekend. Kvapil comes from the Craftsman Truck Series, Chaffin has been racing in that series as well but has turned an awful lot of laps around Nashville Fairgrounds in his day, and Gosselin has long been a standout in the Hooters ProCup and Late Model Series. All three of these guys have a lot of short-track laps on their resumes.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
A surprising 50 cars on hand this weekend.....that gives us a large Trouble Train of 7. Klaus Graf (missing the field by less than
2/100ths of a second ), Mike Garvey, Morgan Shepherd, Ryan McGlynn, Greg Sacks, Brad Teague, and Carl Long are the inhabitants of the TT this week.
Provisionals were taken by: Jimmy Spencer, Todd Bodine, Kirk Shelmerdine (the 16th time this season the #72 has used a freebie to make the field), Mario Gosselin, and Kevin Lepage.(see full post at the Stock Car Fans Site)(10-22-2004)
- Friday Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over after starting an hour late and running 90 minutes instead of 120. Truck Series qualifying was cancelled and the field set by points [no DW]. The fastest were:
#21-Rudd 96.293 [faster then the old track record]
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 96.010
slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 86.683 and #00-McGlynn 89.685
most laps run by: #41-Mears, 34; #15-Waltrip and #59-Graf, 33
incidents: #37-Lepage lost an engine, #46-Long backed into the wall, will need a backup, not sure if he has one or will have to withdraw.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#97-Busch 94.677, 19 laps, 10th fastest lap
#6-Martin 94.537, 25, 15th
#06-Kvapil 93.930, 24, 13th
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(10-22-2004)
- Qualifying Pushed Back: Nextel Cup qualifying for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway has been pushed back from a 3:10pm/et start to 3:40pm/et today [Oct 22nd].(10-22-204)
- Rain/Drizzle/Wet/Damp/Cold at Martinsville: it has been raining off-and-on at Martinville Speedway and is very misty and wet there [as of 10:30am/et]. So far the only schedule change gas been the Truck Series Happy Hour practice has been cancelled to try to get Truck and Cup qualifying in. For weather forecast and current conditions, see www.weather.com or Raceweather.net or other links on my Martinsville Race Info/Rundown Page.(10-22-2004)
- Qualifying Order links are up. 50 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #0-Ward Burton. Last due out is #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr..(10-22-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- Entry List for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 51 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
ADD #06-Travis Kvapil, so up to 51.(10-20-2004)
Mario Gosselin is listed in the #80 Ford.(10-21-2004)
REMOVE: #51-Raines is off the list, back down to 50.(10-22-2004)
- Entry List Links:
Jayski's Martinsville Entry List, 50 cars entered
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot Heading to Martinsville Speedway
* Dale Earnhardt Jr., has scored six top-10 finishes, including
one victory, in the last six races, the longest top-10 streak of his
* Kurt Busch has scored 11 consecutive top-15 finishes.
* Dale Jarrett has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
Jamie McMurray has scored eight top-10 finishes in the last nine
* Joe Nemechek has scored four top-10 finishes, including
one victory, in the last five races.
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. has
scored five straight top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway, the
longest top-five streak among active drivers at the Virginia
.short-track.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-18-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only three driver who have made all the Cup races in 2004 have won more then $100,000 in each race:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(10-18-2004)
- Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Sept 2000, 95.371mph
- Event Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Apr 1999, 95.275mph
- October 2003 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 93.650, finished 1st.
- April 2004 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 93.502, finished 6th
- 2003 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 67.658mph, started 1st
- April 2004 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace, 65.169mph, started 17th
- Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Rusty Wallace, 7
- Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15
- Most Poles - Active Driver: Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon, 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
- Most Caution Laps: 125, 10/24/2004
- 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 111] 15.3%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 14, 12.6%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 13, 11.7%
- 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: 3
- 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 111 - 54.1%
- Races won from the top 10: 82 of 111 - 73.9%
- NEWS & NOTES:
Race #: 32 of 36 (10-24-04) Track Size: 0.526 Mile
Event: Subway 500 Number of Laps: 500
Location: Martinsville, VA Length of Event: 263 Miles
Length of Front Stretch: 800 Ft. Degree of Banking in Corners: 12˚
Length of Back Stretch: 800 Ft. Degree of Banking on Straights: None Qualifying/Race data:
Last years event pole winner: Jeff Gordon 93.650 mph 10-17-03
Last years event winner: Jeff Gordon 67.658 mph 10-19-03 3 hrs, 53
min, 14 sec
Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart 95.371 mph 9-29-00 19.855
Track race record: Jeff Gordon 82.223 mph 9-22-96 3hrs, 11min, 55 sec Historical data
Richard Petty (15) Darrell Waltrip (11) Rusty Wallace (7) Cale
Yarborough (6) Dale Earnhardt (6)
Fred Lorenzen (6) Jeff Gordon (5) Geoffrey Bodine (4) Harry Gant (3) Ricky
Jim Paschal (3) Lee Petty (3) Junior Johnson (2) Rex White (2) Buck
Bill Welborn (2) Bobby Isaac (2) Curtis Turner (2) Herb Thomas (2) Mark
Fireball Roberts (1) Earl Ross (1) Nelson Stacy (1) Joe Weatherly (1)
Jack Smith (1)
Buddy Baker (1) David Pearson (1) Ernie Irvan (1) Dave Marcis (1) Morgan She
Jeff Burton (1) Bobby Hamilton (1) John Andretti (1) Tony Stewart (1)
Dale Jarrett (1)
Ricky Craven (1) Bobby Labonte (1) Kurt Busch (1) Red Byron (1) Tim
Frank Mundy (1) Dick Rathman (1) Speedy Thompson (1)
Races won from the pole: 17 of 107 events (16%)
Races won from in top 10: 82 of 107 events (74%)
Races won from outside top 10: 25 of 107 events (23%)
NOTE: Four starting positions of dirt races held between 1950 and 1954 are
unknown and missing in totals AND percentages above.
Modern Era Victories at this Track (by Car Make)
Chevy Ford Olds Pontiac Buick Dodge Mercury Plymouth
31 16 2 6 3 4 1 2 0
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
A new infield garage area and widened pit road was completed prior to the
2001 Virginia 500.
There have been 14 different race winners at Martinsville since 1993, yet
there are only two repeat race winners in the 23-race period: Jeff Gordon
(both races 2003, fall 1999, spring 1997 and fall 1996) and Rusty Wallace (spring
2004, spring 1996, spring 1995 both races in 1994 and spring 1993).
There has been no dominating manufacturer over the past 19 races at
Martinsville. Ford has claimed eight victories there since 1995 while Chevrolet has
won seven times. Pontiac posted three victories in the 19-race span. Rusty
Wallace posted the first Dodge Martinsville victory since Dave Marcis in the
fall of 1975 when the Miller Lite Dodge driver won there in April.
There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the last 15 races at
Martinsville. Jeff Gordon (five) and Tony Stewart (two) are the only repeat Bud
Pole winners in the 15-race period. Gordon has won the last three Bud Poles at
Martinsville. No driver has ever won four straight at the Virginia short-track.
Active Drivers Selected Firsts and Lasts First Start
Dale Jarrett 4-29-84
Ricky Rudd 4-24-81
Tony Stewart 4-16-99
Morgan Shepherd 4-26-81
Rusty Wallace 4-18-04
Last Victory at This Track
in a Chevrolet Jeff Gordon 2003Subway 500
in a Dodge Rusty Wallace 2004 Advanced Auto Parts 500
in a Ford Kurt Busch 2002 Old Dominion 500
in a Pontiac Bobby Labonte 2002 Virginia 500
Car Owner Victories
Petty Engineering 19
Junior Johnson 12
Rick Hendrick 10
Richard Childress 6
Roger Penske 6
Jack Roush 4
Carl Kiekhaefer 4
DiGard Racing Co. 3
Nord Krauskopf 3
Walter Bud Moore 3
Wood Brothers 2
White/ Clements 1
Rex Lovette 2
Hal Needham 2
Herb Thomas 2
John Eanes 2
Robert Yates 2
Joe Gibbs 2
Frank Strickland 1
Cliff Stewart 1
Ranier Racing 1
Bobby Griffin 1
George Hutchens 1
J. H. Petty 1
Raymond Beadle 1
Rod Osterlund 1
Tom Friedkin 1
Bob Welborn 1
Leo Jackson 1
Larry McClure 1
Ricky Rudd 1
Cal Wells 1
Hugh Babb 1
Raymond Parks 1
Rex White 1
Ted Chester 1
Walt Chapman 1
Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side D-6834; Right-side 6836 Other Nextel Cup Tracks With This Same Tire Combination: None Estimated Pit Window: Every 140-150 laps, based on fuel mileage. Speed Limits: Pit Road 35 mph; Caution Car 40 mph The Money
The posted awards for the Subway 500 are $4,690,147.
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus is worth $30,000 for the Subway 500.
The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus is worth $15,000 for the Subway 500.
The field will consist of the fastest 38 cars plus five provisional spots
based upon the current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup owner points for a starting field of
43 cars. The 43rd starting position is available for a past champion who did
not otherwise qualify, if required. If not used by a past champion it will go
to the next eligible car owner.
One session with two qualifying laps will be run to determine the first
38 starting positions with provisionals added afterward.
There have been 111 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Martinsville since 1949.
Jeff Gordon is the defending Bud Pole winner for the Subway 500.
Darrell Waltrip is the all-time Bud Pole winner at Martinsville scoring
eight poles at the Virginia track. He scored his first pole there in the fall
of 1976 and his last in the spring of 1992.
Jeff Gordon has scored five Bud Poles at Martinsville, the most among
The same driver has won back-to-back Bud Poles at Martinsville only twice
since 1990. Mark Martin (fall 1990 through fall 1991) and Jeff Gordon (spring
2003 through spring 2004) both posted three consecutive Bud Poles.
Darrell Waltrip (spring 1979 through spring 1980) and Glen Wood (fall
1959 through fall 1960) also posted three consecutive Bud Poles at Martinsville.
Jeff Gordon is the defending race winner of the Subway 500.
Richard Petty is the all-time Martinsville race winner scoring 15 of his
200 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at the Virginia track.
Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with seven victories at
The race has been won from the Bud Pole 17 times at Martinsville, the
most productive starting position. Additionally, the second starting position has
provided 14 winners, third 13 and fourth 11, for a total of 55 of 111
victories from the top-four starting positions.
Kurt Busch won the 2002 Old Dominion 500 from the 36th starting position
- the farthest back a race winner has started at Martinsville.
A sweep has occurred nine times in the 54 years of continuous
twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing at Martinsville (1950 to 2003) most recently by
Jeff Gordon in 2003.
Rusty Wallace (1994), Geoffrey Bodine (1990), Darrell Waltrip (1989),
Cale Yarborough (1977), Richard Petty (1967, 1969 and 1972) and Fred Lorenzen
(1964) are the other drivers to win both races there in the same year. Would You Believe?
Fred Lorenzen became the first driver to sweep Martinsville when he won
both races there in 1964. Lorenzen won both races from the pole while driving
the factory-backed Holman Moody Ford. Jeff Gordon swept both races from the Bud
Pole in 2003 becoming the only driver other than Lorenzen to win from the
pole in both races in a season at Martinsville.
Selected Modern Era Performance at this Track
(Minimum of three starts)
Category All-time Active Last 10 Races
Starts Richard Petty - 67 Terry Labonte 52 15 Drivers - 10
Poles (Races) Darrell Waltrip 8 (52) Jeff Gordon 5 (23) Jeff
Gordon 5 (10)
Wins (Races) Richard Petty 15 (67) Rusty Wallace - 7 (41) Jeff Gordon
Top Fives Richard Petty 30 Rusty Wallace - 16 Jeff Gordon - 5
Top 10s Richard Petty 37 Terry Labonte - 27 Dale Jarrett - 8
Laps Led Cale Yarborough 3,851 Rusty Wallace 3,351 Jeff Gordon - 844
DNFs (Races) J.D. McDuffie 22 (40) Morgan Shepherd - 15 (44) Kyle
Petty - 3 (9) Todd Bodine - 3 (6)
Average Start (Races) Fonty Flock 2.77 (9) Ryan Newman 5.00 (5) Jeff
Gordon 3.10 (10)
Average Finish (Races) Dick Hutcherson 3.8 (5) Jeff Gordon 8.39 (23)
Dale Jarrett 7.70 (10)
How Important is Track Position
Fifty-five of 111 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, six of the last 11 have been
won from a starting position of 13th or worse, including two from outside the
top 20.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-18-2004)
- MARTINSVILLE NUGGETS:
The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
With five races remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,
349 points separate first to 10th. The biggest margin is between third and
fourth place where Jeff Gordon leads Elliott Sadler by 83 points.
Only two drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Lowes
All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
Four of the five Chase races have been won by drivers competing in the
Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale
Earnhardt Jr.) and Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson). Kansas (Joe Nemechek) was won by a
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch are the only drivers to score top-10
finishes in the first five races in the Chase.
Second and third in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are all within 74
points of the point leader and could possibly overtake Kurt Busch at
Fourth through 10th all trail by more than 156 points and cannot overtake
Kurt Busch at Martinsville.
Jeremy Mayfield lost 92 points to leader Kurt Busch in the Chase for the
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the biggest drop in the standings among the top-10 at
Lowes Motor Speedway. Mayfield is now 349 points behind the leader.
Six of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted
top-10 finishes in the 2004 UAW-GM Quality 500.
The Other Chase
Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in
the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings an increase of more than
$400,000 from over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid
to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join
the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Ceremony in
New York in December. Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by
74 points over 12th-place Dale Jarrett.
Strong Starter at Martinsville Speedway
Jeff Gordon has posted eight straight top-five starts, including five Bud
poles at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon has started first in his last three
races there. No driver has ever won four straight Bud Poles at Martinsville.
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Martinsville Speedway
Driver Starts Laps Led
1. Yarborough, Cale 31 3,851
2 Waltrip, Darrell 52 3,616
3. Wallace, Rusty 41 3,551
4. Petty, Richard 67 2,964
5. Lorenzen, Fred 17 2,731
6. Allison, Bobby 44 1,986
7. Earnhardt, Dale 44 1,947
8. Gordon, Jeff 23 1,848
9. Rudd, Ricky 50 1,569
10. Bodine, Geoffrey 38 1,546
Winning From Up Front at Martinsville Speedway
Thirty-one of the 111 races at Martinsville Speedway (28 percent),
including two of the last three, have been won from a top-three starting position.
Jeff Gordon has an 8.391 average finish in 23 races at Martinsville
Speedway, second only to Lee Petty (5.54 in 24 races) among drivers with more than
five starts at Martinsville. No driver has ever reached the pinnacle that
Petty did at Martinsville Speedway. Petty drove his last race there in April 1962
starting and finishing fifth.
StartsPolesWinsT-5sT-10sDNFs Av. StartAv. Fin. Led
Lee Petty 24 1 3 16 21 2 6.875 5.541 682
Jeff Gordon 23 5 5 12 17 1 6.260 8.391 1,848
Rusty Wallace scored the first victory for Dodge at Martinsville Speedway
in April since Dave Marcis scored his career-first Grand National victory in
a Dodge there in September 1975 29 years earlier.
And Beat Goes On
Jeff Gordon has been running at the finish in all 23 races at
Martinsville Speedway. This is the longest streak from a first start without a DNF at
Martinsville among the 593 drivers that have competed there since 1949.
Terry Labonte Expected to Set Mark at Martinsville Speedway
Terry Labonte is expected to make his 53rd start at Martinsville which
will move him past Darrell Waltrip (52) for third all-time in starts at
Martinsville Speedway. Richard Petty holds the record with 67 starts there followed by
Dave Marcis with 55.
Different Winners at Martinsville
There have been 12 different winners in the last 16 races at Martinsville
Speedway. Jeff Gordon is the only driver to repeat, winning five times in
those 16 races.
Selected Records at Martinsville Speedway
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles at Martinsville
Speedway, including the last three races. No driver has won four straight Bud
Poles at Martinsville.
Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with seven victories at
Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with 16 top-five finishes in 41
races Martinsville Speedway.
Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 27 top-10 finishes in 52
races at Martinsville Speedway.
Rusty Wallace has led 3,551 laps at Martinsville Speedway, more than any
other active driver and third all-time at Martinsville.
Ryan Newman has a 5.0 starting average in five races at Martinsville
Speedway the best of all active drivers. Jeff Gordon has a 6.26 starting average
in 23 races there.
Jeff Gordon has an 8.391 average finish in 23 races at Martinsville
Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
Chase Success at Martinsville Speedway
Five of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finished in
the top 10 at Martinsville Speedway in April: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third),
Jimmie Johnson (fourth), Ryan Newman (fifth), Jeff Gordon (sixth) and Matt
Kenseth (seventh). Though he finished 14th in April at Martinsville, Tony Stewart
has scored six top-10 finishes in 11 races there.
Martinsville - The Spoiler for Some of the Top 10?
Kurt Busch posted a victory at Martinsville in October 2002. Since his
victory he finished 28th, 39th and then 11th there in April.
Mark Martin has finished 17th, 14th and 34th in his last three races at
Jeremy Mayfield has not scored a top-10 finish in his last seven races at
Elliott Sadler has posted only one top-10 finish in 11 races at
Skunked at Martinsville Speedway
Terry Labonte is expected to compete in his 53rd race at Martinsville
Speedway. Labonte has never won a race at the Virginia short track.
Short-Track Success in 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr., has scored two victories and four top-five finishes
in the five short-track races this season, the most of all drivers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led 697 of the 2,300 laps raced on short tracks
in 2004 (30.3 percent).
Dale Earnhardt Jr., has earned 860 points on short-tracks, 111 more than
closest competitor Jeff Gordon with 749 points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., has earned 35 bonus points, 10 more than any other
Dale Earnhardt Jr., average finish on short tracks in 2004 is 3.6.
All 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at
least one top-five short-track finish in 2004.
Leading The Way in 2004
Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 22 races in
Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point
standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Matt
Kenseth. Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 66 straight
Winning Tougher than Ever in 2004
There was at least one first-time winner in each of the past 10 seasons
(1994-2003). With no first-time race winner through the first 31 races in 2004,
that streak stands in jeopardy.
There are seven drivers who won in 2003 that have not won in 2004 (Bobby
Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Dale
Jarrett and Terry Labonte).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-18-2004)
- National Anthem at Martinsville: Josh Turner will bring his deep baritone voice to Martinsville Speedway Sunday to perform the National Anthem prior to the SUBWAY 500 Cup race. Turner burst onto the scene earlier this year with his signature song, "Long Black Train," and rode it to stardom. The album has almost sold one million copies. Turner will have a large presence at Martinsville Speedway both Saturday and Sunday, even though he won't be at the track in person until early Sunday morning, prior to the SUBWAY 500. His likeness will be on the hood of the Chevrolet Silverado driven by Bobby Labonte in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday. It's only the second time that NEXTEL Cup star Labonte has driven in a Truck Series event. It's part of the Chevy Silverado All Star drivers program. Turner will be one of seven stars showcased in the program this season.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-21-2004)
- National Anthem and other Martinsville Info for the Subway 500:
National Anthem: Josh Turner (Country Music performer, Long Black Train)
Grand Marshalls: Jared Fogle (Subway) and Subway Franchisee Gary Davis from Statesboro, GA
Honorary Starter: Mike Zwally of Subway
Color Guard: Virginia National Guard
Flyover: Three UH-60ls (Blackhawks) out of the Virginia Army National Guard 2-224th AVN Battalion out of Richmond, Va.(10-20-2004)
- Martinsville Cup race sold out: Martinsville Speedway officials announced Monday morning that with the exception of a few seats in the family section, Sunday's SUBWAY 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race is a sellout. Tickets for the Family Section are $40 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be a maximum of two adults with each child's ticket, but there is no limit to the number of children an adult can bring. On race morning, adults cannot enter the gates to the Family Section without a child accompanying them. Everyone sitting in the Family Section must enter through Gate 5. Tickets do remain for Saturday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 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. In addition to the truck race, fans will get to see two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice sessions, including happy hour. Action gets underway at Martinsville Speedway Friday with practice and qualifying for both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the ticket window on the day of the event.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-18-2004)
- Race Fans Can Tour Speedway, Arrington Manufacturing for Charity: Fans arriving early for the SUBWAY 500 at Martinsville Speedway can spend part of Thursday exploring the rich racing tradition of the Martinsville and Henry County area. On Thursday, students in the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Program will offer 90-minute race tours, beginning at
Martinsville Speedway, moving to Arrington Manufacturing, manufacturer of Dodge race engines, and concluding at the Patrick
Henry Community College Motorsports site. Traveling in PHCC vans, the tours will begin in front of the Martinsville Speedway ticket office every 30 minutes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m.
The tour of Martinsville Speedway will include a stop in the Speedway Suite, a drive around the track, with a photo opportunity at the start-finish line and a ride through the infield and garage area. Each tour guide will offer historical and topical information on the track and will field questions. The tour will leave the speedway and travel to Arrington Manufacturing, a large, state-of-the-art engine manufacturing center founded by Joey Arrington. Fans will get to tour the facility and watch Dodge racing engines being constructed. The tour will wind down at the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Program fabrication and setup shops where tour members will watch PHCC students work on race cars under construction. The tour will conclude back at the Martinsville Speedway ticket office. The tour cost is $10 per person or an entire van can be reserved for a group (10 or less) for $100. Those who don't want to take the entire tour may visit just one site for $7.50. The tour is a fundraiser for the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Program, but $5 of each ticket sold will go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Reservations for the tour may be made by visiting the PHCC website at www.ph.vccs.edu or by calling the college at 276-656-0222. The tour is sponsored by the PHCC Student Motorsports Association, Martinsville Speedway and Arrington Manufacturing.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-18-2004)
- Sadler gets to feel the new Martinsville Suface: #38-Elliott Sadler drove his way into Martinsville Speedway's "unofficial" record book Wednesday afternoon. Slowly circling the track in the passenger side of track president Clay Campbell's street car, Sadler became the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to take a lap on Martinsville's recently repaved racing surface. "I got to ride on the race track earlier and it is smooth," Sadler said during a media gathering for the October 24th running of the SUBWAY 500. "In talking to Clay, I know there were a lot of headaches involved in getting the repaving done, but it is unbelievably smooth. It's a big difference from the way the track was. From the concrete to the asphalt, wow, the transition is unbelievable. I'm glad they added another 100 feet of concrete. That will be a lot easier on the motor guys and on the driver. That was always the biggest obstacle here at Martinsville, getting the car hooked up from the concrete to the asphalt." It wasn't the new asphalt and concrete that caught Sadler's eye first, though. "When Clay took me around the track, the first thing I noticed were the SAFER walls. As a driver, we love to see track owners do that," said Sadler. "And not only did he do the corners, he did the inside of the straightaway walls, which is going the extra step." Sadler helped Martinsville Speedway unveil a myriad of changes and additions to the historic facility since the NEXTEL Cup Series last visited in April. The on-track work - the resurfacing and SAFER barriers - were the most evident, but there were more. Stage one of the projects to relocate the railroad tracks which parallel the backstretch is just about finished. Excavation and grading work, which involved the moving of over 100,000 yards of earth, is complete and the new rail bed is ready. Reseeding has begun so campers will have grassy camping spots for the SUBWAY 500 weekend. After the October events, work will begin on laying new tracks on the new rail bed, about 100 yards from the location of the present tracks. The souvenir area outside of the fourth turn has also been enlarged. The old souvenir and display area will be used solely for corporate displays. Souvenir trailers will be located on four tiers built on the slope directly adjacent to the display area. Tickets for both the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 24, and the Kroger 200 NASACAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 23, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. SUBWAY 500 tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-23-2004)
- SAFER Barriers Up And Ready For Action at Martinsville: Construction work wrapped up early this week on SAFER Barriers at Martinsville Speedway. They will be in use first for the Bailey's 300 Late Model Stock Car race on October 10, followed by the SUBWAY 500 weekend October 22-24. SAFER is an acronym for "steal and foam energy reduction." "We always want our competitors to be as safe as they possibly can be and the SAFER barriers were the next logical step in that direction," said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. "I know firsthand from my Late Model Stock experience that hitting the wall is never fun, but at least with the SAFER barriers we have lessened the impact of the hit." The SAFER barriers at Martinsville Speedway cover just over a half mile. They extend 832 feet on the outside wall of the first and second turns; 640 feet on the outside of the third and fourth turns; 706 feet along the inside front stretch wall; and 569 feet along the inside of the back stretch wall. There were a total of 3.02 miles of tube steel used in the project and a total of 364,000 pounds or 182 tons of steel. Almost 9,000 pieces of hardware and fasteners were used. The Elrod Corporation of Mooresville, IN, was the primary contractor on the project. The installation of the SAFER barriers was one of several off season projects at Martinsville Speedway, including repaving of the racing surface, expansion of souvenir area and the first stage of work on the relocation of the railroad track which parallels the backstretch.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-23-2004)
- Martinsville Speedway Unveils New Ticket Office Hours: With the Chase For The NEXTEL Cup and the Subway 500 looming large, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office has expanded its hours. Beginning Monday, August 30, Martinsville Speedway's ticket office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The expanded hours will be in effect until the Subway 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on October 24. Tickets for both the Subway 500 on Sunday, October 24, and the Kroger 200 NASACAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, Saturday, October 23, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Subway 500 tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-1-2004)
- Railroad Track Relocation started at Martinsville: Work began this week on the long-awaited relocation of the Norfolk and Southern railroad line that parallels the backstretch at Martinsville Speedway. Crews are working on the excavation portion of the project, preparing a site about 100 yards behind the present location of the tracks for the move. The entire relocation project is expected to be finished by the first week of September.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(7-22-2004)
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- Martinsville Concrete Done: As afternoon temperatures soared into the high 90s, leaders of the resurfacing project at Martinsville Speedway decided it would be much easier and much more tolerable to pour and spread the concrete in the turns during the cool, early morning hours. With portable light towers ablaze, concrete trucks rumbled into the half-mile track at 2 a.m. both Wednesday and Thursday. By 9 a.m. each day, work was finished, first the third and fourth turns on Wednesday and then the first and second turns on Thursday. Almost 800 yards of concrete 'roughly 80 truck loads' were used for the job. It took about 50 workers from APAC/Ballenger, the project's general contractor, and Boxley Concrete of Martinsville, to complete the task. Work on the asphalt portion of the project should begin within the next week and the entire resurfacing should be finished the first week in August. Tickets for the SUBWAY 500 [Oct 23rd] are available and may be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX. Tickets for the Kroger 200 and the Bailey's 300 may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(7-20-2004)
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- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway
- Martinsville Illegal Parts & Pieces:
#80 Mario Gosselin - Had a complete Hutchen's Device pulled, including attached yellow and red release straps. It was marked "Not to be used more than 2 years past manufactured date." Sewn on white tag, stated Manufactured (9-2001).
#31 Robby Gordon - Had numerous pieces on display, the items included damaged parts caused when lead weights left his car in turn 3 during early Friday practice laps at Martinsville Speedway, after light rain subsided. Obviously the lead weights were not secured.
* The largest magnetized lead weight 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 7 was so heavy it could not be moved on the metal counter top.
* The second magnetized lead weight was 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 7, extremely heavy but movable.
* A 3x2x7 piece of hollow metal was tagged lead weight holder.
* An approximate, 15" piece of hose and air duct smashed and ripped off by lead weights was on display.
* A metal strap that had been around the air hose had also been picked up.
* One Goodyear tire marked LR (Left Rear) was cut by lead weights, the cut was circled in red.
A Gordon team member, in the NASCAR hauler when IRN was present, advised NASCAR that a bolt was missing.(Insider Racing News)(10-24-2004)
- Kvapil to race 4th Penske car at Martinsville: 2003 Truck Series champ Travis Kvapil will drive a fourth Dodge from the Penske Racing stable this weekend in the Nextel Cup Series Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kvapil, who is also in Martinsville to compete in Saturday's Truck Series Kroger 200, will drive a #06 Dodge as a teammate to Penske Racing's Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman and Penske Jasper Racing's Brendan Gaughan. "This is a continuation of our driver development program," Penske Racing co-owner Don Miller, the listed owner of the 06 car, said. "We're taking Travis to Martinsville in the same way we took Chad Blount to Talladega." Roy McCauley will lead the crew with Kvapil at Martinsville. Kvapil has been fodder in the Silly Season rumor mill since he tested a Penske Racing Dodge at Kansas Speedway in September. He's eighth in the standings, 381 points behind leader Bobby Hamilton with four races remaining. Kvapil has two victories this season, which were Toyota's first in the series.(NASCAR.com)(10-20-3004)
- Graf to run 2nd BAM car at Martinsville: Klaus Graf, and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge head to the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway, for Sunday's Subway 500. The German native Graf will be attempting to start the second Nextel Cup race of his career. After this weekend, he will also run the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series finale at Homestead for BAM. In his inaugural ARCA start, and his first on an oval, Graf led late in the race before finishing third at the Nashville Super Speedway. Earlier this month, Graf qualified seventh at the Talladega ARCA event and ran well before being caught up in another car's crash at Talladega, Ala. In his only start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, Graf started from the 38th position and finished a solid 17th at Infineon Raceway in June. He was an obvious contender at Watkins Glen, but qualifying was rained out. Graf, 32, is the first German-born driver to compete in NASCAR's top series. He lives in Dornhan, Germany, which is located in Germany's
Black Forrest region. Graf trained to race Formula One in Europe, but switched to sports cars instead. After winning the 1993 German
Formula Ford Championship, 1993 Austrian National Championship, and 1997 Rookie of the Year in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Graf raced in the American Le Mans series competing in the Le Man 24-hour race and the 12-hours of Sebring.(Williams Company PR)(10-18-2004)
- Tuesday Testing at Martinsville: Another day of testing at Martinsville Speedway and another assault on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup track qualifying record. Nine drivers tested at the venerable half-mile track Tuesday in preparation for the October 24th running of the SUBWAY 500. Three drivers, #24-Jeff Green, #0-Ward Burton and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted times under the track record and seven of the nine were within striking distance. Eight of the nine drivers recorded times quicker than Jeff Gordon's pole-winning time a year ago. The reason for the quicker speeds was simple according to Net Zero driver Ward Burton: the track's new surface. "They did a fabulous job of the repaving," said Burton. The speeds:
#43-Jeff Green, 19.78 seconds, 95.733mph
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 19.80, 95.636
#0-Ward Burton, 19.85, 95.395
#10-Scott Riggs, 19.87, 95.299
#49-Ken Schrader, 19.88, 95.252
#17-Matt Kenseth, 19.90, 95.156
#01-Joe Nemechek, 19.91, 95.108
#15-Michael Waltrip, 20.00, 94.680
#59-Klaus Graff, 20.30, 93.281
Track Record set by Tony Stewart in 2000, 19.85, 95.395mph
Wed:Riggs is the only driver out of those testing Tuesday who will definitely return Wednesday. #2-Rusty Wallace is also scheduled to test on Wednesday and Thursday.
Tickets for both the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 24, and the Kroger 200 NASACAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, Saturday, October 23, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. SUBWAY 500 tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com Anyone buying a SUBWAY 500 ticket between now and October 15 can receive $5 off the purchase of a Kroger 200 ticket. Children's truck tickets are discounted $1 when bought with a SUBWAY 500 ticket.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-13-2004)
- Speeds faster at Wed Martinsville test: Five NEXTEL Cup teams tested Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway for the upcoming Subway 500 on Oct. 24th [tickets available, see martinsvillespeedway.com - link fixed or call 877.RACE.TIX]. Only speedw reported, #40-Sterling Marlin and #48-Jimmie Johnson each ran a lap of 96.612mph, the qualifying record is held by Tony Stewart at 95.252. Other drivers testing Wednesday included #21-Ricky Rudd, #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #22-Scott Wimmer.(Martinsville Speedway PR), also, with the repaving and new concrete, the curbs were redone and are still there, no longer 6" high and at an angle instead if straight.(10-7-2004)
- Martinsville Testing UPDATE: the following drivers are scheduled to test for the upcoming Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
Oct. 5 - #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmy Johnson, #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #40-Sterling Marlin
Oct. 6 - #97-Kurt Busch, #21-Ricky Rudd, #48-Jimmy Johnson, #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #40-Sterling Marlin.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-1-2004)
UPDATE - Gordon faster then track record: #24-Jeff Gordon was pleased with the resurfacing results at Martinsville Speedway as he and seven drivers tested the new concrete/asphalt. And it only took a glance at the stopwatch to understand why. Gordon's best lap time of the day was 19.80 seconds, quicker than the track record of 19.88 seconds/95.252mph, set by Tony Stewart in 2000.
#48-Johnson, 19.90 / 95.156
#97-Busch, 20.05 / 94.444
#40-Marlin, 20.06 / 94.397
#22-Wimmer, 20.10 / 94.209
#19-Mayfield, 20:10 / 94.209
#38-Sadler, 20.20 / 93.743
Busch, Johnson, Mayfield and Marlin will return for a second day of testing Wednesday while #21-Ricky Rudd will be on track for a single day of testing in the Wood Brothers Ford.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-6-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
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