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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Xfinity 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, going into the Xfinity 500 on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race No. 9 Fast Facts: Martinsville Speedway

  • The 2022 season marks the 19th year Martinsville Speedway has hosted a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, and the third-time the track has hosted the penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – the Round of 8 elimination race (Race No. 9 of 10).
  • Since the inception of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2004, Martinsville Speedway has occupied three different positions on the postseason schedule:
    • From 2004 – 2010 (seven seasons): Martinsville Speedway hosted the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
    • From 2011 – 2019 (nine seasons): Martinsville Speedway hosted the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – From 2014-2019 (six seasons) in the elimination-style format the seventh race of the Playoffs is the Round of 8 opener.
    • From 2020-Present (three seasons): Martinsville Speedway has hosted the ninth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – the Round of 8 elimination race.
  • Martinsville Speedway is the third different track to host the ninth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; joining Darlington Raceway (2004) and Phoenix Raceway (2005-2019).
  • A total of 10 different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in postseason wins at Martinsville Speedway with six Playoff victories (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2016).
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in postseason wins at Martinsville with two Playoff victories (2009, 2010).
NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway Playoff Race Winners
Track Playoff Race Winner Date Race No.
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 24, 2004 32
Martinsville Jeff Gordon Sunday, October 23, 2005 32
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 22, 2006 32
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 21, 2007 32
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 19, 2008 32
Martinsville Denny Hamlin Sunday, October 25, 2009 32
Martinsville Denny Hamlin Sunday, October 24, 2010 32
Martinsville Tony Stewart Sunday, October 30, 2011 33
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 28, 2012 33
Martinsville Jeff Gordon Sunday, October 27, 2013 33
Martinsville Dale Earnhardt Jr Sunday, October 26, 2014 33
Martinsville Jeff Gordon Sunday, November 1, 2015 33
Martinsville Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 30, 2016 33
Martinsville Kyle Busch Sunday, October 29, 2017 33
Martinsville Joey Logano Sunday, October 28, 2018 33
Martinsville Martin Truex Jr Sunday, October 27, 2019 33
Martinsville Chase Elliott Sunday, November 1, 2020 35
Martinsville Alex Bowman Sunday, October 31, 2021 35
  • A total of 11 different drivers have won the ninth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Kevin Harvick (2006, 2012, 2013, 2014) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins in the ninth race of the postseason with four victories each.
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race No. 9 – Race Winners
Track Race Winners Date
Darlington Jimmie Johnson Sunday, November 14, 2004
Phoenix Kyle Busch Sunday, November 13, 2005
Phoenix Kevin Harvick Sunday, November 12, 2006
Phoenix Jimmie Johnson Sunday, November 11, 2007
Phoenix Jimmie Johnson Sunday, November 9, 2008
Phoenix Jimmie Johnson Sunday, November 15, 2009
Phoenix Carl Edwards Sunday, November 14, 2010
Phoenix Kasey Kahne Sunday, November 13, 2011
Phoenix Kevin Harvick Sunday, November 11, 2012
Phoenix Kevin Harvick Sunday, November 10, 2013
Phoenix Kevin Harvick Sunday, November 9, 2014
Phoenix Dale Earnhardt Jr Sunday, November 15, 2015
Phoenix Joey Logano Sunday, November 13, 2016
Phoenix Matt Kenseth Sunday, November 12, 2017
Phoenix Kyle Busch Sunday, November 11, 2018
Phoenix Denny Hamlin Sunday, November 10, 2019
Martinsville Chase Elliott Sunday, November 1, 2020
Martinsville Alex Bowman Sunday, October 31, 2021
  • Seven times the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway has gone on to win the title that same season – tied with Homestead-Miami Speedway for the most of tracks on the Playoff schedule – (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2016, 2018, 2020).
  1. In 2006, Jimmie Johnson won from the ninth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first of seven NASCAR Cup Series championships. It was his only win during the 2006 Playoffs.
  2. In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship that same season. The Playoff victory was the first of a record setting four straight postseason wins during the 2007 Playoffs (Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas and Phoenix).
  3. In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won from the first starting position at Martinsville Speedway (Qualifying was cancelled), then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was his second of three victories during the 2008 Playoffs.
  4. In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the seventh race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his third NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was one of a record setting five Playoff victories for Stewart during the 2011 postseason.
  5. In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the seventh race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his record tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was his second of three Playoff victories during the 2016 postseason.
  6. In 2018, Joey Logano won from the 10th starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the seventh race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was his first of two Playoff victories during the 2018 postseason.
  7. In 2020, Chase Elliott won from the eighth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the ninth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was his second of three victories during the 2020 postseason.
  • The worst finish in a Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway by a driver that went on to win the title was 33rd by Kevin Harvick in 2014 – that season Martinsville Speedway was the seventh race in the Playoffs.
  • Five times the winner of the ninth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has gone on to win the title that same season: (2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2020).
  1. In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the sixth starting position at Phoenix Raceway, then the ninth race of the postseason, and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship. The Playoff victory was the fourth of a record setting four straight postseason wins during the 2007 Playoffs (Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas and Phoenix).
  2. In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won from the pole at Phoenix Raceway, then the ninth race of the postseason, and went on to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win was his third of three victories during the 2008 Playoffs.
  3. In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Phoenix Raceway, then the ninth race of the postseason, and went on to win his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship. The victory was his fourth of four wins during the 2009 postseason.
  4. In 2014, Kevin Harvick won from the third starting position at Phoenix Raceway, then the ninth race of the postseason, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. Harvick faced elimination from the Playoffs heading into this race and become the first to clinch his spot in the Championship 4 by winning the Round of 8 elimination race. The win was also his second of three Playoff victories during the 2014 postseason.
  5. In 2020, Chase Elliott won from the eighth starting position at Martinsville Speedway, then the ninth race of the postseason, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. With the win Elliott became the second driver to earn a spot in the Championship 4 Round by winning the Round of 8 elimination race – joining Kevin Harvick (2014). The win was his second of three Playoff victories during the 2020 postseason.
  • The worst finish in the ninth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs by a driver that went on to win the title that same season:
    • At Phoenix, 38th by Jimmie Johnson in 2016.
    • At Darlington, sixth by Kurt Busch in 2004.
    • At Martinsville, 14th by Kyle Larson in 2021.
  • Three times non-Playoff drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway: (2005, 2014, 2021).
  1. In 2005, Jeff Gordon was ranked 15th in the points at the time of his Playoff win at Martinsville.
  2. In 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 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.
  3. In 2021, Alex Bowman was 14th in points at the time of the win at Martinsville Speedway, the ninth race of the postseason. Bowman had made the Playoffs in 2021 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.
  • Five times non-Playoff drivers have won the ninth Playoff race in the NASCAR Cup Series postseason: (2005, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2021).
  1. In 2005, Kyle Busch was ranked 19th in the points at the time of the win at Phoenix.
  2. In 2011, Kasey Kahne was ranked 14th in the points at the time of the win at Phoenix.
  3. In 2015, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh in points at the time of the win at Phoenix. Earnhardt Jr. had made the Playoffs in 2015 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.
  4. In 2017, Matt Kenseth was seventh in points at the time of the win at Phoenix. Kenseth had made the Playoffs in 2017 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.
  5. In 2021, Alex Bowman was 14th in points at the time of the win at Martinsville Speedway, the ninth race of the postseason. Bowman had made the Playoffs in 2021 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.

Martinsville Speedway Track Data:
Season Race #: 35 of 36 (10-30-22)
The Purse: $8,132,735
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

MARTINSVILLE QUALIFYING / RACE DATA

Track Qualifying Record:

Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford, 100.201 mph, 18.898 secs., March 28, 2014

2021 Playoff Race Pole Winner:

The starting lineup was determined by Metric Qualifying. Kyle Larson started from the first position.

Track Race Record:

Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, 82.223 mph, (3:11:55), September 22, 2006

2021 Playoff Race Winner:

Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, 70.968 mph, (03:42:48), October 31, 2021

HISTORY

  • Opened in September 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 Speedway was on July 4, 1948.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race was on September 25, 1949 and 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 Speedway was in 1956.
  • Concrete corners were added atop the asphalt in 1976.
  • The track added LED lighting during the 2016-2017 off season.
  • There have been 147 NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one race in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

STARTS

  • A total of 648 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway; 419 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.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in starts among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with 42; followed by Kyle Busch with 34.
  • In total, 62 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are the only active drivers who have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Of the 62 drivers that made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway, Clyde Minter posted the best finish in his series debut with a fourth-place in 1949.
  • Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
  • Joey Logano (27 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.778.

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 7.778 27
2 Fred Lorenzen 4.294 17 2 Ryan Blaney 8.077 13
3 Frankie Schneider 5.000 3 3 Chase Elliott 8.786 14
4 Tim Flock 5.889 11 4 Denny Hamlin 8.818 33
5 Cale Yarborough 5.935 31 5 Kyle Busch 10.765 34
6 Johnny Patterson 6.000 3 6 Brad Keselowski 11.280 25
7 Bobby Isaac 6.067 15 7 Kyle Larson 12.067 15
8 Dick Hutcherson 6.200 5 8 Martin Truex Jr 13.212 33
9 Joe Millikan 6.200 5 9 Kevin Harvick 13.452 42
10 David Pearson 6.571 28 10 William Byron 13.667 9

POLES

  • In total 61 different drivers have won at least one pole at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, and 28 of the 61 have won multiple poles.
  • Five of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Martinsville Pole Winners Poles Seasons
Joey Logano 5 2019, ’17, ’16, ’15 sweep
Denny Hamlin 4 2019, ’13, ’10, ’07
Kyle Busch 2 2018, ’14
Chase Elliott 1 2022
Martin Truex Jr 1 2016
  • 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 Speedway with five – 2015 sweep, spring 2016, fall 2017, spring 2019.
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • 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 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 NASCAR Cup 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)
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway.
First-Time Pole Winners (12) 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 11 different manufacturers have won at least one NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville.
  • Chevrolet leads the series in poles at Martinsville with 54; followed by Ford with 35 and Toyota with six.

WINS

  • A total of 56 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, and 27 of the 56 different NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville Speedway have won multiple times.
  • Eight of the 56 NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway race winners are active this weekend.
Active Martinsville Winners Wins Seasons
Denny Hamlin 5 2015, ’10 sweep, ’09, ’08
Martin Truex Jr 3 2021, ’20, ’19
Brad Keselowski 2 2019, ’17
Kyle Busch 2 2017, ’16
William Byron 1 2022
Chase Elliott 1 2020
Joey Logano 1 2018
Kevin Harvick 1 2011
  • 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 in wins among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with five victories (2008, 2009, 2010 sweep, 2015).
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was on Sept. 25, 1949 – the race was won by Red Byron in Raymond Park’s 1949 Oldsmobile.
  • A total of 12 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Fred Lorenzen won four straight NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965 – the series-most consecutive wins at Martinsville.
  • Martin Truex Jr. is the most recent driver to win consecutive races at Martinsville (2019 Playoff race / spring of 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
  • A total of 25 different starting positions on the grid in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway have resulted in victories.
  • 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 and percentage stats are based off the provided starting positions of the winners of the remaining 143 races.
  • 21 of the 143 NASCAR Cup Series races (14.6%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position. The most recent driver to win from the pole or first starting position was Jimmie Johnson in 2013.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, producing more wins than any other starting position (21 victories – a winning percentage of 14.6%).
  • 36 of the 143 (25.17%) 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 141 races.

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 21 14.69% 14 6 4.20%
2 15 10.49% 15 4 2.80%
3 17 11.89% 16 1 0.70%
4 14 9.79% 17 4 2.80%
5 9 6.29% 18 1 0.70%
6 8 5.59% 19 2 1.40%
7 9 6.29% 20 3 2.10%
8 3 2.10% 21 2 1.40%
9 6 4.20% 22 1 0.70%
10 5 3.50% 23 2 1.40%
11 2 1.40% 24 1 0.70%
12 3 2.10% 36 1 0.70%
13 3 2.10%  
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 14.69% 21
Winning from the Front Row: 25.17% 36
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 53.15% 76
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 74.83% 107
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 4.90% 7
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway 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).
  • A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 59 victories, followed by Ford (30), Plymouth (12), Dodge (10), Toyota (10), Oldsmobile (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (3), Chrysler (3), Hudson (2) and Mercury (2).
  • In total 39 different car owners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 27 victories – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (nine), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Chase Elliott (one), Alex Bowman (one) and William Byron (one).

Top Five Organizations in Cup Wins at Martinsville Speedway (Active)

Rank Active Organizations Wins
1 Hendrick Motorsports 27
2 Joe Gibbs Racing 13
3 Team Penske 9
4 Richard Childress Racing 7
5 Roush Fenway Racing 4
6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4
7 Wood Brothers Racing 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 with seven runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway, followed by Bobby Allison and Lee Petty with six each.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active series drivers with four runner-up finishes at Martinsville; followed by Denny Hamlin with three.

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 Kyle Busch 4
2 Bobby Allison 6 2 Denny Hamlin 3
Lee Petty 6 3 Brad Keselowski 2
4 Cale Yarborough 5   Chase Elliott 2
Jeff Gordon 5 Joey Logano 2
  Richard Petty 5   Ryan Blaney 2

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 155 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Martinsville Speedway.
  • 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 Cup drivers with 17 top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway.

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 17
2 Jeff Gordon 29 2 Denny Hamlin 16
3 Darrell Waltrip 27 3 Brad Keselowski 12
4 Jimmie Johnson 19 4 Joey Logano 9
5 Dale Earnhardt 18 Martin Truex Jr 9

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 268 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • 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 and Darrell Waltrip with 31.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active Cup drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 22; followed by Kyle Busch with 21 and Kevin Harvick with 20.

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 22
2 Richard Petty 37 2 Kyle Busch 21
3 Darrell Waltrip 31 3 Kevin Harvick 20
4 Bobby Allison 28 4 Brad Keselowski 17
5 Terry Labonte 27 5 Joey Logano 15
  Martin Truex Jr 15

Average Finish:

  • Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.8 average finish.
  • Ryan Blaney (14 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers in average finishing positions at Martinsville Speedway with an 10.231; followed by Denny Hamlin with a 10.697 (34 starts).

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

Rank All-Time Driver Avg Finish Races Rank Active Driver Avg Finish Races
1 Dick Hutcherson 3.800 5 1 Ryan Blaney 10.231 14
2 Frank Mundy 4.000 3 2 Denny Hamlin 10.697 34
3 Bill Amick 4.500 2 3 Austin Cindric 11.000 2
4 Bill Snowden 5.000 2 4 Brad Keselowski 11.080 26
5 Bud Moore 5.000 2 5 Joey Logano 11.667 28
6 Lee Petty 5.542 24 6 Kyle Busch 11.676 35
7 Swede Savage 6.500 2 7 Chase Elliott 13.429 15
8 Jeff Gordon 6.745 47 8 Kevin Harvick 14.690 43
9 Dick Rathmann 7.000 5 9 William Byron 15.111 10
10 Glenn Dunaway 8.667 3 10 Martin Truex Jr 16.273 34

TRACK EVENT STATS

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions 10 times in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway:
No. Date of Race Drivers That Started First 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 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 Pandemic
12 Sunday, November 1, 2020 Brad Keselowski Pandemic
13 Saturday, April 10, 2021 Joey Logano Pandemic
14 Sunday, October 31, 2021 Kyle Larson Pandemic
  • Eight NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather:
Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps Fewer Laps Race Winner Runner-up
4/23/1995 500 356 144 Rusty Wallace Ted Musgrave
4/24/1977 500 384 116 Cale Yarborough Benny Parsons
9/26/1976 500 340 160 Cale Yarborough Darrell Waltrip
9/30/1973 500 480 20 Richard Petty Cale Yarborough
5/31/1970 500 377 123 Bobby Isaac Bobby Allison
4/9/1961 500 149 351 Fred Lorenzen Rex White
10/12/1958 500 350 150 Fireball Roberts Speedy Thompson
10/17/1954 200 165 35 Lee Petty Hershel McGriff
  • Six NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville Speedway races have ended in NASCAR Overtime:
Date Scheduled Actual Overtime Race Winner Runner-up
Saturday, April 9, 2022 400 403 3 William Byron Joey Logano
Sunday, October 31, 2021 500 501 1 Alex Bowman Kyle Busch
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 157 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 3,851 laps led in 31 starts (28.8% of his laps completed at the track).
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 1,884 laps led in 31 starts (12.5% of his laps completed at the track).

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time)

Rank All-Time Drivers Race 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 Denny Hamlin 33 1,987 15,924 12%
9 Bobby Allison 44 1,986 18,271 11%
10 Dale Earnhardt 44 1,947 18,907 10%

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Martinsville Speedway (Active)

Rank Active Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Denny Hamlin 33 1,987 15,924 12%
2 Kyle Busch 34 1,429 16,592 9%
3 Joey Logano 27 1,098 13,380 8%
4 Martin Truex Jr 33 1,016 15,894 6%
5 Chase Elliott 14 903 6,778 13%
6 Brad Keselowski 25 891 12,246 7%
7 Kevin Harvick 42 628 20,599 3%
8 Ryan Blaney 13 377 6,405 6%
9 William Byron 9 221 4,203 5%
10 Kyle Larson 15 112 6,740 2%
  • The most laps led all-time by a NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was 464 of the scheduled 500 laps (92.8%) by Martin Truex Jr. in the 2019 Playoff race (Oct. 27, 2019) – he started from third.
  • The most laps led all-time by a NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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 COMPETITORS

  • 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 545 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).

NASCAR Tracks in Virginia

Tracks in Virginia City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined Years
Martinsville Speedway Martinsville 147 38 45 230 1949
Richmond Raceway Richmond 132 76 14 222 1953
Langley Field Speedway Hampton 9 14 0 23 1964
New River Valley Speedway Dublin 0 4 0 4 1989
Norfolk Speedway Norfolk 2 0 0 2 1956
Old Dominion Speedway Manassas 7 0 0 7 1958
Princess Anne Speedway Norfolk 1 0 0 1 1953
South Boston Speedway South Boston 10 35 3 48 1960
Southside Speedway Richmond 4 0 0 4 1961
Starkey Speedway Roanoke 4 0 0 4 1958
Totals 316 167 62 545

VIRGINIA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 185 different drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Virginia.
  • 20 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series totaling 268 victories.

Virginia Drivers With NASCAR Wins

Drivers From Virginia Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Denny Hamlin 48 17 2 67
Joe Weatherly 25 0 0 25
Ricky Rudd 23 1 0 24
Jeff Burton 21 27 0 48
Curtis Turner 17 0 0 17
Ward Burton 5 4 0 9
Glen Wood 4 0 0 4
Elliott Sadler 3 13 1 17
Emanuel Zervakis 2 0 0 2
Lennie Pond 1 0 0 1
Wendell Scott 1 0 0 1
Tommy Ellis 0 22 0 22
Jimmy Hensley 0 9 2 11
Rick Mast 0 9 0 9
Hermie Sadler 0 2 0 2
Elton Sawyer 0 2 0 2
Brandon Brown 0 1 0 1
Jeb Burton 0 1 1 2
Stacy Compton 0 0 2 2
Jon Wood 0 0 2 2
Totals 150 108 10 268

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