NASCAR – Martinsville Quick Facts

October 26, 2011
by Alan

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

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 NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Sept. 25, 1949.
The track was paved in 1955.
The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.

Interesting Facts
There have been 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
Curtis Turner won the pole for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville in 1949.
Red Byron won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
56 drivers have won poles, led by Darrell Waltrip with eight. Jeff Gordon, with seven poles, can tie that mark this weekend.
Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Darrell Waltrip share the consecutive pole record, each with three.
46 different drivers have won, led by Richard Petty’s 15.
Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven wins. Jimmie Johnson has six and Denny Hamlin has four.
19 races have been won from the pole, the last by Denny Hamlin in October 2010.
Petty Enterprises has won 19 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 18 wins, can tie that mark this weekend. If HMS does win this weekend, it will also be the team’s 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
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 finish: Jimmie Johnson (5.6), Denny Hamlin (6.6) and Jeff Gordon (7.0).
There were 31 lead changes in the April Martinsville race this season, a track record.

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart (98.083 mph, 19.306 seconds, 10-21-05)
Race record: Jeff Gordon (82.223 mph, 09-22-96)

Driver Rating at Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson 121.9
Jeff Gordon 119.7
Denny Hamlin 113.0
Tony Stewart 102.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 98.9
Kyle Busch 94.3
Kevin Harvick 93.1
Jeff Burton 89.3
Mark Martin 89.3
Ryan Newman 88.8

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Martinsville Speedway.

Top Performers Statistically:

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 at Martinsville Speedway

  Driver Races Poles Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating*

 

1

Carl Edwards

14

0

0

1

4

0

16.9

81.1

2

Matt Kenseth

23

0

0

2

7

2

15.8

76.8

3

Brad Keselowski

3

0

0

0

1

0

13.7

72.4

4

Tony Stewart

25

3

2

8

13

1

13.9

102.4

5

Kevin Harvick

20

0

1

2

9

0

16.5

93.1

6

Kyle Busch

13

0

0

6

7

1

15.6

94.3

7

Jimmie Johnson

19

1

6

13

17

1

5.6

121.9

8

Kurt Busch

22

1

1

2

4

1

21.1

79.4

9

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

23

0

0

9

12

2

13.3

98.9

10

Jeff Gordon

37

7

7

24

30

0

7.0

119.7

11

Denny Hamlin

12

2

4

8

10

1

6.6

113.0

12

Ryan Newman

19

3

0

6

9

2

14.6

88.8

* – Based on last 13 Martinsville Speedway races.

Website
http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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