DAYTONA BEACH (March 26, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. going into the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on April 1.
 
MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)
  • One top five, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.1
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.8, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.915 mph, 10th-fastest
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
  • One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.6
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.5, eighth-best
  • 269 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.977 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 4,242 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), eighth-most
  • 364 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
  • Six top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.4
  • Average Running Position of 13.3, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.8, sixth-best
  • 279 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 695 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.123 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 4,832 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), sixth-most
  • 438 Quality Passes, third-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet)
  • Nine top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.0
  • Average Running Position of 11.6, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.0, fifth-best
  • 408 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Series-high 796 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.162 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 5,196 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
  • 431 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
  • Seven wins, 25 top fives, 31 top 10s; seven poles
  • Average finish of 6.9
  • Average Running Position of 6.7, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 119.9, second-best
  • Series-high 740 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.487 mph, second-fastest
  • 6,261 Laps in the Top 15 (89.2%), second-most
  • 465 Quality Passes, second-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
  • Four wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 6.5
  • Average Running Position of 8.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 113.6, third-best
  • 468 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 653 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.343 mph, third-fastest
  • 5,329 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%), third-most
  • 430 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
  • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.4, seventh-best
  • 182 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.986 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 4,584 Laps in the Top 15 (65.3%), seventh-most
  • 349 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 MyLowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Six wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5.5
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.3
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 122.2
  • 684 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 625 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 91.506 mph
  • Series-high 6,419 Laps in the Top 15 (91.5%)
  •  Series-high 503 Quality Passes
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Belkin Chevrolet)
  • One top five, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.8
  • Driver Rating of 84.5, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.832 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 3,871 Laps in the Top 15 (55.2%), 12th-most
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.3, 13th-best
  • 133 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 692 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.846 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 322 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet)
  • Six top fives, 10 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 14.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, ninth-best
  • 119 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 716 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 90.856 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 4,075 Laps in the Top 15 (58.1%), ninth-most
  • 369 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
  • Three wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 13.4
  • Average Running Position of 10.3, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.2, fourth-best
  • 369 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 91.163 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 5,165 Laps in the Top 15 (73.6%), fifth-most
  • 326 Quality Passes, 11th-most
   

 

Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 5 of 36

 

 
        Rank Season
        Last Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Greg Biffle 195 0 1 1 109.6
2. Kevin Harvick 188 0 0 2 101.9
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 178 0 0 6 98.5
4. Tony Stewart 177 2 0 7 107.2
5. Martin Truex Jr. 175 0 0 4 97.7
6. Matt Kenseth 173 1 0 3 101.0
7. Denny Hamlin 171 1 1 5 100.6
8. Clint Bowyer 157 0 0 8 85.3
9. Jimmie Johnson 156 0 0 11 94.3
10. Ryan Newman 155 0 0 13 84.2
11. Paul Menard 148 0 0 10 77.1
12. Carl Edwards 146 0 1 15 78.6

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Joey Logano 146 32. David Reutimann 79
14. Kyle Busch 143 33. Travis Kvapil 62
15. Jeff Burton 142 34. Landon Cassill 62
16. Brad Keselowski 139 35. Brendan Gaughan 50
17. Mark Martin 129 36. David Stremme 49
18. Juan Pablo Montoya 123 37. J.J. Yeley 42
19. Regan Smith 118 38. Brian Vickers 40
20. Bobby Labonte 108 39. Michael McDowell 40
21. Aric Almirola 107 40. Ken Schrader 35
22. Jamie McMurray 106 41. Terry Labonte 27
23. Kurt Busch 105 42. Tony Raines 25
24. Marcos Ambrose 105 43. Josh Wise 18
25. Jeff Gordon 104 44. Scott Riggs 8
26. AJ Allmendinger 101 45. Robby Gordon 6
27. Kasey Kahne 87 46. Timmy Hill 2
28. Dave Blaney 87
29. Casey Mears 81
30. David Gilliland 80
31. David Ragan 79
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.
 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Martinsville Speedway

  Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating    
1 Greg Biffle 18 0 0 0 2 0 22.4 66.8
2 Kevin Harvick 21 0 1 3 10 0 15.9 94.4
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 24 0 0 9 13 2 13.0 99.0
4 Tony Stewart 26 3 3 9 14 1 13.4 102.2
5 Martin Truex Jr. 12 0 0 1 3 1 22.8 66.0
6 Matt Kenseth 24 0 0 2 7 2 16.5 77.7
7 Denny Hamlin 13 2 4 9 11 1 6.5 113.6
8 Clint Bowyer 12 0 0 1 6 1 15.1 85.8
9 Jimmie Johnson 20 1 6 14 18 1 5.5 122.2
10 Ryan Newman 20 3 0 6 10 2 14.4 89.2
11 Paul Menard 9 0 0 0 0 1 22.7 57.1
12 Carl Edwards 15 0 0 1 5 0 16.3 80.9
* – Based on last 14 Martinsville Speedway races.
 
At Martinsville Speedway:
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.
Notebook
  • There have been 126 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.
  • 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 (5.4), Denny Hamlin (6.4) and Jeff Gordon (6.8).
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martinsville Speedway winner: Richard Petty (4/10/1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martinsville Speedway winner: Harry Gant (9/22/1996 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days)
 
Martinsville Speedway Data
Race #: 6 of 36 (4-1-12)
Track Size: .526 mile
Race Length: 500 laps/263 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 12 degrees
  • Banking/Straights: 0 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 800 feet
  • Backstretch: 800 feet
 
Top 12 Driver Rating at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson 122.2
Jeff Gordon 119.9
Denny Hamlin 113.6
Tony Stewart 102.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 99.0
Kyle Busch 95.8
Kevin Harvick 94.4
Jeff Burton 89.5
Ryan Newman 89.2
Mark Martin 87.0
Clint Bowyer 85.8
Jamie McMurray 84.5
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Martinsville.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner: Jamie McMurray, 96.509 mph 19.621 seconds
2011 race winner: Kevin Harvick (74.195 mph, 4-3-11)
Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart (98.083 mph, 19.306 seconds, 10-21-05)
Track race record: Jeff Gordon (82.223 mph, 9-22-96)
 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver
Year
Pre-Race Driver Rating
Pre-Race
Driver Rating Rank
Kevin Harvick
2011 Spring
92.6
6th
Denny Hamlin
2010 Spring
109.1
4th
Jimmie Johnson
2009 Spring
124.7
1st
Denny Hamlin
2008 Spring
96.5
5th
Jimmie Johnson
2007 Spring
116
3rd
Tony Stewart
2006 Spring
130.7
1st
* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Martinsville Speedway (past 6 spring races).
 
NASCAR in Virginia
·         There have been 274 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.

 

Track Name City NSCS Races
Martinsville Speedway Martinsville 126
Richmond International Raceway Richmond 111
Langley Field Speedway Hampton 9
Norfolk Speedway Norfolk 2
Old Dominion Speedway Manassas 7
Princess Anne Speedway Norfolk 1
South Boston Speedway South Boston 10
Southside Speedway Richmond 4
Starkey Speedway Roanoke 4
TOTAL   274

 

·         162 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.
·         There have been 18 race winners from Virginia in NASCAR’s three national series:
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Joe Weatherly
25
0
0
Ricky Rudd
23
1
0
Jeff Burton
21
27
0
Denny Hamlin
18
11
1
Curtis Turner
17
0
0
Ward Burton
5
4
0
Glen Wood
4
0
0
Elliott Sadler
3
7
1
Emanuel Zervakis
2
0
0
Lennie Pond
1
0
0
Wendell Scott
1
0
0
Tommy Ellis
0
22
0
Jimmy Hensley
0
9
2
Rick Mast
0
9
0
Hermie Sadler
0
2
0
Elton Sawyer
0
2
0
Stacy Compton
0
0
2
Jon Wood
0
0
2

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