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STP 500 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Martinsville Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 130.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 25, 1949, won by Red Byron.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: October 27, 2013, won by Jeff Gordon.
  • Won from pole: 21, most recently by Jimmie Johnson in 2013.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 69 times in 126 races (55%). Starting position of the race winner is unknown for 4 races.
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 95 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: 99.595 mph by Denny Hamlin in 2013.
    • 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 2009-2013 a typical Martinsville race had 20.4 lead changes, 13.1 cautions for 80.8 laps, and an average green-flag run of 29.9 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (52), Ford (26), Plymouth (12), Dodge (10), Oldsmobile (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (4), Buick (3), Chrysler (3), Hudson (2), Mercury (2).

  • Victories by owner: Rick Hendrick (21), Petty Enterprises (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, Ken Schrader (54 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (37) J.D. McDuffie (40)
    Top 10: Dave Blaney (26) Dave Blaney (26)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (47) Ken Schrader (54)
    Lap led: David Ragan (15) Buddy Arrington (41)
    Lead-lap finish: J.J. Yeley (11) Buddy Arrington (41)


  • Top career marks at Martinsville:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (53) Richard Petty (67)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson (8) Richard Petty (15)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (27) Richard Petty (30)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (34) Richard Petty (37)
    Poles: Jeff Gordon (7) Darrell Waltrip (8)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (23,802) Richard Petty (27,891)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (3,593) Cale Yarborough (3,733)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (33) Jeff Gordon (33)


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

    1. Jimmie Johnson (5.3)
    2. Jeff Gordon (6.8)
    3. Denny Hamlin (8.1)
    4. Brad Keselowski (10.4)
    5. Clint Bowyer (12.6)
    6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13.2)
    7. Tony Stewart (13.8)
    8. Terry Labonte (14.0)
    9. Jeff Burton (15.0)
    10. Matt Kenseth (15.3)
    11. Ryan Newman (15.3)


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

    1. Josh Wise (37.0)
    2. Michael McDowell (36.6)
    3. J.J. Yeley (32.5)
    4. Reed Sorenson (31.7)
    5. Dave Blaney (31.6)
    6. Landon Cassill (31.4)
    7. David Gilliland (30.3)
    8. Joe Nemechek (28.7)
    9. Travis Kvapil (28.7)
    10. David Reutimann (27.5)


    Current top-10 drivers at Martinsville:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Carl Edwards 19 0 1 5 0 9351 31 17.4 15.8 80.5
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 28 0 10 15 0 13877 868 13.8 13.2 98.9
    Jeff Gordon 42 8 27 34 7 20769 3593 7.2 6.8 121.0
    Brad Keselowski 8 0 1 5 0 4021 10 17.1 10.4 89.2
    Matt Kenseth 28 0 4 9 0 13901 371 20.6 15.3 83.5
    Jimmie Johnson 24 8 17 21 3 11980 2450 11.0 5.3 123.9
    Kyle Busch 18 0 8 9 0 8684 465 13.1 16.0 97.0
    Ryan Newman 24 1 7 11 3 11597 194 9.4 15.3 87.4
    Austin Dillon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
    Joey Logano 10 0 1 2 0 5014 0 14.0 15.9 78.4

    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: Denny Hamlin (111.3), Tony Stewart (98.5), Kevin Harvick (93.7), Clint Bowyer (93.7), Jeff Burton (87.3), Jamie McMurray (84.2).