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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway Data
Season Race #: 7 of 36 (04-10-21)
Track Size: 0.526-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 12 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 12 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 0 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 0 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 800 feet
Backstretch Length: 800 feet
Race Length: 500 laps / 263 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 130 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 240 laps

Top 12 Driver Ratings at Martinsville
Denny Hamlin……………………… 105.0
Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.7
Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.8
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 98.5
Joey Logano………………………… 97.3
Chase Elliott…………………………. 95.3
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 93.8
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 84.4
Ryan Newman………………………. 83.8
Kurt Busch…………………………… 82.0
William Byron……………………….. 74.9
Kyle Larson………………………….. 73.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2020 races (32 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Martinsville Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Denny Hamlin 30 4 5 15 21 2 9.9 105.0
2 Joey Logano 24 5 1 8 12 0 12.4 97.3
3 Martin Truex Jr 30 1 2 7 13 2 17.0 84.4
4 Kyle Larson 12 0 0 1 2 4 22.4 73.6
5 Brad Keselowski 22 0 2 11 16 0 10.2 99.8
6 William Byron 6 0 0 1 2 2 21.0 74.9
7 Ryan Blaney 10 0 0 5 6 0 10.7 98.5
8 Kevin Harvick 39 0 1 5 19 1 14.9 93.8
9 Chase Elliott 11 0 1 4 6 0 14.5 95.3
10 Christopher Bell 2 0 0 0 0 0 21.5 61.0
11 Austin Dillon 14 0 0 2 2 2 19.9 68.7
12 Michael McDowell 20 0 0 0 0 7 29.8 44.3
13 Kyle Busch 31 2 2 16 18 1 12.2 102.7
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 16 0 0 0 2 1 26.2 51.5
15 Kurt Busch 41 1 2 4 9 3 19.7 82.0
16 Alex Bowman 10 0 0 0 3 0 20.4 66.5

* – Based on last 32 races at Martinsville Speedway (2005 – 2020).

Martinsville: Qualifying/Race Data

2020 pole winner:

None – Lineups were decided by Random Draw – Ryan Blaney started first.

Track qualifying record:

Joey Logano, Ford

100.201 mph, 18.898 secs. 03-28-14

2020 race winner:

Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

77.378 mph, (03:23:56), 06-10-20

Track race record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

82.223 mph, (3:11:55), 09-22-96

Martinsville Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Opened in September of 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, 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 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was on Sept. 25, 1949 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Red Byron driving an Oldsmobile for car owner Raymond Parks.
  • The track was paved during the summer months of 1955. The first race at the track that season was on dirt (May 15) and the second race of the year was the first on the paved track (Oct. 16). Prior to paving the track, the Cup Series ran 12 races total on the dirt at Martinsville (1949-1955).
  • The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
  • Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.
  • In total, there have been 144 NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

STARTS

  • A total of 641 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway; 411 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the 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 41 starts; followed by Kevin Harvick (39) and Ryan Newman (38).
  • In total, 62 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Chase Elliott (March 29, 2015) and Michael McDowell (March 30, 2008) are the active drivers who have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville.
  • The most recent driver to make their series debut at Martinsville was Kyle Weatherman on October 29, 2017.
  • Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
  • Joey Logano (24 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.917.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Start Races
1 Fonty Flock 3.125 9 1 Joey Logano 7.917 24
2 Fred Lorenzen 4.294 17 2 Ryan Blaney 8.100 10
3 Frankie Schneider 5.000 3 3 Denny Hamlin 8.700 30
4 Tim Flock 5.889 11 4 Chase Elliott 10.455 11
5 Cale Yarborough 5.935 31 5 Kyle Busch 10.839 31
6 Johnny Patterson 6.000 3 6 Ryan Newman 11.289 38
7 Bobby Isaac 6.067 15 7 Brad Keselowski 11.682 22
8 Dick Hutcherson 6.200 5 8 Kyle Larson 12.750 12
9 Joe Millikan 6.200 5 9 Martin Truex Jr 13.500 30
10 David Pearson 6.571 28 10 Kevin Harvick 13.872 39

POLES

  • In total 61 different drivers have won poles in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.
  • 28 of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway pole winners have won multiple poles.
  • Six NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Pole Winners (6) Poles
Joey Logano 5
Denny Hamlin 4
Ryan Newman 3
Kyle Busch 2
Kurt Busch 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Martinsville Speedway with eight poles (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 and spring 2019).
  • 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 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) and 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 NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway; none are active this weekend.
First Time Pole Winners Date
Curtis Turner Sunday, September 25, 1949
Buck Baker Sunday, May 21, 1950
Fonty Flock Sunday, October 15, 1950
Perk Brown Sunday, October 19, 1952
Glen Wood Sunday, October 12, 1958
Bobby Johns Sunday, May 3, 1959
Lennie Pond Sunday, April 23, 1978
Ricky Rudd Sunday, April 26, 1981
Ricky Craven Sunday, April 21, 1996
Kenny Wallace Sunday, April 20, 1997
Tony Stewart Sunday, April 18, 1999
Scott Riggs Sunday, April 10, 2005

WINS

  • A total of 54 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway.
  • 27 of the 54 different NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville Speedway have won multiple times.
  • Nine of the 54 different NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway winners are active this weekend.
Active Race Winners (9) Wins
Denny Hamlin 5
Brad Keselowski 2
Kurt Busch 2
Kyle Busch 2
Martin Truex Jr 2
Chase Elliott 1
Joey Logano 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Ryan Newman 1
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was on Sept. 25, 1949 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Red Byron driving an Oldsmobile for car owner Raymond Parks.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the 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).
  • Denny Hamlin leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers in wins at Martinsville Speedway with five victories (2008, 2009, 2010 sweep, 2015).
  • A total of 13 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Fred Lorenzen won four Cup Series Martinsville races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965.
  • Martin Truex Jr. was the most recent driver to win consecutive Cup races at Martinsville (Oct. 2019; June 2020).
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
First-Time Race Winners Date
Herb Thomas Sunday, October 15, 1950
Dick Rathmann Sunday, April 6, 1952
Jim Paschal Sunday, October 18, 1953
Jack Smith Sunday, October 28, 1956
Bob Welborn Sunday, October 6, 1957
Fred Lorenzen Sunday, April 9, 1961
Earl Ross Sunday, September 29, 1974
Dave Marcis Sunday, September 28, 1975
Morgan Shepherd Sunday, April 26, 1981
Harry Gant Sunday, April 25, 1982
Geoff Bodine Sunday, April 29, 1984
Ricky Craven Monday, October 15, 2001
  • 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).
  • A total of 21 of the 144 NASCAR Cup Series races (14.6%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position. Note: Jimmie Johnson won the 2008 Martinsville Cup race from the first starting position due to qualifying being cancelled due to weather.
  • Four of the 21 Cup Series wins at Martinsville from the first starting position came from active drivers:
    • Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012 and Spring of 2013)
    • Denny Hamlin (2010)
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins than any other starting position (21 victories – a winning percentage of 14.6%).
  • 36 of the 144 (25.8%) 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.

NASCAR Cup Series 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 140 races.

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 21 15.00% 14 6 4.29%
2 15 10.71% 15 4 2.86%
3 17 12.14% 16 1 0.71%
4 14 10.00% 17 4 2.86%
5 8 5.71% 18 1 0.71%
6 8 5.71% 19 2 1.43%
7 8 5.71% 20 3 2.14%
8 3 2.14% 21 2 1.43%
9 6 4.29% 22 1 0.71%
10 5 3.57% 23 2 1.43%
11 2 1.43% 24 1 0.71%
12 3 2.14% 36 1 0.71%
13 2 1.43%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the first starting position: 15.00% 21
Winning from the front row: 25.71% 36
Winning from a top-five starting position: 53.57% 75
Winning from a top-10 starting position: 75.00% 105
Winning after starting outside the top 20: 5.00% 7
  • The deepest in the field that a NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
  • Martin Truex Jr. competed at Martinsville Speedway 28 times before winning in 2019; the longest span of any the nine active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
  • Five active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (28), Kyle Busch (21) Ryan Newman (20), Kevin Harvick (19), Brad Keselowski (14).
  • Aric Almirola leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts without a win at Martinsville with 24 starts.
  • In total 39 different car owners have won at Martinsville Speedway.

Top Five in Owner Wins at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time)

Organizations Wins
Hendrick Motorsports 25
Petty Enterprises 19
Junior Johnson & Assoc. 12
Joe Gibbs Racing 11
Team Penske 9
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 25 wins – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (nine), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Chase Elliott (one).
  • A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway:
Rank Manufacturer Cup Wins
1 Chevrolet 57
2 Ford 30
3 Plymouth 12
4 Dodge 10
5 Toyota 9
6 Pontiac 8
7 Oldsmobile 8
8 Buick 3
9 Chrysler 3
10 Hudson 2
11 Mercury 2

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 69 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in second-place finishes with seven runner-up finishes (1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000).
  • Denny Hamlin (2006, 2009, 2018) and Kyle Busch (2012, 2017, 2018) lead all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville with three runner-up finishes each

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Dale Earnhardt 7 1 Denny Hamlin 3
2 Bobby Allison 6 2 Kyle Busch 3
3 Lee Petty 6 3 Brad Keselowski 2
4 Cale Yarborough 5 4 Ryan Blaney 2
5 Jeff Gordon 5 5 Chase Elliott 1
Richard Petty 5 Joey Logano 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Ryan Newman 1
William Byron 1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 153 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Martinsville.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; followed by Jeff Gordon with 29.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with 16 top fives at Martinsville, followed by Denny Hamlin with 15 top-five finishes.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Richard Petty 30 1 Kyle Busch 16
2 Jeff Gordon 29 2 Denny Hamlin 15
3 Darrell Waltrip 27 3 Brad Keselowski 11
4 Jimmie Johnson 19 4 Joey Logano 8
5 Dale Earnhardt 18 5 Ryan Newman 8

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 262 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Martinsville.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 38 top 10s; followed by Richard Petty with 37.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 21; followed by Kevin Harvick with 19.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Jeff Gordon 38 1 Denny Hamlin 21
2 Richard Petty 37 2 Kevin Harvick 19
3 Darrell Waltrip 31 3 Kyle Busch 18
4 Bobby Allison 28 4 Ryan Newman 17
5 Terry Labonte 27 5 Brad Keselowski 16

Average Finish

  • Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.8 average finish.
  • Denny Hamlin (30 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 9.933; followed by Brad Keselowski with a 10.182 average finish (22 starts).

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Finish Races
1 Dick Hutcherson 3.800 5 1 Denny Hamlin 9.933 30
2 Frank Mundy 4.000 3 2 Brad Keselowski 10.182 22
3 Bill Amick 4.500 2 3 Ryan Blaney 10.700 10
4 Bill Snowden 5.000 2 4 Kyle Busch 12.194 31
5 Bud Moore 5.000 2 5 Joey Logano 12.375 24
6 Lee Petty 6.474 19 6 Chase Elliott 14.545 11
7 Swede Savage 6.500 2 7 Ryan Newman 14.816 38
8 Jeff Gordon 6.745 47 8 Kevin Harvick 14.923 39
9 Clyde Minter 8.000 4 9 Martin Truex Jr 17.000 30
10 Herb Thomas 8.000 7 10 Kurt Busch 19.732 41

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Qualifying has been cancelled 12 times in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway:
No. Date of Race Drivers That Started First Due To Qualifying Cancelled Reason
1 Sunday, May 17, 1953 Joe Eubanks Weather
2 Sunday, May 16, 1954 Ralph Liguori Weather
3 Sunday, October 16, 1955 Gwyn Staley Weather
4 Sunday, September 24, 1995 Jeff Gordon Weather
5 Sunday, October 19, 2008 Jimmie Johnson – Only one to win Weather
6 Sunday, March 29, 2009 Jeff Gordon Weather
7 Monday, March 29, 2010 Kevin Harvick Weather
8 Sunday, October 30, 2011 Carl Edwards Weather
9 Sunday, April 2, 2017 Kyle Larson Weather
10 Monday, March 26, 2018 Martin Truex Jr Weather
11 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Ryan Blaney – Random Draw Pandemic
12 Sunday, November 1, 2020 Brad Keselowski – Metric Qualifying Pandemic
  • Eight NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather:
Date Scheduled Actual Fewer Laps Race Winner Runner-up
Sunday, April 23, 1995 500 356 144 Rusty Wallace Ted Musgrave
Sunday, April 24, 1977 500 384 116 Cale Yarborough Benny Parsons
Sunday, September 26, 1976 500 340 160 Cale Yarborough Darrell Waltrip
Sunday, September 30, 1973 500 480 20 Richard Petty Cale Yarborough
Sunday, May 31, 1970 500 377 123 Bobby Isaac Bobby Allison
Sunday, April 9, 1961 500 149 351 Fred Lorenzen Rex White
Sunday, October 12, 1958 500 350 150 Fireball Roberts Speedy Thompson
Sunday, October 17, 1954 200 165 35 Lee Petty Hershel McGriff
  • There have been six series races that have ended in NASCAR Overtime at Martinsville Speedway:
Date Scheduled Actual Overtime Race Winner Runner-up
Sunday, October 29, 2017 500 505 5 Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 500 515 15 Ryan Newman AJ Allmendinger
Monday, March 29, 2010 500 508 8 Denny Hamlin Joey Logano
Sunday, October 25, 2009 500 501 1 Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson
Sunday, October 19, 2008 500 504 4 Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr
Sunday, October 21, 2007 500 506 6 Jimmie Johnson Ryan Newman
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a Margin of Victory of 0.065 second over second-place Jeff Gordon.

Top Five Closest NASCAR Cup Series Margins of Victory at Martinsville Speedway

Margin of Victory Date Race Winner Runner-Up
0.065 Sunday, April 1, 2007 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon
0.107 Sunday, October 28, 2018 Joey Logano Denny Hamlin
0.141 Sunday, October 29, 2017 Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr
0.141 Monday, October 15, 2001 Ricky Craven Dale Jarrett
0.170 Sunday, October 30, 2011 Tony Stewart Jimmie Johnson

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 152 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup 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 (29%) in 31 starts.
Rank All-Time Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Cale Yarborough 31 3,851 13,392 29%
2 Jeff Gordon 47 3,779 23,269 16%
3 Rusty Wallace 44 3,632 19,829 18%
4 Darrell Waltrip 52 3,617 23,727 15%
5 Richard Petty 67 2,964 27,891 11%
6 Jimmie Johnson 38 2,932 18,765 16%
7 Fred Lorenzen 17 2,731 6,638 41%
8 Bobby Allison 44 1,986 18,271 11%
9 Dale Earnhardt 44 1,947 18,907 10%
10 Denny Hamlin 30 1,608 14,523 11%
  • The most laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was 493 laps led of the scheduled 500 (98.6%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen on Sept. 27, 1964; he started from the pole.
  • The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series driver that did not win the race at Martinsville Speedway was 432 laps led of the scheduled 500 (86.4%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison on Sept. 24, 1972; he started from the pole but finished second.
  • The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was four laps of the scheduled 500 by John Andretti on April 18, 1999; he started the race 21st.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the series in laps led at Martinsville with 1,608 (11%) in 30 starts.
Rank Active Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Denny Hamlin 30 1,608 14,523 11%
2 Kyle Busch 31 1,429 15,188 9%
3 Joey Logano 24 1,083 11,976 9%
4 Martin Truex Jr 30 987 14,492 7%
5 Brad Keselowski 22 891 10,957 8%
6 Kevin Harvick 39 628 19,195 3%
7 Kurt Busch 41 487 19,883 2%
8 Chase Elliott 11 429 5,374 8%
9 Ryan Blaney 10 215 5,001 4%
10 Ryan Newman 38 196 18,592 1%

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Below are Patrick’s stats at Martinsville.
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Driver Rating
Danica Patrick 23 17 10/29/2017 61.7
Danica Patrick 29 23 4/2/2017 54.2
Danica Patrick 24 24 10/30/2016 53.2
Danica Patrick 28 16 4/3/2016 69.2
Danica Patrick 16 40 11/1/2015 49.8
Danica Patrick 16 7 3/29/2015 86.9
Danica Patrick 30 34 10/26/2014 61.3
Danica Patrick 10 32 3/30/2014 52.4
Danica Patrick 41 17 10/27/2013 64.7
Danica Patrick 32 12 4/7/2013 72.6
Averages 24.9 22.2 62.6

NASCAR IN VIRGINIA

  • There have been 529 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 NASCAR Cup Series event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Total First Year
Martinsville Speedway Martinsville 144 35 43 222 1949
Richmond Raceway Richmond 128 74 12 214 1953
South Boston Speedway South Boston 10 35 3 48 1960
Langley Field Speedway Hampton 9 14 0 23 1964
Old Dominion Speedway Manassas 7 0 0 7 1958
New River Valley Speedway Dublin 0 4 0 4 1989
Southside Speedway Richmond 4 0 0 4 1961
Starkey Speedway Roanoke 4 0 0 4 1958
Norfolk Speedway Norfolk 2 0 0 2 1956
Princess Anne Speedway Norfolk 1 0 0 1 1953
Totals 309 162 58 529

VIRGINIA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 184 different drivers with their home state recorded as Virginia have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race.
  • 19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. 11 of the 19 Virginia native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • In total the drivers from Virginia have won 262 NASCAR national series races combined.
Rank Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
1 Denny Hamlin 44 17 2 63
2 Joe Weatherly 25 0 0 25
3 Ricky Rudd 23 1 0 24
4 Jeff Burton 21 27 0 48
5 Curtis Turner 17 0 0 17
6 Ward Burton 5 4 0 9
7 Glen Wood 4 0 0 4
8 Elliott Sadler 3 13 1 17
9 Emanuel Zervakis 2 0 0 2
10 Lennie Pond 1 0 0 1
11 Wendell Scott 1 0 0 1
12 Tommy Ellis 0 22 0 22
13 Jimmy Hensley 0 9 2 11
14 Rick Mast 0 9 0 9
15 Hermie Sadler 0 2 0 2
16 Elton Sawyer 0 2 0 2
17 Stacy Compton 0 0 2 2
18 Jon Wood 0 0 2 2
19 Jeb Burton 0 0 1 1
Totals 146 106 10 262

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