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THE RACE: Tums Fast Relief 500

TRACK: Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase for the Sptint Cup race #6 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, October 25, 2009 in Martinsville, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Tums

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:43pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 1:30pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • 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 26 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, October 26 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • Practices:
    Friday, October 23, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, October 24, 10:00 - 11:45 am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 24, 11:15 am - 12:15pm/et, TV-ESPN2, via tape ~6:30pm/et


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RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Hamlin wins at Martinsville: #11-Denny Hamlin won the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway under a green-white-checkered finish for his 3rd win of the season [most ever in a season for Hamlin] and 7th of his career. #48-Johnson finished 2nd, followed by #42-Montoya, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #26-McMurray, #39-Newman [pole winner], #5-Martin, #14-Stewart and #29-Harvick. The five other Chasers finished as follows: #83-Vickers 11th; #2-Busch 17th; #99-Edwards 20th; #16-Biffle 25th and #9-Kahne 32nd.
    There were 15 cautions for 76 yellow flag laps and there were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers.
    Scheduled TV Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, October 26 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, October 26 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00pm/et
    For race results, awards and more, see my Martinsville Speedway Race Results Page.(10-25-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the TUMS Fast Relief 500 (61st Running), his seventh victory in 147 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 21st top-10 finish in 2009.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 118 points over Mark Martin.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-25-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers finished at Martinsville Speedway:
    (in points order at start of the race)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, finished 2nd
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 8th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5th
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 9th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 17th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3rd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 25th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 7th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 32nd
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 20th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1st/Won
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 11th.(10-25-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Martinsville, Chase race 6 of 10; Season race 32 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6098, finished 2nd
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5980, -118, 8th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5948, -150, 5th
    4) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 5906, -192, 9th
    5) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 5898, -200, 3rd
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5858, -240, 17th
    7) #39-Ryan Newman 5786, -312, 7th
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 5748, -350, 25th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 5746, -352, 1st/WON
    10) #99-Carl Edwards 5685, -413, 20th
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5659, -439, 32nd
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5568, -530, 11th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(10-25-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Martinsville, race 32 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1). #14-Tony Stewart, 4682
    2). #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4602, -80
    3). #24-Jeff Gordon 4565, -117
    4). #5-Mark Martin, 4231, -451
    5). #11-Denny Hamlin, 4217, -465
    6). #2-Kurt Busch, 4170, -512
    7). #42-Juan Montoya, 4149, -533
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 4058, -624
    9). #16-Greg Biffle, 3997, -685
    10). #99-Carl Edwards, 3965, -717
    11). #18-Kyle Busch, 3920, -762
    12). #9-Kasey Kahne, 3919, -763
    13). #17-Matt Kenseth, 3895, -787
    14). #33-Clint Bowyer, 3805, -877
    15). #00-David Reutimann, 3764, -918
    16). #83-Brian Vickers, 3761, -921
    (10-25-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega Superspeedway:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 123 points (was 98)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2493, +195
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2421, 123 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2298, 123 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(10-25-2009)

  • Infraction Report - Martinsville:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #17, 10, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, tail end
    #55, 45, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #88, 89, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #9, 90, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #88, 129, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #9, 278, Commitment Line Violation, tail end
    #9, 301, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #6, 302, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, tail end
    #33, 429, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #82, 496, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-25-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #09-Marlin, 35th
    Caution 3: #47-Ambrose, 27th
    Caution 4: no driver down a lap that is on the track
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 25th
    Caution 6: #1-Truex Jr., 28th
    Caution 7: #34-Andretti, 26th
    Caution 8: #88-Earnhardt Jr, 29th
    Caution 9: #88-Earnhardt Jr.(2), back on lead lap, 29th
    Caution 10: none awarded
    Caution 11: #09-Marlin (2), 35th
    Caution 12: #31-Burton, 15th
    Caution 13: #2-Busch, 17th
    Caution 14: #33-Bowyer, 19th
    Caution 15: none awarded, #34 was in the running, and caused the wreck
    (10-25-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Martinsville (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #37-Kvapil, completed 31 laps
    42nd: #64-Cope, 32
    41st: #36-McDowell, 37
    40th: #66-Blaney, 39
    39th: #71-Gilliland, 49, led a lap
    38th: #87-Nemechek, 53
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(10-25-2009)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goes Short Track Racing Live on ABC: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins its final five races this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NASCAR's smallest track, the half-mile Martinsville Speedway, for 500 laps on Sunday, Oct. 25. ESPN's live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race is presented by Goodyear and will air on ABC. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 1:00pm/et and the race's green flag is scheduled for 1:43pm/et. ESPN's coverage of the final 11 races of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule airs on ABC, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. ESPN's coverage from Martinsville also includes NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Oct. 23, at 3:00pm/et, practice on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10:00am/et and same-day coverage of final practice on Saturday at 6:30pm/et, all on ESPN2.
    Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's coverage, with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio. Also this week, ESPN Classic airs an episode of the signature series SportsCentury featuring NASCAR star Tony Stewart on Monday, Oct. 26, at 8:00am/et.

  • Race Coverage of the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 1:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:43pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, October 26 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, October 26 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections - Martinsville: The selections of pit stalls for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #39-Newman chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 11, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #1-Truex Jr., who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, the first stall with an opeing behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #82-Speed, who starts 18th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Martinsville Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-24-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule for Cup, Nationwide: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Martinsville Pit Stall Selections

  • Saturday practices for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway have been canceled due to rain. The first practice was scheduled for 10:00am/et and Happy Hour/final practice was scheduled for 11:15am/et. See weather links on my Martinsville Race Info Page - weather section(10-24-2009)

  • Newman on pole at Martinsville: #39-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 96.795mph for his 2nd pole of the season and 45th career pole [Newman has only won 3 races from the pole]. #24-Gordon starts 2nd fastest followed by #1-Truex Jr., #5-Martin, #00-Reutimann, #07-Mears, #20-Logano, #96-Labonte, #43-Sorenson and #29-Harvick.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #82-Speed(18th), #37-Kvapil(25th), #87-Nemechek(28th), #71-Gilliland(35th), #09-Marlin(38th), #66-Blaney(39th), #36-McDowell(42nd) and #64-Cope (43rd).
    The one driver who failed to qualify: #73-Wise.
    See qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying ordewr and starting lineup on my Martinsville Qualifying/Starting Lineup page.(10-23-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway:
    #39-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 (61st Running) with a lap of 19.563 seconds, 96.795 mph.
    This is his 45th pole in 292 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It also ties him with Buck Baker for 11th on NASCAR's all-time pole winners list.
    This is his second pole and 16th top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his third pole in 16 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 22nd top-10 start of 2009 and his 25th in 34 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 10th in 32 races this season.
    Joey Logano (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-23-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers will start at Martisnville Speedway:
    (in current points order)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, starts 15th
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2nd
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 13th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 37th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 21st
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 20th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 1st/pole
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 26th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 29th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 24th.(10-23-2009)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #20-Logano.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #55-Waltrip.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-Blaney with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #82-Speed.
    See the full qualifying order on the Martinsville Qualifying Page.(10-23-2009)

  • Friday practice for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the top-five:
    #5-Martin 96.156
    #42-Montoya 96.132
    #24-Gordon 96.122
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 96.015
    #00-Reutimann 99.010
    slowest: #73-Wise 91.775 & #64-Cope- 93.322
    most laps run:
    incidents: late in practice #12-Stremme spun around off turn 4, didn't hit anything, #77-Hornish Jr. spun and hit the wall, doing damage to the rear of the car, the team will pull out a backup car.
    See speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-23-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers practice on Friday at Martisnville Speedway:
    (in current points order)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th fastest
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 1st
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 39th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch, 23rd
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2nd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 38th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 6th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 11th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 34th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 22nd
    See speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-23-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Martinsville:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #82-Scott Speed,12th fastest overall
    #37-Travis Kvapil 27th
    #87-Joe Nemechek 28th
    #71-David Gilliland 29th
    #36-Michael McDowell 32nd
    #09-Sterling Marlin 33rd
    #66-Dave Blaney 35th
    #64-Derrike Cope 43rd
    this driver would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #73-Josh Wise, 44th/last
    See speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(10-23-2009)

  • Rain at Martinsville: as of 11:20am/et, rain has stopped at Martinsville Speedway. The track is wet and track drying has started. A 90-minute Sprint Cup practice is scheduled for 11:30am/et but will not start on time. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:10pm/et [ESPN2].
    See weather links on my Martinsville Race Info Page - weather section
    Forecast for Friday: Cloudy skies with a few showers this afternoon. High 71F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
    Saturday forecast: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm. High near 69. South wind between 13 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.(10-23-2009)

  • Cope withdraws #75; will run #64: Derrike Cope says on his website, "I will be driving the #64 Sprint Cup car for Larry Gunselman at Martinsville, VA. I withdrew the #75 car because it looks like rain is eminent for Friday and the opportunity for me to drive was available."(Derrike Cope site).
    So with Cope withdrawing the #75, there are 43 cars entered for the race, so no team will go home among the go-or-go homers this week.(10-23-2009)

  • The Entry List for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #09-Sterling Marlin (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38th in owners pts/31 attempts)
    #36-Michael McDowell (42/31)
    #37-Travis Kvapil (45/23)
    #64-Derrike Cope in for Mike Wallace (49/17)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/31)
    #71-David Gilliland (37/31)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/31)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/31)
    added after initial entry list posted:
    #73-Josh Wise (57/5/Post Entry)
    withdrew
    #75-Derrike Cope (52/6)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,82,87,66,36,37,64
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 73
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List.(10-19/23-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after LMS, Chase race 5 of 10; Season race 31 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 5923, finished 1st
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5833, -90, 17th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5788, -135, 4th
    4) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 5768, -155, 13th
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5746, -177, 10th
    6) #42-Juan Montoya 5728, -195, 35th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 5655, -268, 16th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman 5635, -288, 11th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5592, -331, 3rd
    10) #99-Carl Edwards 5582, -341, 39th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5551, -372, 42nd
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5438, -485, 34th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(10-17-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Lowe's, race 31 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1). #14-Tony Stewart, 4544
    2). #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4427, -117
    3). #24-Jeff Gordon 4405, -139
    4). #5-Mark Martin, 4084, -460
    5). #2-Kurt Busch, 4058, -486
    6). #11-Denny Hamlin, 4022, -522
    7). #42-Juan Montoya, 3979, -565
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 3907, -637
    9). #16-Greg Biffle, 3904, -640
    10). #99-Carl Edwards, 3862, -682
    11). #9-Kasey Kahne, 3852, -692
    12). #17-Matt Kenseth, 3774, -770
    13). #18-Kyle Busch, 3755, -789
    14). #33-Clint Bowyer, 3699, -845
    15). #00-David Reutimann, 3644, -900
    16). #83-Brian Vickers, 3631, -913
    (10-17-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville Speedway:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 98 points (was 122)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2441, +213
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2326, 98 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2228, 98 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(10-17-2009)

  • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
    #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)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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.

  • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • March 2009 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 75.938, started 9th

  • October 2008 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 75.931mph, started 1st

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

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960

  • March 2009 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, none, canceled by rain, finished 4th

  • October 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, none, canceled by rain, finished 1st

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

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7; Jimmie Johnson, 6

  • 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 - 21, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 27 Jeff Gordon

  • Lead Lap Finishes (all time): Rusty Wallace 29 in 44 races

  • Lead Lap Finishes (active): Jeff Gordon 26 in 33 races

  • Laps Led (all time): Cale Yarborough - 3,851

  • Laps Led (active): Jeff Gordon - 2,760 laps

  • Most Cautions: 19 - 10/23/2005

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/25/1971

  • Most Caution Laps: 125, 10/24/2004

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 3, 4/25/1971

  • 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 - 9/28/1980

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/9/1961

  • Most Leaders: 14 - 10/15/2001

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11 times last on 9/26/1976

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 45 - Chevy

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4 - John Andretti 4/18/1999

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 493 - Fred Lorenzen, 9/27/1964

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 18 [of 121] 14.9%
  • 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: 3
  • 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: 64 of 121 - 52.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 88 of 121 - 72.7%

    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 NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.
    • The track was paved in 1955.
    • The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
    • Concrete corners were added atop the asphalt track in 1976.
    • There have been 121 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.
    • 55 drivers have won poles, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight. Jeff Gordon, with seven poles, can tie that mark this weekend.
    • Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.
    • 45 different drivers have won races, led by Richard Petty with 15.
    • Fred Lorenzen holds the consecutive win record (4).
    • 17 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson in October 2008.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven victories.
    • Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 19 wins, can tie that mark this weekend.
    • Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    • Three drivers average a top-10 finish: Jimmie Johnson (5.3), Jeff Gordon (6.8), Denny Hamlin (8.0).
    • There have been 265 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.
    • 158 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.(10-20-2009)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Vaseline Men Body Lotion #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Schrock Cabinetry #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Halloween M&M's #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
    #20-Joey Logano Farm Bureau Insurance #20 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
    #34-John Andretti A&W Rootbeer / All American Burger #34 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
    #55-Michael Waltrip NAPA Adaptive One Brakes #55 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page


  • Robby has new colors at Martinsville: Robby Gordon and his #7 team are gearing up for Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Earlier this week the team announced that NASCAR veteran Doug Richert will be calling the shots on No. 7 for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Also new this weekend is the sponsor for the #7 – Schrock Cabinetry will adorn the hood of Gordon’s yellow and blue Toyota. Robby’s Remarks – “I’m very excited to have Schrock Cabinetry on the hood of our Camry this weekend,” said Gordon. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to put on a strong showing for Schrock Cabinetry and all of our other partners this weekend. Martinsville is one of the toughest tracks we race on, especially from an equipment standpoint. Putting 43 drivers on track with the long straight-aways and the tight corners makes for interesting racing.”(RGM)(10-23-2009)

  • Vaseline colors for Truex at Martinsville: Vaseline MEN Lotion returns as primary sponsor of the #1 Chevy this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Vaseline Men made it’s NASCAR debut as primary sponsor of the #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. at Dover International Raceway on Sept. 27. Vaseline will have an onsite tent manned by brand ambassadors to help educate NASCAR Fans on the importance of skin health and Vaseline Men Lotion at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.(EGR), see my #1 Team schemes page for images of the scheme.(10-22-2009)

  • Last 2009 race for National Guard on the #24: This season, Gordon and the #24 team helped bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, which were showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in seven Sprint Cup Series events. This weekend's race at Martinsville marks Gordon's final event of the year with the National Guard. In six of the seven outings with the National Guard on the hood of his #24 Chevy this season, Gordon has scored a top-five finish. His best effort was a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April, while he also scored runner-up finishes at Atlanta in March, Michigan in June and Chicagoland in July. He finished fifth at Darlington in May and third at Richmond in September. This weekend at Martinsville Speedway, the National Guard's official Web site -- nationalguard.com -- will be showcased on the hood of the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy. Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-524 for Sunday's race at Martinsville. Gordon has raced this car twice in 2009, picking up a fourth-place finish at Martinsville in March and a third-place finish at Richmond in September.(HMS)(10-21-2009)

  • Halloween scheme for the #18: Kyle Busch's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will sport a special paint scheme on his #18 M&M’s Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway showcasing M&M’s Halloween Fun Packs since Halloween night is just around the corner. Of the 30 tracks that will host NASCAR’s top three divisions in 2009, Busch has competed at 28 of them at least once and won at 22 of them. This weekend, he’ll compete at two of the six venues where he has not been victorious. In addition to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Busch will fly to Memphis Motorsports Park to compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.(JGR), see images of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page(10-21-2009)

  • Special NAPA scheme for Waltrip at Martinsville: The #55 Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip will once again have the NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads paint scheme. Adaptive One Brake Pads are designed to reduce noise and brake dust without sacrificing the ‘stop-on-a-dime’ braking power. Waltrip will start in his 47th race at Martinsville Speedway in his 754th NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Earlier this season, Waltrip rallied back from being down a lap – three times -- to race his way onto the lead lap to finish 13th in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500.(MWR), see an image of the Adaptive One Brake Pads scheme on my #55 Team Schemes page.(10-21-2009)

  • National Guard to sponsor Jeff Gordon? UPDATE 8 races: hearing that Jeff Gordon will be driving a National Guard scheme on the #24 Chevy in eight races in 2009, starting at Atlanta in March, have heard it will NOT effect the National Guard sponsorship of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11-23-2008) UPDATE: This season, Gordon and the #24 team will help bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, Active First, College First, Path to Honor and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The programs will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in eight races this season:
    March 8 at Atlanta
    April 5 at Texas
    May 9 at Darlington
    June 14 at Michigan
    July 11 at Chicagoland
    Sept. 12 at Richmond
    Sept. 20 at New Hampshire and
    Oct. 25 at Martinsville
    (HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(1-21-2009)

  • Farm Bureau Insurance to sponsor JGR for 6 races: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies will serve as the primary sponsor for six Sprint Cup Series races during the 2009 season. Farm Bureau Insurance will be carried on the #11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin twice during the upcoming season including:
    May 9 race at Darlington
    September 6 race at Atlanta
    In addition Farm Bureau Insurance will be on the #20 Toyota driven by Joey Logano at the:
    October 25 race at Martinsville. Both FedEx and The Home Depot will still be represented on their respective cars at each of those races.
    Farm Bureau Insurance will also sponsor a fourth JGR entry [#02-David Gilliland] at three races in 2009 on the #02 Toyota at the:
    October 17 Charlotte race
    November 8 Texas race
    November 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead.
    The driver for those three races will be announced later. “Farm Bureau Insurance has been an outstanding partner with us and we’re thrilled to have them on these six Cup races this year,” said Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs. “We were able to generate a lot of excitement for them last year and we’ll work hard this year to provide their agents, members and customers a program to be proud of now in our Cup program.”(JGR PR)
    IMAGES: see images of the cars on my #02 Team Schemes page, #11 Team Schemes page and/or #20 Team Schemes page.(1-19-2009)

  • BB&T to sponsor #33 & Bowyer for eleven 2009 races: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have agreed to an 11-race sponsorship for RCR’s #33 Chevy with driver Clint Bowyer for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In addition to 10 points races, BB&T will also be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy for the annual Sprint Cup Series all-star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. The March 8 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the first of three consecutive races for BB&T, followed by four in a row starting at Talladega in April and wrapping up with the all-star festivities in Charlotte. In September, BB&T will be showcased again in Atlanta and at Dover for the first of three Chase for the Sprint Cup races. Bowyer’s #33 Impala SS will also feature a burgundy and gold BB&T paint scheme at Martinsville and Talladega next fall. BB&T will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #33 Chevy for the remaining 26 races on the 2009 schedule while General Mills’ brands Cheerios and Hamburger Helper will be the primary sponsor. Next season will mark the second-consecutive year that BB&T has expanded its role within the RCR family of sponsors. In 2007, BB&T sponsored a partial Nationwide Series schedule with Bowyer in RCR’s flagship #2 Chevrolet. That role evolved into a 25-race schedule in 2008, in addition to two races on the #07 Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series.(RCR PR)(11-12-2008)

  • 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: The Fans
    Command to start engines: The Fans
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: The Fans
    Invocation: Dr. Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
    National Anthem: Mountain Heart
    Military Flyover: 4 T-38s, Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Website: martinsvillespeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Martinsville Speedway

  • October 2008: see my Martinsville Race Info page

  • March 2009: see the Martinsville Race Info page


  • 65,000-Plus Fans Will Give Starting Command at Martinsville: For the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, all fans attending the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday will serve as the ‘Grand Marshals’ and ‘Official Starters’ for the event. Tums, Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR and the Sprint Cup Series drivers and crews will salute the fans during pre-race activities leading up to the final honors of giving the command ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’ and the waving of the green flag for the start of the 500-lap event. During pre-race ceremonies, the 43 drivers and crews will thank the fans for their support with a special salute. The drivers and more than 400 crew members will take part in the tribute to say thank you to all race fans. On a few occasions, fans have been invited to join the designated Grand Marshal in giving the command ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’. At the Tums Fast Relief 500, fans will not only give the command to start the engines, but also participate in starting the race. All fans attending Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will receive a 12” x 15” commemorative green flag when they arrive at their seats. Following the lead of the NASCAR flagman, all 65,000 fans will participate in the start of the 500-lap race, waving their own green flag. Sprint Vision will present congratulatory messages from several drivers and the NASCAR community throughout the morning leading up to the start of pre-race ceremonies. Fans also will see the VIP introductions at the opening of the driver’s meeting on Sprint Vision. Tums returns as the title sponsor for the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the .526-mile track for the second consecutive year. The Tums Fast Relief 500 is the sixth of 10 races that make up the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the final short-track race of the season.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-21-2009)

  • Kids' Zone To Make Debut at Martinsville Speedway: Martinsville Speedway has been considered a family track for all if its 62 years, but for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25, it will be just a little more child friendly than in the past. One section of the display area has been declared a “Kids' Zone” for the Tums Fast Relief 500 weekend with games, souvenirs and food aimed at the younger crowd. There will be two inflatable games for the youngsters to play on, The Moon Walk and The Slide. The concession items in the Kids' Zone will not only be kid favorites, but kid priced. There will be chicken nuggets, hot dogs, cotton candy, chips, fruit cups and Capri Sun juice boxes. Nothing will be over $2. There will also be plenty of youth oriented souvenirs … three trailers full. Digger, FOX TV’s racing cartoon star, will have a trailer, along with the Kid’s Stop trailer and the Kidz Rock trailer. There are some great ticket prices for kids during the TUMS Fast Relief 500 weekend. Children’s tickets in the Clay Earles Tower are only $10 when purchased with an adult ticket. Children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Kroger 200 on Saturday, October 24 and Farm Bureau Pole Day on Friday, October 23. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, October 25, the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, October 24 and the Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Day on Friday, October 23 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Ticket prices range from $25 to $77 for the TUMS Fast Relief 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-20-2009)

  • Mountain Heart to sing National Anthem at Martinsville: Mountain Heart, the band that figured a way to combine bluegrass, rock, blues and jazz, will bring its amazing vocals to Martinsville Speedway to perform the National Anthem before the running of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25. Mountain Heart is accustomed to large stages; the group has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry over 100 times and performed with acts ranging from Brad Paisley to Lynyrd Sknyrd to Montgomery Gentry to Alison Kraus. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 and the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 (877.RACE.TIX) or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-19-2009)

  • Great Tickets at Great Prices remain for Martinsville: Fans still have the opportunity to get great seats for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway at the best prices in a decade. Tickets start at just $25 for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, the sixth race in the Chase For The Sprint Cup, on Sunday, October 25.
    • All Backstretch seats are $25 along with the first five rows of seats in the Sprint Tower, the Clay Earles Tower and the South Annex.
    • Seats in the Clay Earles Tower overlooking the second turn are $55.
    • Children’s tickets in the Clay Earles Tower are only $10 when purchased with an adult ticket.
    • All seats in Bill France Tower are $40
    • Seats in the Sprint Tower are $65
    Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 and the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 (877.RACE.TIX) or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-18-2009)

  • Improvements Will Greet Fans at Martinsville: New and improved ticket gates and renovated campsites will greet fans who visit Martinsville Speedway for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25. Martinsville Speedway’s main ticket gate has been reconfigured to help make entering and exiting smoother. Also two ticket gates have been added in the first-turn area of the track, which should reduce traffic at other gates at that end of the track. Also during the offseason, the speedway revamped a group of campsites directly behind the backstretch, leveling the ground in the area, making the sites much more functional for campers. Also four sections on the backstretch have been renamed. Section M is now Section UU; Section N is now Section TT; Section O is now Section SS; and Section P is now Section RR. Tickets are on sale for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, the Kroger 200 and the Virginia Farm Bureau Pole Day and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 (877.RACE.TIX) or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online. Ticket prices range from $25 to $77.(10-12-2009)

  • Farm Bureau Insurance To Sponsor Martinsville Speedway's Fall Pole Day: Two companies steeped in Virginia history and tradition have joined forces for the Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Day at Martinsville Speedway on October 23. Martinsville Speedway president W. Clay Campbell announced today that Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance is the pole day sponsor leading up to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25. The pole day sponsorship will not be the Farm Bureau's only involvement in the TUMS Fast Relief 500. Farm Bureau will also be the primary sponsor on Joey Logano's Toyota, part of a six-race relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing. Visit Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance at FarmBureauAdvantage.com. Tickets are on sale for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, the Kroger 200 and the Virginia Farm Bureau Pole Day and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 (877.RACE.TIX) or by visiting martinsvillespeedway.com online. Ticket prices range from $25 to $77.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-18-2009)

  • $25 Tickets/Track Pass Return To Martinsville Speedway: The speedway has dropped ticket prices to $25 in several areas of the track for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on October 25 after a similar effort was wildly popular for the recently run Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. For the TUMS Fast Relief 500, seats in areas of the backstretch, along with some seats in the Sprint Tower, the Clay Earles Tower and the South Annex have been reduced to $25.
    Fans will again have the chance to wander along Martinsville Speedway’s front stretch prior to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25. The Pre-Race Track Pass, first introduced this spring, will allow fans to walk the distance of the front stretch of historic Martinsville Speedway from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on race day. From the front stretch, fans can get a close-up look at what happens on along pit road in the final hours leading up to the TUMS Fast Relief 500. They can take pictures, visit with other race fans and even autograph the wall and start-finish line if they like. The cost of the Pre-Race Track Pass is just $10. More info on both by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com or calling 877.722.3849.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(7-16-2009)

  • Martinsville Speedway Tix Prices Drop: Martinsville Speedway has always prided itself on being fan friendly. Beginning with the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25, it will be a little friendlier. Working to help fans through the difficult economic times, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell recently announced a rollback in ticket prices, effective with the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25. Many ticket prices have been reduced, some to prices of a decade ago.
    • Tickets prices start at $25, down from $42
    • All seats in Bill France Tower now just $40
    • Seats in the Clay Earles Tower are now $55, down from $72
    • Seats in the Sprint Tower are now $65, down from $77
    Anyone who has purchased tickets in areas affected by the price change will be contacted by the Martinsville Speedway ticket office in the next few weeks. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 and the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 (877.RACE.TIX) or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(7-6-2009)

  • Fans to Serve as 'Grand Marshal' for Martinsville: All fans attending the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 25, will serve as the ‘Grand Marshal’ for the event. TUMS, Martinsville Speedway and the NASCAR community will recognize the fans throughout pre-race ceremonies leading up to the final honors of giving the command ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’ and starting the 500-lap event. On a few occasions, fans have been invited to join the designated Grand Marshal in giving the command ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’. At the TUMS Fast Relief 500, the honor goes solely to the fans. TUMS returns as the title sponsor for the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the .526-mile track for the second consecutive year. Martinsville Speedway, built in 1947, is rich in tradition from its fan-friendly atmosphere to its famous concession item – the Martinsville hot dog – and the Ridgeway grandfather clock trophy presented to each race winner. In addition to sponsoring the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, TUMS sponsors the TUMS's Fast Relief Zone, an interactive NASCAR experience in the midway, where fans can participate in various activities and receive a free sample of TUMS. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 race on Sunday, October 25, at Martinsville Speedway are now on sale. To order tickets or for more information, call 877.722.3849 or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-5-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • Will Martinsville lose a race? Michigan? Kansas Speedway has resubmitted its bid for a casino overlooking Turn 2, a plan that was put on hold a few months ago cause of the troubled economy. When it's approved by the gaming commission Kansas Speedway will petition NASCAR for a second annual Sprint Cup race. That will probably happen in 2011. Lesa France Kennedy is the president of International Speedway Corp., which owns Kansas Speedway and 11 other facilities that play host to Cup events. The France family has controlling interest in ISC, which is headquartered in the same building as the NASCAR offices in Daytona. NASCAR chairman Brian France is Lesa's brother. But NASCAR won't add a race. Cup has too many events now at 36 points races and two all-star events. So the second Kansas date will need to come from another ISC track. Martinsville, an ISC track and the oldest facility in NASCAR, was thought to be the location that would lose a race. Don't count on it. Martinsville is the new Bristol. The resurfaced track at Bristol has eliminated much of the bumping, banging and crashing that made the short track so popular. That leaves Martinsville as the best bumper-bashing facility left. NASCAR officials aren't going to mess that up and take a race away from the old Virginia track, a move that would cause a revolt by many fans. Martinsville appears safe for keeping both Cup dates until ISC manages to build a new short track (probably more like the .75-mile oval at Richmond) in a big market like Denver or Seattle. That's a long way off, several years at least. So which ISC track will lose a Cup date to Kansas? Most fans would opt for Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but Michigan Speedway might be the odd-place out. Sponsors want to race twice at ACS because it's in the second largest market in the country. Michigan, an almost identical track to ACS but 30 years older, lies in one of the most depressed areas of the country. Thousands of people in the Detroit market are out of work because of the layoffs in the auto industry. Being in the backyard of GM, Chrysler and Ford's headquarters was a big reason Michigan had played host to two Cup races a year since 1969. No one knows whether all three automakers will survive. Michigan Speedway also could become a victim of the problem. How things go this season and 2010 will go a long way toward determining which ISC track loses a race to Kansas.(ESPN Insider)(4-3-2009)

  • 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 (Camping World Truck)

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4108; Right-side -- D-4230

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 125-135 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both of these NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes that teams in these two series ran at Martinsville this past March . . . this left-side tire code (D-4108) has been run at this track since last season, while this is the first year for this right-side tire code (D-4230) . . . while this left-side is unique to Martinsville, this right-side was also run on all four tire positions at the Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway earlier this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.


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