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Friday March 28th
10:00 a.m. – Craftsman Truck Series rookie and spotter meetings.

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11:00 a.m. – Craftsman Truck Series practice, 50 minutes.

Noon – Sprint Cup Series practice, 90 minutes.

1:45 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series final practice, 45 minutes.

3:40 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series qualifying.



Saturday March 29th
10:10 a.m. – Craftsman Truck qualifying.

11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, 45 minutes.

12:30 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series driver and crew chief meeting

12:50 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series final practice, 60 minutes

2:30 p.m. – Craftsman Truck Series driver introduction

3:00 p.m. – Green flag, Kroger 250


Sunday March 30th
12:00 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting

1:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series driver introduction

2:00 p.m. – Green flag, Goody’s Cool Orange 500


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THE RACE: Goody’s Cool Orange 500

Sprint Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Martinsville, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Goody's

  • Track: Martinsville Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 1:30pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    TBA
    Thursday, April 3 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, April 3 at 7:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

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


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Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $5,027,520
    2007: $4,929,787
    2006: $4,826.889
    2005: $4,761,101
    2004: $4,774,299
    2003: $3,976,971


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, March 28, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, March 29, 11:30am - 12:15pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 29, 12:50 - 1:50pm/et on TV-SPEED via tape at 9:00pm/et


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls chosen]: Friday, March 29, 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, March 28 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, NO re-air;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
news and links

  • Hamlin wins at Martinsville: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of 2008, 4th of his career, becoming the 45th driver to win a race at Martinsville. #24-Gordon was 2nd, followed by #31-Burton, #48-Johnson, #20-Stewart, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #50Mears, #26-McMurray [back in the top-35 of owners pts], #99-Edwards [who ran out of fuel on the last lap while running 5th] and #07-Bowyer. The points leader going into the race, #18-Kyle Busch had trouble, spent some time in the garage and finished 38th, falling to 5th in drivers points. #31-Burton takes over the points lead by 39 over #29-Harvick. There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 18 cautions for 89 laps.
    Race Results on my Martinsville Race Results/Awards Page.(3-30-2008) Comment here

  • Unofficial Drivers Points Standings [after Martinsville race 6 of 36]:
    1) #31-Jeff Burton 915
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick 876 -39
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 855 -60
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 846 -69
    5) #18-Kyle Busch 831 -84
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 811 -104
    7) #9-Kasey Kahne 786 -129
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin 758 -157
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 749 -166
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson 746 -169
    11) #12-Ryan Newman 741 -174
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 740 -175
    other chase contenders
    13) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 695 -220
    14) #99-Carl Edwards 686 -229
    15) #17-Matt Kenseth 677 -238
    16) #2-Kurt Busch 669 -246
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(3-30-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas
    A couple changes, #26-McMurray and #01-Smith move into the Top-35 and #77-Hornish nad #44-Reuitimann are now out and must qualify by speed at Texas.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race at Texas as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #26-McMurray/Roush Racing 494 +59
    32) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 468 +33
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 460 +25
    34) #70-Mayfield/Haas CNC Racing 441 +6
    35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 438, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 435, 3 points out of 35th
    37) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 418 -20
    38) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 416 -22
    39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 373 -65
    40) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 327 -111
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-30-2008)

  • Martinsville Speedway Fast Facts:
    .. Denny Hamlin won the Goody’s Cool Orange 500, his fourth victory in 85 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville – including second in October 2006 and third in this race in 2007.
    .. Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 25th top-10 finish in 31 races at Martinsville. Gordon has been running at the finish in all of his Martinsville races and has finished on the lead lap 24 times.
    .. Jeff Burton (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville.
    .. Regan Smith (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Jeff Burton took the lead in the Sprint Cup Series point standings, leading Kevin Harvick by 39 points.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-30-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs [lap back] at Martinsville Speedway
    Caution 1: no driver a lap dpwn
    Caution 2: #21-Elliott
    Caution 3: #84-Skinner
    Caution 4: #96-Yeley
    Caution 5: #70-Mayfield
    Caution 6: #7-Gordon
    Caution 7: #15-Menard
    Caution 8: #7-Gordon (2)
    Caution 9: #17-Kenseth
    Caution 10: #15-Menard (2)
    Caution 11: #00-McDowell
    Caution 12: #38-Gilliland
    Caution 13: #16-Biffle
    Caution 14: #01-Smith
    Caution 15: #44-Reutimann
    Caution 16: #49-Schrader
    Caution 17: #12-Newman
    Caution 18: #28-Kvapil
    (3-30-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, April 3 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, April 3 at 7:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING

  • Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour [Final] practice for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 95.439
    #26-McMurray 95.256
    #48-Johnson 95.027
    #6-Ragan 94.951
    #99-Edwards 94.865
    slowest: #00-McDowell 93.171 and #01-Smith 93.562
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 102; #44-Reutimann 90
    best average laps [all laps averaged]
    #1-Truex Jr. 93.434 [6th fastest lap]
    #6-Ragan 93.394 [4th]
    #29-Harvick 93.375 [8th]
    Happy Hour will be televised on SPEED at 9:00pm/et Saturday
    For all the speeds, see my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-29-2008)

  • Saturday's first practice for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 95.299
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 94.851
    #24-Gordon 94.846
    #26-McMurray 94.832
    #8-Almirola 94.789
    slowest: #83-Vickers 93.433 and #00-McDowell 93.460
    most laps run: #8-Almirola 41; #48-Johnson 35
    best average laps [all laps averaged]
    #41-Sorenson 93.849 [7th fastest lap]
    #99-Edwards 93.679 [8th]
    #42-Montoya 93.626 [6th]
    The practice was shortened by a rain shower
    For all the speeds, see my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-29-2008)

  • Saturday's first practice for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 95.299
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 94.851
    #24-Gordon 94.846
    #26-McMurray 94.832
    #8-Almirola 94.789
    slowest: #83-Vickers 93.433 and #00-McDowell 93.460
    most laps run: #8-Almirola 41; #48-Johnson 35
    best average laps [all laps averaged]
    #41-Sorenson 93.849 [7th fastest lap]
    #99-Edwards 93.679 [8th]
    #42-Montoya 93.626 [6th]
    For all the speeds, see my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-29-2008)

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.288mph for his 2nd pole of 2008 and the 65th of his career. #11-Hamlin qualified second with the rest of the top-10 being: #8-Almirola, #6-Ragan, #26-McMurray [best go-or-go homer], #9-Kahne, #49-Schrader [first race w/Toyota], #18-Busch, #20-Stewart and #48-Johnson. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #26-McMurray, #49-Schrader, #21-Elliott, #22-Blaney, #840Skinner, #01-Smith, #10-Carpentier and #40-Franchitti. Franchitti tied with #45-Kyle Pettyy, but go the 43rd starting spot over Petty due to the fact that Petty was 40th in owners points and Franchitti was 38th.(3-28-2008)

  • Four do not qualify [DNQ] for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway: #45-Petty, #34-Andretti, #78-Nemechek and #08-Raines.(3-28-2008)

  • Qualifying Notes:
    .. Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 with a lap of 19.666 seconds, 96.288 mph.
    .. This is his 65th pole in 515 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He is fourth on the all-time pole winners list behind Richard Petty (126), David Pearson (112) and Cale Yarborough (70).
    .. This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2008.
    .. This is Gordon’s seventh pole at Martinsville Speedway. He also started first here in September 1995 when qualified was canceled.
    .. Denny Hamlin posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 19.775 seconds, 95.757 mph. This is his fourth top-10 start in six Martinsville races – all also top-fives. This is Hamlin’s second top-10 start in 2008.
    .. Aric Almirola (third) posted his career-first Sprint Cup Series top-10 start. His best start in his seven-race Sprint Cup Series career was 16th, which came last race at Bristol.
    .. Jamie McMurray (fifth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (26th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    .. Michael McDowell (34th) qualified for his career-first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-28-2008)

  • Qualifying Order for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #70-Mayfield, the final top-35 driver scedhuled is #1-Truex Jr.. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #78-Nemechek, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #40-Franchitti. See the full qualifying order on my Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-28-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Friday Practice for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 95.338
    #48-Johnson 95.275
    #41-Sorenson 95.237
    #24-Gordon 95.145
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 95.161
    slowest: #08-Raines 92.974 and #83-Vickers 93.580
    most laps run: #00-McDowell 72; #77-Hornish 65
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-28-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Martinsville
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #22-Dave Blaney, 6th
    #26-Jamie McMurray, 11th
    #49-Ken Schrader, 12th
    #84-Mike Skinner, 19th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 25th
    #01-Regan Smith, 34th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #21-Bill Elliott, [could use past champ provisional], 38th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 39th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 43rd
    #34-John Andretti, 44th
    #08-Tony Raines, 47th
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-28-2008)

  • Entry List for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #01-Regan Smith (5/39)
    #08-Tony Raines (3/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (5/46)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ 1](5/44)
    #22-Dave Blaney (5/37)
    #26-Jamie McMurray (5/36)(2007 race winner)
    #34-John Andretti (5/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (5/38)
    #45-Kyle Petty (5/40)
    #49-Ken Schrader (5/42)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (5/41)
    #84-Mike Skinner (5/43)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,21,22,40,01,45,78,49
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 84,34,10,08
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List
    (3-24-2008)

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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, 6

  • 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 118] 14.4%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14
  • 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: 62 of 118 - 52.1%
  • Races won from the top 10: 85 of 118 - 71.8%

  • At Martinsville Speedway:
    • Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles.
    • The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was held March 28, 1982.
    • The first NASCAR 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 to the asphalt track in 1976.
    Notebook
    • There have been 118 NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville in 1949.
    • Red Byron won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.
    • 56 drivers have posted poles at Martinsville, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight.
    • Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record at Martinsville, each with three.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six poles at Martinsville.
    • There have been seven different pole winners at Martinsville since Jeff Gordon scored three straight (2003-04).
    • 44 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 at Martinsville, more than any other car owner.
    • A sweep has occurred nine times at Martinsville, but only twice since 1994: Jeff Gordon (2005) and Jimmie Johnson (2007).
    • Seventeen races at Martinsville 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.
    • There has been one race at Martinsville extended by a green-white-checkered finish: Oct. 21, 2007 (506 Laps).
    • Jimmie Johnson has won the last three races at Martinsville. The most recent driver to win four consecutive races at a track was Johnson who swept Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 2004 and 2005. Johnson finished 35th in his first Martinsville appearance (April 2002) – his only DNF there. Since then, he has posted 11 straight top-10 finishes, including four victories. Johnson has finished third or better in his last five Martinsville races. He has completed all but 54 laps in his 12 appearances – with all his incomplete laps coming in that first appearance.(NASCAR Statistics)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #07-Clint Bowyer BB&T none...yet
    #7-Robby Gordon Charter Communications none...yet
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Charter Communications #10 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt #16 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler McDonalds #19 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Tools #26 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Kennametal none...yet
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Gum #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Claritin #99 Team Schemes Page


  • BB&T colors on #07 at Martinsville: This week, Clint Bowyer's #2 Chevy Impala SS will feature a burgundy, gold and white BB&T paint scheme. Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's mainstay primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid. BB&T is the full-time sponsor of Bowyer's #2 Chevy in the Nationwide Series. BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a fast growing, highly profitable financial holding company. Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 218 from, built new last season but yet to be raced, this is the same Chevrolet Impala SS Bowyer and his Gil Martin-led team tested last week at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Condolences go out to Phil Gould, Car Chief of RCR's #07 Chevy, and his family on the unexpected passing of his mother Hazel Gould. Gould will miss this weekend's race at Martinsville but is expected to return to the track next weekend in Texas.(RCR PR)(3-26-2008)

  • Kennametal to sponsor Franchitti at Martinesville and Texas: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced an expansion of their current partnership with Kennametal to include primary sponsorship for the next two Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races in Martinsville and Texas on the W40 Dodge Charger driven by NSCS and Nationwide Series (NNS) Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader Dario Franchitti. A longtime CGRFS partner, Kennametal supplies tooling and machining technology to CGRFS' Charlotte and Indianapolis-based racing shops. In addition they provide the team's engineers and machinists a myriad of opportunities to further refine their skills in order to gain optimum performance through Kennametal's internal university program.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(3-26-2008)

  • McDonald's debut on the #19 car: #19 Dodge driver Elliott Sadler carries the familiar McDonald's paint scheme this weekend in the Sprint Cup series race at Martinsville Speedway. Sadler will race the McDonald's car six times in 2007 joining a small group of Sprint Cup drivers who have carried the Golden Arches paint scheme through the years. The list includes Hut Stricklin, Jimmy Spencer, plus Gillett Evernham Motorsports drivers Bill Elliott and Kasey Kahne. The #19 McDonald's Dodge will run GEM Chassis No. 221 this weekend; a brand new car never raced and tested last fall in Atlanta.(GEM PR), see images of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(3-26-2008)

  • Charter to sponsor Robby: Robby Gordon will race the #7 Charter Communications Dodge this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. "We are excited to have Charter Communications as the primary of the #7 this weekend, and we hope to finish strong on Sunday for them" said Gordon.(RGM PR)(3-25-2008) Comment here

  • 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, 35 mph; Pace Car, 40 mph
    Opened: 1947

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: VT Football Coach Frank Beamer, canclled...so the VT Band took over
    Command to start engines: Goody's Dan Seager
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jeff Hammond
    Invocation: Racing Ministires Eldred Davis
    National Anthem: Virginia Tech's Military Marching Band
    Military Flyover: Two A10's from ?
    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 April Martinsville Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the October Martinsville Race Info page


  • Martinsville Grand Marshal can't make it: Inclement weather has derailed the schedule of Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer, who was set to serve as grand marshal for today's Goody's Cool Orange 500 race at Martinsville Speedway. Icy weather in Blacksburg grounded Beamer's flight plans, according to the coach, who spoke to the media via telephone this morning. Recent knee surgery has made it difficult for Beamer to get around. "I had a helicopter that could bring me right to the track and I was going to be in good shape, but then they couldn’t fly (due to the ice)," said Beamer. "Once that happened, I felt like I needed to cancel out." Beamer apologized repeatedly for his cancellation, lamenting the fact that he couldn't attend in person. "I’m very sorry because I really like racing, and I really like the Martinsville track, and I really like the people at the Martinsville track," said Beamer. "I think the heart of NASCAR is right here in Virginia when you talk about Bristol and Richmond and then Martinsville." A spokesman for Goody's Cool Orange, the race's primary sponsor, said various members of the Virginia Tech community, including the Tech band, which is set to play the national anthem, would serve in Beamer's place as grand marshal. The most notable grand marshal duty is announcing the famous racing line, "Gentlemen, start your engines."(Martinsville Bulletin)(3-30-2008)

  • Tix still available for Martinsville Cup race:: The Goody's Cool Orange 500 weekend is just about here, but fans still have time to purchase tickets for all three days of action. Hospitality packages with appearances on Sunday with appearances by Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart or Kasey Kahne also remain available to fans. Tickets remain in many areas of the track's grandstands for Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500, ranging in ticket prices from $42 to $80. Families can take advantage of the Spring Family Special for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 with adult backstretch tickets priced at $42 and $47 and tickets for children 12 and under just $10. Martinsville Speedway proudly offers special pricing for members of the United States Armed Forces. Under the special Military Offer, military members can purchase a seat in either the Clay Earles Tower or the South Annex for $50, with children tickets in those areas just $10. The Military Offer is also in place for the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on March 29. The special offers adult general admission tickets to the Kroger 250 for $30 while tickets for children 6-12 are $5 and children under six are free. Gordon, Stewart and Kahne will headline three separate fan zones prior to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Gordon will be in the Pepsi Fan Zone, Stewart will be in the Goody's Cool Orange Fan Zone and Kahne in the Bud Fan Zone. Each driver will make an appearance in his respective fan zone for an emceed question and answer session. The price for each fan zone is $99. 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 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Martinsville Speedway souvenirs and door prizes. The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Each of the three fan zones will open at 8 a.m. Tickets for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on Sunday, the Kroger 250, on Saturday, and hospitality passes are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-28-2008)

  • Goody's Cool Orange 500 News and Notes:
    Coach Beamer to Grand Marshal: Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, one of college football's most revered coaches, has accepted Grand Marshal duties for the upcoming Goody's Cool Orange 500 race at Martinsville Speedway, March 30. The Hillsville, Va native is an avid NASCAR fan that has waved the green flag at racing events but has never said the famous words "Gentleman start your engines". Beamer's Hokies won the ACC championship and finished ninth in the country last year. He was the national coach of the year in 1999 and is ranked third in wins among all active Division I coaches. With team colors of maroon and orange, and having competed in this past season's Orange Bowl, Beamer is the perfect fit for the Goody's Cool Orange 500, a race named after the newest flavor of Goody's headache powder.
    Jeff Hammond to wave the green flag: To celebrate Jeff Hammond's long history at Martinsville Speedway, it is only fitting he gets to wave the green flag for the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Hammond has been named as Honorary Starter for the upcoming Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway. As a jackman, Hammond stood in Martinsville's victory lane four times with driver Cale Yarborough. Once promoted to crew chief for Darrell Waltrip, Hammond found victory lane 10 more times at Martinsville, four of which were Goody's 500 events (1984, 1987, 1988, 1989). Hammond secured a total of 43 wins as a crew chief. NASCAR fans now enjoy Hammond's commentary during FOX and SPEED television broadcasts.
    Doug Agee Awards: Doug Agee, a pioneer of racing promotions, will be on hand to present the Doug Agee Award at the Goody's Cool Orange 500. The Goody's Headache Powders brand created the award to be given to a person or persons who most embodies the value and spirit of Doug Agee and is presented annually at Martinsville Speedway - a track as deeply rooted in NASCAR as Goody's 31-year tenure in racing. Agee invented the fan favorite Goody's Headache of the Race promotion with MRN Radio and brought Goody's to NASCAR. He also started what is now a lifetime relationship with Richard Petty.
    Virginia Tech's Highty-Tighties Perform: To celebrate Goody's new flavor, Goody's Cool Orange will have a Virginia Tech flavor with both Head Football Coach Frank Beamer as grand marshal and the Highty-Tighties performance. The world-renowned Regimental Band of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, better known as the Highty-Tighties, will perform at the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Always a crowd favorite, the Highty-Tighties will entertain the race fans during pre-race ceremonies and also perform the national anthem. The military marching band carry traditions dating back 125 years with performances at presidential inaugurals since President Eisenhower.
    Fan Participation: Goody's will be giving away Goody's Cool Orange towels to race fans entering the grandstands at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup race the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Fans will be encouraged to wave the orange-colored towels during the start and end of the race. The stands will look like a sea of orange celebrating Goody's long time relationship with both the race fan and the Martinsville Speedway. Goody's has been a strong supporter of Martinsville Speedway since the first Goody's 500 in 1983.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-27-2008)

  • Martinsville Fans In South Terrace Won't Have To Leave Seats for food: Fans sitting in the South Terrace at Martinsville Speedway will no longer have to leave their seats to sample the world famous Martinsville Speedway hotdogs. Beginning with the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race March 29 and the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on March 30, fans in the South Terrace, overlooking the first and second turns, will be able to purchase hot dogs and Pepsi products without missing a single lap of action. It is the first time, at least in recent memory, that sellers have taken their products directly to the fans at Martinsville Speedway. Tickets are available in the South Terrace area and are $105 for the two days of racing. They can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com. Tickets in the South Terrace can only be purchased as a two-day package. Tickets are also available in other areas for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on Sunday, March 30, and the Kroger 250, on Saturday, March 29.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-5-2008)

  • Virginia Tech's Military Marching Band Will Perform National Anthem at Martinsville: Virginia Tech's world-renown military marching band, the Highty-Tighties, will perform prior to the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on March 30. The Highty-Tighties will perform the national anthem in prerace ceremonies. Earlier in the day they will perform their precision marching and music on track. The Goody's Cool Orange 500 will have a very Virginia Tech flavor to it. The Hokies' football coach, Frank Beamer, one of the most successful college coaches in the country, will serve as the race's grand marshal. The Highty-Tighties grew out of Virginia Tech's Corp of Cadets on the Blacksburg campus in 1893. Since then their record of excellence has continued to grow and they are a sought-after marching unit for special events and parades around the country. Tickets for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on Sunday, March 30, and the Kroger 250, on Saturday, March 29, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-3-2008)

  • Great Deals Remain For Martinsville Race: The Goody's Cool Orange 500 is barely a month away, but some pretty awesome deals remain for race fans. Good seats are still available for the Sprint Cup event scheduled for March 30. In addition there are openings remaining in fan hospitality, featuring Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. Gordon, Stewart and Kahne will headline three separate fan zones prior to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Gordon will be in the Pepsi Fan Zone, Stewart will be in the Goody's Cool Orange Fan Zone and Kahne in the Bud Fan Zone. Each driver will make an appearance in his respective fan zone for an emceed question and answer session. The price for each fan zone is $99. 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 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Martinsville Speedway souvenirs and door prizes. The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Each of the three fan zones will open at 8 a.m. Great seats remain at great prices, and the speedway ticket office has some even better ticket deals for fans. Families can take advantage of the Spring Family Special for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 with adult backstretch tickets priced at $42 and tickets for children 12 and under just $10. Martinsville Speedway proudly offers special pricing for members of the United States Armed Forces. Under the special Military Offer, military members can purchase a seat in either the Clay Earles Tower or the South Annex for $50, with children tickets in those areas just $10. The Military Offer is also in place for the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on March 29. The special offers adult general admission tickets to the Kroger 250 for $30 while tickets for children 6-12 are $5 and children under six are free. Martinsville Speedway is also offering a group sales plan for the Goody's Cool Orange 500. Groups of 15 tickets or more are available in the Bill France Tower, rows 1-10, for $50. Groups of 30 tickets or more in rows 11-45 in the Bill France Tower are available for $60. Tickets for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on Sunday, March 30, the Kroger 250, on Saturday, March 29, and hospitality passes are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-3-2008)

  • Martinsville to upgrade pit road: Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, said officials plan to upgrade the track's pit road this summer. That would mean putting a concrete surface on pit road -- it is asphalt now -- new inner walls and maybe some other things. Campbell said that pit road likely won't be any wider because of the limited space in the infield. Campbell also said that he'll continue racing. He plans to drive a Late Model at South Boston Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in select races.(Roanoke Times)(2-18-2008)

  • VT Football Coach Beamer Grand Marshal For Martinsville race: Everything is coming up orange in 2008 for Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer. First up for Beamer is the Orange Bowl in Miami where Virginia Tech will face Kansas on January 3. He'll follow that up with a trip to Martinsville Speedway and the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Sprint Cup Series race on March 30. Beamer, whose Hokies are ranked fifth in the nation headed into the Orange Bowl showdown, has accepted an invitation from Martinsville Speedway to be the Grand Marshal for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on March 30. Tickets are on sale for both the Goody's Cool Orange 500 Sprint Cup race on March 30 and the Kroger 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, March 29, and may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(12-27-2007)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • 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 -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    CraftsmanTruck: 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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 120-130 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will be running the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same successful tire combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Martinsville for the COT cars and trucks in 2007 . . . this is the only track at which Cup teams will run this combination this season, though this right-side code (D-4110) will be run on all four tire positions at the road courses of Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International . . . Truck teams will run this combination on one other short track in 2008 -- Mansfield . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners their tires at Martinsville.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Sadler injured? Setzer to qualify? UPDATE: It was reported on SPEED's Truck Series practice coverage [Friday 11am-12pm] that #19-Elliott Sadler injured his back and that Truck Series veteran, Dennis Setzer, may practice and qualify the #19 McDonald's Sprint Cup Dodge for Sadler on Friday at Martinsville Speedway.(3-28-2008)
    UPDATE: Elliott Sadler was held out of the start of Friday's practice in the #19 car after injuring his lower back during his regular workout routine and aggravating it further playing golf. Truck series driver Dennis Setzer practiced in the car for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and was put on standby for Friday's qualifying and the rest of the weekend. Mark McArdle, GEM's director of competition, said Sadler suffered the injury on Wednesday. He said a decision on whether to put him in the car for Friday's qualifying or at any time after that would be handled on an hour-by-hour basis. He hopes Sadler will be well enough by Sunday to drive in the 500-mile race at Martinsville Speedway. "I don't think anything is assured," McArdle said. "Elliott is pretty uncomfortable in any sitting position." Sadler attended Friday night's NCAA East Regional basketball games in Charlotte, N.C., to watch top seed North Carolina defeat Washington State. He said earlier in the week he planned to attend Saturday's regional final and, if UNC wins, fly between Dallas (site of next week's Sprint Cup race) and San Antonio (site of the NCAA Final Four) next weekend. Asked whether Sadler still would attend Saturday's game, McArdle said, "If I had to answer that on his behalf, I don't think he would be able to. I don't think he could sit for that long, but he might be able to stand and cheer."(ESPN.com)(3-28-2008) Comment here

  • Raines to attempt to make Martinsville in the #08: EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced that Tony Raines would pilot the #08-Rhino’s Energy Drink Dodge Charger in the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 on March 30, at Martinsville Speedway.  Raines is a veteran of six Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville.  Raines’ best finish at the historic half-mile track was a 10th place finish in last October’s Subway 500.  Raines qualifies well at the track with an average starting position of 17.3 in his 6 races. EM Motorsports is based in Toccoa, Georgia and is led by owner John Carter, Crew Chief Charles Swing and Marketing VP Doug Barron.(EM Motorsports PR) Carl Long attempted to make the Daytona 500 with the team and Burney Lamar had made a few attempts. Long had been scheduled to run at Bristol, but the team didn't make an attempt there.(3-19-2008)

  • No Roush Points swap: Roush Fenway Racing spokesman tells me that Roush Fenway Racing has no plans of swapping points from the #17 Matt Kenseth team to the #26 Jamie McMurray team, who is 36th in onwers points and nees to race his way into the race at Martinsville.(3-19-2008) Comment here

  • No Petty Racing points swap for Martinsville: Petty Enterprises officials say they will not ask NASCAR to approve a points swap between drivers Bobby Labonte and Kyle Petty. That means that Petty will need to qualify based on speed for the March 30 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The team could have swapped points between the drivers, helping get both into the field. Petty is outside the top 35 in owners points this season, with the locked-in field being set based on this season’s points starting with the Goody’s Orange Cool 500. Since Labonte is the 2000 Cup series champion, he would have been eligible for the past champions provisional as the most recent past champion outside the top 35. Instead, the team is not requesting a change, leaving Labonte 18th in points and Petty 40th.(SceneDaily)(3-19-2008) Comment here

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


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