THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: The Advance Auto Parts 500
Nextel Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, April 10, 2005 in Martinsville, VA
- TV: FOX 1:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, April 13 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, April 14 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, April 15 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 12:00pm/et
Saturday, April 16 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,761,101 (was $4,774,299 in 2004)
- Practices: Friday, April 8, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, April 9, 9:30 - 10:15am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 9, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX Live - no re-air
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 8, 10:20am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, April 8 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and 12:00amet AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars will NOT be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules below.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials (Nextel Cup);
Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
Truck Series: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Left-side -- D-6834; Right-side -- D-6836
Left-side -- 86.1 in.; Right-side -- 87.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 15 psi; Left Rear -- 15
Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 11 psi; Left Rear -- 11
Right Front -- 22 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 145-155 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Both the Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the
same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be
branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be
branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the second year that
Goodyear has brought this tire combination to Martinsville . . .
Martinsville is one of four tracks on the 2005 Nextel Cup schedule to
which Goodyear will bring the same codes as last year . . . the others
are Darlington, Infineon and Watkins Glen . . . this is the only
Nextel Cup track at which these left- and right-side tires will be run
together in 2005 . . . this right-side code (D-6836) will be run on
the front tire positions at both Cup road courses this season . . .
the truck series will run this same combination next month at
Mansfield . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length,
teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "Based
on the fact that the track surface at Martinsville has not changed
significantly, and that we've had great performance at the track in
the past, we decided to bring back the same tire set-up that we ran in
2004. Obviously, most teams have a history on the racing surface at
Martinsville, with it's combination of blacktop and concrete, so we
anticipate a good weekend."
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.
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Atlanta, 3/13/2005, $30,000
- 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 week’s 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: $30,000
Winners for 2005 so far:
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $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, 2
Joe Nemechek, 2
Kurt Busch, 2
Greg Biffle, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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- Gordon wins at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway, after being down three (3) laps early in the race when he had a vibration and had to pit under green. But the crew kept working on the car, Gordon got two of the laps back the old way, racing the leader to get 2 laps back, then got the 'Lucky Dog' lap back during the 9th caution on lap 276. The win is Gordon's 6th at Martinsville and 71st career win. It is also Hendrick Motorsports 12th win at Martinsville. #24-Gordon and #97-Busch got together late in the race, with Busch going into the wall and finishing 19th. #9-Kasey Kahne finished 6th, his 6th career 2nd place finish and first of 2005. The rest of the top-5 was #6-Mark Martin, #12-Ryan Newman and #2-Rusty Wallace. #48-Jimmie Johnson was down 2 laps at one point and ended up 8th and increased his points lead to 160 [was 94]. The race will re-air on Speed Channel, Thursday, April 14th at 3:00pm/et.
See Jayski's UNOFFICIAL Martinsville Race Results page for full race results.(4-10-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Martinsville - 6 of 36 races
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 977
#16-Greg Biffle, 817, -160
#38-Elliott Sadler, 795, -182
#6-Mark Martin, 779, -198
#20-Tony Stewart, 774, -203
#24-Jeff Gordon, 772, -205
#2-Rusty Wallace, 771, -206
#12-Ryan Newman, 753, -224
#97-Kurt Busch, 746, -231
#88-Dale Jarrett, 732, -245
Driver points standings at:
Jayski's Driver/Owners Points after Martinsville Page [only Unofficial Drivers until Monday sometime].(4-10-2005)
- Bristol Race News and Notes:
* Jeff Gordon won the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville
Speedway, scoring his 71st NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 407th
career start. His last victory came in Daytona in February, five races
* Gordon became the first repeat race winner in six races in
* Gordon climbed from 12th to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP
* This is Gordon's sixth victory in 25 races at
Martinsville, including three of the last five. Gordon came from a
three-lap deficit to win.
* Gordon begins the 2005 season with three
top-10 finishes in six races.
* Gordon posted his 19th top-10 finish
in 25 races at Martinsville, including five straight.
scored the 12th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Martinsville.
This is Hendrick's 133rd victory as a car owner and third this
season. Notebook Items
* Kasey Kahne (second) posted his first
top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville Speedway. He has scored
two top-10 finishes in six races this season. Kahne climbed from 24th
to 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
* Mark Martin
(third) scored his 21st top-10 finish in 39 races at Martinsville
Speedway. It is his fourth top- 10 finish in 2005. Martin climbed from
10th to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Martin has
been running at the finish in 28 consecutive races, the longest
* Ryan Newman (fourth) scored his fourth top-10
finish in seven races at Martinsville Speedway. Newman has scored
three top-10 finishes this season. He climbed from 11th to eighth in
the point standings.
* Rusty Wallace (fifth) scored his 25th top-10
finish in 43 races at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace scored his third
top-10 finish in 2005 and climbed from ninth to seventh in the point
standings. Wallace led 47 laps in today's race and moved into second
all-time in laps led at Martinsville with 3,632 laps led in 43 races
here. Cale Yarborough remains the all-time lap leader at Martinsville,
leading 3,851 laps in 32 races.
* Ricky Rudd (seventh) posted his
20th top-10 finish 52 races at Martinsville Speedway. Rudd scored his
first top-10 finish in 2005. Rudd moved to 34th in the NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup point standings and is the team now among the top-35 in owner
points, assuring him a starting spot at Texas.
* Jimmie Johnson
(eighth) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Martinsville
Speedway. Johnson has scored top-10 finishes in 12 straight races,
since Charlotte last fall. Johnson failed to lead a lap for the first
race in 2005.
* Joe Nemechek (10th) posted his first top-10 finish
in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway. It marked his first top-10
finish in 2005.
* Travis Kvapil (27th) was the highest finishing
Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender for the third time in 2005.
Eight of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings
changed at Martinsville.
* Looking ahead to the Chase for the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup - only 23 drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-10-2005)
- Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Martinsville: Back from the brink..... Jeff Gordon was three laps down at lap 70 today, and by lap 465 he assumed the lead and went on to win the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon led the final 36 laps for his second win of the season (he's our first two-timer this year) and the 71st win of his Cup career (he's 7th on the all-time win list).
This was his 6th win at Martinsville, Hendrick Motorsports' 12th win at this action-packed half-miler, and the 133rd victory overall for HMS. It was worth $186,051 from the over $4.7M in posted awards.
Kasey Kahne (2nd) tied his career-best finish again today. This is the sixth time he's finished as the bridesmaid, the last coming at Fontana last September.
Mark Martin (3rd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Darlington last November.
Ryan Newman (4th) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Phoenix last October.
Rusty Wallace (5th) had his best finish since he won when we were here last April.
Sterling Marlin (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th here last October.
Ricky Rudd (7th) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Kansas last October.
Joe Nemechek (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Darlington last November.
Jason Leffler (12th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Homestead in October of 2001!
Robby Gordon (20th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Darlington last November.
Mike Wallace (23rd) had his best finish since he was 18th at Talladega last October.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 12 Top-10's in a row.
Elliott Saddler has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Kasey Kahne (+33), followed by Jimmie Johnson (+29) and Robby Gordon (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a tie between Kevin Harvick (-27) and Bobby Labonte (-27), followed by Greg Biffle (-22), Mike Bliss (-21), and Scott Riggs (-20).
No changes in the top-two spots in the point standings, but every other spot from 3rd to 13th changed hands. Jimmie Johnson padded his lead out to 160 markers after this weeks action.
We had three drivers advance six spots this week (Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne) while we saw an equal number drop seven positions (Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch).
As far as the Top-35 go, Ricky Rudd gets a freebie into the field next week and Bobby Labonte will have the Champions provisional (if
needed). Mike Wallace is just seven points out of the Top-35 behind Bobby Hamilton Jr. with Labonte another six points back.(Stock Car Fans)(4-10-2005)
- Lately Starting Up Front is NOT Important at Martinsville: Despite 31 of the 112 races at Martinsville being won from the front row (28%), both races in 2004 were won from starting positions outside the top 15. Rusty Wallace won this race one year ago from 17th while Jimmie Johnson won from 18th last October.(NASCAR Statistical Services), #24-Jeff Gordon started 16th and won.(4-10-2005)
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race - Advance Auto Parts 500
Sunday, April 10, 2005
1. (16) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 500, $186,051.
2. (35) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 500, $143,915.
3. (22) Mark Martin, Ford, 500, $109,625.
4. (2) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 500, $132,241.
5. (4) Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 500, $111,308.
6. (20) Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 500, $109,758.
7. (13) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 500, $104,439.
8. (37) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, $120,041.
9. (25) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 500, $114,091.
10. (10) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 500, $103,508.
11. (18) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 500, $118,186.
12. (12) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 500, $69,375.
13. (26) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, $118,133.
14. (32) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 500, $106,733.
15. (3) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 499, $111,095.
16. (30) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 499, $98,895.
17. (24) Casey Mears, Dodge, 499, $95,688.
18. (19) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 498, $84,958.
19. (9) Kurt Busch, Ford, 498, $119,325.
20. (43) Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 498, $67,700.
21. (1) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 498, $95,858.
22. (14) Jeff Green, Dodge, 497, $99,286.
23. (23) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 497, $70,450.
24. (11) Ken Schrader, Dodge, 497, $69,200.
25. (29) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 496, $77,275.
26. (7) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 493, $128,861.
27. (17) Travis Kvapil #, Dodge, 490, engine failure, $77,810.
28. (41) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, 489, $65,010.
29. (8) Greg Biffle, Ford, 487, $82,825.
30. (31) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 477, $95,414.
31. (33) Scott Wimmer, Dodge, 466, $85,097.
32. (5) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 436, $111,661.
33. (6) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 435, engine failure, $102,225.
34. (42) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 416, $72,075.
35. (27) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 412, $72,025.
36. (15) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 410, overheating, $63,975.
37. (38) Hermie Sadler, Ford, 340, accident, $63,925.
38. (36) Carl Edwards, Ford, 321, $81,875.
39. (21) Kyle Busch #, Chevrolet, 304, overheating, $71,815.
40. (28) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Chevrolet, 151, overheating, $63,740.
41. (40) Johnny Sauter, Dodge, 55, brakes, $63,690.
42. (39) Randy LaJoie, Chevrolet, 26, engine failure, $63,640.
43. (34) Mike Garvey, Dodge, 18, brakes, $63,053.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 72.099 mph.
Time of Race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, 52 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.593 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 16 for 91 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 11 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Riggs 0; J. Mayfield 1-47; R. Wallace 48-94; B. Labonte 95-116; T. Stewart 117-129; R. Gordon 130-133; T. Stewart 134-183; M. Kenseth 184; T. Stewart 185-203; J. Mayfield 204-224; T. Stewart 225-389; B. Labonte 390-399; K. Busch 400-415; M. Martin 416; K. Busch 417-433; R. Newman 434-458; S. Marlin 459-464; J. Gordon 465-500.
Top 10 in Points: J. Johnson - 977; G. Biffle - 817; E. Sadler - 795; M. Martin - 779; T. Stewart - 774; J. Gordon - 772; R. Wallace - 771; R. Newman - 753; K. Busch - 746; D. Jarrett - 732.
Others Race Results Links at:
- The Advance Auto Parts 500 at the 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, laps led
#24-Gordon (16)(36 laps led)
#6-Martin (22)(1 lap led)
#12-Newman (2)(25 laps led)
#2-Walllace (4)(47 laps led)
#40-Marlin (20)(6 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 14 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (9):
#32-Hamilton Jr. (overheating-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 with 17 lead changes):
- Lap leaders: #10-Riggs pole; #19-Mayfield 1-47; #2-Wallace 48-94; #18-Labonte 95-116; #20-Stewart 117-129; #7-Gordon 130-133; #20-Stewart 134-183; #17-Kenseth 184; #20-Stewart 185-203; #19-Mayfield 204-224; #20-Stewart 225-389; #18-Labonte 390-399; #97-Busch 400-415; #6-Martin 416; #97-Busch 417-433; #12-Newman 434-458; #40-Marlin 459-464; #24-Gordon 465-500
Cautions: 16 for 91 laps
Caution 16 - Laps 492 - 497: #77-Kvapil lost an engine, oil on the track.
Caution 15 - Laps 448 - 454: #97-Busch and #24-Gordon got together, sending Busch backwards into the outside wall.
Caution 14 - Laps 433 - 437: #20-Stewart reported a vibration, fell back a few spots, then the whole right front wheel/tire came off the car.
Caution 13 - Laps 405 - 409: #88-Jarrett lost a right front tire and spun in turn 4.
Caution 12 - Laps 388 - 394: #45-Petty lost a tire and spun in turn 3.
Caution 11 - Laps 323 - 327: oops, payback? #43-Green spun in turn 2 by #15-Waltrip
Caution 10 - Laps 285 - 288: #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost control when he lost a right rear tire and spun out in turn 2.
Caution 9 - Laps 276 - 281: #2-Wallace and #12-Newman got together, #40-Newman checked up and #38-Sadler tagged Marlin, who spun off turn 1.
Caution 8 - Laps 257 - 262: #01-Nemechek cut a tire down and smacked the turn 2 wall but drove on.
Caution 7 - Laps 183 - 188: #16-Biffle lost a tire and spun, #25-Vickers got into Biffle and hit the inside retaining wall.
Caution 6 - Laps 128 - 133: #07-Blaney stalled on turn three, with a flat tire and damage to the right side of the car.
Caution 5 - Laps 90 - 93: #15-Waltrip got tapped by #43-Green in turn 1 and Waltrip spun into the walla and damaged both the nose and rear of the car.
Caution 4 - Laps 70 - 77: #99-Edwards spun in turn 2 when his steering locked up and was sitting in the middle of the track and #66-Salder had no place to go, both have front-end damage and need radiatiors.
Caution 3 - Laps 59 - 66: #88-Jarrett got int o#99-Edwards, causing Edwards to spin, who ended up with a flat tire.
Caution 2 - Laps 13 - 16: #43-Green got loose off turn 4 and spun around.
Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 7: #10-Riggs and #12-Newman got together, cutting Newman's right front tire down, Newman was then panalized a lap for stopping on the track and causing the caution. Other cars involved were #22-Wimmer, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #88-Jarrett as they all tangled when cars slowed up, just minor damage.
- 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 16: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 15: #88-Jarrett, 14th
Caution 14: #17-Kenseth(2), 11th
Caution 13: #01-Nemechek(2), 10th
Caution 12: #17-Kenseth, 11th
Caution 11: #48-Johnson(2), 8th
Caution 10: #77-Kvapil, 27th
Caution 9: #24-Gordon [back on lead lap, was 3 laps down], 1st-WON
Caution 8: #45-Petty, 18th
Caution 7: #01-Nemechek, 10th
Caution 6: #48-Johnson, 8th
Caution 5: #12-Newman(2), 4th
Caution 4: none?
Caution 3: #15-Waltrip, 30th
Caution 2: #12-Newman, 4th
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)
---- on lap 457, #43-Green spun off turn 2, on the inside, no caution.
---- on lap 444, #20-Stewart was still having problems and had to goes to the pits.
---- as of lap 410, #0-Bliss heads to the garage with an engine problem.
---- as of lap 401, #18-Labonte, is reporting he is running down a cylinder. As of lap 435. still on the track, but the smoke is getting worse and he is falling back.
---- as of lap 390, #10-Riggs is having spark plug / engine problems.
---- on lap 382, #16-Biffle made an unscheduled pitstop as he had brake problems and had a brake fire.
---- on lap 355, #19-Mayfield has to make an unscheduled pit stop for a right front tire cutting down, losing a few laps.
---- as of lap 325, #29-Harvick is back on the track.
---- during the caution 11 pitstops, #19-Mayfield was too fast exiting pit road, penalized to the end of the longest line.
---- on lap 307, #5-Busch, while running 14th, got together with another car on the caution 10 re-start and has a hole in his radiator and had to go to the garage for repairs.
---- #25-Vickers is back on the track, 86 laps down after the team made repairs to the car.
---- during the 8th caution, #29-Harvick stalled and the crew had to push the car down the pit, they didn't, then #07-Blaney gave the car a push. But after pushing the #29 around for a lap, it would not refire and now is in the garage.
---- as of lap 355, #99-Edwards is back on the track after the team made repairs, 175 laps down.
---- on lap 253, #49-Schrader cut a tire down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop.
---- on lap 247, #42-McMurray made an unscheduled pit stop as the car is tight.
---- on lap 210, #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into the rear of #0-Bliss and has a tire rubbing and smoking.
---- during the 7th caution pit stops, #2-Wallace sped exiting pit road and goes to the tail end of the longest line [25th].
---- as of lap 163. #66-Sadler is back on the track after the team made repairs to his car, he came out 98 laps down.
---- on 163, #31-Burton made an unscheduled pit stop when a tire went down.
---- on lap 160, #32-Hamilton Jr. came into pit, the car is over heating badly and the team is trying to repair the problem.
---- on lap 135, #07-Blaney cut down another tire and had to pit again.
---- on lap 113, #16-Biffle is reporting his car is over heating.
---- #07-Blaney had to make a pit stop on lap 82 as he had a right front tire go down.
---- #24-Gordon made 3 pit stops during the 3rd caution.
---- during the 3rd caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit.
---- on lap 57, #09-Sauter had a tire go down just before the 3rd acution and slowed on the track.
---- on lap 46, #24-Gordon reported a bad vibration and made an unscheduled pit stop. Ended up being a loose wheel.
---- during the 2nd caution, #12-Newman was the lucky dog, but he lost the lap again when he made a pit stop and didn't beat #19-Mayfield to the line.
---- TO The BACK: #49-Schrader [backup car]; #4-Wallace [engine change];
- Lately Starting Up Front is NOT Important at Martinsville: Despite 31 of the 112 races at Martinsville being won from the front row (28%), both races in 2004 were won from starting positions outside the top 15. Rusty Wallace won this race one year ago from 17th while Jimmie Johnson won from 18th last October.(NASCAR Statistical Services), #24-Jeff Gordon started 16th and won.(4-10-2005)
- To The Back: #49-Ken Schrader wrecked on his 2nd qualifying lap, he qualified 11th. #4-Mike Wallace's team made an engine change Saturday, he qualified 23rd. Both drivers will have to start at the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag.(4-10-2005)
- Happy Hour Practice:for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest.
slowest: #41-Mears 91.589 and #66-Sadler 93.423
most laps run: #31-Burton, 79; #9-Kahne, 78
NOTEs: early in the practice, #10-Riggs and #8-Earnhardt Jr. got together with Riggs spinning, but no damage, Riggs wasn't happy. #24-Gordon is reporting he may have engines problems but later in the session, things seem ok. #6-Martin had a tire go down.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#6-Martin, 94.178 [5th fastest lap], 68 laps run
#24-Gordon, 94.102 [4th], 61 laps
#9-Kahne, 93.955 [2nd], 78 laps
See speeds at NASCAR.com.(4-9-2005)
- Saturday's First Practice for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #75-Garvey 93.290 and #41-Mears 93.826
most laps run: #21-Rudd, 74; #25-Vickers, 71
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#09-Sauter, 94.122 [6th fastest lap], 23 laps run
#12-Newman, 93.865 [2nd], 33 laps
#97-Busch, 93.791 [4th], 47 laps
See speeds at NASCAR.com.(4-9-2005)
- Riggs wins the pole at Martinsville: #10-Scott Riggs won the pole for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 96.671, a new event qualifying record, but short of the track record set in Oct 2004 of 97.043mph. The pole is Riggs first career pole and puts him in the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. The rest of the top five are: #12-Ryan Newman, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #2-Rusty Wallace and #29-Kevin Harvick. The fastest Ford was #16-Greg Biffle who was 8th. Two short rain delay's held up the action a bit but they never lost the track. The fastest 43 drivers made the race. Missing the race were #92-Barrett, #61-Fuller, #27-Shelmerdine and #00-Long [spun on his 2nd lap]. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson was way down the chart and will start 37th [bet he wishes it rained].
For qualifying results, see Jayski's Martinsville Starting Lineup/Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-8-2005)
- Martinsville Qualifying Notes:
* Scott Riggs won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the
Advance Auto Parts 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.588
seconds at 96.671 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record
of 19.513 seconds, 97.043 mph, set Oct. 22, 2004.
* This is
Riggs's first career Bud Pole in 41 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
It is his second top-10 start in three races at Martinsville Speedway.
It is his second top-10 start in 2005.
* Riggs became the 12th
driver to post poles in all three of NASCAR's major series. He has
five poles on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and two in the NASCAR
* Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying
lap of 19.591 seconds, 96.657 mph and will join Riggs on the front
row for the Advance Auto Parts 500. Newman has started from a top-10
starting position in all seven of his races at Martinsville. This is
his fifth start of third or better here.
* This is the second Bud
Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. All three manufacturers
have two Bud Poles this season.
* Jeremy Mayfield (third) posted his third top-10 start in 20
races at Martinsville. His previous best start here was sixth in April
2001. It is his third top-10 start in 2005.
* Rusty Wallace
(fourth) scored his 33rd top-10 start in 43 races at Martinsville. It
is his second start better than 21st in 2005, both in the past two
* Kevin Harvick (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in
eight races at Martinsville. All three of his top-10 starts have been
from fifth. It is his first top-10 start this season.
Schrader (11th) posted his best start since he started seventh at
Talladega in September 2003.
* There have been just two Bud Pole
winners in the last six races at Martinsville. Jeff Gordon won four
Bud Poles and Ryan Newman won two. Newman has started from a top-10
starting position in all six of his races at the Virginia short track.
Gordon has posted 17 top-10 starts in 24 races at Martinsville,
including top-five starts in eight of his last nine races here.
The race has been won from the Bud Pole 17 times at Martinsville, the
most productive starting position. The second starting position has
provided 14 winners, third 13 and fourth 11, for a total of 55
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.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-9-2005)
- StockCarFans - Ramblings - Martinsville: We had two stoppages for rain today but they managed to get in qualifying
for Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, we had a bit of a surprise as Scott Riggs nipped Ryan Newman for his first ever Bud Pole in Nextel Cup competition.
Riggs was 3/1000th's of a second quicker than Newman and becomes the 5th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout....at this rate we'll have 35 drivers in that event!
Rigg's previous best starting spot was 4th, which he's accomplished four times, the most recent of which was at Las Vegas last month.
Last week a short track....five sets of ties in qualifying. This week another short track.....and no ties in qualifying. Go figure!
Kevin Harvick (5th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 5th at Phoenix last November.
Bobby Labonte (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Homestead last November.
Ken Schrader (11th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Talladega in September of 2003! But it will only give him a better
pit selection cause he crased in turn one of his second lap and will go to a backup for the race.
Kyle Petty (19th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 18th at Atlanta last October.
Mike Garvey (34th) has his career-best starting spot. He started 43rd in his only other start at Atlanta last month.
Johnny Sauter (40th) makes his first start of the season.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 13 Top-10 starts in a row. Greg Biffle has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
(Stock Car Fans)(4-9-2005)
- IF Qualifying gets rained out: four drivers will miss, as there are 47 drivers qualifying for 43 spots, if it rains out qualifying, the four drivers missing the race would be #09-Sauter, #00-Long, #75-Garvey and #61-Fuller. Since #09-Sauter was 6th in practice, he hopes the rain stops. The other drivers out of the top 35 on 2005 Owners Points have all made 5 race attempts and would make the race.(4-8-2005)
- Friday Practice for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest were:
slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 91.341 and #37-Lepage 92.746
most lap run: #41-Mears and #48-Johnson, 71
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#12-Newman, 96.213 [was 1st overall], 35 laps run
#24-Gordon, 95.468, 24 laps
#10-Riggs, 95.461 [6th], 30 laps
See speeds at:
my Jayski's Martinsville Grid/Qualifying/Practice Page
- Qualifying Order is up for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway, 47 drivers listed, first due out is #49-Ken Schrader, last due out is #19-Jeremy Mayfield. For the qualifying order see:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com.(4-8-2005)
- Rookie News and Notes
- Entry List for the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
#00-Carl Long (limited sched)
#09-Johnny Sauter (limited sched)
#4-Mike Wallace (full-time 2005 planned)
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
#21-Ricky Rudd (full-time sched)
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine (full-time 2005 planned)
#34-Randy LaJoie (was #98 in 2004)(full-time 2005 planned)
#37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
#61-Jeff Fuller (no idea about this team)
#66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
#75-Mike Garvey (12-15 races planned)
#89-Morgan Shepherd [didn't attempt Calif.]
#92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)(4-4-2005)
- Entry List Page:
Jayski's Martinsville Entry List, 48 cars entered
NASCAR.com - Advance Auto Parts 500
- Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)
- Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will impound cars after qualifying in 21 of 36 championship events plus the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The following are tracks in which NASCAR will implement this procedure: Feb. 27-California; Mar. 20-Atlanta; Apr. 3-Bristol; Apr. 23-Phoenix; May 7-Darlington; May 14; Richmond; May 21-Lowe’s (All-Star Challenge); June 12-Pocono; June 19-Michigan; July 2-Daytona; July 17-New Hampshire; July 24-Pocono; Aug. 14-Watkins Glen; Aug. 21-Michigan; Aug. 27-Bristol; Sept. 10-Richmond; Sept. 18-New Hampshire; Oct. 9-Kansas; Oct. 30-Atlanta; Nov. 20-Homestead.
Following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, the cars will be escorted to their respective garage stalls by a NASCAR Official (with the exception of the top five cars, which will be placed in a designated area for post-qualifying inspection).
Once the car is pushed to the garage stall, only two crew members will be allowed to remain in the garage.
The following work list will be allowed:
1. Shut off electrical switches and master power switch;
2. Remove radio;
3. Check air pressure in tires;
4. Cover the car; and,
5. Crewmembers exit garage and garage doors close.
Pit road selection will be immediately after the last car has qualified.
Procedure for race day for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams:
Garage Stall A maximum of two (2) crew members per car, accompanied by a NASCAR Official, will be allowed in the garage stall. Below are the procedures that will be completed in the garage stall:
1. Plug in oil heater (if teams use a generator, it must remain outside the garage);
2. Open hood;
3. Prime oil system;
4. Back car out of garage to start;
5. Turn master switch on;
6. Open oil cooler bypass valve (optional)’
7. Start engine;
8. Close hood;
9. Set tire pressure;
10. Torque wheels;
11. Install radio and water bottle;
12. Remove or repair tape on front of car (i.e. grille, valance, brake ducts.); and
13. If applicable, BST or Pi Research may replace equipment batteries under NASCAR supervision.
Teams May NOT:
1. Enter the garage without a NASCAR Official present;
2. Jack up any part of the car;
3. Add water or pressurize the cooling system;
4. Climb inside the car;
5. Adjust wedge bolts, shocks or sway bars;
6. Add fuel, oil or brake fluid;
7. Remove air box; or
8. Adjust fenders, spoiler or any body components.
Fuel Pumps: A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, escorted by NASCAR Officials, may go to the fuel pumps. For Tracks 1 mile and under, a maximum of two gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks 1 ½ miles, a maximum of three gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks above 1 ½ miles, a maximum of four gallons of fuel will be added.
Height Platform A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the height platform.
1. Adjust front and rear wedge bolts: A maximum of one (1) turn for front bolts. A maximum of 1 ½ turn for rear bolts.
2. Adjust track bar at frame end adjuster. No maximum on track bar adjustment.
3. Adjust external shock bleeds.
Teams May NOT:
1. Change any components.
2. Add spring inserts.
Scales A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the scales. Any car that does not meet required weight specifications may be subject to penalty. After completion, the generator will be reconnected to the car and pushed to pit road. Generators will be permitted out on pit road with the car.(NASCAR)(3-18-2005)
- some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:
- New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
- Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
- Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
- Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
- NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
- The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
- The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
- Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
- Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- 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:
* Jimmie Johnson has scored five victories and 11 top-10 finishes in the 11 races since Charlotte last October. Johnson is the only
driver to score top-10 finishes in every race in 2005.
* Greg Biffle has scored four top-10 finishes in five races this season.
* Kurt Busch has scored three top-five finishes in the five races in 2005.
* Scott Riggs has scored three top-10 finishes in five races in 2005.
* Kevin Harvick has climbed from 26th to sixth in the point standings since Daytona.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-4-2005)
- MARTINSVILLE NEWS AND NOTES
New Qualifying Procedures Enhance Competition … The spring event at Martinsville marks the first weekend where the top 35 teams in current owner championship points will be used as the yardstick for qualifying. Beginning in 2005, teams outside the top 35 must qualify on speed for each week’s 43 starting spots. The top 35 designation guarantees a spot in the field for those teams; beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 and running through last week’s Food City 500 at Bristol, the top 35 in 2004 owner championship points was the yardstick. Beginning in Martinsville – the season’s sixth race – the current top 35 teams in owner championship points become the yardstick. The reason behind the decision to eliminate the previous system is simple: Teams now earn starting spots instead of relying on an accrued number of provisionals, which means the most competitive 43 cars now make each race field.
This Is Why It’s So Tough … Tight turns may be the most obvious challenge of Martinsville’s half-mile, but it’s what you don’t see that often stymies teams at the southern Virginia track. Lots of brake work means lots of strain on braking mechanisms; in turn, that usually means a fix-it trip to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage.
Back in Front: Chevrolet Atop Series Manufacturers Standings … After five races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, Chevrolet has edged ahead of Ford in the series’ Manufacturers Championship standings, with Dodge running third. Chevrolet took the lead thanks to Kevin Harvick’s win last Sunday at Bristol. Chevrolet now has three wins; Ford has two. … Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers Championship 28 times while Ford has won 15 times; the other 10 years the championship has been awarded, it has been won by Hudson (3), Dodge (2), Buick (2), Oldsmobile (1), Pontiac (1) and Plymouth (1). … Points are earned thusly: Nine points to the highest-finishing car type; six points to the second-highest finishing type; four points for the third-highest finishing type. … Chevrolet has won the championship the last two years. … Jimmie Johnson is currently the leading Chevrolet driver, as the series point leader. Greg Biffle, second in points, is the top Ford driver. Rusty Wallace is the leading Dodge driver, standing ninth in the points. Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 38 wins at Martinsville.
From The Archives: Big Names, Big Wins At Martinsville Speedway … Some of NASCAR’s biggest names got their first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup wins in the spring event at NASCAR’s oldest track, Martinsville Speedway. Built in 1947 by Clay Earle and Sam Rice, the half-mile dirt track first hosted NASCAR events in 1948. It also was a featured track during the initial NASCAR “Strictly Stock” season of 1949, the precursor to today’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
Dick Rathmann wheeled a Hudson Hornet to his first series win in 1952, when he beat a field of 22 at an average speed of nearly 43 mph. The brother of 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann, Dick Rathmann won 12 more races before turning to open-wheel racing in 1954.
Fred Lorenzen got his first series win in the 1961 race, an event shortened by rain. Defending series champion Rex White finished second. White was eligible for bonus money, and this marked the first time in NASCAR history that a runner-up collected more money than the race winner. Lorenzen retired from driving in 1972 with six Martinsville victories; White has two Martinsville wins.
After 11 second-place finishes, Harry Gant finally got his first series win at Martinsville in the 1982 spring race. He tangled with Joe Ruttman, causing body damage to the front end of Gant’s Buick. Gant took his first checkered flag with the right front fender sticking straight up in the air as if in salute to the cheering fans.
Former modified star Geoffrey Bodine got his first series victory in the spring race at Martinsville in 1984. Bodine drove for the newly-formed Hendrick Motorsports team owned by Rick Hendrick and led by crew chief Harry Hyde. The team won for the first time in only their eighth start. Bodine’s margin of victory was six seconds over fellow modified veteran and second-place finisher Ron Bouchard.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers doing the double … Three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers will pull double duty at Martinsville, among them Kevin Harvick (#92 Yardman Chevrolet), who has the opportunity for an unprecedented sweep – winning back-to-back to-back events in each of NASCAR’s top three national series. Harvick won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series events at Bristol last week; he’s entered in Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville. Bobby Labonte (#47 Rodeway Inn/Econo Lodge/Trick Pony Chevrolet) and Ken Schrader (#52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) also have entered this week’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
On the Right Track
• Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts 500 will be the 113th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event at Martinsville Speedway since 1949 – the most of any track hosting NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events.
• Richard Petty holds the record for most Martinsville wins – 15 in 67 career starts. Darrell Waltrip is next with 11 wins. Among active drivers, Rusty Wallace has seven wins in 42 career starts.
• Petty Enterprises leads all active teams with 19 wins at Martinsville. Petty Enterprises last won there in spring 1999, with John Andretti behind the wheel.
• More Petty-Martinsville facts: Richard Petty holds the record for being the youngest driver to win the spring event. The King was 22 years, nine months and eight days old when he won in April 1960 – the second of his 200 series wins.
• The spring race at Martinsville has been won 10 times from the pole. Buck Baker did it the first time in 1956. Jeff Gordon was the last to do it, in 2003.(NASCAR PR)(4-5-2005)
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Oct 2004, 97.043mph
- Event Qualifying Record: Scott Riggs, Apr 2005, 96.671mph
- April 2004 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 93.502, finished 6th
- 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: 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: 38 - 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 112] 15.2%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 14, 12.5%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 13, 11.6%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 11, 9.8%
- Races won from starting pos 5: 5, 4.5%
- 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 18: 1
- 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 112 - 53.6%
- Races won from the top 10: 82 of 112 - 73.2%
- 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 Website: www.martinsvillespeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2004 Martinsville Race Info Page.
- Martinsville Pre-Race Highlights:
Kroger 250 Truck Race:
National Anthem, Trick Pony
Colors presented by Virginia National Guard
Honorary Grand Marshal, Anthony Edwards of ER fame
Advance Auto Parts 500
National Anthem, Bobbie Eakes, from All My Children
Colors presented by Virginia National Guard
Flyover: Four Blackhawk Helicopters, Virginia National Guard
Grand Marshal,Seargeant Sean MaGuire, National Guardsman, giving command live from Iraq.(4-8-2005)
- Soap Opera Star to sing Cup race National Anthem at Martinsville: Bobbie Eakes, star of ABC TV's "All My Children" will be performing the National Anthem prior to the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon. Eakes presently plays the feisty Krystal Carey on "All My Children." Prior to that, she portrayed Macy Alexander on the CBS drama "The Bold and the Beautiful" But it is her singing, not acting, that brings Eakes to the stage for the National Anthem. Eakes also hosts "Top 20 Country Countdown" for the Great American Country cable TV network, which is seen by 27 million people weekly. She recently starred in the feature fillm Charlies War opposite Lynn Redgrave, Olympia Dukakis and Diane Ladd and has guest-starred on ABC's hit comedy "Hope and Faith." Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, April 9, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-8-2005)
- Fans can get an 'inside look' at Martinsville: Pepsi will give fans who purchase $40 backstretch tickets to the Advance Auto Parts 500 on April 10 a special "inside look" at race morning with the Pepsi Track Walk. Anyone buying a $40 backstretch ticket between now and race day will be eligible for the Pepsi Track Walk, an experimental, first-time offering at Martinsville Speedway. For $5 extra, fans who purchase a $40 backstretch ticket will be able to walk around the historic half-mile oval. Pepsi will also give participating fans a coupon good for a free 12-pack of Pepsi. The $40 backstretch tickets and the Pepsi Track Walk may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Participating fans can take the Pepsi Track Walk between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on race day. Good seats in other areas are also available for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-8-2005)
- Truck Series National Anthem by Trick Pony: Trick Pony will perform the National Anthem prior to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 9. During the race, their likeness will emblazon the hood of Bobby Labonte's #47 All-Star Chevrolet Silverado. Labonte. It will be the first of two trips to Martinsville Speedway for Trick Pony in 2005. They will be the featured act for Celebration 2005, the annual free concert at the speedway, set for July 1. The trio - Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns - will perform their stirring acappella version of the Nation Anthem, the version that garnered national acclaim after they performed it before an Atlanta Falcons' NFL playoff game last winter. Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on
Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, April 9, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-8-2005)
- Beer sales at Martinsville: For years, the beer that flows into the Martinsville Speedway has come from the coolers NASCAR fans are allowed to tote inside. Soon it will also flow from speedway concession stand taps. Selling beer to race fans, which will begin at Sunday's Nextel Cup race, is one of the changes implemented by the speedway's new owner, International Speedway Corp. The change -- which allows both carry-in and concession-sold beer -- runs counter to a national trend aimed at cutting back on drinking at sporting events. Beer is sold at professional football, basketball and baseball games, but fans are not allowed to bring their own alcohol, and beer sales are usually cut off before the game ends. While some NASCAR tracks have followed suit, Martinsville is not one of them. Although Martinsville will let fans buy 12-ounce cups of beer at concession stands, the speedway is limiting the size of coolers it allows through the gates. Each fan can bring a 6- by 6- by 12-inch container that speedway spokesman Mike Smith called a "six-pack sized cooler." At past races, fans could bring coolers as large as 14 by 14 by 14 inches. Smaller coolers are part of an ISC policy implemented after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Smith said. The goal was make it easier for track officials to search for weapons, not to restrict the amount of alcohol. Until fans adjust to the new rule, the policy could have the practical effect of reducing the amount of beer consumed at the speedway. Some speedways shut down beer stands as the race winds down. But ISC, which added Martinsville Speedway last year to its group of 12 NASCAR tracks, does not. Henry County, Va., Sheriff Frank Cassell said there have been no major problems at the Martinsville Speedway despite typical crowds of about 70,000 fans. It's not that the speedway doesn't have drunken fans. It's just physically impossible to arrest them all, Cassell said. Though about 130 officers working full-time on traffic and crowd control, only the most obvious -- and potentially dangerous -- drunk is likely to get arrested. Last year, authorities made four drunk-in-public arrests during the three-day race weekend in April. At the October race, there were six such arrests. Martinsville Speedway made no public announcement about its plans to sell beer. Lewis said ISC hopes to make money on $3 beers as it restricts the size of coolers filled with cheaper beer.(News and Record)(4-6-2005)
- Jackson Hewitt Pole Day Sponsor At Martinsville: With tax day looming the week after the running of the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, Martinsville Speedway has found the perfect pole-day partner. Speedway officials announced today that Jackson Hewitt Tax Service will be the sponsor of pole day for the Advance Auto Parts 500. Jackson Hewitt Pole Day will be Friday, April 8, exactly one week before the April 15 deadline for federal tax filing. "We are thrilled to be the 2005 Pole Day sponsor for the Advance Auto Parts 500. We feel this is a great opportunity for us to amp up our presence at Martinsville and connect with NASCAR fans," said Mike Lister, President and CEO, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. "We are especially excited about the Advance Auto Parts 500 race as we will be the primary sponsor on the #16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle for the first time." Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is the second largest tax preparation service company in the United States, with over 5,400 franchised and company-owned offices in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Tickets for Jackson Hewitt Pole Day are $15 and may be purchased the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Anyone buying an Advance Auto Parts 500 ticket between now and April 1 can receive $5 off the purchase of a Kroger 250 ticket. Children's truck tickets are discounted $1 when bought with an Advance Auto Parts 500 ticket.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-15-2005)
- Lights at Martinsville for Mod race; Cup soon? NASCAR's modified series will be returning to Martinsville Speedway to run the track's first ever night race - has as much to do with the future as anything else. Southern Virginia's historic speedway is flipping the switch. Joining the trend. Trying to keep up. And for a track faced with an uncertain future, the idea isn't half bad. The lights are only temporary. They'll be brought in three days before the Sept.3 event, whisked away after 250 white-knuckle, open-wheel laps. But in the interim, you can bet speedway officials will be taking notes, and it might not be long until we see a Nextel Cup event here finish after dusk. "It's a good opportunity for our sheriff's department to see how things flow at night," speedway president Clay Campbell said of the Labor Day weekend event. "It's a good opportunity for our operations department to see the problems that we have running at nighttime. So it's good for everybody, for NASCAR and the fans. So it is a good trial run. Who knows what the future holds as far as another event being run at night?"
That's as close as Campbell would come to addressing night-racing's future at Martinsville. But one look at the 2005 Nextel Cup schedule shows you that this is where the sport is heading. More and more, NASCAR wants to appeal to the West Coast television markets, and it's hard to do that at Martinsville when both races, which will start at 12:30 p.m. local time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific, get underway during breakfast in Los Angeles. Permanent lights would allow some flexibility in the scheduling. A 3 p.m. local time start for the October race would be manageable. A Saturday night race could be considered.
Pleasing NASCAR is a must for Martinsville, which was sold last May to International Speedway Corp. Even though it sells out its Cup events and remains a fan favorite, the speedway is in danger of losing one or both of its Cup dates as the sport continues to expand to larger markets. Campbell insists that adding the modified race has nothing to do with such speculation. "There are no [Cup Series] assurances past 2005, but Talladega doesn't have assurances past 2005," Campbell said. "Nobody does. It's a year-to-year deal, and they don't give you any hint whatsoever as to the future. So that's nothing that has changed. It's the same thing it was 5 or 10 years ago. We feel confident moving forward. The money we have spent in the past nine months is probably as much as we've ever spent, redoing the catch fence, moving the railroads. We've spent millions of dollars to improve what we have, and I don't think we'd be doing any of that if we knew our revenue stream would be cut in half." So perhaps a Cup race at night will be just another improvement, but none of that can materialize without careful planning. Serving more than 60,000 fans is complicated enough in the daytime. The modified race, which Campbell hopes can draw 15,000-20,000 spectators, can provide numerous lessons.(Ronaoke Times)(3-9-2005)
- Martinsville Speedway Unveils New Ticket Office Hours: Race fans will soon have the opportunity to do some Saturday ticket shopping at Martinsville Speedway. Beginning Saturday, March 12, Martinsville Speedway's ticket office will begin staying open on Saturday's from 9:00am to 1:00pm/et. The expanded hours will be in effect until the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on April 10. Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250, on Saturday, April 9, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Advance Auto Parts 500 tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-7-2005)
- Martinsville Speedway Claims NASCAR.com Fan Award: Martinsville Speedway has been a fan-favorite for just about every minute of its almost 60-year existence. And some things never change. In NASCAR.COM's Third Annual 2004 Fan's Voice Awards, Martinsville Speedway was honored as the "Location You'd Hate to See Lose A Race." And this was not a poll of a handful of fans. Almost 600,000 votes were cast in the online voting, which lasted the last three weeks of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. The next chance for fans to visit Martinsville Speedway will be the Advance Auto Parts 500 weekend, set for April 8-10. Both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series will qualify on April 8 while the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is on April 9. The Advance Auto Parts 500 is set for April 10. Good seats remain for both events and may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-25-2005)
- Martinsville Speedway Unveils Reserved Camping For 2005: For the first time, Martinsville Speedway will be offering reserved camping in several areas of the Tom Johnson Campground in 2005. The reserved spots will go on sale Wednesday, February 16 and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX. To be eligible to reserve a spot, customers must be a season ticket holder for both the April and October NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events at Martinsville Speedway. Each ticket holder can reserve one spot. Anyone purchasing a reserved camping spot will receive two free tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 500 Pole Day on Friday, April 8. The reserved areas are in four locations: parallel to the backstretch; adjacent to the third turn; near the entrance to the Tom Johnson Campground; and in the north area of the campground. All but a few of the reserved spots are 18 feet wide and 42 feet deep. The reserved spaces are for self-contained specialty vehicles only.The Backstretch and Third Turn reserved spaces are $300 per year and
are renewable. The Campground Entrance reserved spots are $250 per year and are renewable. The North reserved spots are $100 per NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event weekend and are non-renewable. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-18-2005)
- More FREE Parking at Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway will open three new parking areas for this spring's Advance Auto Parts 500 weekend, adding about 20 acres of free parking within easy walking distance of the track. The new parking areas will serve west-bound traffic off of the U.S. 58 bypass. Fans who park in the new areas will be able to access the track via pedestrian walkway through the Tom Johnson Campground. The Advance Auto Parts 500 weekend is scheduled for April 8-10. Both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series will qualify on April 8 while the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is on April 9. The Advance Auto Parts 500 is set for April 10. Good seats remain for both events and may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-7-2005)
- New Carry-In Policy at Martinsville: To help insure quicker and easier access into events, Martinsville Speedway will have a new policy for carry-in items beginning with the 2005 season. Fans may bring one soft side bag or cooler, no larger than 6 x 6 x12 into the venue. They may also bring in one clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4. Binoculars, scanners, headsets and cameras, not placed in a bag, but worn separately over the neck or on the belt, and seat cushions carried separately are also allowed. "This is a move we think will help make entry to the grandstands smoother because now gate security will have much less to search, therefore speeding up the process," said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. "This policy has worked well at other ISC (International Speedway Corporation) tracks and we believe it will work well here, also." The new policy will go into effect with the Advance Auto Parts 500 weekend which is April 8-10. Examples of approved soft side bags or coolers include a soft side cooler, a scanner bag, a fanny pack, a purse, a diaper bag, or a binocular bag. This one bag may be carried in any manner * by the handle, with shoulder straps or on a belt. The soft side cooler may contain ice. The approved clear plastic bags may not contain ice. Seat cushions with compartments will be reviewed on an individual basis. Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverages into the grandstands as long as it is brought in the approved bags or coolers. All items brought through the grandstand gates will be inspected. Qualifying for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Series race and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is set for Friday, April 8. The Kroger 250 is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 while the Advance Auto Parts 500 will take the green flag on Sunday, April 10. Tickets for both the Kroger 250 and the Advance Auto Parts 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or by visiting the Martinsville Speedway website, www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(1-4-2005)
- No Quaifying Changes at Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway will not be one of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup tracks switching to shortened race weekends in the spring of 2005. NASCAR recently announced a plan to move qualifying from Friday to
Saturday at some tracks to help cut team expenses for 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. Cars will be impounded after time trials, with no major work allowed before the start of the race. The teams would still practice on Fridays. NASCAR is not mandating tracks to make the change. "We understand NASCAR's intent with this move, but at the same time from our standpoint, qualifying day is a big day for us," said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. "We put a lot of people in the grandstands. Spending Friday afternoon at qualifying has become a tradition in this part of the country."(Martinsville Speedway PR)(11-20-2004)
- Construction Projects Continue At Martinsville Speedway: The roar of engines had barely faded into the background after the end of the SUBWAY 500 before construction crews were back working at Martinsville Speedway. By 8:00am on the day after the SUBWAY 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Martinsville last week, crews had begun tearing down the catch fence that separates race fans from action on the track. Two days later the entire fence was gone and work had started on the new, taller fence which will be in place for the Advance Auto Parts 500 on April 10, 2005. The fence will be 21 feet high and curve out over the track. Work continues on the project to relocate the railroad tracks that parallel the backstretch and should be completed before the Advance Auto Parts 500. A good portion of the project was finished before the SUBWAY 500, including all of the grading and earth moving and the construction of a new rail bed. Work should begin on laying new tracks on the rail bed in the next couple of weeks. Once the new section of track is completed, it will be tied into the existing rail line. The new section of tracks will be about 180 feet from the original tracks.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(11-5-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway
- See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
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- Crown Royal Regular Season Debut at Martinsville: Crown Royal will make its regular season debut as a primary sponsor of Kurt Busch's #97 Ford this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. This will be the first of five races that the #97 will exhibit the Crown Royal colors. Previously, Busch drove the Crown Royal car to a sixth place finish in the non-points Shootout race during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. This week Kurt Busch participated in a broadcast television Public Service Announcement (PSA) on responsible drinking. The PSA is part of Crown Royal's commitment to promote responsible drinking with millions of NASCAR's adult fans through its "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." campaign. The PSA is scheduled to air throughout the summer and fall months. Crown Royal has unveiled a national television commercial starring the #97 Ford Taurus. Titled "Pace Car," the execution
features the #97 racecar leading a fleet of automobiles in pace car formation through winding rural, suburban and city streets, eventually ending at a racetrack. The ad is punctuated with a voice over declaring, "Pacing is everything, especially when drinking," and
closes with the brand's social responsibility tagline, "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." This marked the very first spirits ad since
NASCAR announced it was allowing spirits companies to sponsor race teams.(Alan Taylor Communications), see image of the car on my #97 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2005)
- SKF to Sponsor Blaney, #07 Chevy at Martinsville: SKF, the world's leading manufacturer of bearings, seals and related products dedicated to improving today's automobiles, trucks and machinery, will sponsor driver Dave Blaney and Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Chevrolet in the April 10 Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Jack Daniel's, the team's primary sponsor, will be prominently displayed on the car's rear quarter-panels and deck lid in the one-race program highlighting RCR and SKF's technical partnership. "It's extremely exciting to ride with the #07 Team as its primary sponsor at Martinsville Speedway," said Per Jacobsson, director of marketing communications, SKF. "We are proud to be a team sponsor and a technical partner with the Richard Childress Racing organization, and we look forward to our continued contributions to the #07, #29 and #31 teams throughout 2005 and beyond." Together, SKF and RCR engineers research and develop products designed to perform under the harsh conditions of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in an effort to improve the quality and reliability of every day vehicles.(RCR)(3-24-2005)
- Biffle scheme at Martinesville: #16-Greg Biffle will sport a Jackson-Hewitt paint scheme in the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway in April. See an image of the car on my #16 Team Schemes page.(3-12-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)