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|
|3||Martin Truex Jr||30||1||2||7||13||2||17.0||84.4|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||16||0||0||0||2||1||26.2||51.5|
* – 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
- 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.
- 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|
- 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
|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|
- 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|
|Martin Truex Jr||2|
- 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 %|
|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)
|Junior Johnson & Assoc.||12|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||11|
- 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:
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- 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|
- 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|
- 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|
- 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:
|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|
- 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|
- 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|
|4||Martin Truex Jr||30||987||14,492||7%|
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|
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|
|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|
|Princess Anne Speedway||Norfolk||1||0||0||1||1953|
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.
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