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THE RACE: TUMs QuickPak 500

Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 19, 2008 in Martinsville, VA

  • Title Sponsor: TUMs

  • Track: Martinsville Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:37pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 1:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 20 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, October 20 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, October 23 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 23 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

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


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 17, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, October 18, 11:30am - 12:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 18, 12:50 - 1:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et via tape


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, October 17, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, October 18 at 3:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the TUMS Quickpak 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 6th win of the season, 5th win at Martinsville, 8th short track win and the 39th of his career. Johnson held off #88-Earnhardt Jr. after a green-white-checkered finish, #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #5-Mears, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #07-Bowyer and #1-Truex Jr.. #84-Scott Speed finished 30th in his Sprint Cup debut. There were 12 cautions for 76 laps and 14 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Martinsville Race Results Awards Page.(10-19-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Martinsville race 32 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6073 [6 wins]
    2) #16-Greg Biffle 5924 -149 [2 wins]
    3) #31-Jeff Burton 5921 -152 [2 wins]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 5875 -198 [6 wins]
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 5831 -242 [1 win]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick 5817 -256
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon 5798 -275
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 5735 -338 [1 win]
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5694 -379 [1 win]
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 5665 -408
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 5653 -420 [1 win]
    12) #18-Kyle Busch 5628 -445 [8 wins]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville.(10-19-2008)

  • Where did the 12 Chase Drivers finish at Martinsville?
    (the chase standings before Martinsville)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON
    2) #31-Jeff Burton, 17th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 12th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer, 9th
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick, 7th
    7) #20-Tony Stewart, 26th
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4th
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 29th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 8th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    (10-19-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Martinsville race 32 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4609 [6 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 4496 -113 [6 wins]
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4426 -183 [8 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 4295 -314 [2 wins]
    5) #16-Greg Biffle 4204 -405 [2 wins]
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4172 -437 [1 win]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 4100 -509
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 4020 -589 [1 win]
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 4019 -590
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 3937 -672 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 3878 -731 [1 win]
    12) #6-David Ragan 3802 -807
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth 3797 -812
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3656 -953 [2 wins]
    (10-19-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta:
    No drop in or out of top 35, #84 moves up to 34th and #7 down to 35th and the spread is larger, 75 pts ahead of 36th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2566 +196
    34) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2460 +90
    35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2445 75 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2370, 75 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2305 -140
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-19-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #21-Elliott, 16th
    Caution 2: none awarded
    Caution 3: #28-Kvapil, 19th
    Caution 4: #00-Bliss (still 4 laps down), 39th
    Caution 5: #00-Bliss (still 4 laps down), 39th
    Caution 6: #45-McCumbee, 25th
    Caution 7: #17-Kenseth, 8th
    Caution 8: #38-Gilliland, 32nd
    Caution 9: #10-Allmendinger, 15th
    Caution 10: none, #41-Sorenson would had, but he caused the caution
    Caution 11: #16-Biffle, 13th
    Caution 12: none awarded when 10 laps of less are left in the race
    (10-19-2008)

  • Martinsville Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #88 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 30
    2 #2 Commitment Line Violation TE 64
    3 #2 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 66
    4 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 115
    5 #17 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 116
    6 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    7 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    8 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    9 #18 Intentionally causing a caution 2 Laps 163
    10 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 197
    11 #7 Safety violation PT 219
    12 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 259
    13 #42 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 259
    14 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 259
    15 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 381
    16 #31 Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box OL 461
    17 #1 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 461
    18 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 461
    19 #44 Lug nut(s) not installed MCI 462
    20 #38 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 486
    21 #41 Safety violation PT 488
    22 #41 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 489
    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)(10-19-2008)

  • Rain out winners: so far in 32 2008 races, there have been NINE qualifying sessions rained out, the most since 1959. In the nine races run, all nine winners have come from the top 10 starting spot:
    California, February: winner #99-Edwards started 9th, #48-Johnson started 1st finished 2nd
    Bristol, March: #31-Burton 8th, #48-Johnson 18th
    Michigan, June: #88-Earnhardt Jr. 3rd; #18-Busch 13th
    Chicago, July: #18-Busch 1st
    Watkins Glen: August, #18-Busch 1st
    Richmond, September: #48-Johnson 3rd; #18-Busch 15th
    New Hampshire, September: winner #16-Biffle 9th, #18-Busch 34th
    Charlotte, October: winner #31-Burton 4th, #48-Johnson 6th
    Martinsville, October: winner #48-Johnson 1st
    The NINE qualifying sessions cancelled are the most since 1959. From 1980 thru present, the next worse year for qualifying cancellations was in 2002 when five were cancelled. Back a few years ago, if it rained on Friday, qualifying was many times moved to Saturday morning, that doesn't happen any longer.(10-19-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Tums QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway, #48-Johnson got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #31-Burton, who starts 2nd, took stall #11, the next pit with an opening in front of it and #16-Biffle, who starts 3rd to stall #10, a stall that has an opening behind it. #83-Vickers took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Martinsville Pit Stall selections page.(10-19-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Tums QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 1:30pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 20 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, October 20 at 9:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, October 23 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, October 23 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
news and links

  • Tums QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the TUMS Quickpak 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 94.671
    #48-Johnson 94.637
    #07-Bowyer 94.354
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 94.190
    #26-McMurray 94.167
    slowest: #78-Nemechek 92.438 and #2-Busch 92.737
    TV: Happy Hour is scheduled to be aired on ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et.
    See speeds, laps run, fastest lap and average speed on my Martinsville Practice Speeds page.(10-18-2008)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the TUMS Quickpak 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 94.808
    #24-Gordon 94.500
    #6-Ragan 94.369 [wrecked]
    #29-Harvick 94.223
    #26-McMurray 93.999
    slowest: #78-Nemechek 92.574 and #66-Riggs 92.665
    incident: #6-Ragan spun around in turn 1 and smacked the wall and will go to a backup car
    See speeds, laps run, fastest lap and average speed on my Martinsville Practice Speeds page.(10-18-2008)

  • Rain cancels qualifying at Martinsville: rain showers at Martinsville has cancelled qualifying for the TUMS Quickpak 500 at Martinsville Speedway and the field was set by the rules books [owners points, past owner win, past champ and race attempts]. Two drivers will miss the race, #09-Sterling Marlin and #75-Derrike Cope. Cope has missed the last two race due to the rain, without a shot of qualifying.
    So #48-Johnson starts 1st followed by #31-Burton, #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards, #07-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    See the full starting linup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(10-17-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Tums QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Entry List for the Tums QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Mike Bliss (31/36)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (7/48)
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger (31/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (31/42)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (31/40)
    #70-Tony Raines (31/43)
    #75-Derrike Cope (1/56)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (31/37)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (31/41)
    #96-Ken Schrader (31/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,00,10,96,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 09,75
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List.(10-13-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
    No changes in the top 35, the #84 team fell to 35th, but is still 63 points over #00 team
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2489 +165
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2469 +145
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2402 +78
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2387 63 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-Bliss/Waltrip Racing: 2324, 63 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2387 -143
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-11-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • October 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 66.608mph, started 4th

  • April 2008 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 73.163, started 2nd

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

  • October 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.974, finished 3rd

  • April 2008 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 96.288, finished 2nd

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

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7

  • Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8

  • Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty; Active leader - 19, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 25 Jeff Gordon

  • 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 119] 14.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 15
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • 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: 63 of 119 - 52.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 86 of 119 - 72.3%

  • At Martinsville Speedway:
    • Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating racing facilities in the United States.
    • The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
    • The first Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.
    • The first Nationwide Series race was held March 28, 1982.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville was Sept. 25, 1995.
    • The track was paved in 1955.
    • The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
    • Concrete corners were added atop the asphalt track in 1976.
    • There have been 119 Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
    • 619 drivers have competed in Sprint Cup races at Martinsville; 390 have completed in more than one race there.
    • Curtis Turner won the pole for the first Sprint Cup race at Martinsville in 1949.
    • Red Byron won the first Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.
    • 55 drivers have posted poles at Martinsville, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight.
    • Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles.
    • 45 different drivers have won races, 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 organization.
    • 17 races have been won from the pole, but none since Jeff Gordon swept both races from the pole in 2003.
    • Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.(NASCAR Statistics)

  • Hot Fact
    Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last four races at Martinsville. Johnson finished 35th in his first Martinsville appearance (April 2002), his only DNF there. Since then, he has posted 12 straight top-10 finishes, including four victories. Johnson has finished fourth or better in his last six Martinsville races and has led 1,006 of the 6,506 laps raced in the 13 races he has competed in at Martinsville. He has completed all but 54 laps in his 13 appearances, with all his incomplete laps coming in that first appearance.(NASCAR Statistics)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network Turbo HD #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil All Sport none...yet
    #38-David Gilliland FCC - Digital TV Transition #38 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Slim Pack #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • FCC to sponsor #38 in three races: Yates Racing announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will sponsor the #38 entry with driver David Gilliland for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th as the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford will take to the track. The primary sponsorship is to help educate the American public about the fact that on February 17th, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United State will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality along with additional channels. The debut of the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion will take place on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship will include the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Digital Television (DTV) is a new type of broadcasting technology that will transform television since the DTV signal is delivered digitally the television signal is virtually free of interference. DTV is more efficient than our current analog signal and with DTV broadcasters are able to offer television with improved quality pictures and surround sound. For more information about the Digital Transition visit www.DTV.gov.(Yates Racing)
    AND: Hoping to rev up awareness for the transition to digital TV, the Federal Communications Commission is putting up $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR team #38. The price tag covers a race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, another in Phoenix and a third in Miami and includes the posting of www.dtv.gov along the track, on the car's sides and on the driver's helmet and suit. The market rate for the package is around $450,000.(Associated Press)(10-17-2008) Comment here

  • All Sport to sponsor Kvapil for three races: Yates Racing announced today that All Sport, a leading isotonic sports drink company which is a subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th and the race will mark the first time All Sport has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The All Sport brand has a history of success in auto racing. From 1994 through 1997 the brand was the primary sponsor for Tommy Kendall and his Ford Mustang in the Trans-Am Series. Kendall drove the All Sport Ford to three consecutive series championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997 while also winning eleven straight races in 1997. Kendall’s win streak rocketed the All Sport Ford into the record books as he surpassed Mark Donahue’s previous record of eight consecutive wins which had stood for nearly 30 years. Yates Racing’s General Manager and Co-Owner, Max Jones, was the General Manager of Roush Fenway’s Trans-Am series at the time of All Sport’s and Kendall’s success. The #28 All Sport Ford Fusion will debut on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship are the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. For more info about All Sport go to www.drinkallsport.com. A subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., All Sport, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and distributed by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.(Yates Racing)(10-16-2008) Comment here

  • R+L on the #17 at Martinsville: The #17 will sport the green and yellow colors of R+L Carriers this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Team 17 will be unloading chassis RK-574. Matt Kenseth raced this car at both Richmond races this year. Each time, he was relegated to less than stellar finishes due to accidents.(Roush Fenway Racing PR) see an image of the car on my #17 Team Schemes Page.(10-14-2008)

  • Big Red scheme for Montoya: The #42 Dodge of Juan Pablo Montoya will carry the bold red scheme of Big Red for this weekend’s 400-lap race in Dover. The #42 Dodge will carry the Big Red Slim Pack colors in one more event after Dover this season at Martinsville Speedway. Montoya will be celebrating his birthday this weekend at Dover. He turns 33 on Saturday.(CGWFS PR), see my #42 Team Schemes page for the image of the car.(9-17-2008)

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


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, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
    Opened: 1947

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Staff Sgt. Robert Hankins
    Command to start engines: Staff Sgt. Robert Hankins
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Eldred Davis, Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Martinsville High School Marching Band
    Military Flyover: none shown on TV?
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: martinsvillespeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Martinsville Speedway

  • Last Year: see my October 2007 Martinsville Race Info page

  • Last March: see the March 2008 Martinsville Race Info page


  • Todd Palin Named Honorary Race Official For TUMS QuikPak 500: Martinsville Speedway today named Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, an honorary race official for the TUMS QuikPak 500 Sprint Cup Sunday afternoon. As an honorary race official, Palin will be introduced in the drivers meeting early in the day, visit with drivers and other race officials in the pits and appear in prerace activities. While new to stock car racing, Palin is a world champion snow machine racer who is a lifelong Alaskan. He is a commercial fisherman, a production operator on Alaska’s North Slope, and a member of the United Steelworkers Union. He and Governor Palin, who have five children, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Tickets for the TUMS QuikPak 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-16-2008)

  • Fall Family Special and Active Member Military Tix Available for Martinsville Races: With gas prices falling quicker than leaves from the trees this fall, and Martinsville Speedway offering some amazing ticket packages, it’s the perfect time for race fans to pack their tailgate gear and head out for the TUMS QuikPak 500 Sunday. Gas prices have plummeted to under $3 a gallon at many services stations and convenience stores within a hour of Martinsville Speedway, and some per gallon prices have dropped to $2.85 and below. The Fall Family Special is aimed at helping the TUMS QuikPak 500 more affordable for families. With the Fall Family Special, tickets for children 12 and under on the Backstretch are only $10. Children’s tickets must be purchased by an adult. There are no minimum or maximum orders required. Adult tickets on the Backstretch range from $42 to $47. With the Fall Family Special, a family of four could attend the TUMS QuikPak 500 for $104.
    Also any active member or veteran of the United States military can purchase tickets in the Sprint Tower $50 each. Any child’s ticket, 12 and under, bought by military personnel can be purchased for $10. The Military Promotion is also good for the Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race on October 18. With the Military Promotion, general admission tickets to the Kroger 200 are just $30 while tickets for children 12 and under are only $5. Tickets for the Martinsville races are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-16-2008)

  • Martinsville High School To Perform National Anthem: The Martinsville High School marching band, which was founded the same year as Martinsville Speedway, will make a marching appearance and play the National Anthem prior to the running of the TUMS QuikPak 500 on October 19. Martinsville Speedway opened on September 7, 1947. That same fall, Ralph Shank, who directed the 29th infantry band in World War II, formed the Martinsville High School band. This will be the third time the entire band has performed in prerace at Martinsville Speedway. The band has performed in many other venues and events, including the 2006 Governor’s Inaugural Parade for Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, the Washington D.C. St. Patrick’s Day parade, at Universal Studios in Orlando, and at Disney World on three occasions . The Martinsville High School marching band averages 150 students and the band program as a whole regularly includes over 20% of the student population. Seven of the last nine Valedictorians at Martinsville High School participated in the band program. The Martinsville High School band is under the direction of Kevin Lewis, Brian Joyce and William Norris. Tickets for the TUMS QuikPak 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-15-2008)

  • Race Fans Can Tour Martinsville Speedway on Thurs: Fans arriving early for the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway can spend part of Thursday exploring some of the many racing facilities in the Martinsville and Henry County area. On Thursday, October 16 students in the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Program will offer 90-minute race tours, beginning at Martinsville Speedway, moving to Arrington Engines, manufacturer of Dodge race engines, the shops of BHR-VA, which fields NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series trucks for Dennis Setzer, HT Motorsports, which will be fielding a truck for rookie Joey Logano in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville and concluding at the PHCC Virginia Motorsports Technology Center. Traveling in PHCC vans, the tours will begin in front of the Martinsville Speedway ticket office every 30 minutes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. The tour of Martinsville Speedway will include a stop in the Speedway Suite, a drive around the track, with a photo opportunity at the start-finish line and a ride through the infield and garage area. Each tour guide will offer historical and topical information on the track and will field questions. The tour will leave the speedway and travel to Arrington Engines, a large, state-of-the-art engine manufacturing center founded by Joey Arrington. Fans will get to tour the facility and watch racing engines being constructed. The tours will then move on to the race shops of BHR-VA and HT Motorsports. The tour will wind down at the Patrick Henry Community College Virginia Motorsports Technology Center where tour members will watch PHCC students work on race cars under construction. The tour will conclude back at the Martinsville Speedway ticket office. The tour cost is $10 per person or an entire van can be reserved for a group (10 or less) for $100. Those who don’t want to take the entire tour may visit just one site for $7.50. The tour is a fundraiser for the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Program.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-14-2008)

  • Soldier Grand Marshal at Martinsville: Staff Sgt. Robert Hankins of Colorado Springs, Colo., will serve as the grand marshal of the TUMS QuikPak 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville International Speedway in Martinsville, Va. on October 19. Hankins, who is originally from Martinsville, Va., is currently serving his third deployment in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will be on a two-week leave to attend the TUMS QuikPak 500 and serve as the grand marshal. Hankins was selected to serve as the grand marshal after winning a nationwide contest sponsored by TUMS. TUMS set out to find a deserving race fan who had provided “quick relief” to a family member, friend or community, just like their favorite heartburn reliever – the all-new TUMS QuikPak. In addition to serving his country, Hankins provided fast relief to his neighbors in Colorado Springs when he helped a family who suffered a house fire. In his essay, Hankins described the chance to be the grand marshal of the TUMS QuikPak 500 as “the ultimate dream come true for the kid who grew up in a racing town, and who on that very same track, watched many cars race to take the checkered flag.” At the TUMS QuikPak 500, Hankins will lead the crowd on race day by delivering the, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” race command. He has also won the chance to attend a host of pre-race ceremonies, meet the drivers and watch the race from the comfort of a catered skybox suite. The grand marshal of the TUMS QuikPak 500 was selected by America, as consumers were invited to vote online for one of five finalists at www.TUMSRacing.com between Friday, Sep. 5 and Friday, Sep. 12. The individual who received the most votes was named the grand marshal.(TUMS Racing PR)(10-7-2008)

  • Work Begins On Martinsville Speedway's Pit Road Surface: Martinsville Speedway's pit road roared to life Thursday morning, but not with the usual equipment. Instead of race cars, air guns and pit crews, it was heavy equipment and dump trucks as work began on a resurfacing project that will see a concrete pit road in place by the October 19th running of the TUMS QuikPak 500 Sprint Cup race. A layer of asphalt about six inches deep is being removed from pit road and will be replaced by concrete. It is the first time in recent history that pit road has been resurfaced. The refurbishing of pit road is one of several capital improvement projects set to be finished before the TUMS QuikPak 500. A new, 120-foot tall scoreboard with three 30-foot video display screens will be in place by the fall. The video screens will be utilized for everything from scoring rundowns to instant replays. It will be visible to all seats. Plans also call for about 100 feet of SAFER barrier to be installed on the fourth-turn pit gate and the exit of the fourth turn. It is the most challenging of the summer projects. Presently the gate opens inward, but with the addition of the SAFER barrier, it must open outward. And that means the roadway outside of the gate will have to be cut down, leveled and resurfaced. Tickets for the TUMS QuikPak 500, the sixth race in the Chase For The Sprint Cup, are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(5-28-2008)

  • Martinsville Speedway Announces $2 Million Improvement Project: Fans and competitors will be the beneficiaries of more than $2 million in improvements set for Martinsville Speedway before the October 19th running of the TUMS QuikPack 500. Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said work will begin on them in the next few weeks and will be completed by the fall event. The centerpiece of the track enhancements will be a new, state of the art scoreboard. Campbell also announced that pit road would be resurfaced, the fourth-turn pit gate will be reconfigured to include SAFER barrier technology and portable chair seats surrounding the track will be replace with individual stadium seats. The scoreboard will be 120 feet tall and be positioned behind the backstretch. It will feature three 30-foot video display screens that can be utilized for everything from scoring rundowns to instant replays. There will also be rotating signage atop the scoreboard. The addition of roughly 100 feet of SAFER barrier to cover the fourth-turn pit gate and the exit of the fourth turn will improve safety in that area. It is a major undertaking that will include the excavation and resurfacing of the road outside of the gate. Presently the gate opens inward, but with the addition of the SAFER barrier, it will need to open out. Because of that, the roadway will have to be cut down several feet, leveled and resurfaced.
    The pit-road project will mark the first resurfacing of the area in recent history. The decision was made to use concrete because of its durability. "Pit road has gotten rough and bumpy over the past few years. It was something we really need to do," said Campbell. "And I think the drivers and pit crews will appreciate it." For years, a row of padded, portable chairs have circled the track just below the high-rise seats. They have always been some of the track's most popular seats, but over the years have aged. The new individual seats should be even more appealing, with folding seats and storage space underneath.(Martinsville Speedway)(5-2-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,525, Right-side -- 1,525;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    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

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Martinsville this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this will be the fourth consecutive race weekend at Martinsville that Cup and Truck teams will run on these particular tire codes . . . Martinsville is the only track at which Cup teams run this specific tire combination, though this right-side tire code (D-4110) is used on all four tire positions at the series' two road course events . . . Truck teams have run this specific tire set-up at its other, true short track race at Mansfield in May . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners their tires at Martinsville.

    Testing update: Because rain canceled a third day of testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the previous week, Goodyear returned for a one-day session this past Monday . . . taking part in Monday's test was the #10 Gillett-Evernham Motorsports Dodge team with driver A.J. Allmendinger . . . Goodyear also held a one-day confirmation test at Homestead on Tuesday . . . teams participating in that session were the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge with Juan Pablo Montoya and the #83 Red Bull Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers . . . still on this year's calendar is a tire test at Las Vegas on December 10-11.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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