THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Subway 500 at the
Martinsville Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 22, 2006 in Martinsville, VA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Subway

  • Track: Martinsville Speedway

  • TV: NBC 12:55pm/et

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

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 12:55pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, October 26 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

    MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

    MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,809,747 (was $4,705,474 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, October 20, 12:05 - 1:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, October 21, 9:30 - 10:30am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 21, 11:05 - 11:50am/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 20, 11:05am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, October 20 at 3:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    (the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Friday, October 20th, 2006
    5:30 a.m. Nextel CUP Series haulers enter
    9:00 a.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice, one hour
    10:10 a.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie practice, 30 minutes
    10:55 a.m. Final NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice, one hour
    12:05 p.m. Nextel Cup Series practice, 90 minutes
    3:40 p.m. Nextel Cup qualifying
    5:00 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying

    Saturday, October 21st, 2006
    9:30 a.m. Nextel Cup Series practice, one hour
    10:30 a.m. TV exhibition run (Wally's World)
    10:35 a.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver and crew chief meeting.
    11:05 a.m. Nextel Cup Series final practice, 45 minutes
    12:35 pm. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver introduction
    1:05 p.m. Green flag, Kroger 200

    Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
    10:55 a.m. Nextel Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting
    12:25 p.m. Nextel Cup Series driver introduction
    12:55 p.m. Green flag, SUBWAY 500

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck 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;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4042; Right-side -- D-4044

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 86.1 in.; Right-side -- 87.4 in.

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 10 psi; Left-Rear -- 10 psi;
    Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 145-155 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup);
    Every 135-145 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)

    Notes: This is the same tire combination that Goodyear brought to Martinsville for the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series races in April and the Busch Series race in July . . . teams in both series will run the same tire codes again this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the only track on which NASCAR teams will run this combination of left- and right-side tires this season . . . however, this right-side code (D-4044) is run on all four tire positions on NASCAR road courses in 2006 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Martinsville.


Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Martinsville for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 have a shot at it]. 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.
    2006 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    #29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
    #31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000
    (10-14-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper/News 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:


Raceweather.net


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

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 known are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

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
Gofastmotorsports.com

In-Car Audio SIte:
Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 5th win of the 2006 season and 23rd of his career [tied for 21st overall with Ricky Rudd]. Johnson led the most laps with 245. #11-Denny Hamlin finished 2nd, followed by #43-Bobby Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart and #24-Jeff Gordon. Rounding out the top-10 were #42-Mears, #9-Kahne, #66-Green, #29-Harvick and #45-Petty. Points leader coming in to the race, #31-Jeff Burton, lost an engine and finished 42nd, falling to 5th in points. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 11th [the highest finishing Ford driver] and takes over the points lead, 36 points over #29-Harvick. The top-8 drivers in the points standings are separated by 99 points. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a late race run-in with #9-Kasey Kahne spun and finished 22nd, Earnhardt Jr. took blame for the spin. There were 18 cautions for 107 laps and 5 drivers lead the race with 16 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Martinsville Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(10-22-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Martinsville [32 of 36 races]:
    #17-Matt Kenseth 5848
    #29-Kevin Harvick 5812 -36
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 5807 -41
    #11-Denny Hamlin 5801 -47
    #31-Jeff Burton 5800 -48
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5754 -94
    #6-Mark Martin 5752 -96
    #9-Kasey Kahne 5749 -99
    #24-Jeff Gordon 5707 -141
    #5-Kyle Busch 5677 -171
    and fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4108 points
    #99-Carl Edwards -246 out of 11th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-22-2006)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
    ...the old way, not the Chase after Martinsville:
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4583
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4490, 93
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 4253, 330
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4119, 464
    5) #20-Tony Stewart, 4108, 475
    6) #31-Jeff Burton, 4107, 476
    7) #6-Mark Martin, 4068, 515
    8) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4067, 516
    9) #5-Kyle Busch, 4066, 517
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 4063, 520
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4018, 565
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 3862, 721
    (10-22-2006)

  • Rumblings - Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson survived a six lap shootout (and a rear-bumper tatooing from Denny Hamlin) today to take the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 5th win of 2006. Career victory #23 moves Johnson into a tie with Ricky Rudd for 25th on the all-time win list. This was JJ's second victory at Martinsville (we all remember the first just two years ago), and was worth $191,886 from the over $4.8M in posted awards. This was also win #149 for Hendrick Motorsports.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Pocono in July.
    #43-Bobby Labonte (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at New Hampshire in July of 2005. This was the best finish for the #43 car since John Andretti was runner-up at Bristol in March of 2001!
    #45-Kyle Petty (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Atlanta in March. This was the first time since Bristol in April of 1999 that both Petty Enterprise cars scored a Top-10 in the same race!
    #4-Ward Burton (26th) had his best finish since he was 19th at Lowe's in October of 2004 (only four races).
    #78-Kenny Wallace (29th) had his best finish since he was 25th at Richmond in May.
    STREAKIN....Bobby Labonte has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Bobby Labonte (+27), followed by Kasey Kahne (+25) and Dale Jarrett (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ken Schrader (-31), followed by Dave Blaney (-27) and Kurt Busch (-26).
    In "Classic" Points today Denny Hamlin (9th to 4th) was the big gainer today, while six drivers in the Top-25 fell two spots. In "Chase" Points it can't get much tighter. Jeff Burton's troubles brought hope to a handful of drivers. Matt Kenseth is the new leader by 36 over Kevin Harvick while the Top-8 are separated by just 99 markers. Jimmie Johnson moved from 7th to 3rd while Burton fell all the way to 5th.(Stockcarfans.com)(10-22-2006)

  • Qualifying Notes - Martinsville:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 SUBWAY 500 at Martinsville Speedway, scoring his 23rd career Nextel Cup victory in his 179th career start. Johnson climbed from seventh to third in the Championship standings, 41 points behind first-place Matt Kenseth
    • Johnson moved into a tie for 25th on NASCAR’s All-Time win list, tying Ricky Rudd who also won 23 races.
    • This was Johnson’s fifth victory in 2006. He also won races at Daytona, Las Vegas, Talladega and Indianapolis.
    • Johnson became the fourth Chase driver to post a victory in the first six races of the Chase.
    • Johnson scored his second victory in 10 races at Martinsville. Johnson last won at Martinsville in October 2004.
    • Johnson scored his 20th top-10 finish in 2006, the most among all drivers this season. It marked his ninth straight top-10 finish at Martinsville. Johnson finished 35th in his first race at Martinsville, his only DNF and only finish outside the top-10.
    • Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 101 consecutive races.
    • Johnson’s victory today was the 20th Chevrolet victory in 32 races in 2006.
    • Johnson won the race from the ninth-place starting position. Both races at Martinsville in 2006 were won from a top 10 starting position.
    • Johnson led the most laps for the second time in 2006 and first time since Kansas, three races ago. Johnson led seven times for 245 of the 500 laps raced.
    • Race winner Johnson led the final 56 laps in the 2006 SUBWAY 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
    • This was team owner Rick Hendrick’s 149th Nextel Cup victory. Hendrick has scored nine victories
    in 2006. Those victories were scored by Jimmie Johnson (five), Jeff Gordon (two), Kyle Busch (one) and Brian Vickers (one).
    • It is Hendrick’s 14th victory at Martinsville, ranking second among all car owners.
    Chase Notes
    • Jeff Burton (42nd) dropped from first to fifth in the point standings marking the first time that the point lead changed in the second-half of the Chase since the program’s inception in 2004.
    • Five of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10.
    • Nine of the 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Martinsville.
    • There have been five changes in the second-place points position in the six races in the Chase.
    • The top five in points are separated by just 48 points.
    • Four of the six races in the Chase have been won by Chase drivers
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score five top-15 finishes in the six Chase races.
    • Jeff Burton is the only Chase driver to score four top-10 finishes in the six races in the Chase.
    • Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have each led in four of the six races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post five top-10 starts in the six races in the Chase.
    Notebook Items
    • Denny Hamlin (second) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his second top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville. He was the highest finishing rookie for the 15th time in 2006.
    • Bobby Labonte (third) scored his fourth top-10 finish in the last five races and his eighth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 13th top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville. Labonte and teammate Kyle Petty (10th) posted the first top-10s in the same race for Petty Enterprises since Phoenix November 1999: Kyle Petty (seventh) and John Andretti (eighth). Labonte scored
    • Tony Stewart (fourth) scored his 17th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Martinsville. He remained 11th in the point standings. He has a 246-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Jeff Gordon (fifth) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006. It is his eighth straight top-10 finish at Martinsville.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-22-2006)

    Martinsville 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (9)(245 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-c (3-r)(10 laps led)
    #43-Labonte-d (30)(43 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (5)
    #24-Gordon-c (2)(165 laps led)
    #42-Mears-d (19)
    #9-Kahne-d (32)
    #66-Green-c (8)
    #29-Harvick-c (12)
    #45-Petty-d (14)
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    (chasers above in blue)

    where the other Chasers are running:
    #17-Kenseth-f (20) running 11
    #5-Busch-c (15) running 18
    #6-Martin-f (25) running 22
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (7) running 24
    #31-Burton-c (28) OUT 42

  • Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 2,38,78,10,18,16,22,55,41,1,7

  • Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #34-Lepage (?-out)
    #31-Burton (engine-out)
    #21-Schrader (accident-out)
    #32-Kvapil (gear-out)
    #72-Skinner (accident-out)
    #19-Sadler (drivetrain-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (5 leaders with 16 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson (245);
    #24-Gordon (165);
    #43-Labonte (43);
    #11-Hamlin (28);
    #2-Busch (19, pole);

  • Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #24-Gordon 1-144; #48-Johnson 145; #24-Gordon 146-152; #48-Johnson 153-156; #24-Gordon 157; #48-Johnson 158-204; #24-Gordon 205; #48-Johnson 206-243; #24-Gordon 244-255; #11-Hamlin 256-282; #48-Johnson 283-333; #2-Busch 334-352; #48-Johnson 353-400; #11-Hamlin 401; #43-Labonte 402-444; #48-Johnson 445-500;

    Cautions: 18 for 107 laps

    Caution 18 - Laps 491 - 494: #26-McMurray got into #78-Wallace, sending Wallace spinning in turn 2.
    Caution 17 - Laps 478 - 482: #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun while trying to pass #9-Kahne, making some contact, spinning Earnhardt Jr sound in turn 3.
    Caution 16 - Laps 470 - 476: #07-Bowyer spun off turn 3
    Caution 15 - Laps 461 - 467: #38-Gilliland, down 4 laps, got into lead lap car of #42-Mears off turn 4, spinning Mears
    Caution 14 - Laps 449 - 453: #20-Stewart got into #06-Ragan, sending Ragan spinning in turn 4, the #5-Busch went high to avoid the #06 and smacked the wall
    Caution 13 - Laps 401 - 406: #43-Labonte got into #26-McMurray, who spun around in turn 2
    Caution 12 - Laps 365 - 371: #2-Busch and #10-Riggs made contact off turn 4, sending Busch around and into the frontstretch wall.
    Caution 11 - Laps 357 - 361: #19-Sadler and #06-Ragan made contact, sending Ragan spinning in turn 2
    Caution 10 - Laps 347 - 352: #96-Raines got into #72-Skinner, with Skinner spinning off turn 4 and ended up stopped on the front stretch
    Caution 9 - Laps 333 - 340: #06-Ragan, running 2 laps down, got into #21-Schrader [running 10th at the time], sending Schrader into the turn 1 wall and then collecting #88-Jarrett who spun around.
    Caution 8 - Laps 281 - 286: #07-Bowyer got in to the rear of #17-Kenseth, sending Kenseth spinning in turn 4, but didn't hit anything
    Caution 7 - Laps 243 - 248: #96-Raines slowed on the track after making contact with #06-Ragan and cutting a tire down while running 6th, then #32-Kvapil checked up for the slowing car and got rear-ended by someone and spun around in turn 3.
    Caution 6 - Laps 233 - 238: #10-Riggs got into #41-Sorenson when Sorenson checked up for slower cars, spinning Sorenson, with #72-Skinner getting into #29-Harvick [some left front damage], others collected in the wreck were #7-Gordon, #88-Jarrett and #32-Kvapil all spinning in the 3rd turn. Also #16-Biffle got into the rear of another car, doing some front end damage
    Caution 5 - Laps 223 - 227: #38-Gilliland got into #4-Ward Burton off turn 1, sending Burton spinning in turn 2, Burton ended up the wrong way, but did not hit the wall, and is still 2 laps down.
    Caution 4 - Laps 205 - 209: #55-Waltrip spun off turn 4
    Caution 3 - Laps 156 - 161: #26-McMurray into #40-Stremme in turn 4, spinning Stremme, who was running 15th at the time.
    Caution 2 - Laps 66 - 72: #12-Newman got into #42-Mears in turn 2, spinning Mears.
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 10: #45-Petty spun in turn 4, #1-Truex Jr. then got into #41-Sorenson, and #31-Burton gets into #01-Nemechek who then got into teammate #14-Marlin, spinning Marlin, #4-Burton and #31-Burton also got some damage.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 18: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 17: #06-Ragan(3), back on the lead lap,
    Caution 16: #06-Ragan(2), still 1 lap down
    Caution 15: #06-Ragan, still 2 laps down
    Caution 14: #01-Nemechek
    Caution 13: #4-WBurton(2)
    Caution 12: #4-WBurton [still a lap down]
    Caution 11: #88-Jarrett
    Caution 10: #26-McMurray
    Caution 9: #43-Labonte(2)
    Caution 8: #43-Labonte
    Caution 7: #14-Marlin
    Caution 6: #12-Newman
    Caution 5: #07-Bowyer
    Caution 4: #22-Blaney
    Caution 3: #9-Kahne
    Caution 2: #55-Waltrip
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Martinsville PENALTY REPORT:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 TE Pitting before pit road is open 4
    4 TE Pitting before pit road is open 5
    12 TE Safety Violation 69
    55 MCI Safety Violation 106
    7 OL Pitting before pit road is open 231
    16 TE Pitting before pit road is open 233
    7 TE Outside half of the pit box tire violation 231
    96 TE Pitting before pit road is open 243
    32 TE Pitting before pit road is open 243
    16 TE Pitting before pit road is open 244
    22 MCI Safety Violation 274
    22 TE Pitting before pit road is open 282
    16 TE Pitting before pit road is open 282
    96 TE Pitting before pit road is open 282
    22 PT Safety Violation 295
    06 TE Pitting before pit road is open 356
    06 PT Excessive speed EXITING the pits 360
    2 TE Commitment Line Violation 365
    2 TE Pitting before pit road is open 365
    01 MCI Safety Violation 386
    5 TE Pitting before pit road is open 448
    06 PT Passing to the wrong side on a start or restart 453
    38 TE Safety Violation 462
    14 MCI Safety Violation 470
    78 MCI Disobeying a NASCAR request 470
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-22-2006)

  • Drivers Points after lap 500 of 500 at Martinsville
    #17-Matt Kenseth 5848
    #29-Kevin Harvick -36
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -41
    #11-Denny Hamlin -47
    #31-Jeff Burton -48
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -94
    #6-Mark Martin -96
    #9-Kasey Kahne -99
    #24-Jeff Gordon -141
    #5-Kyle Busch -171
    fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4108
    #99-Carl Edwards -246

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 391, #01-Nemechek had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire, he was on the lead lap
    ---- on lap 383, #29-Harvick, while running 9th, is smoking with a left front tire rub, Harvick had made contact with #06-Ragan
    ---- during the 12th caution, only a few lead lap cars came in, including #24-Gordon, who was running 4th at the time, along with #19-Sadler and #07-Bowyer.
    ---- during the 7th caution, most stayed on the track, but leader #48-Johnson did as did #8-Earnhardt Jr and #6-Martin, so they will start towards the end of the lead lap cars.
    ---- after the 4th caution, #31-Burton felt something amiss in the engine and switched to the 2nd ignition and it got worse with the car slowing and dropped like a rock thru the field, after a few laps, Burton took the car to the garage.
    ---- on lap 138, #7-Gordon headed to the garage, possible brake problem
    ---- on lap 108, #55-Waltrip was black flagged for leaving fluid on the track and sent to pit road.
    ---- around lap 105, #31-Burton, the points leader, has gone down a lap by leader #24-Gordon
    ---- on lap 98, #18-Yeley, already a lap down, pitted for a left rear flat tire.
    ---- on lap 91, #29-Harvick is reporting a vibration, it either is a transmission or a flat tire from TV/Radio reports.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #16-Biffle went to the garage with brake problems
    ---- during the 2nd caution, all cars came in to pit, with most getting 4 tires and fuel, #24-Gordon came in first and came out first, except #96-Raines who took 2 tires and moved from 10th to 2nd. #31-Burton was in the pits a while to get the hood pins fixed, but taping up the hood and came out 29th
    ---- after spinning Mears, #12-Newman was send to the end of the longer line for agressive driving, he was 10th at the time.
    ---- around lap 42, #1-Truex Jr. is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car from the lap 4 wreck, 44 laps down.
    ---- on lap 46, #11-Hamlin is reporting a miss in the engine, while running 2nd
    ---- on lap 39, #31-Burton is being shown on TV with a couple missing hoodpins.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #4-Burton was in and out of the pit road a few times to make repairs to the nose of the car.
    ---- green flag at 1:00pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 12:55pm/et by Grand Marshal, Subway's Jared Fogle
    ---- To The Back [2]: #10-Riggs [engine], #78-Wallace [engine]


  • Race Coverage of the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, October 22, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 12:30pm/et [green flag around 1:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, 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 26th at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 96.015
    #29-Harvick 95.927
    #16-Biffle 95.893
    #14-Marlin 95.888
    #40-Stremme 95.888
    slowest: #72-Skinner 94.153 and #34-Lepage 94.171
    no speed listed: #78-Wallace - lost engine
    most laps run: #31-Burton & #2-Busch 74
    #88-Jarrett spun after having a brake problem, smacked the wall lightly with the left front, shouldn't have to go to a backup
    #55-Waltrip smacked the wall, but shouldn't have to go to a back up.
    just into the practice, #78-Wallace lost an engine and the practice was halted to check and clean the track
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch 94.774 [8th fastest lap], 54 laps run
    #16-Biffle 94.681 [3rd], 41 laps
    #41-Sorenson 94.559 [15th], 34 laps
    See speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-21-2006)

  • To the Back: #10-Scott Riggs [was to start 17th] lost and engine just as the first Saturday practice started for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, then just into Happy Hour/Final practice, #78-Kenny Wallace [was to start 40th] lost an engine and the practice was halted to check and clean the track. Both will change engines and have to fall to the rear of the field on Sunday before the start of the race.(10-21-2006)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #14-Marlin 96.278
    #9-Kahne 96.224
    #24-Gordon 85.922
    #88-Jarrett 95.883
    #42-Mears 95.878
    slowest: #10-Riggs 89.342 [one lap run] and #34-Lepage 93.887
    most laps run: #2-Busch 68; #42-Mears 67
    incidents: #10-Riggs lost an engine early in the practice
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #14-Marlin 94.416 [1st fastest lap], 48 laps run
    #5-Busch 94.406 [15th], 51 laps
    #99-Edwards 94.236 [17th], 42 laps
    See speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-21-2006)

  • Kurt Busch wins pole at Martinsville: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 97.568mph for his 6th pole of 2006 and 9th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #24-Jeff Gordon followed by #11-Denny Hamlin, #12-Ryan Newman, #20-Tony Stewart, #22-Dave Blaney, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #66-Jeff Green, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #21-Ken Schrader. #4-Ward Burton qualified for his first race since 2004 and will start 35th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #45-Petty, #32-Kvapil, #55-Waltrip, #4-Burton, #78-Wallace, #06-Ragan, #34-Lepage and #72-Skinner. Missing the race were: , #49-Bliss, #00-Sadler, #61-Chaffin, #89-Shepherd, #27-Christopher, #74-Cope and #30-Barrett. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression on the Martinsville Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(10-20-2006)

  • Where do the 10 Chasers Start at Martinsville [by current points standings]:
    #31-Jeff Burton starts 28th
    #17-Matt Kenseth 20th
    #29-Kevin Harvick 12th
    #6-Mark Martin 25th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7th
    #11-Denny Hamlin 3rd
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 9th
    #9-Kasey Kahne 32nd
    #5-Kyle Busch 15th
    #24-Jeff Gordon 2nd
    (10-20-2006)

  • Qualifying Martinsville - Ramblings: Kurt Busch edged out Jeff Gordon for the pole today at Martinsville Speedway and he'll lead 'em to the green for Sunday's Subway 500....the sixth race of the "Chase" and the only short-track in the mix. Busch toured the half-mile in 19.408 sec (97.568 ) for his sixth Bud Pole of the season and 9th of his Nextel Cup career. He now tops Kasey Kahne in poles this season by one. Maybe he can make his crew chief a loan....
    Dave Blaney (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Atlanta last October.
    Jeff Green (8th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Texas in April.
    Tony Raines (11th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Rockingham (where?) in November of 2003!
    And, Welcome Back Ward Burton (35th). This is his first start since Phoenix in November of 2004 when he qualified 39th and finished 40th.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    We may not have the "big one" here, but there are a few of the "Chasers" who have no love for a shorty like this one. After this week, it's cookie-cutter time.....and you can bet they're looking forward to that.(StockCarFans.com)(10-20-2006)

  • Martinsville Qualifying Notes:
    • Kurt Busch won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Subway 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.408 seconds at 97.568 mph. Tony Stewart holds the track-qualifying record of 19.306 seconds/98.083 mph, set Oct. 21, 2005.
    • This is Busch’s ninth career Bud Pole in 216 Nextel Cup Series races.
    • This is his sixth Bud Pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2006 – both Series highs.
    • This is Busch’s first Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in 13 Nextel Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. He is the 53rd different Bud Pole winner at Martinsville.
    • Busch became the sixth different Bud Pole winner in the last six races at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.446 seconds/97.377 mph – and will join Busch on the front row for the Subway 500. Gordon has 19 top-10 starts in 28 races at Martinsville.
    • This is the 15th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Denny Hamlin (third) started fifth at Martinsville for this race in 2005 and 41st this past April, his only races here. • Ryan Newman (fourth) has started in the top-10 in all 10 of his races at Martinsville.
    • Tony Stewart (fifth) has nine top-10 starts in 16 Martinsville races.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-20-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2006 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:30pm/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: 9:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #19-Sadler is due out first on Friday, October 20 at 3:40pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #01-Nemechek. For the Qualifying order, see my Martinsville Qualifying/Grid Page.(10-20-2006)

  • Friday Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 97.217
    #12-Newman 97.083
    #11-Hamlin 97.068
    #48-Johnsom 96.959 mph
    #22-Blaney 96.889
    #4-Ward Burton was 38th fastest
    slowest: #27-Christopher 91.851 and #30-Barrett 92.375
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson 56; #38-Gilliland 53
    incident: #6-Martin wrekced and has to go to a backup car.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 95.757 [4th fastest lap], 21 laps run
    #01-Nemechek 95.054 [13th], 38 laps
    #45-Petty 95.008 [22nd], 27 laps
    See speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-20-2006)

  • How did the top-35 in owners points do in Friday's Martinsville practice?
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #45-Kyle Petty 22nd fastest
    #49-Mike Bliss 25th
    #32-Travis Kvapil 28th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 30th
    #06-David Ragan 37th
    #4-Ward Burton 38th
    #72-Mike Skinner 40th
    #55-Michael Waltrip 41st
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #61-Chad Chaffin 43rd
    #34-Kevin Lepage 44th
    #74-Derrike Cope 45th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd 46th
    #00-Hernie Sadler 48th
    #30-Stanton Barrett 49th
    #27-Ted Christopher 50th/last
    (10-20-2006)

  • Entry List for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Hernie Sadler
    #06-David Ragan
    #4-Ward Burton
    #27-Ted Christopher
    #30-Stanton Barrett
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Kevin Lepage
    #45-Kyle Petty
    #49-Mike Bliss
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Chaffin
    #72-Mike Skinner
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    added after initial entry list:
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 45,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,89,00,27,06,72,30.
    see entry list on Jayski's Martinsville Entry List Page.
    (10-16/17-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Martinsville:
    #45-Petty is still out, lost some ground and has get in via speed
    34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +204 points ahead of 36th
    35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +106
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #45-Petty/Petty 106 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -187
    38) #55-Waltrip/Bawel - 307
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-14-2006)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #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 7-13 days before the race)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 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).


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Heading to Martinsville:
    • Jeff Gordon won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway one year ago, posting his seventh victory at the Virginia short-track. He swept both races at Martinsville in 2005 and also swept both races there in 2003. Gordon finished second at Martinsville in April, behind race winner Tony Stewart. He has scored top-10 finishes in his last seven races at Martinsville.
    • A Chevrolet has won six of the last seven races at Martinsville Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the 2004 Advance Auto Parts 500 in a Dodge. The last Ford win at Martinsville came in this race in 2002 and was scored by Kurt Busch.
    • Four Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes in the spring race at Martinsville: Jeff Gordon (second), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) Kyle Busch (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (seventh) was the other Chase driver to score a top-10 finish at Martinsville in April.
    • Four Chase drivers posted finishes of 24th or worse at Martinsville in April: Matt Kenseth (24th), Jeff Burton (33rd), Kasey Kahne (35th) and Kevin Hamlin ((37th). Mark Martin (13th) posted his sixth finish outside the top-10 in the last seven races at Martinsville.
    • Ryan Newman has posted top-10 starts in all nine of his races at Martinsville Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored eight straight top-10 finishes at Martinsville, the longest current streak.
    • Jeff Gordon has scored five Bud Poles, seven victories, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway, all the most among active drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-15-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Martinsville:
    • Kasey Kahne has won six races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jeff Burton is the only Chase driver to score four top-10 finishes in the five races in the Chase.
    • Jeff Burton is the only Chase driver to lead in four of the five races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post four top-10 starts in the five races in the Chase.
    • Carl Edwards has scored four straight top-10 finishes. Edwards remains 12th in the point standings.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 14 top-five finishes in the first 31 races of 2006. Kenseth ranks second in the standings.
    • Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin have each scored four top-15 finishes in the five races in The Chase.
    • Brian Vickers has scored three straight top-10 finishes.
    • Bobby Labonte has scored three top-10 finishes in the last four races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-16-2006)

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph

  • Oct 2005 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 72.099mph, started 16th

  • Apr 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 72.741, started 3rd

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Oct 2005, 98.083mph

  • Oct 2005 Pole Sitter: #20-Tony Stewart, 98.083, finished 2nd

  • Apr 2006 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 96.736mph, finished 3rd

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7

  • Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 5

  • 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: 19 - 10/23/2005

  • 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: 41 - 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 115] 14.8%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 16

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 15: 3

  • 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: 61 of 115 - 53.0%

  • Races won from the top 10: 83 of 115 - 72.2%

  • Martinsville Nuggets:
    Ken Schrader is expected to make his 700th Nextel Cup start at Martinsville Speedway – 12th alltime. Richard Petty leads all drivers with 1,185 starts.
    Chevrolet Domination at Martinsville
    A Chevrolet has won six of the last seven races at Martinsville Speedway. The last victory there in a Dodge was by Rusty Wallace in the 2004 Advance Auto Parts 500. A Ford has not won at Martinsville since the October 2002 race, when Kurt Busch won the Old Dominion 500.
    “Gordonville”
    Martinsville Speedway could easily be renamed “Gordonville.” Jeff Gordon leads (or is tied) all active drivers in every category. In his 27 races at Martinsville Gordon has scored five Bud Poles, seven victories, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes and has led 2,041 laps at Martinsville. He also has never posted a DNF there.
    All-time Martinsville Standouts
    • Richard Petty had 67 starts at Martinsville, the most of any driver.
    • Darrell Waltrip leads all drivers with seven Bud Poles at Martinsville.
    • Richard Petty had 15 victories, 30 top-fives and 37 at Martinsville, the most of all drivers.
    • Cale Yarborough led 3,851 laps at Martinsville, the most of any driver.
    • Jeff Gordon has competed in 27 races at Martinsville without posting a DNF, more than any other driver.
    • J.D. McDuffie posted 22 DNFs at Martinsville, more than any other driver.
    Current Streaks
    • Ryan Newman has posted nine top-10 starts in nine races at Martinsville Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted eight straight top-10 finishes at Martinsville, the longest current streak.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted seven straight top-10 finishes at Martinsville.
    Starting Up Front Not Important at Martinsville - Lately
    Four of the last five races at Martinsville have been won from a starting position of 15th or worse.
    Sweeps
    • There have been 10 season sweeps at Martinsville since the track opened in 1949.
    • Jeff Gordon (2005) is the most recent driver to sweep both races at Martinsville.
    • Jeff Gordon swept both Bud Poles and won both races at Martinsville in 2003.
    • Richard Petty swept three times at Martinsville: 1964, 1967 and1969. None of those wins came from the Bud Pole. Owner Wins
    Petty Enterprises leads all car owners, scoring 19 victories at Martinsville Speedway. Those victories have come from just three different drivers: Richard Petty (15), Lee Petty (three) and John Andretti (one). Petty Enterprises has not won at Martinsville since April 1999.
    Leading The Way
    Jeff Gordon has led 2,041 laps in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway - the most by any active driver, and sixth alltime. Cale Yarborough led the most laps there, leading 3,851 laps in only 31 races.
    Best Averages
    • Jeff Gordon has a 7.629 average finish in 27 races at Martinsville, the best among active drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has a 7.888 average finish in nine races at Martinsville, ranking second among active drivers.
    • Ryan Newman has a 4.0 starting average in nine races at Martinsville, the best among active drivers.

    Chase Drivers at Martinsville Speedway (Ranked by Average Finish) Driver Starts Finish Laps Led
    1. Jeff Gordon 27 7.629 2,041
    2. Jimmie Johnson 9 7.888 366
    3. Mark Martin 41 13.170 318
    4. Jeff Burton 24 14.291 574
    5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 14.384 451
    6. Matt Kenseth 13 17.230 59
    7. Kasey Kahne 5 17.600 18
    8. Kyle Busch 3 17.666 0
    9. Kevin Harvick 10 19.100 147
    10. Denny Hamlin 2 23.000 0

    • Four Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes in the spring race at Martinsville: Jeff Gordon (second), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) Kyle Busch (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (seventh).
    • Four Chase drivers posted finishes of 24th or worse at Martinsville in April: Matt Kenseth (24th), Jeff Burton (33rd), Kasey Kahne (35th) and Denny Hamlin (37th).
    • Mark Martin (13th) posted his sixth finish outside the top-10 in the last seven races at Martinsville.

    Season Nuggets • Race No. 32 at Martinsville is the sixth of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Three Chase races in 2006 have been won by Chase drivers: New Hampshire (Kevin Harvick), Dover (Jeff Burton) and Charlotte (Kasey Kahne). In 2005, three of the Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Talladega (Dale Jarrett), Martinsville (Jeff Gordon) and Phoenix (Kyle Busch). In 2004, only two Chase races were won by non- Chase drivers: Kansas (Joe Nemechek) and Homestead (Greg Biffle).
    • In 2004, Jimmie Johnson won four of the 10 Chase races but finished second in the final standings. In 2005, he won two of the 10 Chase races and finished fifth in the final standings. Despite four victories in the first 26 races in 2006, Johnson has yet to win a Chase race.
    • Since 2004, non-Chase drivers have won seven of the 25 Chase races (28%).
    • Jeff Burton leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by 45 points over second-place Matt Kenseth. Burton holds the point lead for the fourth straight week. He gained 39 points at Lowe’s, the result of a third-place finish.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to post four top-10 starts in the five Chase races.
    • Jeff Burton is the only driver to score four top-10 finishes in the first five Chase races.
    • Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score four top-15 finishes in the Chase.
    • Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers that have led in four of the five races in The Chase.
    • Jeff Gordon has dropped from second to 10th in the point standings in the last three Chase races, the result of three straight DNFs.
    • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 213-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Eight of the top 10 and 15 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Lowe’s.
    • Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, each scoring 19 top-10 finishes in 2006.
    • All 31 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-16 in the point standings.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to lead in 21 of the 31 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth has outscored all drivers earning 125 lap leader bonus points, five more than Jeff Gordon who is second. Kenseth has led 68 times for 1,130 laps in 2006, both the most of all drivers
    • Jeff Gordon has posted seven DNFs - the most of any driver ranked in among the top 22.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 25 of the 31 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 10 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won seven of the 31 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 19 victories while Ford has just five. This is the fewest victories for Ford since they finished the 1986 season with five victories. One year ago Ford had 13 victories at this point of the season.
    • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire - the 30th Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-19-2006)


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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Subway's Jared Fogle
    Command to start engines: Subway's Jared Fogle
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Martinsville High School’s Bulldog Marching band
    Military Flyover: B52's Minot Air Force Base, Minot, North Dakota

  • Track Homepage: martinsvillespeedway.com

  • March 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • March 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Martinsville Cup race sold out: Martinsville Speedway officials announced Saturday 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 8 a.m. Sunday.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-22-2006)

  • Goody's 500 to return to sponsor Martinsville spring Cup race: Goody's Headache Powders will return to historic Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. as title sponsor of the Nextel Cup Series race for the next three years, announced Alan McKirby, Director of Goody's Marketing, and Clay Campbell, President Martinsville Speedway. Next year's Goody's 500 will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2007. Goody's entered the sport in 1977 and currently holds the record as the longest non-automotive sponsor in NASCAR. The Goody's 500 will mark the 114th running of a NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. In its 30 years in the sport, Goody's has sponsored races at Daytona International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, North Carolina Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. From 1983 - 2000, Goody's sponsored the Goody's 500, the NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville. In 2006, Goody's returned to Martinsville as the race title sponsor of the Busch Series Goody's 250. In addition to sponsoring next year's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Goody's sponsors the Goody's Headache of the Race and the Goody's Fast Relief Zone. The Goody's Headache of the Race Award is given to the driver that suffers the worst luck in each week's Nextel Cup and Busch Series race as determined by fans voting online at goodyspowder.com. The Goody's Fast Relief Zone is an interactive NASCAR experience for fans to enjoy and sample Goody's Headache Powders at select NASCAR races including next year's Goody's 500 at Martinsville. Tickets to the Goody's 500, Nextel Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway are now on sale. To order tickets to the Goody's 500 or for more information, call 877-RACE-TIX (722-3849) or log on to martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-21-2006)

  • Local Marching Band to play Martinsville National Anthem: Martinsville High School’s Bulldog band is scheduled to make its international debut playing the national anthem Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race. The SUBWAY 500 race will be televised internationally by NBC, according to speedway officials. Mike Smith, public relations director at the speedway, said officials at the track want the national anthem to be played in a traditional style — “the way it’s supposed to be played,” he said. He said the speedway has used small brass ensembles for smaller events, such as some of the Saturday races. But the speedway wanted a bigger sound. “They just sound so good,” Smith said. “We’ve got so much talent right here in our backyard. Why not use it?” The band plans to play “Tribute to America,” “Rocky Top” and “Celebration” in addition to the national anthem.(Martinsville Bulletin)(10-19-2006)

  • Good Seats Remain For The SUBWAY 500 At Martinsville: Good seats remain for the SUBWAY 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 22. In addition to available tickets for the SUWBAY 500, there are plenty of prime seats available for the Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, scheduled for October 21. Ticket prices for the SUBWAY 500 range from $42 to $77. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. All seats are unreserved. Openings also remain in several hospitality packages, including the Ultimate Fan Zone. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead a group of three young drivers who will make an appearance at the Ultimate Race Day Experience at Martinsville Speedway on October 22. Tickets for the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 22, the Kroger 200, on Saturday, October 21, and for fan hospitality may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(10-4-2006)

  • No Busch Race at Martinsville in 2007: The 2007 Busch Series schedule will not include Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville held a stand-alone Busch race this season on the same July weekend Nextel Cup raced at Pocono Raceway. That opening will now go to Montreal, to be held Aug. 4. Martinsville President Clay Campbell said the track was not completely blindsided. "This is something that we knew was possible," Campbell said. "We're not really upset about it. It was tough for us to turn a profit on the race with it being in the middle of the summer. With the Modified, Late Model and Cup race, we were tapping into the same market numerous times in a short time span. It's really OK with us."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-26-2006)

  • Mark Martin fans will have a rare chance for an up-close experience with the driver of the AAA Ford Fusion prior to the SUBWAY 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 22. Martinsville Speedway and AAA, the official auto club of Martinsville Speedway, are offering a special ticket and hospitality package for the SUBWAY 500 Nextel Cup race on October 22. The offer, which costs $145 for AAA members and $170 for non-members, includes:
    * Tower ticket to the SUBWAY 500 Nextel Cup race
    * Admission to exclusive fan forum with Mark martin
    * Admission to AAA member hospitality chalet
    * Lunch buffet with non-alcoholic beverages
    * Tram tour of track on race morning.
    Call 1-877-722-3849 today and ask for the Mark Martin package.(9-26-2006)

  • Martinsville Speedway's Campbell Honored By EDC: Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell was honored by the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation recently for his help with economic development in Martinsville and Henry County. Campbell received the Ambassador of the Year Award from EDC President and CEO Mark Heath during a Business Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the EDC and the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes efforts that exceed expectations when hosting local economic development prospects. Campbell has been involved in economic development at both the local and state level. He is on the board of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Campbell, a lifelong resident of Martinsville and Henry County, used a local community pride slogan in accepting the award.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(5-22-2006)

  • No plans to move any of Martinsville or California races: International Speedway Corp. Chief Operating Officer John Saunders says the company has no plans to move any of its Nextel Cup races from Martinsville Speedway and California Speedway. Answer questions during a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the company's first-quarter financial results, Saunders today said that overall weekend attendance was down at California for February, but ISC remains bullish on the Los Angeles market. He said that the move of a race from North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham for a second California event beginning in 2004 has resulted in increased ticket sales and sponsorship revenues but has not met the company's expectations.
    "While the Southwest is an underdeveloped region for NASCAR racing, we believe it is strategically important to have two major Cup weekends in the nation's second-largest media market," Saunders said. "As part of our long-term growth efforts. We are changing ticket pricing and packaging strategies, as well as adding amenities designed to enhance the fan experience. We remain confident in the long-term success of the California Speedway."
    Martinsville is typically the subject of rumors about tracks that might lose a race because it has only 64,000 grandstand seats, about 5,000 more than Darlington, which has one race. All other ISC tracks that have two races have at least 75,000 seats, except the Watkins Glen road course. Martinsville is also located in Virginia, not far from Richmond International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway "We have stated previously that realignment, which is a NASCAR initiative, is something that we're very interested in and that we would look in time to markets that are saturated, smaller markets and where we have opportunities to go to larger, underserved markets," Saunders said. "But having said all of that, there are no plans sitting here today to do anything with Martinsville's schedule in 2006, 2007 and no plans beyond that at this point"(SceneDaily.com)(4-6-2006)

  • Martinsville to 1 race? Vegas to 2? UPDATE: Might Martinsville Speedway lose one of its two NASCAR Cup dates to Las Vegas next season? Speculation is growing that something like that might be in the works. If so, Martinsville's fall race - in the middle of NASCAR's championship chase - might be the chip on the table between the France family and Bruton Smith.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-1-2006)
    UPDATE: Clay Campbell isn't a bit happy with speculation about possible changes at Martinsville Speedway - the track built by his grandfather, the late Clay Earles. But Campbell, Martinsville's promoter, conceded that it might be helpful if the France family's International Speedway Corp., which owns the half-mile track, was more forthcoming about how NASCAR plans to incorporate new speedways in Seattle and New York into the Nextel Cup tour's 36-race schedule. NASCAR officials also have steadfastly insisted that the schedule will not be lengthened. Not only does ISC plan to add Seattle and New York to the tour, but Bruton Smith also is pushing for a second date for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, even though he also is without a specific way to wrangle another date from NASCAR. It seems that the only solutions are that some current tracks with two Cup races will lose one, or that NASCAR will expand the Cup tour with two new dates.(more at Winston Salem Journal)(4-4-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Ward to run the #4 at Martinsville: Ward Burton will return to the Nextel Cup Series for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, attempting to make his first series start in almost two years. He will be driving the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy for Morgan McClure Racing out of Abingdon, VA. "He's expressed a lot of interest in driving," said Chris Carrier, crew chief for the Morgan-McClure team. "He's a Virginia driver and we're a Virginia team. That makes for a great combination at Martinsville." One of Burton's seven NEXTEL Cup poles came at Martinsville (1997) as did one of his four Busch Series victories (1993). Burton and the team hope to test at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford this week to help prepare for the SUBWAY 500. Ticket prices for the SUBWAY 500 range from $42 to $77. Tickets for the Kroger 200 are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Kroger 200 tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-15-2006)

  • Ragan named to drive the #6 AAA Ford in 2007: Roush Racing today announced that David Ragan will be the full-time driver of the team's flagship #6 AAA Ford Fusion in 2007. The #6 has been the foundation of the Roush Racing stable, dating back to Jack Roush's beginning into NASCAR's premier series in 1988. "We are very pleased to have David Ragan going into the #6 AAA Ford Fusion next season," said Jack Roush. "David is a driver with outstanding talent and as a result of his actions he is the young man I selected to fill the seat. The #6 is obviously a special car to me personally and this organization and we are confident in David's ability to step up and get the job done." Ragan currently shares the #6 Scotts Ford with Mark Martin [in the Truck Series] and also pilots the #50 Roush Racing Ford [in the Truck Series]. Ragan started his first career Nextel Cup race at Dover three weeks ago. He is set to make four more starts in the Nextel Cup Series in 2006 and will make his first start in the #6 AAA Ford in next season's famed Daytona 500. "This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to racing on behalf of AAA's millions of loyal members in 2007. Obviously, I've got big shoes to fill and quite a legacy to follow, but I look forward to the challenge and the next chapter of the #6 race team," said Ragan. "AAA has great confidence in Jack Roush and his entire organization, including their selection of David Ragan as the promising new driver of the #6 AAA car," said Kristin Warfield, director AAA Motorsports. We look forward to cheering David on as he competes in Nextel Cup racing for the first time, and to introducing him to our members and other race fans at tracks and special appearances throughout the coming year." Ragan has one pole and six top-10 finishes in 15 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2006. He will make his next Cup start at Martinsville Speedway on October 22nd.(Roush Racing PR)(10-11-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 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
#16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley Imitrex #18 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance - TV Panel #24 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Well's Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • Special Scheme for #24 at All-Star race and other races: Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont car will once again carry the DuPont Performance Alliance colors at the Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge on May 20, 2006. Like last year, the car's color scheme was designed by renowned NASCAR graphic artist Sam Bass. This special version of the #24 Chevy celebrates DuPont’s all-star collision repair centers and auto body shops throughout the United States. The paint scheme reverses the primary colors of the Fire and Flames design, and the Performance Alliance logo and name will be featured on the hood, side panels and TV panel. Gordon will also be wearing a matching Performance Alliance-themed uniform for the special event. The Performance Alliance logo will appear on the cars decklid or tv panel at Richmond [May]. Dover [June], Loudon [July], Pocono [July], Watkins Glen, LMS [Oct], Martinsville and Texas. See images of the three schemes on my #24 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)

  • R+L Carriers to sponsor Kenseth in 3 races: #17-Matt Kenseth is scheduled to pilot the R+L Carriers Ford at:
    Lowe's Motor Speedway in May
    the July race at Daytona
    and and Martinsville Speedway in Oct
    (RacingOne), see an image there or on my #17 Team Schemes page.(1-3-2006)

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


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