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THE RACE: The Subway 500

Nextel Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 21, 2007 in Martinsville, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Subway

  • Track: Martinsville Speedway

  • TV: ABC 1:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:30pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 9:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, October 22 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 22 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, October 25 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 25 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,872,371 (was $4,809,747 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, October 19, 11:00am - 12:30pm/et TV-none; Friday, October 20, 10:00 - 10:50am/et on TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 20, 12:50 - 1:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 7:00pm/et via tape


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 19, 10:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, October 19 at 3:45pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at 7:00pm/et and 3:00am/et ESPN2;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL Cup EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, October 19
    12:00 p.m. – Nextel Cup Series practice, 90 minutes
    1:40 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series rookie practice, 30 minutes
    2:15 p.m. -- Craftsman Truck Series final practice, 75 minutes
    3:45 p.m. – Nextel Cup qualifying

    Saturday, October 20
    10:00 a.m. – Nextel Cup Series practice, 50 minutes
    11:10 a.m. – Craftsman Truck Series qualifying
    12:30 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series driver and crew chief meeting
    12:50 p.m. – Nextel Cup series final practice, 60 minutes
    2:30 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series driver introduction
    3:00 p.m. – Green flag, Kroger 200

    Sunday, October 21
    7:00 a.m. – Nextel Cup Series garage opens
    11:30 a.m.. – Nextel Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting
    1:00 p.m. – Nextel Cup Series driver introduction
    1:30 p.m. – Green flag, SUBWAY 500

    key
    Times local to the track, which is ET
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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 -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;

    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4108; Right-side -- D-4110

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 125-135 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for these teams to run at Martinsville earlier this season . . . this is the only track at which Craftsman Truck teams will run either of these two tire codes in 2007 . . . while Nextel Cup teams only run this exact combination at Martinsville, they did run this right-side code (D-4110) on all four tire positions at both road course races in 2007 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be covering both races at Martinsville this weekend.

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for these teams to run at Martinsville earlier this season . . . this is the only track at which Craftsman Truck teams will run either of these two tire codes in 2007 . . . while Nextel Cup teams only run this exact combination at Martinsville, they did run this right-side code (D-4110) on all four tire positions at both road course races in 2007 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear PR)(10-19-2007)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

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

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 I know of 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 - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jimmie Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway in a green-white-checker finish for his 7th win of the season and 30th of his career win. It was also his 3rd consecutive win at Martinsville. #12-Newman finished second, followed by #24-Gordon, #5-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #16-Biffle, #42-Montoya, #07-Bowyer, and #29-Harvick. #8-Earnhardt, Jr. lost an engine during the last caution and fell to 23rd at the finish. The race was slowed by a record 21 cautions for 127 laps. There were 7 leaders with 12 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Martinsville Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page. (10-21-2007)

  • Chasers: where did the 12 chasers finish at Martinsville?
    #48-Johnson won
    #24-Gordon 3rd
    #5-Busch 4th
    #17-Kenseth 5th
    #11-Hamlin 6th
    #07-Bowyer 9th
    #29-Harvick 10th
    #11-Edwards 11th
    #31-Burton 12th
    #20-Stewart 13th
    #1-Truex, Jr. 19th
    #2-Busch 31st

  • The Chase Standings [after Martinsville, race 32]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 6055
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6002, -53
    3) #07-Clint Bowyer 5940, -115
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 5806, -249
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 5770, -285
    6) #5-Kyle Busch 5765, -290
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 5686, -369
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin Chevrolet 5681, -374
    9) #31-Jeff Burton Chevrolet 5646, -406
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 5635, -420
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5608, -447
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 5593, -462

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Martinsville [32 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 4864
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4381, -483
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 4313, -551
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin 4161, -703
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 4122, -742
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 4119, -745 [1 win]
    7) #5-Kyle Busch 4057, -807
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 4013, -851
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 3964, -900
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 3831, -1087
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 3777, -1033
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3758, -1106
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3626, -1238
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 3560, -1304
    15) #16-Greg Biffle 3531, -1333
    16) #25-Casey Mears 3508, -1356
    (10-21-2007)

  • Martinsville Speedway - Fast Facts
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Subway 500, his 30th victory in 215 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his seventh victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 12 races at Martinsville Speedway. He became the first driver to win three straight at Martinsville since Rusty Wallace (both races 1994 and spring 1995). Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty and Fred Lorenzen (four) also won three consecutive Martinsville races.
    .. Ryan Newman (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Martinsville.
    .. Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 24th top-10 finish in 30 races at Martinsville and his 26th of the season.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Seven of the Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes: Johnson, Gordon, Kyle Busch (fourth), Matt Kenseth (fifth), Denny Hamlin (sixth), Clint Bowyer (ninth) and Kevin Harvick (10th).
    .. Jeff Gordon leads the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by a margin of 53 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    .. With four races remaining, all 12 of the Chase drivers are still mathematically eligible for the Championship.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-21-2007)

  • Rumblings - Martinsville Speedway It's gettin' to be a habit....Jimmie Johnson won his third consecutive race (and fourth overall) today at Martinsville Speedway as he was victorious in the Subway 506....a race won under caution in a g/w/c finish.
    This was the 7th win of the season for Johnson, and 30th of his Nextel Cup career (he's solo in 21st on the all-time win list). And, it was worth $244,486 from the over $4.8M in posted awards.
    This race was actually rather tame by short-track standards....
    Ryan Newman (2nd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Pocono in June.
    Matt Kenseth (5th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Michigan in June.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (8th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at the Brickyard in August.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-5's in the last 7 races.
    The Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya (8th) takes this award for the 14th time this season....that's tops! He was followed by David Reutimann (17th), Paul Menard (24th), David Ragan (26th), and A. J. Allmendinger (35th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Greg Biffle (+30), followed by Denny Hamlin (+24), Tony Stewart (+21), and Kyle Petty (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was J. J. Yeley (-34), followed by Elliott Sadler (-26), Jamie McMurray (-23), and Kurt Busch (-20).
    No change in the Top-35 in Owner Points this week....the #21 just gets further behind as the #45 and #22 swap spots (Petty is back up to 34th and Blaney falls to 35th).
    Johnson trims 15 markers from Jeff Gordon's "Chase" lead today....it's now at 53 points. Those "Magic Numbers" for everybody 7th on back are getting pretty big.....
    In "Classic" points, Juan Pablo Montoya (21st to 19th) made the only multiple position move forward, while J. J. Yeley (18th to 21st) fell the most spots. (Stock Car Fans)(10-21-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta:
    #22 falls back to 35th as the #45 jumps back to 34th
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,587 224 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,511, +148
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,505 +142 pts
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,302, 142 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,075, -315
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(10-21-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • 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 506 of 506 laps:
    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (4) (146 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (12)
    #24-Gordon-C (1) (168 laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (6) (106 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (24)
    #11-Hamlin-C (30)
    #16-Biffle-F (37)
    #42-Montoya*-D (26) (9 laps led)
    #07-Bowyer-C (21)
    #29-Harvick-C (3)

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #99-Edwards-F (20) 11th
    #31-Burton-C (18) (51 laps led) 12th
    #20-Stewart-C (34) 13th
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (2) 19th
    #2-Busch-D (11), 31st
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Martinsville Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 15,38,6

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 88,66,70,44,2,26,84,22,4,7,19

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

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #49-Andretti (transmission-out)
    #21-Elliott (engine-out)
    #40-Stremme (accident-out)
    #41-Sorenson (engine-out)
    #18-Yeley (engine-out)
    #01-Almirola (electrical-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 13 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (pole, 168);
    #48-Johnson (147);
    #5-Busch (106);
    #31-Burton (51);
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr. (24);
    #42-Montoya (9);
    #66-Green (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-108; #48-Johnson 109-116; #31-Burton 117-167; #66-Green 168; #5-Busch 169-216; #42-Montoya 217-225; #8-Earnhardt. Jr 226-249; #5-Busch 250-296; #48-Johnson 297-343; #5-Busch 344-354; #48-Johnson 355-396; #24-Gordon 397-456; #48-Johnson 457-506

    Cautions: 21 for 127 laps

    Caution 21 - Lap 505-506: #6-Ragan spun in turn 1 and could not restart the car.
    Caution 20 - Laps 497 - 504: #96-Raines got into the rear of #43-Labonte spinning him around.
    Caution 19 - Laps 486 - 490: #21-Elliott lost and engine, laying oil on the track
    Caution 18 - Laps 478 - 481: #6-Ragan got into #1-Truex, Jr, spinning him around off of turn 4
    Caution 17 - Laps 467 - 470: #1- Truex, Jr got into #45-Petty, spinning him around. #20-Stewart and #99-Edwards had to stop quickly but only made minor contact.
    Caution 16 - Laps 459 - 463: #9-Kahne got into the rear of #88-Rudd in turn 4, spinning Rudd around.
    Caution 15 - Laps 442 - 446: #1-Truex and #25-Mears made contact in turn 3 and both spun around.
    Caution 14 - Laps 413 - 422: #40-Stremme spun around in turn 1 after #1-Truex, Jr. got into his rear quarterpanel
    Caution 13 - Laps 396 - 402: #40-Stremme looped the car off turn 2 but didn't hit anything.
    Caution 12 - Laps 343 - 348: #66-Green had a tire go down in turn 3, hit the wall and threw debris on the track.
    Caution 11 - Laps 296 - 300: #12-Newman got into the rear bumper of #6-Ragan, causing Ragan to spin around
    Caution 10 - Laps 259 - 269: #18-Yeley lost an engine.
    Caution 9 - Laps 249 - 255: Debris on the track. Looks like a bumper bar off the #70 car.
    Caution 8 - Laps 216 - 220: Debris on the track in turn 4
    Caution 7 - Laps 188 - 192: #55-Waltrip looped the car in turn three and backed it into the wall
    Caution 6 - Laps 168 - 172: #2-Busch looks like he cut a tire in turn 4 and slid up into the wall. Not a lot of damage to the car.
    Caution 5 - Laps 114 - 124: #01-Almirola broke a fuel or oil line and the care caught fire. He parked the car and safely got out.
    Caution 4 - Laps 93 - 98: Several cars get together in turn 2: #19-Elliott, #10-Riggs, #6-Ragan, and #41-Sorenson all spin.
    Caution 3 - Laps 82 - 87: Contact between #44-Jarrett & #38-Gilliland caused them both to slide around between turns 1 & 2. Several cars checked up behind them but no serious damage for anyone.
    Caution 2 - Laps 69 - 73: Contact between #96-Raines and #70-Sauter cut Sauter's tire down and he slid into the wall in turn 1
    Caution 1 - Laps 45 - 50: #7-Gordon lost a tire in turn 3 and slid up into the wall

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 21: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 20: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 19: #15-Menard (2), 24th
    Caution 18: #21-Elliott, 34th
    Caution 17: #55-Waltrip (3), 18th
    Caution 16: #00-Reutimann, 17th
    Caution 15: #2-Busch (2), 31st
    Caution 14: #45-Petty (3), 21st
    Caution 13: #49-Andretti, 33rd
    Caution 12: #45-Petty (2), 21st
    Caution 11: #38-Gilliand (2), 25th
    Caution 10: #2-Busch, 31st
    Caution 9: #38-Gilliland, 25th
    Caution 8: #55-Waltrip (2), 18th
    Caution 7: #15-Menard, 24th
    Caution 6: #96-Raines, 14th
    Caution 5: #70-Sauter, 29th
    Caution 4: #45-Petty, 21st
    Caution 3: none as #38-Gilliland caused the caution
    Caution 2: #40-Stremme, 37th
    Caution 1: #55-Waltrip, 18th

    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued, Lap
    #07 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 46
    #70 MCI Safety violation 72
    #84 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 81
    #25 TE Commitment Line Violation 83
    #25 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 86
    #45 TE Commitment Line Violation 94
    #11 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 119
    #2 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 168
    #84 TE Commitment Line Violation 169
    #31 TE Commitment Line Violation 216
    #2 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 216
    #41 MCI Safety violation 259
    #02 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 266
    #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 342
    #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 442
    #4 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 442
    #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 459
    #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 459
    #2 MCI Safety violation 495
    #43 MCI Safety violation 498
    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 Statistics)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- The caution came out during the green-white-checker when #6-Ragan spun and could not get the car restarted
    ---- #2-Busch slowed on the track at the restart following the 18th caution. He continued on the track
    ---- On lap 445, #24-Gordon continues to lead but is concerned his car is not good enough to hold on for the win
    ---- Despite early problems, #8-Earnhardt, Jr. remains in the top 10 and continues to have a strong car
    ---- All the leader are on pit road on lap 396 for what could be the last set of pit stops
    ---- On lap 359, #07-Bowyer is reportedly having some overheating problems
    ---- #24-Gordon's crew lost the catch can from the car while fueling it under the 12th caution. They were unable to get the car full of gas
    ---- The 12th caution came out just 12-15 laps before #48-Johnson would have had to pit under green
    ---- #48-Johnson stayed out on track under the 11th caution to assume the lead.
    ---- #26-McMurray's reporting brake problems on laps 250 and has lost a couple laps in the pits
    ---- #99-Edwards got loose in turn 4 on lap 255 and he nearly slid into the wall. He reported that the brakes are getting soft.
    ---- The field shuffles again under the 9th caution as some pit and others stay out.
    ---- #42-Montoya stayed out under the 8th caution to take the lead. #31-Burton was penalized for a commitment line violation
    ---- On lap 200, #8_earnhardt, Jr. reports that his electrical problem seems to be getting better, but he still doesn't have full power on the straight-aways
    ---- Engine or electrical problems reported for #99-Edwards at lap 190.
    ---- #24-Gordon's crew left a lug nut loose under the 6th caution and he had to pit a second time. He restarted in 32nd
    ---- #8-Earnhardt, Jr. has developed an electrical problem at lap 150. He has switched to the backup ignition, but the team is still concerned about it
    ---- #20-Stewart is reportedly having an overheating problem around laps 145
    ---- Many leaders are back in the pits on lap 116. #31-Burton, #66-Green, #42-Montoya and a few other stay out to move to the front of the field.
    ---- #11-Hamlin has a tire rub on lap 101 after contact with #22-Blaney.
    ---- #84-Allmendinger has developed electrical problems and is spending a few laps in the pits under the fourth caution
    ---- #31-Burton pitted under the third caution so the team could check any possible damage suffered.
    ---- NASCAR warned #24-Gordon to not jump the restarts
    ---- #70-Sauter was black flagged for a loose bumper just before the field restarted following the second caution
    ---- #96-Raines took 2 tires under the first pit stop, but got into the back of #10-Riggs exiting the pit. No damage on either car
    ---- Everyone is on pit road on lap 45, under the first caution.
    ---- 29 laps in, #24-Gordon is already hitting lap traffic
    ---- 10 laps in, #8-Earnhardt, Jr. is struggling with a loose car and falling back
    ---- green flag at 1:48pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by Subway's Jared Fogle at 1:38pm/et
    ---- Military Flyover: Four T38C Talons out of Columbus Air Force Base ---- National Anthem by U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band
    ---- weather = sunny, high 79°. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph., 0% chance of precip
    ---- To The Back [0]: none reported


  • Race Coverage of the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2007.
    TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 1:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 1:30pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 1:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 9:30am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, October 22 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 22 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, October 25 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 25 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Happy Hour for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the results:
    #96-Raines 93.738
    #26-McMurray 93.590
    #24-Gordon 93.433
    #99-Edwards 93.419
    #2-Busch 93.414
    slowest: #4-Burton 91.954 & #44-Jarrett 91.847
    most laps run: #31-Burton, 88 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #26-McMurray 92.422 [2nd fastest lap], 75 laps run
    #29-Harvick 92.279 [15th], 60 laps
    #1-Truex, Jr 92.262 [8th], 64 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-20-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the results:
    #11-Hamlin 94.209
    #26-McMurray 94.176
    #24-Gordon 94.129
    #88-Rudd 93.989
    #48-Johnson 93.975
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 92.568 & #16-Biffle 91.558
    most laps run: #18-Yeley, 68 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #07-Bowyer 92.768 [6th fastest lap], 36 laps
    #1-Truex, Jr 92.617 [7th], 33 laps
    #2-Busch 92.362 [13th], 66 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-20-2007)

  • Gordon wins pole at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 94.974mph for his 7th pole of 2007, the 63rd of his career and 6th career pole at Martinsville. #1-Truex, Jr. qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #29-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #9-Kahne, #5-Busch, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #18-Yeley, #26-McMurray, and #96-Raines. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Andretti, #00-Reutimann, #84-Allmendinger, #55-Waltrip, #10-Riggs, #44-Jarrett, and #4-Burton.
    See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on the Martinville Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(10-19-2007)

  • Five do not qualify [DNQ] for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway: #06-Sam Hornish Jr. [4 team attempts/53rd in OWNERS pts]; #78-Joe Nemechek [31/43]; #83-Brian Vickers [31/39]; #36-Jeremy Mayfield [31/45]; #37-Kevin Lepage [28/49].(10-19-2007)

  • Martinsville Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Subway 500 with a lap of 19.938 seconds, 94.974 mph.
    .. This is his 63rd Bud Pole in 505 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his seventh Bud Pole and 19th top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Jeff Gordon’s sixth Bud Pole 21st top-10 start in 30 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 19.988 seconds, 94.737 mph.
    .. This is Truex’s 13th top-10 start of 2007 and his first better than 15th in four Martinsville races. He tied his career-best start set at Chicago and second Loudon.
    .. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 10th top-10 start this season and his fifth top-10 start in 13 Martinsville races. This is his first start better than fifth here.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (fourth) posted his series-leading 22nd top-10 start of 2007.
    .. Five of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Gordon, Truex, Harvick, Johnson, Kyle Busch (sixth)
    .. John Andretti (15th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. David Reutimann (19th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-19-2007)

  • Martinsville Ramblings: Jeff Gordon was fastest in the abbreviated practice then backed it up when it counted later in the afternoon and took the Bud Pole at Martinsville Speedway today for Sunday's Subway 500 with a time of 19.938 (94.974 mph). This is the 7th top-spot of the season for Gordon and the 63rd of his Nextel Cup career.
    Martin Truex Jr (2nd) ties his career-best starting spot this weekend. He had the outside pole at Chicagoland in July and Loudon in September.
    Kevin Harvick (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Phoenix last November.
    J. J. Yeley (8th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Michigan in June.
    Tony Raines (10th) has his best startings spot since he lined up 4th at Rockingham in November of 2003!
    Johnny Sauter (13th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at New Hampshire in June.
    Aric Almirola (27th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 31st at Las Vegas in March.
    Jeff Green (31st) has his best starting spot since he qualified 24th at the Brickyard in August.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 11 Top-10 starts in the last 12 races.
    48 cars on hand....five on the Trouble Train. Sam Hornish Jr, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Jeremy Mayfield, and Kevin Lepage get the early out this week.
    As worried as most of the "Chasers" were a couple weeks ago at 'Dega, this place can be just as troublesome. My perfect scenario for the Chase would be five plate races and five short tracks. We'd have 12 nervous drivers for a solid 10 weeks....but then, they probably wouldn't be much fun to be around, huh?(Stock Car Fans)(10-20-2007)

  • Rain at Martinsville Weather could be an issue today at Martinsville Speedway. The forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms, some may be severe. Chance of rain 80%. Check out Weather.com or RaceWeather for the forecast.(10-19-2007)
    UPDATE: Rain jumbled up Friday's schedule. Cup practice was planned for 1:00-2:30pm/et, but was cut short. CTS practice was scheduled for 2:40-4:00pm/et and kept close to schedule. Qualifying was moved back to 4:45pm/et. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks good.

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 2007 at 3:45pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: on ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et; 3:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #78-Nemechek is due out first on Friday, October 19 at 3:30pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #31-Burton. For the Qualifying order, see my Martinsville Qualifying Results/Order Page.(10-19-2007)

  • Friday Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway was cut short by rain, the results:
    #24-Gordon 94.718
    #49-Andretti 94.453
    #96-Raines 93.943
    #31-Burton 93.548
    #66-Green 93.530
    slowest: #15-Menard 89.094, #37-Lepage 87.383
    most laps run: #6-Ragan, 23 laps
    incident: #55-Waltrip locked up the brakes in turn 3 and backed into the wall on his first lap. The team will repair it
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #38-Gilliland 92.320 [11th fastest lap], 8 laps run
    #4-Burton 92.186 [6th], 6 laps
    #66-Green 91.990 [5th], 11 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-19-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Martinsville:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers make the race:
    #49-John Andretti, 2nd
    #4-Ward Burton, 6th
    #00-David Reutimann, 18th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 19th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 24th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 25th
    #06-Sam Hornish, 29th
    #21-Bill Elliott, 40th [has champ prov]
    if things stayed the same, these drivers miss the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 33rd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 34th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 42nd [no champ prov left in 2007]
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 46th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 48th
    (10-19-2007)

  • Entry List for the Subway 500 at Martisnville Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some notes: Elliott stays in the #21 Ford.
    And these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (31/38)
    #06-San Horish Jr. (4/53)
    #4-Ward Burton (30/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (31/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](31/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (31/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (28/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (31/42)
    #49-John Andretti (31/47)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (31/41)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (31/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](31/39)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (31/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,00,55,78,36
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 84,49,4,37,06
    See the full list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List
    (10-15-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
    #22 moves to 34th and the #45 falls to 35th in points. #21 remains 26th
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,511 209 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,450 +146 pts
    35) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,411, +109
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,302, 109 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,075, -336
    Full Points Standings on the Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(10-14-2007)

  • COT: Car of Tomorroow: the is the 15th of 16 COT races in 2007, for more info on the COT see my:
    COT News, Testings and Rumors Page
    COT Images [before Bristol, during testing of the COT

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 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?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Oct 2006 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 70.446mph, started 9th

  • Apr 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 70.258, started 20th

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

  • Oct 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 97.568, finished 27th

  • Apr 2007 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 95.103, finished 3rd

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

  • 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 - 4/18/1999 and 4/1/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 4 - 5/6/1951

  • 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: 43 - 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 117] 14.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14
  • 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: 2
  • 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: 3
  • 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 starting pos unknown: 4

  • Races won from the top 5: 61 of 117 - 52.1%
  • Races won from the top 10: 84 of 117 - 71.8%

  • At Martinsville Speedway:
    • Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway is one of the oldest continuously-operating racing facilities in the Untied States.
    • The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1949.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.
    • The track was paved in 1955.
    • The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
    • Concrete corners were added to the asphalt track in 1976.
    • There have been 117 Nextel Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    • Curtis Turner won the pole for the first Nextel Cup race at Martinsville in 1949.
    • Red Byron won the first Nextel Cup race at Martinsville.
    • Fifty-six drivers have posted poles, led by Darrell Waltrip with 8.
    • Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.
    • There have been six different pole winners since Jeff Gordon scored three straight (2003-04).
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five poles.
    • Forty-four different drivers have won races at Martinsville, led by Richard Petty with 15.
    • Fred Lorenzen holds the consecutive win record with four.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven victories.
    • Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other car owner.
    • A sweep has occurred eight times, but only once since 1994: Jeff Gordon (2005).
    • Seventeen races have been won from the pole.
    • Kurt Busch won the second Martinsville race in 2002 from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Martinsville.
    • There were 11 different race winners at Martinsville from the fall of 1997 through 2002 – one short of the record for active tracks held by Texas Motor Speedway. In the nine races since, only four drivers have visited the Martinsville’s Victory Lane: Jeff Gordon (four), Jimmie Johnson (three), Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace (one each).(NASCAR Statsistics)(10-15-2007)


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
    Backstretch: 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
    Opened: 1947

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Subway's Jared Fogle
    Command to start engines: Jared Fogle
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band
    Military Flyover: Four T38C Talons out of Columbus Air Force Base

  • Track Homepage: martinsvillespeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Martinsville Speedway

  • October 2006: Martinsville Race Info / Rundown Page

  • March 2007: Martinsville Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Earles' Martinsville Speedway Dream Gains Historic Status: When H. Clay Earles first viewed the land he had purchased for a race track in 1947, he was thinking about turning a hobby into livelihood. He built a monument to the sport and a legacy that will live forever. And it is for that history and heritage that Martinsville Speedway was honored by the Department of Historic Resources Wednesday with a Virginia Historic Marker, kicking of the Subway 500 week at the track. "This is such an honor for my family and for Martinsville Speedway," said Speedway President Clay Campbell, Earles' grandson. "My grandfather was so proud of Martinsville Speedway and this honor today would be so special to him. And I think it's a fitting way to close out our 60th anniversary." The state historical highway marker program commemorates facts, persons, events and places prominently identified with the history of the nation, state or region. The wording for each marker must be reviewed and edited by the manager of the marker program and the staff of the Department of Historic Resources. The location has to be approved by the Board of Historic Resources. There are more than 2,000 historic road markers throughout the Commonwealth, but this is the first to honor a speedway.
    Following is the text as it appears on the historic marker: "H. Clay Earles (1913-1999) opened Martinsville Speedway in 1947 with seating for 750. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) first raced here in 1948. Martinsville Speedway was one of eight tracks to host the inaugural 1949 season of NASCAR's Strictly Stock division, later called Winston Cup and then Nextel Cup racing. It is the only original NASCAR track still hosting the highest division as of 2007. It features a short .526-mile track and seats more than 68,000."(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-18-2007)

  • Choice Seats Remain For Subway 500 At Martinsville: Fans who want the chance to catch all the action in the Subway 500, the only short-track stop in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, still have the opportunity. Good seats remain for the Subway 500 Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on October 21. In addition to available tickets for the Subway 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 200 are $37 in advance and $42 on the day of the event. All seats are unreserved. Kroger 200 tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5. Martinsville Speedway is also offering the Fall Family Special with Subway 500 tickets for children 12-and-under for free when an adult purchases a regularly-priced ticket on the backstretch for the October 21 race. The child's ticket must be picked up at the ticket office when the adult ticket is purchased. All children need a reserved ticket to get into the backstretch grandstands, so when buying adult tickets, please make the ticket agent aware of the number of children's tickets needed. Adult tickets on the backstretch are $42 and $47. Tickets for both the Subway 500 on Sunday, October 21, and the Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 20, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(10-14-2007)

  • Improvements Will Greet Fans At Martinsville: When fans roll into Martinsville Speedway for the SUBWAY 500 next week, they'll notice quite a few not-so-subtle improvements. Almost 10,000 tons of asphalt has been put down, new accessible amenities, including paved parking, have been added and a VIP RV area overlooks the backstretch. The large display and souvenir area adjacent to the fourth turn is perhaps the biggest eye-catcher among the improvements. Paving of the five-acre display area, along with the souvenir-row area, was completed last week. The paving project will make shopping and browsing in the area more enjoyable for both fans and vendors. At the opposite end of the track, outside of the second-turn area, work has been completed on a paved accessible parking lot with just over 200 spots. Each of the spots is large enough to accommodate accessible vans. The new parking area is close to recently completed accessible seating overlooking the first and second turns. The seats are elevated to eliminate any obstruction by standing fans. Fans will be greeted by the Champions' Overlook above the backstretch. The Overlook is a VIP motor coach lot, offering an amazing view of the entire race track. There has been other extensive work in the speedway's campground during the past few months. The main road to the campground has been paved for about a quarter-mile into the campground. Also large portions of the campground have been leveled or filled to make for a better camping experience. The competitors also will notice improvements. The driver/owner motor coach lot has been expanded, with unpaved areas graded and paved. Tickets remain for both the SUBWAY 500 on Sunday, October 21, and the Kroger 200 NASACAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 20, and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-12-2007)

  • Children Get Free Backstretch Tickets For Subway 500: The Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway just got much more affordable for families. Subway 500 tickets for children 12-and-under are free when an adult purchases a regularly-priced ticket on the backstretch for the October 21 race. The child's ticket must be picked up at the ticket office when the adult ticket is purchased. All children need reserved ticket to get into the backstretch grandstands, so when buying adult tickets, please make ticket agent aware of the number of children's tickets needed. Adult tickets on the backstretch are $47 and $42. Tickets for both the Subway 500 on Sunday, October 21, and the Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, October 20, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Ticket prices for the Subway 500 range from $40 to $77. Tickets for the Kroger 200 are $37 in advance. Kroger 200 tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5. The Subway 500 weekend kicks off on October 19 with Carilion Pole Day, featuring times trials and practice for the Subway 500. The Kroger 200 is scheduled for October 20 and the Subway 500 on October 21.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-11-2007)

  • Champions' Overlook Offers Unique View Of Martinsville Speedway: Martinsville Speedway's new Champions' Overlook will offer the most spectacular race-day view of any RV spots in racing. RV sites in the Champions' Overlook will sit just above the third-turn and backstretch seats and will allow fans a close-up view of the entire racing surface from the comfort of their RV or their site. Also included in the overall project is the creation of more level camping spots and enlarging and paving the accessible parking lot. There will be 30 sites in the Champions' Overlook, each site named for a former winner at Martinsville Speedway. More than 20,000 cubic yards, or over 1,500 dump trucks of dirt have been moved in leveling ground for the Champion's Overlook and other RV sites in the backstretch area. That dirt was moved to other areas of the campground to create more level areas for campers. The improved accessible parking lot outside the second-turn area of the track will be easily-served by the Speedway's disabled guest assistance. Tickets for events can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(5-26-2007)

  • Martinsville Prez not amused by NASCAR.com report: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, one of the most respected track operators on the circuit, was not amused by a column on NASCAR.com that labeled the venerable Southern Virginia track “a dinosaur” doomed for extinction. So Campbell fired back Sunday, leaving no uncertainty to the strength of his convictions about the track built by his grandfather, Clay Earles in the late 1940s. “The future looks very bright for Martinsville contrary to some rumors, some ignorance,” said Campbell. “Everything is good. We've got several things planned for the fall when you guys come back. In the past, the greatest thing this speedway has going for it is the style of racing it has. No one else has the style of racing that Martinsville has, nobody else has the type of atmosphere we have. We don't have the glitz and the glamour of some of the other tracks, but that's the way they started. We have our own unique atmosphere. Does that make us on the hit list for extinction? I don't think so.”(SPEEDtv.com)
    AND Martinsville Speedway will make an announcement in the next month concerning changes and upgrades coming to the Virginia race facilities this season. When additional seating is added at the track, Clay Campbell, President of Martinsville Speedway stated it would be on the frontstretch with suites above. Seats can also be added in turns one and two above the suites and press box.(Insiderracingnews.com)
    and see another article at Circletrackracing.com)(4-2-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Wallace on standby; Rudd Expects to Run Whole Race: been told that Kenny Wallace is on standby at Martinsville Speedway for #88-Ricky Rudd as Rudd's shoulder is still sore from the Californina wreck [missed 4 races]. Rudd may also start the race on Sunday and Wallace could sub and finish the race.(10-19-2007)
    UPDATE: Ricky Rudd’s left shoulder, which he separated in a hard crash at California Speedway over Labor Day weekend, is hurting him this weekend at Martinsville, but the Virginia native said he plans to drive with pain through 500 laps on Sunday. “It’s sore, but I think it’s gonna be all right. It hurts, really, to be honest with you, but I’m trying not to take any Advil or anything like that right now to see if I can deal with it,” said Rudd. “I don’t know. Part of me say, ‘I don’t know,’ but the other part of me is saying, ‘Aw, you’ll tough it out. You’ll be all right.’”(SPEEDtv.com)(10-21-2007)

  • Petty to Move Into Top-Five in Career Starts: At Martinsville Speedway, #45-Kyle Petty becomes the driver with the fifth most starts all-time. He enters this weekend tied with Darrell Waltrip with 809 career starts. Petty has made 53 starts at Martinsville. He has five top-five and 15 top-ten finishes at the track. He also grabbed one pole at Martinsville, which came in 1992. Petty's 23,817 laps completed at Martinsville are the most of any track in his career.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR)(10-16-2007)

  • Mac Tools Teams up with Robby Gordon Motorsports: Mac Tools is partnering with #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports to beget the first ever Mac Tools sponsored Nextel Cup Series Car. The car will make its debut during the Nextel Cup Series race on October 21st at the Subway 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. "Mac Tools has built a relationship with Robby Gordon Motorsports over the past 3 years," said Mac Tools Director of Marketing, Roger Spee. "We are very pleased to have this opportunity to promote our brand in this way for the first time and with such a great driver!"
    "We are very excited to expand our relationship with Mac Tools and are even more excited that their first NASCAR Cup race will be with Robby Gordon Motorsports. Looking to the 2008 season, RGM is proud to have Mac Tools involved," Robby Gordon remarked. For more information about Mac Tools, visit www.mactools.com.(RGM PR)(10-1-2007)

  • See 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
    #00-David Reutimann Dominos Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mac Tools #7 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Target House #40 Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenseon Breast Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Goody's Headache Powder #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Combo's #88 Schemes Page


  • Special schemes for Sorenson and Stremme: Target and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that the #41 Target Dodge will feature a pink paint scheme for the next two Nextel Cup Series events to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Reed Sorenson will be running a pink #41 Dodge in this weekend's 500-mile race at Martinsville Speedway and at his hometown track - Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28. Additionally, Target and CGRFS also announced Sorenson's teammate #40-David Stremme will be driving a Target House Dodge at Martinsville, highlighting Team Target's commitment to cause-related programs. Sorenson has created a donation pledge for the Atlanta race, which Target will match, that consists of a number of levels, with the top amount (including the match) being $36,400. Sorenson will donate $10,000 for a win, $5,000 for a top-five finish, $1,000 for a top-10 finish, $4,100 for a pole and $12.62 for each lap completed, totaling $4,100 if he completes all of the scheduled 325 laps that will make up the Pep Boys Auto 500. He will also auction his autographed custom race helmet and firesuit with proceeds from the pledge and auction benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and Project Pink House.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), more info on the auction on the Racing Charities page, see an image of the scheme on the #41 Team Schemes and #40 Team Schemes pages.(10-17-2007)

  • Yellow and Green colors for the #17 at California: #17-Matt Kenseth will run the R+L Carriers paint scheme for the third time this season in Sunday’s Sharp Aquos 500. In his previous two he has scored finishes of 12th at Charlotte in May and eighth at Daytona in July. The R+L Carriers scheme will run once more at Martinsville in October.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Rudd to run Combos at Pocono: This weekend the #88 Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright orange Combos Ford Fusion for the first time this season instead of their traditional Snickers Ford paint scheme in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Combos is the “Official Cheese-Filled Snack” of NASCAR and an associate sponsor on the #88 and #38 cars for the 2007 season. This is the first of two races Rudd will run the Combos Ford this year (Pocono and Martinsville)(Elevation Group PR), see am image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-2-2007)

  • Goody's scheme to run at Martinsville: on SPEED's NASCAR Live, the King, Richard Petty, was interviewed and showed the #43 Goody's Headache Powder Dodge that Bobby Labonte will run at Martinsville in October. Goody's is featured on the petty blue hood. See an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Scheme page.(7-6-2007)

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


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