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STP Gas Booster 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Martinsville Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 128.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 25, 1949, won by Red Byron.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: October 28, 2012, won by Jimmie Johnson.
  • Won from pole: 20, most recently by Jimmie Johnson in 2012.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 68 times in 124 races (55%). Starting position of the race winner is unknown for 4 races.
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 93 times (75%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 5 times (4%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 36th, by Kurt Busch in 2002.
  • Most laps led: 493, by Fred Lorenzen in 1964.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 4, by John Andretti in 1999.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 82.223 mph by Jeff Gordon in 1996.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 98.084 mph by Tony Stewart in 2005.
    • Most lead changes: 31 in 2011.
    • Closest finish: Jimmie Johnson's .065 second margin over Jeff Gordon in 2007.
    • Most caution flags: 21 in 2007.

  • From 2008-2012 a typical Martinsville race had 21.1 lead changes, 13.2 cautions for 77.7 laps, and an average green-flag run of 29.9 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (50), Ford (26), Plymouth (12), Dodge (10), Oldsmobile (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (4), Buick (3), Chrysler (3), Hudson (2), Mercury (2).

  • Victories by owner: Petty Enterprises (19), Rick Hendrick (19), Junior Johnson-Richard Howard (13), Holman-Moody (7), Joe Gibbs (7), Richard Childress (7), Roger Penske (6), all others (50).

Driver Notes:

  • The most Martinsville races without a:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte (53 races) Kyle Petty (54 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (35) J.D. McDuffie (40)
    Top 10: Dave Blaney (24) Dave Blaney (24)
    Pole: Ken Schrader (52) Ken Schrader (52)
    Lap led: David Ragan (13) Buddy Arrington (41)
    Lead-lap finish: J.J. Yeley (9) Buddy Arrington (41)


  • Top career marks at Martinsville:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (53) Richard Petty (67)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson (7) Richard Petty (15)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (25) Richard Petty (30)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (32) Richard Petty (37)
    Poles: Jeff Gordon (7) Darrell Waltrip (8)
    Laps: Ken Schrader (23,982) Richard Petty (27,891)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (3,515) Cale Yarborough (3,733)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (31) Jeff Gordon (31)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Martinsville (3 or more starts):

    1. Jimmie Johnson (5.5)
    2. Jeff Gordon (7.1)
    3. Denny Hamlin (8.2)
    4. Brad Keselowski (12.2)
    5. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13.0)
    6. Mark Martin (13.3)
    7. Ryan Newman (13.6)
    8. Tony Stewart (13.7)
    9. Clint Bowyer (14.0)
    10. Terry Labonte (14.0)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Martinsville (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (37.1)
    2. J.J. Yeley (33.3)
    3. Scott Speed (32.9)
    4. David Stremme (32.5)
    5. Landon Cassill (31.6)
    6. Dave Blaney (31.4)
    7. David Gilliland (31.1)
    8. Mike Bliss (30.5)
    9. Joe Nemechek (28.5)
    10. Travis Kvapil (28.3)


    Current top-10 drivers at Martinsville:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 0 10 14 0 12879 868 13.7 13.0 99.8
    Brad Keselowski 6 0 0 3 0 3021 10 19.8 12.2 84.5
    Jimmie Johnson 22 7 15 19 2 10980 1981 11.9 5.5 122.2
    Greg Biffle 20 0 0 3 0 9804 21 20.2 21.4 68.3
    Carl Edwards 17 0 1 5 0 8351 31 18.1 16.1 80.9
    Kyle Busch 16 0 7 8 0 7684 397 13.9 16.8 95.3
    Kasey Kahne 18 0 2 3 1 8324 31 19.2 20.7 76.0
    Paul Menard 11 0 0 0 0 5279 0 22.1 22.0 59.5
    Joey Logano 8 0 1 2 0 4015 0 16.2 15.2 77.1
    Denny Hamlin 15 4 9 12 2 7307 1139 10.9 8.2 111.5

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Martinsville: Jeff Gordon (120.8), Tony Stewart (99.7), Kevin Harvick (93.2), Clint Bowyer (90.7), Ryan Newman (89.5), Jeff Burton (87.3), Mark Martin (86.9), Jamie McMurray (82.8), Juan Pablo Montoya (81.8).