Martinsville Quick Facts

April 1, 2011
by Alan

Special weekend
Mark Martin will celebrate his 800th NASCAR Sprint Cup start here on Sunday.
Mark Martin Quick Highlights
He has won 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and posted 96 victories across three national series, tops among active drivers.
He has finished among the top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings nine times, most recently in 2009 when he finished second.
Martin is only the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor to reach the 800-start plateau and likely will pass Darrell Waltrip (seventh with 809) and Kyle Petty (fifth with 829) later this year. His combined 1,055 national-series starts are second only to the 1,185 appearances of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Track Data
Track Size: .526 mile
Race Length: 500 laps/263 miles
Banking Corners: 12 degrees
Banking Straights: 0 degrees
Front Stretch: 800 feet
Back Stretch: 800 feet

History
1947 opened in September, was originally a dirt track and is one of the oldest continuously operated race tracks in the US
1948 first NASCAR sanctioned race was held on July 4th
1949 first Sprint Cup race was held on September 25th (Curtis Turner pole, Red Bryon winner)
1955 the track was paved
1956 first 500 lap race
1976 concrete corners were added atop asphalt

Interesting Facts
There have been 124 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950
55 drivers have won poles, led by Darrell Waltrip (8). Jeff Gordon (7) with seven poles, can tie that mark this weekend.
Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three
Number of wins: Richard Petty (15), Jeff Gordon (7), Jimmie Johnson (6), Denny Hamlin (4)
19 Races have been won from the Pole
Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 18 wins, can tie that mark this weekend
Kurt Busch won the 2002 fall race from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started
Three active drivers average a top 10: Jimmie Johnson (5.3), Denny Hamlin (6.0) and Jeff Gordon (7.0)

Track Records
Fastest Qualifying: Tony Stewart (98.083 mph, 19.306 seconds.,10-21-05)
Race Record: Jeff Gordon (82.223 mph, 09-22-96)

Driver’s Thoughts on Martinsville (embedded audio files)
Mark Martin
Kurt Busch
Kasey Kahne
Juan Pablo Montoya
Ryan Newman

Website
http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/

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