THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Subway 500

Nextel Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #6 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Oct 23, 2005 in Martinsville, VA

  • TV: NBC 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 1:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Oct 26 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Oct 27 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Oct 29 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,705,474 (was $4,690,147 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, October 21, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, October 22, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 22, 11:10 - 11:55am/et, TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 21, 10:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, October 21 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, re-air on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et 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 on my Impound Rules page.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
    5:30 AM NNCS, NCTS
    5:30 AM NNCS HAULER ENTER
    6:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    6:30 AM NNCS, NCTS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    10:20 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    11:20 AM 1:20 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    5:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND
    7:30 AM NNCS, NCTS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    9:30 AM 10:15AM NNCS PRACTICE
    11:10 AM 11:55AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:00 AM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR BUILDING)
    12:30 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY
    1:00 PM NNCS RACE (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)
    2:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


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 -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Truck Series: Right-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6834; Right-side -- D-6836

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 86.2 in.; Right-side -- 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 15 psi; Left Rear -- 15 psi;
    Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 11 psi; Left Rear -- 11 psi;
    Right Front -- 22 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 145-155 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the fourth consecutive Nextel Cup race weekend at Martinsville that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this is one of only three tracks on the Cup circuit (Sears Point and Watkins Glen are the others) at which the same tire set-up as '04 will be run in '05 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the only track at which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in '05 . . . this being Goodyear's short track set-up, Truck Series teams also ran this combination at Mansfield, Ohio . . . this right-side tire code (D-6836) was also run on the front tire positions at all NASCAR road courses this season . . . 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: "This tire set-up has been one of our most consistent and successful, which is why we carried it over from 2004 to 2005. This being our true short track set-up, these codes are softer in general to help the cars get through the relatively tight corners and get good grip off."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Martinsville Speedway [10 of the top-10 drivers have a shot at it] 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, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Dover, 9/25/2005, #60,000
    (10-16-2005)

  • 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.
    Largest Award was when Tony Stewart won at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct 2003, $10,000 plus a $75,000 bonus.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Martinsville Speedway: $10,000

    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
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #6-Mark Martin, $10,000
    Dover: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Talladega: #21-Ricky Rudd, #10,000
    Kansas: #6-Mark Martin, $40,000*
    Charlotte: #20-Tony Stewart, $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.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 22
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Mark Martin, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Ricky Rudd, 2
    (10-16-2005)


WEATHER LINKS, RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS LINKS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Martinsville, VA Area:
    The Daily Press
    Danville Register and Bee
    Kingsport Times-News
    Lynchberg News and Advance
    Martinsville.com
    Martinsville Bulletin
    Martinsville Daily
    Roanoke Times

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    ARS Racing - Martinsville Track Review
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

    AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
    any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

    TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
    Race Fan TV
    TVRacer.com

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Gordon wins at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon took the race lead at lap 360 of the crash filled Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway to win for the first time since Talladega in May, 73rd of his career, 4th of 2005, 7th at Martinsville and sweeping both races at Martinsville for the 2nd time. It is also is crew chief Steve Letarte's first win as a crew chief. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart finished 2nd and increases his point lead to 15 over #48-Jimmie Johnson, who finished 3rd, with 4 races to go. Rounding out the top-5 were #18-Bobby Labonte [only his 3rd top-5 of the season] and #31-Jeff Burton [only his 3rd top-5 of the season]. Bad day for many of The Chase drivers with six of the 10 finishing out of the top-10 with #6-Martin having the worse day, finishing 34th, 34 laps down after brake problems late in the race. #11-Denny Hamlin, only in his 3rd race, finished 8th for his 2nd top-10 in three total races. There was a track record 19 cautions for 113 [record is 125] and 8 drivers led a lap with 17 lead changes.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Martinsville Race Results/Awards page. (10-23-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Martinsville race 6 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5957
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5942, -15
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5894, -63
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5874, -83
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5808, -149
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5791, -166
      #6-Mark Martin, 5787, -170>BR> #97-Kurt Busch, 5785, -172
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5785, -172
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5741, -216
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray, 3632
      #29-Kevin Harvick -18
      #01-Joe Nemechek -48
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -49
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -62
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page. (10-23-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Martinsville, race 32 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4623
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4360, -263
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4307, -316
      4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4163, -460
      5) #97-Kurt Busch, 4059, -564
      6) #6-Mark Martin, 4035, -588
      7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3949, -674
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 3944, -679
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3907, -716
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3884, -739
      11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3632, -991
      12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3614, -1009
      13) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3584, -1039
      14) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3583, -1040
      15) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3570, -1053
      (10-23-2005)

    • Where did the Chasers start/finish for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
      #20-Stewart 1st, 2nd
      #48-Johnson 6th, 3rd
      #16-Biffle 22nd, 20th
      #12-Newman 4th, 10th
      #6-Martin 35th [backup car/43rd], 34th
      #99-Edwards 18th, 26th
      #2-Wallace 3rd, 19th
      #19-Mayfield 7th, 28th
      #17-Kenseth 25th, 12th
      #97-Busch 14th, 6th.(10-23-2005)

    • Martinsville Race Notes:
      • Jeff Gordon won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, scoring his 73rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 433rd career start.
      • Gordon scored his fourth victory in 2005. His last victory came at Talladega in May, 22 races earlier.
      • Gordon remained seventh on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
      • It was Gordon’s seventh Martinsville victory in 26 career Martinsville races including four in his last six races at Martinsville.
      • Gordon has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 32 races in 2005.
      • This was Gordon’s 20th top-10 in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • This was Gordon’s 15th career short-track victory in 86 career short-track races.
      • The 19 cautions in the 2005 Subway 500 set the record at Martinsville.
      • Gordon posted the second sweep of the 2005 season winning both races at Martinsville in 2005. Teammate Jimmie Johnson won both races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Gordon led twice times for 151 laps including the final 141 laps.
      • Gordon scored the 13th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Martinsville Speedway, second only to Petty Enterprises with 19. This was Hendrick’s 139th victory as a car owner and ninth in 32 races this season (Johnson-4, Gordon-4 and Kyle Busch-1).
      • Tony Stewart led the most laps for the 11th time in a race this season.
      • This was the fifth win by a Chevrolet in the last six races at Martinsville Speedway, all by Hendrick Motorsports.
      • This is the 16th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has 13 and Dodge has three. • Rusty Wallace (19th) extended a 45-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 32 races in 2005.
      • Martinsville marked the sixth and final short-track race in 2005. There were six different Bud pole winners and five different race winners on short-tracks in 2005. Gordon was the only repeat short-track race winner. Tony Stewart led 673 of the 2,800 laps raced on short-tracks in 2005, the most of any driver. Stewart also scored five top-10 finishes on short-tracks, leading all drivers.
    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup - Week No. 6
      • Tony Stewart finished second at Martinsville Speedway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is 15 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining four races to determine the 2005 champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Seven drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Only three of the 10 Chase drivers led at Martinsville, earning lap leader bonus points: Tony Stewart (283 laps), Matt Kenseth (19 laps) and Greg Biffle (six laps).
      • Stewart has earned 40 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover, eighth at Talladega, 14th at Kansas, second at Lowe’s and sixth at Martinsville) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase-thru Martinsville. He ranked first in the point standings after this race one year ago. Busch is now eighth in the point standings 172 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year: Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Only one of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Kurt Busch (sixth). Matt Kenseth was 12th followed by Greg Biffle (20th), Carl Edwards (26th) and Mark Martin (34th).
      • Tony Stewart has scored four top-five finishes in the six races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the most among Chase drivers.
      • Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, each have scored five top-10 finishes in the first six races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jimmie Johnson, who also won at Dover, is the only driver to score multiple victories in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jamie McMurray (seventh) climbed from 14th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by just 18 points over 12th-place Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statsistical Services)(10-23-2005)

    • Rumblings - Martinsville: It was a tale of two races today at Martinsville Speedway. In the first 343 laps, Tony Stewart led all but 60. For the final 157 circuits, Jeff Gordon led all but 6. And that final push put Gordon into Victory Lane at this sweet little short track in today's Subway 500, giving him a sweep of both NEXTEL Cup events here. This was win #73 for Gordon's career (he's 7th on the all-time win list), and his 7th at Martinsville (he's tied with Rusty Wallace for third on that list). Win #139 for Hendrick Motorsports was the 4th of the season (but his first since Talladega in May) for the four-time Champ and was worth $184,926 from the over $4.7M in posted awards.
      Bobby Labonte (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Loudon in July.
      Jeff Burton (5th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Bristol in August.
      Jamie McMurray (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona in July.
      Denny Hamlin (8th) is in a rut. That's the second week in a row he's finished 8th.....in only a three-race Cup career.
      Ken Schrader (13th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Bristol in August.
      Derrike Cope (33rd) had his best finish since he was 29th at Richmond in May of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Jamie McMurray (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Green (-26), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (-21) and Elliott Sadler (-20). A quiet week in the "Shaft", especially for a short-track.
      Tony Stewart now has a 15 point margin in the "Chase" standings. The "Magic Numbers" are continuing to grow for the guys at the bottom of the standings....if Tony finishes 9th or better the final four events there's no way that Jeremy Mayfield can catch him, and so forth.
      Jamie McMurray (14th to 11th) and Kyle Petty (29th to 26th) made the best moves forward today, while three drivers (Elliott Sadler, Sterling Marlin, and Mike Bliss) all fell three spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-23-2005)

      RACE RUNDOWN

    • The Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 500 of 500 laps:

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #24-Gordon-c (15)(151 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (1x)(283 laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (6x)
      #18-Labonte-c (10)
      #31-Burton-c (21)
      #97-Busch-f (14x) 12
      #42-McMurray-d (30)
      #11-Hamlin-c (5)
      #5-Busch-c (23)
      #12-Newman-d (4x)

      other chasers, where they finished
      #17-Kenseth-f (25x)(19 laps led) 12
      #2-Walllace-d (3x) 19
      #16-Biffle-f (22x)(6 laps led) 20
      #99-Edwards-f (18x) 26, -1 lap
      #19-Mayfield-d (7x) 28 -3 laps
      #6-Martin (35/Bx) 34 -32 laps

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
      B=backup car, started at the rear
      E=engine change, started at the rear
      T=transmission change, started at the rear

    • Chase Standing after lap 500 of 500 at Martinsville:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5957
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, -15
      #12-Ryan Newman, -63
      #16-Greg Biffle, -83
      #99-Carl Edwards, -149
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -166
      #6-Mark Martin, -170
      #97-Kurt Busch, -172
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -172
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -216
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray, 3632
      #29-Kevin Harvick -18
      #01-Joe Nemechek -48
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -49
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -62

    • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 41,99,10,01,22,15,19,38,32,88,66,08,25,4,40

    • Cars on the track: 36 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
      #7-Gordon (engine-out)
      #95-Barrett (engine-out)
      #0-Bliss (accident-out)
      #37-Spencer (electrical-out)
      #09-Hamilton (oil leak-out)
      #43-Green (engine-out)
      #40-Marlin (accident-off)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 17 lead changes):
      #20-Stewart (283);
      #24-Gordon (151);
      #17-Kenseth (19);
      #49-Schrader (17);
      #15-Waltrip (12);
      #07-Blaney (10);
      #16-Biffle (6);
      #21-Rudd (2);

    • Lap leaders: #20-Stewart - pole; #20-Stewart 1; #21-Rudd 2-3; #20-Stewart 4-47; #15-Waltrip 48-53; #20-Stewart 54-86; #17-Kenseth 87-105; #20-Stewart 106-124; #49-Schrader 125-141; #20-Stewart 142-176; #15-Waltrip 177-182; #20-Stewart 183-240; #07-Blaney 241-250; #20-Stewart 251-343; #24-Gordon 344-353; #16-Biffle 354-359; #24-Gordon 360-500;

      Cautions: 19 for 113 laps

      Caution 19 - Laps 495 - 497: #8-Earnhardt Jr. gts into the rear of #77-Kvapil who spun around and smacked the wall in turn 2. Also #16-Biffle spun in turn 2.
      Caution 18 - Laps 483 - 485: #2-Wallace got punted by #31-Burtin and smacke the inside wall. Wallace was running 5th. Burton apologized but said the #2 stopped in front of him.
      Caution 17 - Laps 477 - 481: #5-Busch punted #17-Kenseth who spun around in turn 4.
      Caution 16 - Laps 437 - 448: #6-Martin lost his brakes and left debris from the brakes on the track. Martin came on to pit road and couldn't stop and just missed some of his crew.
      Caution 15 - Laps 366 - 370: #15-Waltrip got spun by #99-Edwards, backing into the turn 4 wall, then getting stuck on the inside curb.
      Caution 14 - Laps 349 - 352: #21-Rudd spunout on the backstretch off turn 2.
      Caution 13 - Laps 343 - 347: #41-Mears makes contact with #77-Kvapil, with the #41 spinning off turn 2.
      Caution 12 - Laps 322 - 326: #43-Green got hit in the back by #42-McMurray, spun around and smacked the inside wall, while checking up, #17-Kenseth and #21-Rudd got together.
      Caution 11 - Laps 311 - 316: #38-Sadler hit the turn 4 curb and spun out off turn 4.
      Caution 10 - Laps 297 - 300: on the restart, #66-Sadler stopped at the start/finish line.
      Caution 9 - Laps 286 - 295: #43-Green lost a right front tire and went up the track in turn 2, but didn't hit anything.
      Caution 8 - Laps 240 - 246: #29-Harvick spun out #8-Earnhardt Jr., with #37-Spencer getting intot he #8 and then together with #38-Sadler and #88-Jarrett.
      Caution 7 - Laps 210 - 214: #08-Cope [10 laps down] came down on #07-Blaney, spinning out Blaney, #43-Green went up to avoid Blaney, running into #10-Riggs, #99-Edwards went high to avoid the crash and smacked the wall.
      Caution 6 - Laps 198 - 204: #97-Busch turned around #15-Waltrip off turn 2 and hit the backstretch wall on the drivers side, behind him, #10-Riggs and #99-Edwards spun out in turn 2.
      Caution 5 - Laps 175 - 181: #0-Bliss and #10-Rigs made contact off turn 4, sending #0 into the outside wall, then #40-Marlin bounced off Bliss and into #21-Rudd [who was running 2nd] sending Rudd into the inside frontstretch wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 123 - 132: #25-Vickers left oil on the track, some sort of engine problem.
      Caution 3 - Laps 96 - 99: debris on the backstretch.
      Caution 2 - Laps 85 - 90: #9-Kahne and #4-Wallace made contact, Wallace slid, almost spun, #15-Waltrip sped by but caught Wallace's left front and cut down a tire.
      Caution 1 - Laps 47 - 51: #4-Wallace got spun by #6-Martin in turn 1 who was about to go a lap down, #9-Kahne also got spun.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 19: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 18: #9-Kahne(2), 17th
      Caution 17: #16-Biffle, 20th
      Caution 16: #45-Petty, 14th
      Caution 15: #43-Green, 37th DNF
      Caution 14: #8-Earnhardt Jr.(2), 18th
      Caution 13: #22-Wimmer, 25th
      Caution 12: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 18th
      Caution 11: #41-Mears, 22nd
      Caution 10: #09-Hamilton, 39th DNF
      Caution 9: #97-Busch, 6th
      Caution 8: #9-Kahne, 17th
      Caution 7: #11-Hamlin, 8th
      Caution 6: #38-Sadler, 29th
      Caution 5: none as the lucky dog was involved in the caution
      Caution 4: #40-Marlin, 38th DNF
      Caution 3: #0-Bliss, 40th DNF
      Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 20th
      Caution 1: none awarded
      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)
      ---- around lap 410, #43-Green went to the garage with a broke motor and #19-Mayfield made unsched pitstop a flat tire, lost 3 laps Mayfield was running 6th at the time
      ---- #40-Marlin is back on the track as of lap 255, 104 laps down.
      ---- duriing the 12th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. was the Lucky Dog, but made a pit stop for a flat tire and lost the lap.
      ---- during the 9th caution pit stops, #21-Rudd came out 3rd, but got penalized for having too many men over pitwall.
      ---- on lap 275, #9-Kahne made an unscgedule stop for a flat tire and lost another lap.
      ---- as of lap 235, #31-Burton is reporting a transmission problem, some sort of 'popping'
      ---- Vickers is back on the track, must had been an oil leak, not an engine expiring as reported on TV and radio.
      ---- during the 6th caution, #97-Busch was held a lap on pit road, penalized by NASCAR for rough driving, spinning Waltrip.
      ---- during the 5th caution pit stop, #21-Rudd was penalized for speeding exiting pit road, team is trying to keep Rudd on the lead lap, bring him a few times, also penalized for speeding were #5-Busch and #18-Labonte.
      ---- on lap 110, #4-Wallace and #11-Hamlin made contact tearing part of the rear bumper off the #11, who had to pit to have the flapping bumper removed.
      ---- on lap 83, #25-Vickers made an unscheduled pit stop for a tire going down.
      ---- during th 1st cuation pit stops, #19-Mayfield was penalized for speeding on pit road and dropped to the end of the longest line.
      ---- around lap 40, #2-Wallace for into #22-Wimmer, who was a lap down, Wimmer went up the track.
      ---- around lap 12, #38-Sadler smacked the wall after making contact with aniother driver, has some left front fender damage.
      ---- To the BACK [2]: #6-Martin [backup car]; #95-Barrett [engine change];


    • Race Coverage of the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is on Sunday, October 235, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 12:30pm/et [green flag around 1:15pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, October 27th at 3:00pm/et

    • Happy Hour practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #11-Hamlin 96.869
      #01-Nemechek 96.141
      #20-Stewart 96.132
      #19-Mayfield 96.083
      #48-Johnson 95.908
      slowest: #08-Cope 93.525 and #6-Sadler 93.719
      #6-Martin 93.641 [in the primary car before the wreck], 95.371 [23rd] in the backup
      most laps run: #18-Labonte 81; #19-Mayfield 69
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #25-Vickers, 94.801 [8th fastest lap], 34 laps run
      #07-Blaney, 94.309 [9th], 56 laps
      #31-Burton, 94.078 [16th], 50 laps
      incidents: #6-Martin wacked the wall, damage to the right front and will go to a backup car.
      #77-Kvapil spun around in turn 2, no damage.
      #15-Waltrip spun in turn 2, no damage.
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun in turn 4, no damage.
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-22-2005)

    • Saturday's 1st practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 96.696
      #20-Stewart 96.543
      #11-Hamlin 96.543
      #18-Labonte 95.966
      #40-Marlin 95.937
      slowest: #32-Hamilton Jr. 92.655 and #08-Cope 93.877
      most laps run: #21-Rudd 62; #20-Stewart 60
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #24-Gordon, 94.157 [8th fastest lap], 35 laps run
      #45-Petty, 94.086 [15th], 46 laps
      #18-Labonte, 93.990 [4th], 58 laps
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-22-2005)

    • Stewart wins pole with new track record at Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, the points leader, won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a Track Record lap of 98.083mph for his 3rd pole of 2005 and 10th of his career. The rest of the top five are: #21-Ricky Rudd, #2-Rusty Wallace, #12-Ryan Newman and #11-Denny Hamlin. #4-Mike Wallace was the highest non top-35 team, starting 27th. Five drivers failed to make the race: #92-Chad Chaffin, #4-Joey McCarthy, #00-Carl Long, #75-Mike Garvey and #89-Morgan Shepherd [ran past the 5-minute clock to fix the car]. #61-Wayne Anderson withdrew after only running 2 laps in practice.
      For pstarting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-21-2005)

    • Qualifying Notes Martinsville:
      • Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Subway 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.306 seconds at 98.083 mph. He broke Ryan Newman’s track-qualifying record of 19.513 seconds, 97.043 mph, set Oct. 22, 2004.
      • The top 11 qualifier’s broke Newman’s qualifying record.
      • This is Stewart’s 10th career Bud Pole in 244 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his third Bud Pole and 18th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is Stewart’s third Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Ricky Rudd posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.324 seconds, 97.992 mph – and will join Stewart on the front row for the Subway 500. It is Rudd’s 27th top-10 start in 53 races at Martinsville, but just his second in the past nine. This is his best start this season and his best since he started on the Bud Pole at Talladega in April 2004.
      • This is the 13th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has nine Bud Poles and Ford has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Rusty Wallace (third) has started from the top 10 in 34 of his 44 races at Martinsville. It is his 11th top-10 start in 2005.
      • Ryan Newman (fourth) has posted eight top-10 starts in as many races at Martinsville. Newman has a series leading 26 top-10 starts this season, including six Bud Poles.
      • Denny Hamlin (fifth) posted his second top-10 start in his three-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. He started seventh at Kansas City.
      • Only five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Stewart, Wallace, Newman, Jimmie Johnson (sixth) and Jeremy Mayfield (seventh). None of the five Roush cars qualified in the top 10. Mark Martin 35th was the lowest qualifying Chase driver
      • Kyle Petty (13th) posted his best start since he started 10th at Richmond in September 2003.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-21-2005)

    • Ramblings - Martinsville:
      Tony Stewart set a new track record (for that matter, 11 drivers bettered the old mark) today at Martinsville Speedway and took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Subway 500 with a time of 19.306 (98.083 mph). This is the 3rd top-spot of the season for Tony and the 9th of his NEXTEL Cup career.
      Ricky Rudd will join Stewart on the front row. This is Ricky's best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in October of 2004.
      Rusty Wallace (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Bristol in April.
      Denny Hamlin (5th) has his career-best (albeit only three races) starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 7th two weeks ago at Kansas.
      Jeremy Mayfield (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualififed on the outside pole at The Brickyard in August.
      Jeff Green (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Bristol in April.
      Kyle Petty (13th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Richmond in September of 2003.
      Welcome Back Derrike Cope (38th). This is Derrike's first Cup start since Richmond in September of 2004, and his best start since he lined up 38th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Elliott Sadler has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      This is our final short-track event (and the only one in the "Chase) of the season. If you recall Bristol and Richmond, there may still be a few drivers who figure they've got some payback coming.....you can bet NASCAR's gonna be watching a little closer than usual this weekend.(StockCarFans.com)(10-21-20005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2005 at 3:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel

    • Qualifying Order for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #88-Dale Jarrett is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #19-Jeremy Mayfield. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Martinsville Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(10-21-2005)

    • Friday's Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #20-Stewart 97.850
      [track record is 97.043]
      #12-Newman 97.785
      #21-Rudd 97.613
      #2-Wallace 97.588
      #25-Vickers 97.513
      slowest: #61-Anderson 88.548 [only 2 laps] and #00-Long 93.766
      most laps run: #88 Jarrett 79; #19-Mayfield 77
      incident: #15-Waltrip wrecked and will qualify in a back-up car.
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #21-Rudd, 96.011 [3rd fastest lap], 25 laps run
      #01-Nemechek, 95.704 [10th], 34 laps
      #09-Hamilton, 95.562 [14th], 24 laps
      For practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-21-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice?
      Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
      #09-Bobby Hamilton, 14th fastest
      #7-Robby Gordon, 27th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 28th
      #37-Jimmy Spencer, 39th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 40th
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 41st
      #92-Chad Chaffin, 42nd
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 43rd
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss race:
      #08-Derrike Cope, 44th
      #66-Hermie Sadler, 45th
      #34-Joey McCarthy, 46th
      #75-Mike Garvey, 47th
      #00-Carl Long, 48th
      #61-Wayne Anderson, 49th
      (10-21-2005)

    • Entry List for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 49 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:
      Not in top 35 of owners points - 31 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time)
      #37-Jimmy Spencer (full-time)
      #92-Chad Chaffin in for Joey McCarthy (full-time)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 31 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (20 attempts)
      #08-Derrike Cope in for Ryan McGlynn (1 attempt)
      #09-Bobby Hamilton in for Johnny Sauter (15 attempts)
      #34-Joey McCarthy in for P.J. Jones (26 attempts)
      #61-Wayne Anderson (3 attempts)
      #66-Hermie Sadler (30 attempts)
      #75-Mike Garvey (10 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (18 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (5 attempts)
      dropped from the entry list
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,00
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 89,09,75,95,61,08
      For the full list see my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List, 49 cars entered.(10-17/18-2005)

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    • Air Pressure Checked: NASCAR told teams at the Michigan drivers' meeting that it would begin recording air pressures on the front tires of all cars before each race, keep the information confidential and use it to evaluate performance and to investigate tire problems.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

    • Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, 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
      For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
    • 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:
      ESPN.com
      MotorsportsOne
      NASCAR.com


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Martinsville Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored two victories in the first five races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin have each scored top-10 finishes in four of the five races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 31 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Carl Edwards has scored four straight top-10 finishes, the longest current streak among all drivers.
      • Brian Vickers has scored five straight top-15 finishes.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 25 top-10 starts in 31 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 12 of the 31 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won eight while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing all have one each.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-16-2005)

    • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Oct 2004, 97.043mph

    • Apr 2005 Pole Sitter: Scott Riggs, 96.671mph, finished 21st

    • Oct 2004 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 97.043, finished 3rd

    • 2004 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 66.103mph, started 18th

    • 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: 39 - 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 16: 1

    • 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 113 - 53.1%

    • Races won from the top 10: 82 of 113 - 72.6%

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup - Week No. 5
      • In spite of his 25th-place finish in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Tony Stewart remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is tied with Jimmie Johnson, each with 5,777 points. Stewart gets the first-place position based on the tie-breaker of his five victories as opposed to Johnson’s four. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining five races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Six drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Six of the 10 Chase drivers led at Lowe’s Motor Speedway earning lap leader bonus points: Tony Stewart (61), Ryan Newman (42), Jimmie Johnson (13), Greg Biffle (four), Kurt Busch (two) and Jeremy Mayfield (one). Stewart has earned 30 bonus points in the Chase, leading all Chase drivers.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover, eighth at Talladega, 14th at Kansas and second at Lowe’s) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase. Busch remained 10th in the point standings, but climbed to 142 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year: Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Three of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top five: Kurt Busch (second), Greg Biffle (third), and Mark Martin (fifth). Carl Edwards finished 10th while Matt Kenseth was 26th.
      • Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin each have scored four top-10 finishes in the first five races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jimmie Johnson, who also won at Dover, became the first driver to score multiple victories in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Elliott Sadler (27th) climbed from 13th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by just 11 points over 12th-place Kevin Harvick..
      • Elliott Sadler led 112 laps, leading the most laps for the first time in a race this season and only the second time in his career.
      • Rusty Wallace (24th) extended a 44-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 31 races in 2005.
      • Jeff Gordon (38th) posted his ninth DNF in 2005, the most since he had 10 in 1994.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-16-2005)

    • Martinsville Nuggets
      The Chase Drivers at Martinsville - The Final Short-Track Race in 2005:
      • Greg Biffle has never scored a top-15 finish in five races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Kurt Busch has scored one victory (October 2002) and three top-10 finishes in 10 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards has raced in only two races at Martinsville Speedway finishing 24th and 38th.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored six straight top-10 finishes, including one victory (October 2004) at Martinsville.
      • Matt Kenseth has scored only three top-10 finishes in 11 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Mark Martin has scored two victories and 21 top-10 finishes in 39 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored five top-10 finishes in 20 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman has scored four top-five finishes in his last four races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Tony Stewart has finished 14th or worse in his last three races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored five top-10 finishes in his last six races at Martinsville Speedway.
      Driver Milestones at Martinsville • Ricky Rudd.is expected to make his 784th consecutive start, extending the all-time record for consecutive races by a driver.
      • Dale Jarrett is expected to make his 375th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this week at Martinsville Speedway.
      Ricky Rudd Expected to Set Mark at Martinsville Speedway
      Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 53rd start at Martinsville Speedway. Rudd will tie Terry Labonte for third alltime in starts there behind Dave Marcis with 55 and Richard Petty who holds the record with 67 starts. Rudd has three victories at Martinsville Speedway.
      Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Martinsville Speedway
      Kurt Busch has competed in 10 races at Martinsville Speedway, scoring just one top-10 finish, in his last five races there.
      Point Leader at Martinsville Speedway
      Tony Stewart has competed in 13 races at Martinsville Speedway, scoring one victory (October 2000) and six top-10 finishes. Stewart has finished 14th or worse in his last three races at Martinsville Speedway.
      Tough at Martinsville in 2004
      • Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace all scored top-10 finishes in both races at Martinsville in 2004. Johnson and Newman scored top-five finishes in both races.
      • The streaks continued this past April with Newman scoring his fourth straight top-five at Martinsville Speedway, Johnson scored his sixth straight top-10 finish; Gordon scored his fifth straight top-10 finish; while Sterling Marlin and Rusty Wallace each scored their third straight top-10 finish.
      Strong Starter at Martinsville Speedway
      Ryan Newman has posted seven straight top-10 starts, including two Bud Poles in seven races at Martinsville. Winning From Up Front at Martinsville Speedway
      Thirty-one of the 113 races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row. However, only two of the last nine races there were won from the front row.
      Martinsville Dominator
      Jimmie Johnson has finished ninth or better in his last six races at Martinsville Speedway, the longest top-10 streak among active drivers.

      Active Martinsville Dominators
      • Starts- Ricky Rudd (52)
      • Bud Poles - Jeff Gordon (five)
      • Victories - Rusty Wallace (seven)
      • Top Fives - Rusty Wallace (17)
      • Top 10s - Rusty Wallace (25)
      • Average Start (more than one) - Ryan Newman (4.0 in seven races)
      • Average Finish - Jeff Gordon (8.120 in 25 races)
      • Laps Led - Rusty Wallace (3,632)

      Manufacturer Domination at Martinsville
      A Chevrolet has won the four of the last five races at Martinsville Speedway.
      “Last-Timer” at Martinsville Speedway
      Rusty Wallace has scored seven victories and 25 top-10 finishes in his 43 races at Martinsville Speedway. He has scored top-10 finishes in five of his last six races there.
      And Beat Goes On
      Jeff Gordon has been running at the finish in all 25 of his races at Martinsville Speedway. No other driver has competed in 25 or more races at Martinsville without scoring a DNF there.
      Owner Domination at Martinsville
      Petty Enterprises has 19 victories at Martinsville Speedway, the most of all car owners. Junior Johnson and Rick Hendrick both have 12, tied for second among car owners.
      Starting and Finishing Up Front at Martinsville Speedway
      • Ryan Newman has a 4.0 starting average and a 15.857 finishing average in seven races at Martinsville Speedway. His starting average is the best among active drivers at Martinsville.
      • Jeff Gordon has a 7.0 starting average and an 8.120 finishing average in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway. His finishing average is the best among all active drivers.
      Sweeps at Martinsville Speedway
      There have been nine sweeps at Martinsville Speedway since twice-a-year racing began there in 1950. Jeff Gordon (2003) posted the most recent Martinsville Speedway sweep since Rusty Wallace (1994), nine years earlier.
      Don’t Tell Me You Can’t
      Kurt Busch won the 2002 Old Dominion 500 from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started in the 57-year history at Martinsville Speedway.
      Leading the way at Martinsville Speedway
      Rusty Wallace is the only driver to lead in each of the last seven races at Martinsville Speedway.
      Top 10 Lap Leaders at Martinsville Speedway
      Driver Races Laps Led
      1. Yarborough, Cale 31 3,851
      2. Wallace, Rusty 43 3,632
      3. Waltrip, Darrell 52 3,616
      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 25 1,890
      9. Rudd, Ricky 52 1,569
      10. Bodine, Geoffrey 38 1,546

      Would You Believe?
      Rusty Wallace is just 59 laps shy of leading 20,000 laps in his career. Wallace has led 19,941 laps and ranks seventh all-time.
      Season Nuggets
      Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005

      After 31 races in 2005, there are still three drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek. Wallace is the only driver ranked in the top 10 that has not won a race but is also the only driver among the top-50 drivers without a DNF this season. There are six drivers not in the top 10 that have scored at least one victory in 2005.
      Manufacturer Dominance
      Chevrolet has won 15 of the 31 races in 2005. Ford has won 13 and Dodge has three victories.
      Streaks
      Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 44 consecutive races (since Bristol in September 2004), the longest current streak.
      Get Those Bonus Points
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 22 of the 31 races in 2005. He has led 1,101 laps this season and is second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,546 the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has led the most laps in 10 of the 31 races this season, more than any other driver.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 130 lap leader bonus points in the first 31 races, more than any other driver.
      Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
      Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 64 straight races, the longest current streak.
      2005 Success
      • Rusty Wallace ranked 18th in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is seventh.
      • Greg Biffle ranked 22nd in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is third.
      • Carl Edwards ranked 40th in the point standings after Lowe’s one year ago. This year he is sixth.
      2005 Struggles
      • Kurt Busch ranked first in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is 10th.
      • Jeff Gordon ranked third in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is 17th.
      • Elliott Sadler ranked fourth in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is 11th.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked second in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is 20th.
      • Bobby Labonte ranked 14th in the point standings after 31 races one year ago. This year he is 25th.
      • Robby Gordon leads all drivers with 12 DNFs in 31 races.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 27 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 1,013.
      • Michael Waltrip has finished 13th or worse in his last 16 races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-21-2005)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • 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: martinsvillespeedway.com

    • April 2005 Martinsville Race Info Page
    • 2004 Martinsville April Race Info Page
    • 2004 Martinsville Oct. Race Info Page

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal:
      Command to start engines:
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
      National Anthem:
      Military Flyover:

    • Subway 500 sold out: Martinsville Speedway officials announced Tuesday's afternoon that all of the grandstand seating for Sunday's SUBWAY 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have been sold. A limited number of standing-room only seats will be put on sale at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. 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 in advance, $40 at the gate. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 and children under six get in free.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-18-2005)

    • Texas/Martinsville Date Swap in 2006? NASCAR executives are reported to be interested in persuading Texas Motor Speedway to swap its April 9, 2006, Cup weekend with Martinsville's April 2 date, in order to keep the Texas race from going head-to-head against the Masters. However, Texas has already started selling tickets for the April 9 race.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-18-2005)

    • ISC to buy Pikes Peak Intl Raceway the close and sell, Busch race to Martinsville: Pikes Peak International Raceway announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its assets to Rocky Mountain Speedway Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation ("ISC"). Closing of the transaction is expected within the next week, and financial terms were not disclosed. ISC will honor all of PPIR's currently scheduled community uses and rentals through October 31, 2005. After that date, ISC expects to close the facility and begin to market the approximate 1,200-acre parcel for sale. ISC plans to petition NASCAR to realign PPIR’s NASCAR Busch Series event to Martinsville Speedway for 2006. In addition, ISC intends to relocate certain PPIR fixed assets to other racing venues in its portfolio. These assets include grandstand seating, furniture and other equipment and structures that can be utilized for future ISC expansion projects. PPIR’s 16 permanent employees will be given severance packages and a handful will assist in closing the facility. In its nine years of existence, PPIR hosted NASCAR, IRL, AMA, SCCA, USAC and IMSA-sanctioned events.(PPIR)(9-30-2005)

    • Thompson Named H.Clay Earles Award Winner: Dick Thompson, one of the first public relations representatives in NASCAR, was awarded the H. Clay Earles Award in ceremonies prior to the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. Thompson was hired by Martinsville Speedway founder Earles in 1966 as the track's first public relations director. At the time he was only the second fulltime public relations person in the sport. Thompson retired from Martinsville Speedway on January 1. The H. Clay Earles Award is presented each spring to a member of the motorsports community for their dedication and contributions to the sport. Former winners include Bill France Jr., Chris Economaki, Bill Joyner and Junie Donleavy.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-14-2005)

    • 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)

    • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Cope to drive the #08 at Martinsville: Derrike Cope will be driving this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, driving for McGlynn Motorsports as a teammate with Carl Long, possibly #08. Copewill get fitted in the car on Thursday and head off to Martinsville.(Derrike Cope site)(10-18-2005)

    • Spencer, R&J Racing team up at Martinsville: Jimmy Spencer, a two-time winner on the Nextel Cup Series circuit, will drive the #37 BoSPOKER.net Dodge for R&J Racing this Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway. In making the announcement, team owner Roger Craven said the addition of Spencer was important as the BoSPOKER.net team continues to build for the future. “Not only is Jimmy an accomplished and tenacious driver, he will be able to provide our team with valuable information that could help us down the road,” Craven said. “There’s no question he knows everything there’s to know about a race car, so we’re going to be dependent for information as well as speed at Martinsville.” Spencer has a part-time arrangement with Arnold Motorsports, but that team will not compete in the Subway 500. R&J Racing driver Tony Raines took a two-week leave of absence to fulfill his commitment with Kevin Harvick’s Busch Series team.(R&J Racing PR)(10-17-2005)

    • Hermie Sadler back in the #66 at Martinsville: Hermie Sadler, who started the season in the #66 Peak Performance Motorsports Ford, will return to the team for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The team will be sponsored by Virginians for Jerry Kilgore. Kilgore is the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate for Virginia. The election is November 8. "I am excited about getting back in the 66 car at Martinsville," said Sadler. "The team has showed a great deal of improvement throughout the season. Martinsville is one of my favorite tracks, so I look forward to a solid run. It is important that we run well because we want to get the message out that Jerry Kilgore is the right man to govern Virginia." Sadler qualified and raced the #66 in the spring event at Martinsville. "Peak Performance is happy to help Hermie at Martinsville," said team owner Jeff Stec. "We had a good relationship, and we know how important it is for him to race at what he considers his home track. I'm hopeful it will be a great weekend for Hermie and the rest of the team."(PSE-3 / Peak Performance PR)(10-10-2005)

    • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #10-Scott Riggs Herbie 'Love Bug' movie #10 Schemes Page
      #16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
      #20-Tony Stewart Lithium-Ion cordless power tools #20 Schemes Page
      #41-Casey Mears Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
      #66-Hermie Sadler Virginians for Jerry Kilgore #66 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Irwin Tools #97 Schemes Page


    • Virginians for Jerry Kilgore Car to Run at Martinsville: Former Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial nominee Jerry Kilgore will sponsor the "Virginians for Jerry Kilgore" car at Martinsville Speedway's Nextel Cup Subway 500 Sunday as Virginia native Hermie Sadler will drive the #66 Ford Taurus powered by Roush-Yates racing. The Kilgore campaign logo has been featured on two other Nextel Cup cars this season, but this will mark the first time Kilgore's campaign has been the primary sponsor of a car. This is believed to be the first time ever a statewide candidate anywhere in the country has been the primary sponsor of a Nextel Cup car. More info on Virginians for Jerry Kilgore at jerrykilgore.com, see images of the car in my #66 Team Schemes page.(10-18-2005)

    • #20 to sport Tools scheme at Martinsville: Tony Stewart will special paint scheme on the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet at the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway featuring new Lithium-Ion cordless power tools that deliver the longest-lasting power available on the market. The gray, orange and white paint scheme features Lithium-Ion power tool lines on the rear corner panels and deck lid of the vehicle. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, the innovative tools from Makita U.S.A. and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation operate with breakthrough Lithium-Ion technology which will run up to twice as long as leading cordless 18 volts per charge. The tools will be available in all The Home Depot stores in the United States starting in November. The new power tool lines include a Milwaukee V28, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit and Makita 18V LXT, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit, 18V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit and 18V LXT Cordless Impact Driver Kit.(True Speed/Home Depot PR), see image on my #20 Team Schemes page.(10-18-2005)

    • Mears to run Cancer Awareness scheme in Oct: during Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning, Casey Mears, driver of the #41 Target Dodge, said he will driver a pink Cancer Awarenss scheme in the October races.(8-8-2005)

    • New #45 Scheme for Rest of 2005, Petty Blue Returns: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland for Sunday's Chicagoland 400. Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge will have a new look for the rest of the season starting this weekend. Georgia-Pacific will pay tribute to the Petty family by returning the family Petty Blue to the #45 Dodge. The "Petty Blue" color is unmistakable in the minds of race fans across America. The color is synonymous with winning and with Richard Petty's record-tying seven Nextel Cup championships.(Williams Company)(7-7-2005)

    • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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