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Friday, March 27
9:00 am - Fan gates open
11:00 - 11:50 am Camping World Truck Series practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm -Sprint Cup Series practice
1:45 - 3:30pm - Camping World Truck Series final practice
3:40 pm - Sprint Cup Series qualifying
Saturday, March 28
9:00 am - Fan gates open
9:10 am - Camping World Truck Series qualifying
10:30 - 11:15 am Sprint Cup Series practice
11:30 am - Camping World Truck Series driver and crew chief meeting
11:50 am - 12:50pm - Sprint Cup Series final practice
1:30 pm - Camping World Truck Series driver introduction
2:00 pm - Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 Race
Sunday, March 29
9:00 am - Fan gates open
12:00 pm - Sprint Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting
1:30 pm - Sprint Cup Series driver introduction
2:00 pm - Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 race
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NNS = Nationwide Series
NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
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NEWS, STATS, RESULTS, LINKS and INFO
- Race: Sunday, March 29, 2009 in Martinsville, VA
- Title Sponsor: Goody's
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
- Television Coverage: FOX 2:00pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
- This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Friday, March 27, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, March 28, 10:30 - 11:15 am/et, TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 28, 11:50am - 12:50pm/et, TV-SPEED
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 27, 11:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, March 27 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air on SPEED 8:00pm/et;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
news and links
- Johnson wins at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, for his first win of 2009 and the 41st of his career. It his fifth win in the last six Martinsville races and comes on the anniversary of Hendrick Motorsports first win 25 years ago. #11-Hamlin, who led the most laps on the day and was bumped out of the lead by Johnson with 16 laps to go, finished second, followed by #14-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #33-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #5-Martin, #88-Earnhardt, Jr, #44-Allmendinger, and #26-McMurray.
There was one change in the top-35 in owner points as #71-Gilliland fell out and #98-Menard moved in. There were 12 cautions for 66 laps and 7 drivers led a lap with 13 lead changes.
For race results, awards and more on the Martinsville Race Results Page.(3-29-2009)
- UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Martinsville race 6 of 36]:
1) #24-Jeff Gordon 959
2) #33-Clint Bowyer 870 -89
3) #2-Kurt Busch 827 -132 [1 win]
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 817 [1 win]
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 811 -148
6) #18-Kyle Busch 800 -159 [2 wins]
7) #14-Tony Stewart 798 -161
8) #99-Carl Edwards 750 -209
9) #9-Kasey Kahne 745 -214
10) #29-Kevin Harvick 714 -245
11) #00-David Reutimann 710 -249
12) #17-Matt Kenseth 704 -255 [2 wins]
in running for top 12 - the chase:
13) #31-Jeff Burton 697 -262
14) #42-Juan Montoya 673 -286
15) #44-A.J. Allmendinger 670 -289
16) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 660 -299
For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(3-29-2009)
- Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series:
* Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
* Johnson became the fourth different race winner in 2009. Matt Kenseth won the first two races (Daytona and California). Kyle Busch won at Las Vegas and Bristol, and Kurt Busch won at Atlanta.
* Johnson, who started ninth Sunday, posted his 41st career Cup victory in 261 races. This was his fourth top-10 finish in six races this season. He remained 15th on NASCAR's all-time win list.
* Johnson scored his sixth Martinsville victory in 15 races, including five of the past six races. He has scored top-10 finishes in the past 14 races at Martinsville, the longest current streak.
* Johnson posted his ninth victory in 44 races on the three short tracks (Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond). Six came at Martinsvile and three came at Richmond. He has never won at Bristol. He has scored 25 top-10s in 44 races on short tracks (57%).
* Johnson climbed from ninth to fourth in the point standings, the second week in 2009 that Johnson has been among the top 12. Johnson began the season ranked 31st after Daytona.
* Chad Knaus posted his 39th victory in his 282 Cup race as a crew chief. All 39 of his crew chief victories have come with Johnson.
* This is the 46th win by a Chevrolet in a Cup race at Martinsville.
* Hendrick Motorsports scored its 18th Martinsville victory, and 176th victory overall.
* All four Hendrick cars finished in the top 10: Johnson, first; Jeff Gordon, fourth; Mark Martin, seventh; Dale Earnhardt Jr., eighth.
* Hendrick Motorsports celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first win at Martinsville. Geoffrey Bodine scored Hendrick's first win at Martinsville in April 1984.
* Johnson led twice for 42 laps in Sunday's race, including the final 16 laps. He has led 1,216 of the last 3,510 laps raced in the past seven races at Martinsville (35%). He won five of those seven races.
* Denny Hamlin (second) scored his second straight top-10 finish. It marked his third top-10 finish in 2009.
* Tony Stewart (third) scored his best finish in 2009. It was his fourth top-10 in six races in 2009.
* Johnson teammate Gordon (fourth) has scored top-10 finishes in the past 13 races at Martinsville. Gordon has scored nine straight top-5s at Martinsville, the longest current streak. He has been running at the finish in all 33 of his races at Martinsville.
* Gordon leads the Cup point standings, by 89 over second-place Clint Bowyer. The four-time champ posted his sixth top-15 finish in 2009, the only driver to do so. He also extended his winless streak to 47 races, since October 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
* Gordon climbed to fifth all time in laps led at Martinsville with 2,760, trailing leader Cale Yarborough (3,851), Rusty Wallace (3,632), Darrell Waltrip (3,616) and Richard Petty (2,964).
* Clint Bowyer (fifth) extended a 79-race streak of running at the finish that began at Homestead in November 2006. Bowyer's last DNF came at Phoenix on Nov. 12, 2006, when he finished 33rd due to oil-pump failure.
* Joey Logano (32nd) was the highest-finishing rookie contender among the two rookies in the race. Scott Speed finished 39th.
* The top 10 consisted of seven Chevrolets, one Ford, one Dodge and one Toyota.(ESPN)(3-31-2009)
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
#71-Gilliland falls out of the top-35 by 3 points and #98-Menard moves into a locked in position
31) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 485, +75
32) #77-Hornish/Penske: 459, +48
33) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 455, +44
34) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 437 +26
35) #98-Menard/Yates: 414, 3 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #71-Gilliland/TRG 411, 3 points out of 35th
37) #8-Almirola/Earnhardt Ganassi: 387, -27
38) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 386 -28
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-29-2009)
- Race Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway
Jimmie Johnson won the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, his 41st victory in 261 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2009. His last previous victory came at Phoenix in November 2008.
This is his sixth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 15 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Johnson now has more NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Martinsville (six) than any other track. (He has five at Lowe's Motor Speedway.)
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2009.
Tony Stewart (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 21 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Joey Logano (32nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 89 points over Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-29-2009)
- Penalty Report - Martinsville Speedway
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#87, 22, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#34, 42, Commitment Line Violation, Tail End
#17, 71, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
#20, 72, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#7, 91, Pitting before pit road is open, tTail End
#6, 139, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#7, 139, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#18, 140, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#1, 140, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#8, 255, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#82, 255, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#8, 353, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#8, 355, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#8, 368, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#1, 430, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
#8, 448, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#77, 468, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#8, 468, Commitment Line Violation, Tail End
#96, 474, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
- Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 2: #55-Waltrip, 13th
Caution 3: none, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 4: none, since #7-Gordon caused the caution
Caution 5: #36-Riggs, 30th
Caution 6: #55-Waltrip , 13th
Caution 7: #43-Sorenson, 17th
Caution 8: #1-Truex, Jr., 29th
Caution 9: #2-Busch, 18th
Caution 10: #55-Waltrip , 13th
Caution 11: #42-Montoya, 12th
Caution 12: #43-Sorenson , 17th
- To the Back (0): none
- Competition Caution: Due to the limited on track activity at Martinsville this weekend, NASCAR will throw a competition caution on lap 40 of the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500.(3-29-2009)
- Pit Stall Selections - Martinsville: The selections for pit stalls of the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1, while outside pole sitter #2-Busch took pit stall 2. #83-Vickers, the 14th place starter, chose the final pit stall. See the pit selction chart on the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Pit Stall Selection page.(3-28-2009)
- Race Coverage of the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2009.
TV: FOX at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:30 pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com ESPN's Racecast and Chat.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Thursday, April 2 at 12:00pm/et;
NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
news and links
- Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Pit Stall Selections
- Saturday Practice and Happy Hour Practice at Martinsville Speedway have been cancelled due to rain.(3-28-2009)
- Rain cancels qualifying in Martinsville: Persistent rain at Martinsville has cancelled qualifying for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and the field was set by the rule book [owners points, past owner win, past champ and race attempts].
So #24-Jeff Gordon will start from the pole, followed by #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #99-Edwards, #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, and #17-Kenseth.
Not making the race are: #09-Marlin, #37-Raines, #46-Setzer, and #75-Cope.
See the full starting lineup on my Martinsville Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(3-27-2009)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2009 at 3:40pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et
- Qualifying Order for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted. 47 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 #55-Waltrip, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #88-Earnhardt, Jr. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Riggs, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #66-Blaney. See the full qualifying order on the Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-27-2009)
- Friday Practice for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #75-Cope 93.447 & #46-Setzer 93.161
notes: With the threat of rain this afternoon and tomorrow, most teams are working on race setups. #5-Martin scraped the wall late in the session, but just minor sheet metal damage.
For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Martinsville Practice Speeds/News page.(3-27-2009)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Martinsville Speedway:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#09-Sterling Marlin, 13th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 20th
#66-Dave Blaney, 22nd
#98-Paul Menard, 24th
#82-Scott Speed, 33rd
#8-Aric Almirola, 34th
#36-Scott Riggs, 39th
#64-Todd Bodine, 41st
these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
#41-Jeremy Mayfield, 44th
#37-Tony Raines, 45th
#75-Derrike Cope, 46th
#46-Dennis Setzer, 47th
- The Entry List for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
#09-Sterling Marlin (47/5 attempts)
#8-Aric Almirola (37/5
#36-Scott Riggs (41/5)
#37-Tony Raines (48/3)
#41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/5)
#46-Dennis Setzer (1/54)
#64-Todd Bodine (46/5)
#66-Dave Blaney (40/5)
#75-Derrike Cope (56/1)
#82-Scott Speed (36/5)
#87-Joe Nemechek (43/5)
#98-Paul Meanrd (38/5)
#73-Mike Garvey (50/3)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 82,8,98,66,36,87,41,64
missing the race would be : #'s 09, 37,46,75
NOTE: the #64 and #09 are tied with 5 attempts and 143 OWNERs points [drivers points have NOTHING to do with the top 35], so the tie breaker goes to the team with the best finish, the #64 has a 37th and 42nd, the #09 has a 40th and 43rd. so the #64 gets the spot.
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Martinsville Entry List.(3-23-2009)
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
After Bristol, the current (2009) OWNERS points are used to determine the Top-35 in owners points and the guaranteed starting positions. No drivers dropped out or moved in from race standings.
31) #5-Martin/Hendrick: 441 +106
32) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 398 +63
33) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 397 +62
34) #20-Logano/Gibbs Racing: 370 +35
35) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 356 21 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 335, 21 points out of 35th
37) #8-Almirola/Earnhardt Ganassi: 335 -21
38) #98-Menard/Yates Racing: 326 -30
39) #28-Kvapil/Yates Racing: 323 -33
40) #66-Blaney/Prism: 230 -126
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-22-2009)
- 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)
- Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here
- 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.
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- Jayski's - 2009 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 [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: 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.
See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
April 2008 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 73.163, started 2nd
October 2008 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 75.931mph, started 1st
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
April 2008 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 96.288, finished 2nd
October 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, none, canceled by rain, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, October 2005, 98.083mph
Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7
Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15
Most Poles - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7
Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8
Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty; Active leader - 19, Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty; Active leader- 25 Jeff Gordon
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991
Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960
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 Wins by Manufacturer: 44 - 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 120] 15.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 15
- Races won from starting pos 3: 14
- Races won from starting pos 4: 12
- Races won from starting pos 5: 5
- Races won from starting pos 6: 8
- Races won from starting pos 7: 7
- Races won from starting pos 8: 2
- Races won from starting pos 9: 2
- Races won from starting pos 10: 4
- Races won from starting pos 11: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12: 3
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 14: 5
- Races won from starting pos 15: 3
- Races won from starting pos 16: 1
- Races won from starting pos 17: 3
- Races won from starting pos 18: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 20: 3
- Races won from starting pos 21: 2
- Races won from starting pos 23: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from starting pos 36: 1
- Races won from starting pos unknown: 4
- Races won from the top 5: 64 of 120 - 53.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 87 of 120 - 72.5%
- 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 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 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 posted poles at Martinsville, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight.
• Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles.
• 45 different drivers have won races, led by Richard Petty with 15.
• Fred Lorenzen holds the consecutive win record with four.
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven victories.
• Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other organization.
• 17 races have been won from the pole, but none since Jeff Gordon swept both races from the pole in 2003.
• Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
• Jimmie Johnson has won four of the last five races at Martinsville. Johnson finished 35th in his first Martinsville appearance (April 2002), his only DNF there. Since then, he has posted 13 straight top-10 finishes. Johnson has finished fourth or better in his last seven Martinsville races. He has completed all but 54 laps in his 14 appearances at Martinsville, with all his incomplete laps coming in that first appearance.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Almirola to 'Ride the Lightning' at Martinsville: Coinciding with the launch of Activision Publishing, Inc.’s Guitar Hero Metallica, the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ #8 Chevy, driven by 25-year-old Aric Almirola, will be primarily sponsored by the highly-anticipated video game at Martinsville Speedway. This will be the third race during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season under the Guitar Hero banner for Almirola and the #8 team. The #8 Chevy powerful design draws it’s inspiration from the intense yet electrifying music of Metallica [a jayski fave]. For more information anout the game, log onto metallica.guitarhero.com.(Earnhardt Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR). See an image of the Metallica scheme, and all the other schemes used by Almirola in 2009 on my #8 Team Schemes page.(3-27-2009) Comment here
- Energizer on the #98 at Martinsville: Energizer will make its debut on the hood of the #98 Energizer / Menards Ford for this weekend's Goody's Fast Relief 500.(Yates PR)(3-26-2009)
- Special scheme for the #96 at Martinsville: This week in Martinsville, Bobby Labonte fans might be surprised to see Tracy Pan of San Francisco riding alongside him as the #96 Ask.com Ford Fusion aims for Victory Lane. Well, not literally riding alongside him, but her name will adorn the hood of the Hall of Fame Racing machine thanks to her superior work as an Online Marketing Manager for Labonte’s primary sponsor, Ask.com. The ‘Askers on the #96’ program will continue throughout the 2009 NASCAR season to recognize the hard work of Ask.com employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. As the ‘Official Search Engine of NASCAR’ Ask.com continues to reward both fans and employees for their loyalty through offerings like ‘Askers on the #96’ and the Ask.com NASCAR Trivia Challenge, a sweepstakes rewarding fans with $100,000 for downloading the Ask.com NASCAR toolbar for free or answering a new racing question everyday at Ask.com.(Taylor PR)(3-25-2009)
- 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) Comment here
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
- 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
Grand Marshal: Country music superstar Trace Adkins
Command to start engines: Trace Adkins
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Trace Adkins
Invocation: Michael Harrison, Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: The 29th Army Band, Virginia Army National Guard
Military Flyover: 2 T-38C jets, 87th Flying Training Squadron, 47th Fighter Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Wichita, KS
for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
Track Website: martinsvillespeedway.com
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Martinsville Speedway
Last Year: see my March 2008 Race Info page
Last October: see the October 2008 Race Info page
- Seats avialable for Martinsville races: Plenty of good seats remain for all three days of action and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX, visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com or at the Martinsville Speedway ticket office. Tickets for pole day on Friday are $15 and include NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying, Sprint Cup practice and two practice sessions for the Kroger 250. Tickets for Saturday’s Kroger 250 are $30 in advance and $35 on race day. In addition to the race, fans will get to see two Sprint Cup practice sessions and qualifying for the Kroger 250. Tickets for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 range from $35 to $77.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-26-2009)
- School to give tours of Martinsville Speedway: Patrick Henry Community College Students Giving Tours of Martinsville Speedway. Motorsports Association will give tours every hour starting at 9am and ending at 5pm. Tour starts at the speedway and continues to HT Motorsports, Arrington Engines & PHCC Motorsports; returning to the Speedway. Cost $10 for adults; $5 children 10 & under.(PHCC PR)(3-25-2009)
- T-38 Jets To Kick Start Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500: Three T-38C jets will rocket across the sky above Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon signaling that the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 is about ready to take the green flag. The three jets out of Laughlin Air Force Base, TX, will provide the flyover prior to the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 will take the green flag at 2pm Sunday. The planes are out of the 87th Flying Training Squadron and are used for lead-in fighter pilot and bomber pilot training. The 87th is part of the 47th Fighter Training Wing, which commands a flying operation which exceeds 105,000 flying hours and 90,000 sorties per year. It is composed of more than 1,300 military personnel, 1,124 civilian employees and a total base community exceeding 4,200 people.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-25-2009)
- Study Reveals Martinsville Speedway Annual Economic: Martinsville Speedway has an annual economic impact of $170 million, according to a recent study by the Washington Economics Group. The historic Virginia race track hosts two top-tiered NASCAR Sprint Cup races each year, along with several other NASCAR sanctioned racing events, attracting many thousands of fans to the Martinsville and Henry County area. “We knew Martinsville Speedway had a huge economic impact on the area, but these numbers are amazing,” said Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell. “We are proud of the positive economic impact we have on Martinsville and Henry County, the region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.” The Washington Economics Group (WEG) study analyzed operating and other expenditures made by Martinsville Speedway, as well as expenditures made by those from out of town visiting Martinsville for involvement with events at Martinsville Speedway. The economic impact study was conducted over a period of several months, utilizing the IMPLAN model, which quantifies the direct and indirect benefits of economic activity. In addition to identifying the total economic impact of $170 million, the study also revealed that:
• 2,824 permanent jobs for Virginia residents result directly from the operations of the Speedway. Of this total, over 2,200 are tied directly to the Speedway, or to out-of-town visitor expenditures.
• Speedway operations and visitor expenditures result in more than $68.2 million of worker income each year.
• The ongoing operations of Martinsville Speedway generate over $30 million of total fiscal revenues each year Martinsville Speedway, founded in 1947 by the late H.Clay Earles, is the only track which has hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races every year since the division’s inception in 1949.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-25-2009)
- Trace Adkins Named Martinsville Grand Marshal & Starter: Country music superstar and multi-faceted entertainer Trace Adkins will be the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 29. Adkins has achieved unprecedented success as a musician, author, philanthropist and actor. Trace Adkins, as Grand Marshal, will lead 500 men, women and their families as honorary Grand Marshals. Goody’s Headache Powders and Martinsville Speedway identified these hardworking people through outreach to local businesses in the Martinsville/Henry (VA) county area. Goody’s and Martinsville Speedway salute all hardworking people and are honored to have these 500 people as guests and honorary grand marshals. Tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 are available online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-23-2009)
- Martinsville Speedway drops some concession stand prices: The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog, New Items Give Fans Bargain-Priced Concession Options At Martinsville Martinsville Speedway has long featured racing’s most popular concession item, The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog, at a famously low price: $2. And in these cost conscious times, The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog has some bargain-priced company. Martinsville Speedway will be rolling out a BBQ Combo Value meal at nine of its concession stands for the March 29 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. The meal includes a BBQ sandwich with slaw, chips and a Pepsi product for just $6. The Speedway will also be offering a kids’ meal for $4. The meal includes a Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, a two-pack of Oreo’s, a fruit cup and a Capris Sun juice pouch. And as always Pepsi products can be found in all concession areas for just $2. Tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 start at $25 and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-23-2009)
- Martinsville has prime seats left for Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500: With the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway just a few days away, there are some prime seats remaining in the Clay Earles Tower, which overlooks the second turn and the first spots along pit road, and in the Richard Petty Tower, between turn four and the start-finish line. Tickets in the Clay Earles Tower in the second-turn area of the track are $72. Seats remain in most all areas of Martinsville Speedway, ranging in price from $35 to $77. Tickets for children 12 and under are just $10 in select areas. Half-price tickets for all college students with a college ID are also available for a savings of $30. Also, tickets to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Series race on March 28 are now available for $30 in advance and $35 on race day. To purchase tickets for either the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 or the Kroger 250 and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-20-2009)
- Martinsville, Harvick join forces for 'Harvick's Home Track Advantage' Tix: Kevin Harvick has some great Martinsville Speedway memories. Now he wants to make some new memories with his fans. Harvick and Martinsville Speedway have partnered for a special ticket package, “Harvick’s Home Track Advantage,” for members of the 2009 Kevin Harvick Fan Club. Harvick lives only a half-hour from Martinsville Speedway and considers the historic half-mile oval his hometown track. The “Harvick Home Track Advantage” ticket package offers members of Harvick’s Fan Club a $66 two-day package, with tickets to the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series and the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. That’s a savings of $33. Fan club members can also get single-day tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 for $44, again a savings of $33. The “33” is not a coincidence; it is the number of the Kevin Harvick Inc. truck driven by three-time NCWTS champion, Ron Hornaday. Kevin Harvick Fan Club members wishing to purchase Kroger 250 tickets only can purchase them for $26 in advance and $31 on race day for a savings of $4. Again, the “4” is not a coincidence; it is the number of the truck driven by KHI driver Ricky Carmichael, the most successful motocross racer in history, as well as Kevin Harvick in the NCWTS. Anyone wishing to join the Kevin Harvick Fan Club can visit www.kevinharvick.com. Tickets are on sale for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 and the Kroger 250 and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or on line at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(3-10-2009)
- Fans Can Stroll Where Legends Have Driven at Martinsville Speedway: Fans will have the opportunity to walk where the stars have driven prior to the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29. The new Pre-Race Track Pass will allow fans to stroll the distance of the front stretch of the historic Martinsville Speedway from 9:30am to 1:00pm/et on race day. Fans will be able to get a track-level view of what goes on along pit road in the hours leading up to the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. They can take pictures, visit with other race fans and even autograph the wall if they like. The cost of the new Pre-Race Track Pass is just $10 and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or visiting MartinsvilleSpeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-6-2009)
- Toyota Becomes Official Vehicle of Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway president W. Clay Campbell announced that Toyota has become the Official Vehicle for the historic Virginia track. Toyota vehicles will pace both the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 and the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 29. “We are proud of our new partnership with Toyota,” said Campbell. “Toyota has become a driving force in our sport. We are excited about seeing Toyotas pace our races here for years to come.” The three-year agreement between Martinsville Speedway and Toyota begins in 2009, said Campbell.
“Our new partnership with Martinsville Speedway as the official vehicle of the historic motorsports facility provides us an opportunity to showcase a diverse line-up of products to a wide pool of dedicated race fans,” comments Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-26-2009)
- Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours: With the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 just a few weeks around the corner, Martinsville Speedway is expanding its ticket office hours. The ticket office will extend its office hours to Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, February 28 leading up to the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on March 29. The speedway ticket office is also open daily 9 to 5. “We know it’s difficult for a lot of people to get to the track during the week, so this should make it a little easier for them,” Campbell said of the Saturday hours. Tickets for both the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on Sunday, March 29, and the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race, on Saturday, March 28, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-25-2009)
- Martinsville offering $25 Tickets for Cup race: Martinsville Speedway has dropped the price on its remaining backstretch tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on March 29 to $25. The $25 offer is the latest move by Martinsville Speedway to help race fans during the economic downturn. Fans may take advantage of the $25 backstretch offer by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com or calling 877.722.3849.
Martinsville Speedway has rolled out several attractive ticket packages for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500, including:
•Four Pack: Four adult tickets for $159, a savings of $41.
•Family Four Pack: Two adults and two children (12 & under) for $99, a savings of $41.
•Children 12 to 18: One-half price tickets, up to a savings of $30
•College Students: One-half price tickets for all college students with a college ID a savings of $30.
To purchase any of these four packages, fans should call 877.722.3849. Also, tickets to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Series race on March 28 are now available for $30 in advance and $35 on race day, a savings of $7.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(2-22-2009)
- Martinsville offers affordable ticket packages: Martinsville Speedway has always set the bar high when it comes to taking care of its fans and this year is no exception. In this current economic struggle everyone is looking for some kind of relief anywhere they can get it. Ticket packages include discounts for families, children and college students. With these added options every fan that purchases tickets can find a package to fit their needs. Packages for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on March 29 and tickets to the Kroger 250 Camping World Series race on March 28 are now available for $30 in advance and $35 on race day, a savings of $7, may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or on line at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Speedway concessions will also offer special “combo meal” values, as well as special pricing on the Sprint Fanview. As always, parking is free on speedway property and fans can bring their own food and beverage into the track in approved coolers and bags.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(1-17-2009)
- Renewal Customers Get Quick Entry At Martinsville: Ticket customers who renew their seats on an annual basis will be able to use Martinsville Speedway’s new Speed Way entry lanes to reach their seats quicker on race day. In what may be the first quick entry program in Sprint Cup racing, Martinsville Speedway renewal customers will receive a pass to access a dedicated ticket lane. This will help eliminate much of the wait time at ticket gates for these ticket holders. The Speed Way program will begin with the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 on March 29. In addition to dedicated entry lanes to speed up the process, all Speed Way customers will have their tickets scanned electronically, which will make the process even quicker. Tickets for both the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 Sprint Cup race on March 29 and the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(11-20-2008)
- Goody's re-ups with Martinsville thru 2010: TUMS and Goody’s Headache Powders announced that they will continue to satisfy race fans’ need for speed at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., by extending their entitlement sponsorship of the spring and fall Sprint Cup Series races through 2010. TUMS will continue its sponsorship of the fall event with the TUMS Bring It On 500 while Goody’s will extend its sponsorship of the spring race with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. Both brands are part of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare. The three-year sponsorship of the spring and fall Sprint Cup Series races continues the long-standing relationship between GSK and the .526-mile Virginia short track. The partnership began in 1983 when Goody’s Headache Powder first sponsored the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Since that time, Goody’s and TUMS have sponsored a combined total of 21 races at Martinsville Speedway. Although the 2008 fall race at Martinsville is the first NASCAR race sponsored by the TUMS brand, TUMS has been involved in racing since 2006. Earlier this year, TUMS put race fans in the record books alongside their favorite racing legends after setting the Guinness World Record for the largest audience wave at Bristol Motor Speedway. In true TUMS fashion, the record-setting wave took place in record speed. In addition to sponsoring the TUMS Bring It On 500 at Martinsville Speedway for the next two years, TUMS sponsors the Top 10 TUMS Moments and TUMS QuikZone display. The Top 10 TUMS Moments is a list of the most heartburn inducing moments from each Sprint Cup Series race. The list is selected each weekend by PRN lead anchor Doug Rice. The TUMS QuikZone display is an interactive racing experience complete with TUMS Racing simulators, games and the TUMS show car. The display debuted in earlier this year in Daytona for Speedways and travels to select community events and races across the country. TUMS has been an associate sponsor on the #41 Dodge from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates throughout the 2008 racing season. TUMS will continue its partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in 2009.(Goody's PR)(10-21-2008)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Martinsville Speedway
Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials (Sprint Cup);
Goodyear Wrangler Short Track Radials (Camping World Truck)
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,500, Right-side – 1,500;
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 the NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, however the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this left-side code (D-4108) is the same one run by these teams at Martinsville last season . . . this right-side code (D-4230) is brand new to the Goodyear tire lineup . . . this right-side features a slight compound change compared to last year to offer cars more grip . . . while this left-side is unique to Martinsville, this right-side will also be run on all four tire positions on Sprint Cup road courses this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
- Soldier will be a VIP at Martinsville on Sunday: Sgt. Ashley Ayers of the Virginia Army National Guard will be a VIP at Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. Ayers, of the Carver community, was chosen to represent the local Guard units. Crown Royal Whisky, a sponsor of the #26 Ford driven by Jamie McMurray, will recognize Ayers as a VIP during the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. She will represent the 1173rd Transportation Co. and the 116th Infantry, both of which are based at the Martinsville Armory. Ayers said she feels honored, but she wishes all local Guard members had been chosen to be VIPs. Choosing a VIP from the National Guard was Crown Royal’s way of honoring Henry County-Martinsville residents in service to their country as hometown heroes, according to Guard Master Sgt. Stephen Gill. The Guard chose Ayers to be the VIP because she is a model soldier, said Gill, a noncommissioned officer in charge of recruiting and retention efforts. On Sunday, Ashley Ayers will get a tour of the speedway’s pit and garage areas, have lunch with Crown Royal representatives and attend driver introductions before watching the race. Although she will be able to watch the race from the pit, Ayers is considering joining some of her friends from the National Guard in the grandstands.(Martinsville Bulletin)(3-28-2009) Comment here
- Carl Long to attempt Daytona 500: Carl Long has announced that he will be piloting the #46 Romeo Guest Construction Dodge in the 51st running of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 15th. The racing engines supplied by Ernie Elliott. Romeo Guest Associates, Inc. of Durham, NC will be the primary sponsor of team for the event. The car will sport a special retro paint scheme commemorating the 16-year relationship between Carl Long and Romeo Guest. The yellow-and-green Dodge that Carl will drive will be reminiscent of the original Romeo Guest Construction Late Model that Carl Long raced on North Carolina short tracks from 1993 until 1995. Carl Long plans to have veteran racer Dennis Setzer at the helm of his #46 Dodge at Martinsville Speedway in March, with Carl Long returning to the wheel for the Sprint All-Star Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Additional sponsorship opportunities with Carl Long Racing are still available.(Carl-Long.com)(1-27-2009) Comment here
- See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.