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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the First Data 500

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 111.5
Denny Hamlin……………………… 106.9
Kyle Busch…………………………. 104.4
Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.6
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 94.3
Joey Logano…………………………. 94.2
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 91.7
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 91.0
Chase Elliott…………………………. 89.7
Ryan Newman………………………. 84.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (29 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

Monster Energy Series Playoff Fast Facts Race No. 7: Martinsville Speedway

  • Since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff inception in 2004, Martinsville Speedway has occupied two different positions on the Playoff schedule – from 2004 – 2010 (seven seasons) the Martinsville Playoff race was the sixth race in the Playoffs. Then from 2011 – Present (nine seasons) the Martinsville Playoff race was moved to the seventh event on the Playoff schedule.
  • Martinsville Speedway is the third different track to host the seventh race in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs joining Talladega Superspeedway (2009-2010) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (2004-2008).
  • Seven different drivers have won the Martinsville Playoff races, led by Jimmie Johnson with six Playoff wins (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2016); followed by Jeff Gordon (three; 2005, 2013 and 2015), Denny Hamlin (two; 2009 and 2010), Tony Stewart (2011), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014),  Kyle Busch (2017) and Joey Logano (2018) each have one.
  • Six times the winner of the Martinsville Speedway Playoff race has gone on to win the title:
    • In 2006, Jimmie Johnson won from the ninth starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his first MENCS championship.
    • In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his second MENCS championship.
    • In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won from the first starting position at Martinsville (Qualifying was cancelled) and went on to win his third consecutive MENCS championship.
    • In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his third MENCS championship.
    • In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his seventh MENCS championship.In 2018, Joey Logano won from the 10th starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his first MENCS championship.
  • Four times the winner of the seventh Playoff race has gone on to win the title:
    • In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the sixth starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went on to win his second MENCS championship.
    • In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his third MENCS championship.
    • In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his seventh MENCS championship.
    • In 2018, Joey Logano won from the 10th starting position at Martinsville, and went on to win his first MENCS championship.
  • The worst finish in a Playoff race at Martinsville by a driver that went on to win the title was 33rd by Kevin Harvick (2014).
  • Twice non-Playoff drivers have won the Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway:
    • Jeff Gordon (2005) was ranked 15th in the points at the time of the win.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014) was 11th in points at the time of the win. Earnhardt Jr. had made the Playoffs in 2014 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.
  • Three manufacturers have won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Martinsville Speedway – Chevrolet (11 wins), Toyota (three wins) Ford (one).

Martinsville Speedway:

History

  • Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.
  • The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was Sept. 25, 1949 – the race was won by Red Byron in Raymond Park’s 1949 Oldsmobile.
  • The track was paved in 1955 and the first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
  • Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.
  • The track added LED lighting during the 2016-2017 off season.
  • There have been 141 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

Starts

  • A total of 629 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway; 403 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Martinsville Speedway with 67; followed by Dave Marcis and Ricky Rudd with 55 each.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series in starts among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with 38; followed by Kevin Harvick (36) and Jimmie Johnson (35).
  • In total, 62 drivers have made their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Gray Gaulding (10/30/2016), Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are the only active drivers who have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
  • Joey Logano (21 starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 8.095.

Poles

  • In total 61 different drivers have won poles at Martinsville Speedway; seven of the 61 pole winners are active this weekend.
  • 28 of the 61 Monster Energy Series Martinsville pole winners have won multiple poles.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the Monster Energy Series in poles at Martinsville Speedway with eight Busch Pole Awards (1979, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1992).
  • Joey Logano leads the series among active drivers with the most poles at Martinsville with five – 2015 sweep, spring 2016, fall 2017, spring 2019.
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • A total of 13 different drivers have won two or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano who won three consecutive poles at Martinsville from 2015-2016.
  • Five drivers have won three or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway in the Monster Energy Series:
    • Glen Wood (fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep)
    • Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980)
    • Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep)
    • Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004)
    • Joey Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring)
  • Youngest series Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (April 26, 1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest series Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (April 26, 1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway.
  • A total of 11 different manufacturers have won at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Chevrolet leads the series in poles at Martinsville with 53; followed by Ford with 35 and Toyota with five.

Wins

  • A total of 52 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway. Nine of the 52 different winners are active this weekend.
  • 25 of the 52 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville Speedway have won multiple times.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 15 victories (1960, 1962, 1963, 1967 sweep, 1968, 1969 sweep, 1970, 1971, 1972 sweep, 1973, 1975, 1979).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with nine victories (2004, 2006, 2007 sweep, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016).
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 25, 1949 – the race was won by Red Byron in Raymond Park’s 1949 Oldsmobile.
  • A total of 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Fred Lorenzen won four series races straight (series-most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to win consecutive races (2012 Playoff race / spring of 2013) at Martinsville.
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
  • In total 39 different car owners have won at Martinsville Speedway; led by Hendrick Motorsports with 24 wins – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (nine), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one).
  • 20 of the 141 Monster Energy Series races (14.2%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Busch pole. Three of those 20 wins came from active drivers:
    • Jimmie Johnson (2012 and Spring of 2013)
    • Denny Hamlin (2010)

Note: Johnson won from the first starting position in 2008 but qualifying was not held due to weather. A total of 21 wins have come from the first starting position.

  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins (21 victories – a winning percentage of 14.8%) than any other starting position.
  • 36 of the 141 (25.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the first starting position and 15 from the second starting position.

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at Martinsville Speedway

Note: In four of the early races at Martinsville Speedway (1950, Spring 1953, Fall 1953 and Spring 1954), the starting positions were not provided on the official race reports; therefore, the below chart is based off the provided starting positions of the winners of the remaining 137 races.

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 21 15.33% 14 6 4.38%
2 15 10.95% 15 4 2.94%
3 15 10.95% 16 1 0.74%
4 14 10.22% 17 4 2.94%
5 7 5.11% 18 1 0.74%
6 8 5.84% 19 2 1.47%
7 8 5.84% 20 3 2.21%
8 2 1.46% 21 2 1.47%
9 6 4.38% 22 1 0.74%
10 6 4.38% 23 2 1.47%
11 2 1.46% 24 1 0.74%
12 3 2.19% 36 1 0.74%
13 2 1.46%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 15.33% 21
Winning from the Front Row: 26.28% 36
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 52.55% 72
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 74.45% 102
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10: 25.55% 35
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 5.11% 7
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
  • Youngest series Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (April 10, 1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest series Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (September 22, 1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
  • Clint Bowyer competed at Martinsville Speedway 24 times before winning in 2018; the longest span of any the nine active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners.
  • Five active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Clint Bowyer (24), Kyle Busch (21) Ryan Newman (20), Kevin Harvick (19), Brad Keselowski (14).
  • Jimmie Johnson can become the third driver in series history to record 10 or more wins at more than one track with a win this weekend; joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson currently has nine series wins at Martinsville.
  • A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 56 victories, followed by Ford (30), Plymouth (12), Dodge (10), Oldsmobile (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (7), Buick (3), Chrysler (3), Hudson (2) and Mercury (2).

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 67 series drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy Series at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with seven runner-up finishes.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four runner-up finishes at Martinsville; followed by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin with three each.
  • A total of 152 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy Series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; followed by Jeff Gordon with 29.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19 top fives at Martinsville, followed by Kyle Busch with 16 top-five finishes.
  • A total of 260 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy Series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 38 top 10s; followed by Richard Petty with 37.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 24; followed by Denny Hamlin with 20.
  • Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.8 average finish.
  • Jimmie Johnson (35 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average finishing positions at Martinsville Speedway with an 8.4; followed by Denny Hamlin with a 9.5 (27 starts).

Track Event Specific Stats

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions 10 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Series at Martinsville Speedway:
  • Eight Monster Energy Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather:
  • Six Monster Energy Series Martinsville Speedway races have ended in NASCAR Overtime.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second over second-place Jeff Gordon.
  • Last season’s Playoff race was the second closest finish in series history at Martinsville Speedway with a margin of victory of 0.107 second.

Lap Leader Stats

    • A total of 152 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have led at least one lap at Martinsville.
    • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 3,851 laps led.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the series in laps led at Martinsville with 2,862 laps led.
  • Jimmie Johnson needs to lead 138 laps or more at Martinsville Speedway to become just the fifth driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at multiple tracks; joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Cale Yarbrough (five tracks with 3,000 or more laps led), Richard Petty (four tracks), Rusty Wallace (three tracks) and Darrell Waltrip (two tracks).
  • The most laps led all-time by a Monster Energy Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was 493 of the scheduled 500 laps (98.6%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen on September 27, 1964 – he started from the pole.
  • The most laps led by an active Monster Energy Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was 446 of the scheduled 500 laps (89.2%) by Brad Keselowski earlier this season (March 24, 2019) – he started from third.
  • The most laps led all-time by a Monster Energy Series driver at Martinsville Speedway that did not win was 432 of the scheduled 500 laps (86.4%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison on September 24, 1972 – he started from the pole but finished runner-up to Richard Petty.
  • The most laps led by an active Monster Energy Series driver at Martinsville Speedway that did not win was 296 of the scheduled 500 laps (59.2%) by Denny Hamlin on March 29, 2009 – he started from the eighth starting position but finished runner-up to Jimmie Johnson.
  • The fewest laps led by a Monster Energy Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was four laps of the scheduled 500 (0.8%) by John Andretti on his way to victory on April 18, 1999.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Below are Patrick’s stats at Martinsville.

NASCAR In Virginia

  • There have been 519 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
  • Martinsville Speedway hosted the very first NASCAR national series race in the state of Virginia on Sept. 25, 1949 –  the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).

Virginia in NASCAR

  • A total of 181 different drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Virginia.
  • 19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.

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