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- Race: Sunday, April 1, 2007 in Martinsville, VA
- Title Sponsor/Link: Goody's
- Track: Martinsville Speedway
- TV: FOX 2:00pm/et
- FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:15pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 5 at 3:00pm/et on Speed
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,929,787 (was $4,826.889 in 2006)
- Practice: Friday, March 30, 10:30am - 12:00pm/et on TV-SPEED;
and Saturday, March 31, 10:00 - 10:50am/et on TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 31, 12:50 - 1:50pm/et on TV-NO TV
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 30, 9:30am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 30 at 3:45pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:00am/et on SPEED AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR.com will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Wednesday, March 28
1:00 p.m. - NCTS haulers enter
4:00 p.m. – NCTS haulers exit infield
Thursday, March 29
9:30 a.m. – NNCS haulers enter infield
11:00 a.m. – NNCS garage opens (inspection only)
6:00 p.m. – Garage closes
Friday, March 30
7:00 a.m. – NNCS and NCTS garage and registration opens
9:30 a.m. – NNCS rookie and spotter meetings
10:00 a.m. – NCTS rookie and spotter meetings
10:30 a.m. – NNCS practice, 90 minutes
12:10 p.m. – NCTS rookie practice, 40 minutes
1:00 p.m. – NCTS practice, 60 minutes
2:20 p.m. – NCTS final practice, 70 minutes
3:45 p.m. – NNCS qualifying
Saturday, March 31
8:00 a.m. – NNCS garage opens
10:00 a.m. – NNCS practice, 50 minutes
11:10 a.m. – NCTS qualifying
12:30 p.m. – NCTS driver and crew chief meeting
12:50 p.m. – NNCS final practice, 60 minutes
2:30 p.m. – NCTS driver introduction
3:00 p.m. – NCTS race, Kroger 250
Sunday, April 1
12:00 p.m. – NNCS driver/crew chief meeting
1:30 p.m. – NNCS driver introduction
2:00 p.m. – Green flag, Goody’s Cool Orange 500
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials (Nextel Cup);
Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400
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 115-125 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: 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
first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and
right-side tires to the track . . . Martinsville is the only track at which
Nextel Cup teams will run this specific setup of left-and right-side tires . . .
however, this right-side code (D-4110) will be run on all four tire positions at
the series' two road course races -- Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen
International . . . Craftsman Truck teams are scheduled to run this same tire
setup at Mansfield in May . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in
length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
- Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 3rd [in 6 races] win of the 2007 season and 26th career win. Johnson and teammate #24-Jeff Gordon fought the last five laps, beating and banging the final lap, with Johnson winning by a few feet. Finishing third was #11-Hamlin, #5-Busch, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Burton, #20-Stewart, #10-Riggs, #26-McMurray and #17-Kenseth. #24-Gordon maintains the points lead by 28 pts over #31-Burton. There were 13 cautions for 93 laps and 9 drivers lead the race with 14 lead changes.
Race Results on my Bristol Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(4-1-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Martinsville [6 of 36 races]:
#24-Jeff Gordon 966
#31-Jeff Burton 938 -28
#48-Jimmie Johnson 906 -60
#17-Matt Kenseth 836 -130
#5-Kyle Busch 804 -162
#11-Denny Hamlin 776 -190
#07-Clint Bowyer 751 -215
#20-Tony Stewart 726 -240
#99-Carl Edwards 710 -256
#29-Kevin Harvick 687 -279
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 677 -289
#26-Jamie McMurray 650 -316
#9-Kasey Kahne is 34th
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(4-1-2007)
- Rumblings - Martinsville Race Notes:
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon had a ding-dong battle the final 18 laps today at Martinsville Speedway and Johnson prevailed by .065 seconds over his teammate/car owner in the Goody's Cool Orange 500. We witnessed a fine display of rubbing without wrecking the last 10 laps or so....and it was about as good as it gets on a short-track. This was the third win of the season for Johnson, the 26th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied for 22nd all-time with the Golden Boy Fred Lorenzen), the 153rd for Hendrick Motorsports, and was worth $198,736. They're now 4 for 6 on the season, btw. That Chevy Charge netted them the top seven spots! NASCAR and the Crew Chiefs are gonna have their work cut out for 'em with the C-O-T. Right front tire problems, brake heat problems, smoldering door foam problems, fuel pump cable problems.....it reads like a weekend to-do list. Tho the cable problems seem to be more of a Chevy deal, you can bet every crew chief is gonna run those thangs till they drop the next two weeks. Don't ever forget race fans....it's 14 years today we lost a Champion, Alan Kulwicki.
Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Atlanta last October.
Scott Riggs (8th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Homestead last November.
Ricky Rudd (13th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Texas in November of 2005.
Ken Schrader (19th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Kansas last October.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
Jeff Burton has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Matt Kenseth (+23), followed by Kyle Petty (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kevin Harvick (-35), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (-27), David Gilliland (-23), and Johnny Sauter (-21). Here we are six races into the season and we've only had 7 different drivers lead both ends of the "Shaft" this year.
Surprisingly there was no movement in the Top-35 in Owner Points this week, but we sure had a lot of shuffling underneath that line. Ken Schrader and the #21 team now hold down 36th just nine markers out of the high rent district with Scott Riggs and the #10 team just 28 points out of the exemption zone.
No change in the Top-4 in Driver Points....Jeff Gordon has stretched his lead to 28 over Jeff Burton. Dale Earnhardt Jr (17th to 11th) made the best move forward today while the absent Mark Martin (7th to 15th) and Bobby Labonte (14th to 22nd) fell the most spots.(see full report at stock car fans.com)(4-1-2007)
- Martinsville Speedway - Fast Facts
.. Jimmie Johnson won the Goody’s Cool Orange 500, posting his 26th victory in 189 Nextel Cup Series races.
.. This is Johnson’s third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2007.
.. This is Johnson’s third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 10 races at Martinsville.
.. Johnson has won at least three race in each of the six Nextel Cup Series seasons since he posted his career-first victory in 2002.
.. Jeff Gordon finished second giving Hendrick Motorsports its second 1-2 finish of the season. The most recent 1-2 finish for Hendrick was Las Vegas when Johnson also won and Gordon finished second.
.. Gordon has finished second in three of the six races this season and his only finish outside the top-10 was 12th at Atlanta.
.. This is the seventh victory for Hendrick Motorsports in the past nine Martinsville races.
.. David Ragan (15th) was the highest finishing rookie, followed closely by Juan Pablo Montoya in 16th.
.. Chevrolet finished in the top-seven positions, the best finish by a manufacturer since Ford captured the top-seven positions at Las Vegas in the inaugural race there in 1998. That 1-7 sweep also occurred on April 1st. It was the best finishing sweep for Chevrolet since they took the top-nine positions at Darlington on April 13, 1980.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-1-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Goody's Cool Orange 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 (20)(113 laps led)
#24-Gordon-C (3)(92 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-C (1)(125 laps led)
#5-Busch-C (14)(10 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (8)(137 laps led)
#20-Stewart-C (7)(11 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-F (33)(1 laps led)
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
- Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 45,1
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 19,9,01,13,70,00,40,49,16,7,66,22,84,36,29,25,43
- Cars on the track: 42 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (1) and reason:
#38-Gilliland (rear gear-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 14 lead changes):
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (137);
#11-Hamlin (125, pole);
#1-Truex Jr. (1);
- Lap leaders: #11-Hamlin - pole; #11-Hamlin 1-40; #19-Sadler 41-50; #11-Hamlin 51-55; #24-Gordon 56-92; #17-Kenseth 93; #24-Gordon 94-138; #11-Hamlin 139-218; #20-Stewart 219-224; #24-Gordon 225-234; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 235-303; #20-Stewart 304-308; #1-Truex Jr. 309; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 310-377; #5-Busch 378-387; #48-Johnson 388-500;
Cautions: 13 for 93 laps
Caution 13 - Laps 475 - 482: #18-Yeley spun around in turn 1, smacking the wall on the drivers side.
Caution 12 - Laps 424 - 439: #44-Jarrett spun in turn 2 after losing the right rear wheel
Caution 11 - Laps 377- 382: #42-Montoya punted #96-Raines into the turn 1 wall
RED FLAG during 10th caution, as of 4:49pm/et to 5:23pm/et
Caution 10 - Laps 354- 363: #7-Gordon spun and slid off turn 4
Caution 9 - Laps 337- 342: #40-Stremme spun around in turn 3, but didn't hit anything.
Caution 8 - Laps 307- 312: #7-Gordon lost a right front tire in turn 2 and slowed on the track
Caution 7 - Laps 246 - 250: #9-Kahne spun around in turn 4, didn't hit anything
Caution 6 - Laps 218 - 223: #36-Mayfield lost a right front tire on turn 4, didn't hit the wall
Caution 5 - Laps 153 - 158: #84-Allmendinger got spun by #99-Edwards in turn 4
Caution 4 - Laps 101 - 105: #40-Stremme spun around in traffic off turn 2, but no contact with the wall or any other car.
Caution 3 - Laps 91 - 97: #7-Gordon lost a right front tire and couldn't get the car turned to get to pit road, but didn't hit anything
Caution 2 - Laps 39 - 46: #43-Labonte ran into #16-Biffle, spinning the #43 around, smacking the turn 1 wall on the drivers side.
Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 8: #25-Mears looped the car in turn 4.
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: and the finish
Caution 13: #14-Marlin, 21st
Caution 12: #96-Raines(2), 20th
Caution 11: #41-Sorenson, 18th
Caution 10: #6-Ragan, 15th
Caution 9: #18-Yeley(3), 23rd
Caution 8: #10-Riggs, 8th
Caution 7: #17-Kenseth. 10th
Caution 6: #96-Raines, 20th
Caution 5: #18-Yeley(2), 23rd
Caution 4: #18-Yeley, 23rd
Caution 3: #22-Blaney, 37th
Caution 2: #45-Petty, 22nd
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 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 90
2 #7 TE Commitment Line Violation 90
3 #18 OL Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 92
4 #36 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 217
5 #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 218
6 #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 245
7 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 306
8 #16 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 337
9 #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 338
10 #7 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 339
11 #16 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 358
12 #1 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 359
13 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 360
14 #43 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 360
15 #44 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 424
16 #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 425
17 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 428
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
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics)(4-1-2007)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- only one car in the top 10 came in to pit during the 12th caution, #5-Busch, who was running 2nd
---- just after the 12th caution was thrown, #29-Harvick stopped on the track, got out of the car as the smoke is bellowing out of the cockpit of the car. The smoke stopped and Harvick got back in the car in drove it to the garage, the team said the foam in the car caught fire.
---- after the red flag was lifted, tow top-10 cars came in to pit, #48-Johnson [was 2nd] and #11-Hamlin [was 4th]
---- during the red flag, #88 crew chief, Butch Hylton said the car is having electircal problems and all the blowers have been shut off and they just hope to make it to the end of the race
---- #29-Harvick came back on the track during the 9th caution
---- on lap 289, #29-Harvick slowed on the track and went to the garage, saying he has no fuel pressure, Harvick was running 6th.
---- TV and radio are both reporting that #43-Labonte and #25-Mears are back on the track, so as of lap 270 all 43 cars are on the track
---- during the 7th caution, #66-Green pitted and the crew went under the hood, no word why
---- on lap 235, while leading, #24-Gordon locked up his brakes, shot up the track and fell back to 11th, then recovered and back up to pace, #8-Earnhardt Jr. took the lead
---- during the 6th caution, #11-Hamlin came in leading, but had a slow pit stop when a lug nut got stuck in the air gun, came out 10th, #20-Stewart came out as the leader. MRN is reporting #66-Green has all but lost the brakes
---- MRN radio is reporting that #16-Biffle says he is losing his brakes around lap 197
---- just as the 5th caution came out, #22-Blaney lost a tire and smacked the wall
---- on lap 108, #14-Marlin got spun around in turn 2 by #10-Riggs, but no caution
---- on the 3rd caution, #18-Yeley pit outside the pit box and was penalized a lap.
---- on lap 86, #25-Mears lost a right front tire and wacked the wall, took him a few laps to get to the pits, but no caution
---- around laps 78-79, #8-Kahne and #7-Gordon were fighting to stay on the lead lap and were beating and banging on each other, But #24-Gordon finally got by them, putting both a lap doen.
---- #43-Labonte reported that his brake petal went to the floor, causing him to run into #16-Biffle to cause his spin and 2nd caution
---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit except #19-Sadler, who stayed out for track position, #36-Mayfield and #88-Rudd only took 2 tires, Mayfield came out 9th.
---- on lap 35 range, #25-Mears is back on the track after the team made repairs
---- after causing the 1st caution, #25-Mears was on and off pit road and is now off track getting work done to the suspension, FOX reported that a trackbar fell off and caused the spin.
---- weather = mostly cloudy, 64° track temp ?° wind SSW 5mph
---- green flag at 2:16pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:07pm/et by Grand Marshal Richard Petty
---- Military Flyover: Two F-16's, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
---- To The Back : none reported
- Race Coverage of the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2007.
TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 3:00pm/et
- Rain Sunday? the forecast for Sunday at Martinsville from weather.com: Rain showers in the morning then thundershowers in the afternoon. High near 70F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Also see more weather info at Raceweather.net.(3-31-2007)
- Happy Hour Practice for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over [was NOT televised], the results::
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 93.580
#1-Truex Jr. 93.304
slowest: #84-Allmendiner 90.755 and #44-Jarrett 91.740
most laps run: #31-Burton 88; #01-Smith 83
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#8-Earnhardt Jr 92.556 [fastest lap] 56 laps run
#29-Harvick 92.467 [5th] 40
#1-Truex Jr. 92.451 [3rd] 51
See all the speeds, laps run on the Practice Speeds page.(3-31-2007)
- Saturday's 1st practice for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the results:
#1-Truex Jr. 93.952
slowest: #48-Johnson 92.281 and #01-Smith 92.321
most laps run: #38-Gilliland 64; #19-Sadler & #66-Green 59
Top 3 average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#24-Gordon 92.886 [3rd fastest lap] 35 laps run
#5-Busch 92.692 [2nd] 37
#1-Truex Jr. 92.593 [1st] 32
See all the speeds, laps run on the Practice Speeds page.(3-31-2007)
- Hamlin wins pole at Martinsville: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Budweiser Pole for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 95.103mph for his 1st pole of 2007 and 5th of his career. The rest of the top-10 are are #26-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #21-Schrader, #18-Yeley, #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Edwards and #70-Sauter. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #21-Schrader, #22-Blaney, #10-Riggs #49-Bliss, #36-Mayfield, #44-Jarrett, #84-Allmendinger and #00-Reutimann. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #21-Schrader, #22-Blaney, #10-Riggs #49-Bliss, #36-Mayfield, #44-Jarrett, #84-Allmendinger and #00-Reutimann. See Qualifying order, speeds and the starting lineup on my Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-30-2007)
- Six do not qualify at Martinsville: #55-Waltrip, #78-Wallace, #15-Menard, #83-Vickers, #37-Lepage and #4-Burton.(3-23-2007)
- Ramblings - Martinsville Qualifying: It was Denny Hamlin today at Martinsville Speedway as he took the Bud Pole
for Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 with a time of 19.911 sec (95.103 mph). The Virginia driver has now captured the last two poles in his home state as his last top-spot was at Richmond last September. The was the 5th pole for Hamlin, and he's also the fifth different driver to qualify for next February's Budweiser Shootout.
Jamie McMurray (2nd) takes the outside pole. This is his best starting spot since he was on the outside of the front row at Infineon last June.
Ken Schrader (4th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th here in April of 2003! How's that for handling that qualifying pressure?
J. J. Yeley (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Kansas last September.
Carl Edwards (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Dover last September.
Johnny Sauter (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 10th at Bristol in March of 2004!
Tony Raines (11th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 11th here last October.
Jeremy Mayfield (13th) has his best starting spot since he qualified on the outside pole at Dover last June.
David Ragan (27th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. He lined up 35th at Daytona and Las Vegas this year for his previous best.
STREAKIN.....Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.
(See more at stockcarfans.com)(3-30-2007)
- Martinsville Qualifying Fast Facts:
.. Denny Hamlin won the Bud Pole for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500, his fifth Bud Pole 49 career Nextel Cup races.
.. Tony Stewart retains the Martinsville track qualifying record of 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph – set Oct. 21, 2005.
.. This is Hamlin’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in 2007.
.. This is Hamlin’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start – all top-fives – in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
.. Hamlin became the seventh different Bud Pole winner at Martinsville since Jeff Gordon ended a streak of three straight in March 2004.
.. Jamie McMurray qualified second, posting his best start since he started second at Sonoma in 2006. He also started second in this race in 2006.
.. Ken Schrader (fourth) was the quickest of the 14 drivers required to make the field on time. It was Schrader’s best qualifying effort since joining Wood Brothers Racing in 2006 and the best for the Wood Brothers since Ricky Rudd started second here at Martinsville in October 2005.
.. Four drivers posted their first top-10 start of the 2007 season: McMurray, Schrader, J.J. Yeley (ninth) and Johnny Sauter (10th).
.. Juan Pablo Montoya (23rd) was the highest qualifying rookie-of-the-year candidate for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500.(NASCAR Stats PR)(3-30-2007)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 30, 2007 at 3:45pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: re-air at 1:00am/et
- Qualifying Order List for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #24-Gordon is due out first on Friday, March 30 at 3:45pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #6-Ragan. For the Qualifying order, see my Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-30-2007)
- Friday Practice for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the results:
#1-Truex Jr. 95.132
slowest: #84-Allmendinger 91.994 and #17-Kenseth 92.551
most laps run: #42-Montoya 64; #01-Smith 55
incidents: #4-Burton slid in a turn, spun and backed the left corner into the wall and will have to go to a backup car for qualifying.
#43-Labonte left some rear-end grease on the track late in the practice
weather: Sunny, 54º track temp ?º, wind 0mph
Top 3 average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#96-Raines 93.782 [4th fastest lap] 36 laps run
#24-Gordon 93.238 [2nd] 21
#48-Johnson 92.747 [34th] 30
See all the speeds, laps run on the Practice Speeds page.(3-30-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Martinsville
if things stayed the the same, these drivers would make the race:
#10-Scott Riggs, 10th fastest
#21-Ken Schrader, 17th
#36-Jeremy Mayfield, 19th
#00-David Reutimann, 27th
#22-Dave Blaney, 31st
#55-Michael Waltrip, 32nd
#15-Paul Menard, 40th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 43rd would use past champ prov
if things stayed the the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#78-Kenny Wallace, 41st
#83-Brian Vickers, 44th
#49-Mike Bliss, 45th
#37-Kevin Lepage, 46th
#4-Ward Burton, 47th wrecked to a backup no practice
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 49th/last
- Entry List for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
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 2006 owners points (2007 race attempts in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (5 attempts/45th in 2007 owners pts)
#4-Ward Burton (4/36)
#10-Scott Riggs (5/43)
#15-Paul Menard (5/42)
#21-Ken Schrader (5/40)
#22-Dave Blaney (5/37)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (5/47)
#37-Kevin Lepage (5/46)
#44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](5/39)
#49-Mike Bliss (5/41)
#55-Michael Waltrip (5/50)
#78-Kenny Wallace (5/44)
#83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(5/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendinger (5/49)
In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,22,21,49,15,10,78
missing the race would be : #'s 00,37,36,84,55,4 [only 4 race attempts]
See the full list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List
- Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Martinsville Speedway are set:
the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
30) #96-Raines/HOF Racing 404, +73
31) #14-Marlin/Ginn Racing 400, +69
32) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 382, +51
33) #88-Rudd/RYR 374, +43
34) #9-Kahne/Evernham 365, +34
35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 365, 34 pts ahead of 36th
these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #4-Burton/Morgan-McClure Motorsports 331, 34 pts behind 35th
37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 325, -40
38) #83-Vickers/Team Red Bull 322, -43
39) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 320 [has 2 champ provisionals left to use], -45
40) #21-Schrader-Wood/ Wood Brothers 320, -45
41) #49-Bliss/BAM Racing 287, -78
42) #15-Menard/DEI 281, -84
43) #10-Riggs/Evernham 265, -100
See my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(3-26-2007)
- COT: Car of Tomorroow: the is the 2nd 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
- 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
#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
- 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]
- 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
- Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
- Oct 2006 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 70.446mph, started 9th
- Apr 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 72.741, started 3rd
- Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Oct 2005, 98.083mph
- Oct 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 97.568, finished 27th
- 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: 42 - 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 116] 14.7%
- 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: 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 starting pos unknown: 4
- Races won from the top 5: 61 of 116 - 52.6%
- Races won from the top 10: 84 of 116 - 72.4%
- 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
Grand Marshal: Richard Petty
Command to start engines: Richard Petty
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: B.J. Noris, Saxaphone, Martinsville HS Music Director
Military Flyover: Two F-16's, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
- Track Homepage: martinsvillespeedway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Martinsville Speedway
- March 2006: Martinsville Race Info / Rundown Page
- October 2006: Martinsville Race Info / Rundown Page
- Great Fan Offers Remain For Goody's Cool Orange 500: Good seats are still available for the Nextel Cup Goody's Cool Orange 500 event scheduled for April 1. In addition there are openings left in fan suite seating along with fan hospitality, featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. For the first time in its 60-year history, Martinsville Speedway is offering luxury suite seating to fans for the March 30-April 1 events. Each suite pass includes suite seating for Carilion Pole Day on March 30, the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on March 31 and the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Nextel Cup race on April 1. Also included with each suite pass will be a pre-race pit pass for the Goody's Cool Orange 500. There will be one Suite Parking pass included for each two suite passes ordered.
Lunch and snacks will be served on Saturday and Sunday and appetizers on Friday. Pepsi products will be served all weekend long. A
cash bar will be available all three days. Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon will headline two separate fan zones prior to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Earnhardt will appear in the Bud Fan Zone while Gordon will be in the Pepsi Fan Zone. Earnhardt and the Bud Fan Zone and Gordon and the Pepsi Fan Zone will be in separate tents in Martinsville Speedway's hospitality area. Each driver will make an appearance in his respective fan zone for an emceed question and answer session. The Bud Fan Zone and the Pepsi Fan Zone is $99 each. The price includes a ticket to the fan zone, continental breakfast and lunch buffet, Pepsi products and four beer coupons per adult, track tram tour rides from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Martinsville Speedway souvenirs, a Goody's Cool Orange 500 program and door prizes. The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Each of the two fan zones will open at 8 a.m. Reserved seat tickets also remain for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting
martinsvillespeedway.com online. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and phones orders may be made from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The ticket office will be open this Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-27-2007)
- The King named Grand Marshal for Martinsville: Richard Petty, lifetime spokesperson for Goody's Headache Powders, has been named Grand Marshal for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Nextel Cup race on Sunday, April 1 at Martinsville Speedway. Petty will
be honored throughout the race weekend as Goody's celebrates 30 years in motorsports and Martinsville Speedway marks its 60th year. On Friday evening of race weekend, Petty will be honored at a Goody's 30th Anniversary celebration hosted on the grounds of the Martinsville Speedway. Guests will include NASCAR legends, Cup drivers, team owners and other friends from within the motorsports industry. Petty will also handle the traditional grand marshal duties including saying "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" to start the Goody's Cool Orange 500. "To be the Grand Marshal at Martinsville and continue to be a part of Goody's rich racing history is truly an honor," said Petty. "Goody's will always be the favorite pain reliever of race fans just as it has been for 30 years. I am a lifetime Goody's user and look forward to a big weekend at one of my favorite tracks - Martinsville Speedway." Petty is NASCAR's all-time record holder with 200 career wins and seven championships. At Martinsville, Petty is the track's all-time wins leader with 15 victories spanning from 1960 to 1979. In its 30 years in the sport, Goody's has sponsored races at Daytona, Bristol, Rockingham and Martinsville. 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, won by Kevin Harvick. In 2007, Goody's returns as a Cup sponsor at Martinsville with the running of the Cool Orange 500, the first race in a new three-year sponsorship. The race's name recognizes Goody's revolutionary new flavor - Cool Orange. The first flavored powder pain reliever on the market, Goody's Cool Orange provides the same fast pain relief as the original Goody's with a new, fresh orange flavor, in a new convenient stick packs that were specially designed for race fans. Race fans attending the Goody's Cool Orange 500 will have the opportunity to sample the new flavor at the popular Goody's Fast Relief Zone exhibit trackside at Martinsville Speedway. For more information on Goody's Headache Powders, visit www.goodyspowder.com. To order tickets to the Goody's Cool Orange 500, call 877-RACE-TIX (722-3849) or log on to martinsvillespeedway.com.(Lighthouse Marketing/Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-21-2007)
- Ridgeway Clock Helps Martinsville Speedway Celebrate 60th Birthday: Forty-three years ago Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles decided it was time for a "different" type of trophy for winners at his race track. His choice? A grandfather clock. Specifically a grandfather clock produced by The Ridgeway Clock Company (ridgewayclocks.com), a local furniture manufacturer. On September 27, 1964, Earles awarded the first Ridgeway Clock trophy to Fred Lorenzen, the winner of the Old Dominion 500 that afternoon. The long tradition will continue late on the afternoon of April 1 when Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell awards the winner of the Goody's Cool Orange 500 the latest in a long line of grandfather clocks produced by Ridgeway Clocks. And the newest trophy clock, the Independence Grandfather Clock, is by far the biggest, most striking of all. The Independence Grandfather Clock is the only clock in the world that plays the American chimes of "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful," along with the traditional Westminster chime. The retail value of this numbered and limited edition is over $11,000. Of all drivers who have competed at Martinsville Speedway, seven-time NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Richard Petty has the most clocks with 12, winning his first in 1967. Jeff Gordon leads all current drivers with seven Ridgeway Clock grandfather clocks. Based in Ridgeway, VA, the Ridgeway Clock Company is America's oldest grandfather clock manufacturer. The company opened as part of the Gravely Furniture Company in 1960 and today is part of the Howard Miller Corporation. Ridgeway Clock is one of the few furniture/clock companies that still builds its heirloom quality clocks in the United States. Today, Ridgeway supplies a complete line of time-keeping products such as grandfather, chiming wall and mantle, gallery wall and outdoor clocks. Good seats remain for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on April 1 and the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on March
31. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-16-2007)
- 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)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)