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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 27: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, going into the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on Wednesday, Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

421

10

2

1

11

6

9

0

2

Joey Logano

373

10

2

2

12

2

5

0

3

Chase Elliott

365

10

1

5

10

4

6

2

4

Brad Keselowski

346

10

2

2

12

4

7

2

5

Martin Truex Jr.

334

10

0

2

2

1

5

0

6

Denny Hamlin

322

10

2

1

11

5

6

0

7

Ryan Blaney

317

10

0

1

1

4

4

0

8

Alex Bowman

314

10

1

4

9

2

2

0

9

Kyle Busch

308

10

0

0

0

6

6

1

10

Kurt Busch

284

10

0

0

0

3

7

1

11

Aric Almirola

260

10

0

0

0

0

3

0

12

Clint Bowyer

259

10

0

2

2

2

3

1

13

Jimmie Johnson

256

10

0

0

0

2

5

0

14

Austin Dillon

247

10

0

0

0

1

3

0

15

Matt DiBenedetto

246

10

0

0

0

1

2

0

16

Erik Jones

240

10

0

0

0

2

4

0

17

William Byron

220

10

0

1

1

0

2

1

18

Tyler Reddick #

207

10

0

0

0

0

2

0

19

Chris Buescher

194

10

0

0

0

1

2

0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

185

10

0

0

0

2

2

1

21

John Hunter Nemechek #

179

10

0

0

0

0

1

0

22

Bubba Wallace

170

10

0

0

0

0

2

0

23

Michael McDowell

161

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Ryan Newman

159

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

25

Christopher Bell #

158

10

0

0

0

0

2

0

26

Cole Custer #

158

10

0

0

0

0

1

0

27

Ty Dillon

135

10

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Corey LaJoie

134

10

0

0

0

0

1

0

29

Kyle Larson

121

4

0

0

0

1

3

0

30

Ryan Preece

112

10

0

0

0

0

0

1

Martinsville Speedway Data
Season Race #: 11 of 36 (06-10-20)
Track Size: 0.526-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 12 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 12 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 0 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 0 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 800 feet
Backstretch Length: 800 feet
Race Length: 500 laps / 263 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 130 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 240 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson……………………… 109.8
Denny Hamlin………………………… 107.2
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 104.1
Brad Keselowski………………………. 99.7
Joey Logano……………………………. 94.7
Ryan Blaney……………………………. 94.2
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 94.2
Clint Bowyer…………………………….. 91.6
Matt Kenseth……………………………. 87.9
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 87.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC LOOP DATA STATISTICS

(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.875, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.429, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.2, sixth-best
  • 101 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
  • 2,711 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7%), 14th-most
  • 154 Quality Passes, 16th-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, six top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.286, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.491, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best
  • 508 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 9,528 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), fifth-most
  • 862 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, 16 top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.069, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.441, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.1, third-best
  • 861 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 11,528 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), third-most
  • 919 Quality Passes, third-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.111, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.112, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, 10th-best
  • 241 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 2,720 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), 13th-most
  • 190 Quality Passes, 15th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 9.393, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.148, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 107.2, second-best
  • 959 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 11,593 Laps in the Top 15 (82.6%), second-most
  • 977 Quality Passes, series-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, five top fives, 19 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.767, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.696, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.2, seventh-best
  • 540 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 10,656 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), fourth-most
  • 892 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Nine wins, 19 top fives, 24 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 9.267, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.413, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.8, series-best
  • 1,143 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 12,073 Laps in the Top 15 (80.3%), series-most
  • 957 Quality Passes, second-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Six top fives, 15 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.556, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.230, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.9, ninth-best
  • 328 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 7,931 Laps in the Top 15 (58.6%), eighth-most
  • 677 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.850, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.283, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.7, fourth-best
  • 590 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 7,354 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), 11th-most
  • 692 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, six top fives, ten top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 13.182, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.679, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, fifth-best
  • 392 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 625 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1%), 10th-most
  • 661 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • One win, eight top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 14.200, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.271, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.3, 11th-best
  • 204 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 8,223 Laps in the Top 15 (54.7%), seventh-most
  • 779 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.393, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.822, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.2, 12th-best
  • 427 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 7,789 Laps in the Top 15 (55.5%), ninth-most
  • 586 Quality Passes, 11th-most

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Martinsville Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

37

0

1

5

19

1

14.9

94.2

2

Joey Logano

22

5

1

6

10

0

13.2

94.7

3

Chase Elliott

9

0

0

2

4

0

17.1

87.4

4

Brad Keselowski

20

0

2

9

14

0

10.8

99.7

5

Martin Truex Jr

28

1

1

6

12

2

17.4

82.2

6

Denny Hamlin

28

4

5

15

21

2

9.4

107.2

7

Ryan Blaney

8

0

0

3

4

0

12.9

94.2

8

Alex Bowman

8

0

0

0

1

0

24

58.0

9

Kyle Busch

29

2

2

16

17

1

12.1

104.1

10

Kurt Busch

39

1

2

3

7

3

20.4

80.6

11

Aric Almirola

22

0

0

1

4

5

21.6

70.5

12

Clint Bowyer

28

0

1

6

16

3

14.3

91.6

13

Jimmie Johnson

36

3

9

19

24

2

9.3

109.8

14

Austin Dillon

12

0

0

2

2

1

18.2

71.7

15

Matt DiBenedetto

10

0

0

0

0

2

30

45.3

16

Erik Jones

6

0

0

0

0

0

21.8

68.9

* – Based on last 30 races at Martinsville Speedway (2005 – 2019).

Martinsville Qualifying/Race Data
2019 pole winner:
Joey Logano, Ford
97.830 mph, 19.356 secs. 03-24-19

Track qualifying record:
Joey Logano, Ford
100.201 mph, 18.898 secs. 03-28-14

2019 race winner:
Brad Keselowski, Ford
78.158 mph, (03:21:54), 03-24-19

Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet
82.223 mph, (3:11:55), 09-22-96

Martinsville Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Opened in September of 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, 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 Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway 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.
  • There have been 142 NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

STARTS

  • A total of 632 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway; 404 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Martinsville Speedway with 67; followed by Dave Marcis and Ricky Rudd with 55 each.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series in starts among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with 39; followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth with 37 each.
  • In total, 62 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Gray Gaulding (10/30/2016), Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are the active drivers who have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville.
  • Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
  • Joey Logano (22 starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 8.182.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Driver

Avg Start

Races

Rank

Active Driver

Avg Start

Races

1

Fonty Flock

3.125

9

1

Joey Logano

8.182

22

2

Fred Lorenzen

4.294

17

2

Denny Hamlin

8.750

28

3

Frankie Schneider

5.000

3

3

Ryan Blaney

8.750

8

4

Tim Flock

5.889

11

4

Chase Elliott

10.667

9

5

Cale Yarborough

5.935

31

5

Ryan Newman

10.889

36

6

Johnny Patterson

6.000

3

6

Kyle Busch

11.034

29

7

Bobby Isaac

6.067

15

7

Brad Keselowski

12.500

20

8

Dick Hutcherson

6.200

5

8

Jimmie Johnson

12.667

36

9

Joe Millikan

6.200

5

9

Daniel Suarez

13.833

6

10

David Pearson

6.571

28

10

Erik Jones

13.833

6

POLES

  • In total 61 different drivers have won poles at Martinsville Speedway; eight of the 61 pole winners are active this weekend.
  • 28 of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville pole winners have won multiple poles.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Martinsville Speedway with eight Busch Pole Awards (1979, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1992).
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
  • Joey Logano leads the series among active drivers with the most poles at Martinsville with five – 2015 sweep, spring 2016, fall 2017 and spring 2019. 
  • A total of 13 different drivers have won two or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano who won three consecutive poles at Martinsville from 2015-2016. 
  • Five drivers have won three or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway in the series: Glen Wood (fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep, Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980), Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep), Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004), Joey Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring)
  • Youngest series Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (April 26, 1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest series Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (April 26, 1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway; none are active this weekend.

WINS

  • A total of 53 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway. 10 of the 53 different winners are active this weekend.
  • 26 of the 53 different NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville Speedway have won multiple times.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 15 victories (1960, 1962, 1963, 1967 sweep, 1968, 1969 sweep, 1970, 1971, 1972 sweep, 1973, 1975, 1979).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with nine victories (2004, 2006, 2007 sweep, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • A total of 12 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Fred Lorenzen won four series races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965. 
    • Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to win consecutive races (2012 Playoff race / spring of 2013) at Martinsville.
  • A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).

First-Time Race Winners

Date

Herb Thomas

10/15/1950

Dick Rathmann

4/6/1952

Jim Paschal

10/18/1953

Jack Smith

10/28/1956

Bob Welborn

10/6/1957

Fred Lorenzen

4/9/1961

Earl Ross

9/29/1974

Dave Marcis

9/28/1975

Morgan Shepherd

4/26/1981

Harry Gant

4/25/1982

Geoff Bodine

4/29/1984

Ricky Craven

10/15/2001

  • Youngest series Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (April 10, 1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest series Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (September 22, 1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
  • 20 of the 142 NASCAR Cup Series races (14.1%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Busch pole. Three of those 20 wins came from active drivers:
    • Jimmie Johnson (2012 and Spring of 2013)
    • Denny Hamlin (2010) 

Note: Johnson won from the first starting position in 2008 but qualifying was not held due to weather. A total of 21 wins have come from the first starting position (a winning percentage of 14.7%).

  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins (21 victories – a winning percentage of 14.7%) than any other starting position.
  • 36 of the 142 (25.8%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the first starting position and 15 from the second starting position.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Martinsville Speedway

Note: In four of the early races at Martinsville Speedway (1950, Spring 1953, Fall 1953 and Spring 1954), the starting positions were not provided on the official race reports; therefore, the below chart is based off the provided starting positions of the winners of the remaining 138 races.

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

21

14.79%

14

6

4.23%

2

15

10.56%

15

4

2.82%

3

17

11.97%

16

1

0.70%

4

14

9.86%

17

4

2.82%

5

7

4.93%

18

1

0.70%

6

8

5.63%

19

2

1.41%

7

8

5.63%

20

3

2.11%

8

2

1.41%

21

2

1.41%

9

6

4.23%

22

1

0.70%

10

5

3.52%

23

2

1.41%

11

2

1.41%

24

1

0.70%

12

3

2.11%

36

1

0.70%

13

2

1.41%

 

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the first starting position:

14.79%

21

Winning from the front row:

25.35%

36

Winning from a top-five starting position:

52.11%

74

Winning from a top-10 starting position:

72.54%

103

Winning after starting outside the top 20:

4.93%

7

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
  • Martin Truex Jr. competed at Martinsville Speedway 28 times before winning last season; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
  • Clint Bowyer competed at Martinsville Speedway 24 times before winning in 2018; the second longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
  • Six active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (28), Clint Bowyer (24), Kyle Busch (21) Ryan Newman (20), Kevin Harvick (19), Brad Keselowski (14).
  • Jimmie Johnson can become the third driver in series history to record 10 or more wins at more than one track with a win this weekend; joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson currently has nine series wins at Martinsville.

Driver

Tracks With 10 Or More Wins

Richard Petty

Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11), Daytona (10)

Darrell Waltrip

Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10)

Jimmie Johnson

Dover (11)

David Pearson

Darlington (10)

Dale Earnhardt

Talladega (10)

  •  In total 39 different car owners have won at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 24 wins – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (nine), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one).

Top Five in Owner Wins at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time)

Organizations

Wins

Hendrick Motorsports

24

Petty Enterprises

19

Junior Johnson & Assoc.

12

Joe Gibbs Racing

10

Team Penske

9

  • A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway:

Rank

Manufacturer

Cup Wins

1

Chevrolet

56

2

Ford

30

3

Plymouth

12

4

Dodge

10

5

Oldsmobile

8

6

Pontiac

8

7

Toyota

8

8

Buick

3

9

Chrysler

3

10

Hudson

2

11

Mercury

2

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 68 NASCAR Cup series drivers have finished runner-up at Martinsville Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with seven runner-up finishes.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four runner-up finishes at Martinsville

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Dale Earnhardt

7

1

Jimmie Johnson

4

2

Bobby Allison

6

2

Denny Hamlin

3

3

Lee Petty

6

3

Kyle Busch

3

4

Cale Yarborough

5

4

Brad Keselowski

2

Jeff Gordon

5

5

Clint Bowyer

1

 

Richard Petty

5

 

Joey Logano

1

Martin Truex Jr

1

 

Ryan Newman

1

Chase Elliott

1

William Byron

1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 153 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Martinsville.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; followed by Jeff Gordon with 29.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19 top fives at Martinsville, followed by Kyle Busch with 16 top-five finishes.


Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Richard Petty

30

1

Jimmie Johnson

19

2

Jeff Gordon

29

2

Kyle Busch

16

3

Darrell Waltrip

27

3

Denny Hamlin

15

4

Jimmie Johnson

19

4

Brad Keselowski

9

5

Dale Earnhardt

18

5

Ryan Newman

8

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 261 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top 10 at Martinsville.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 38 top 10s; followed by Richard Petty with 37.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 24; followed by Denny Hamlin with 21.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Jeff Gordon

38

1

Jimmie Johnson

24

2

Richard Petty

37

2

Denny Hamlin

21

3

Darrell Waltrip

31

3

Kevin Harvick

19

4

Bobby Allison

28

4

Kyle Busch

17

5

Terry Labonte

27

5

Ryan Newman

17

  • Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.8 average finish.
  • Jimmie Johnson (34 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average finishing positions at Martinsville Speedway with a 8.0; followed by Denny Hamlin with a 9.8 (26 starts).

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Martinsville Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

1

Dick Hutcherson

3.8

5

1

Jimmie Johnson

8.0

34

2

Frank Mundy

4.0

3

2

Denny Hamlin

9.8

26

3

Bill Amick

4.5

2

3

Brad Keselowski

11.8

18

4

Bill Snowden

5.0

2

4

Kyle Busch

12.3

27

5

Bud Moore

5.0

2

5

Joey Logano

13.2

20

6

Lee Petty

5.5

24

6

Clint Bowyer

13.8

26

7

Swede Savage

6.5

2

7

Ryan Newman

14.7

34

8

Jeff Gordon

6.7

47

8

Kevin Harvick

15.3

35

9

Dick Rathmann

7.0

5

9

Ryan Blaney

15.7

6

10

Jimmie Johnson

8.0

34

10

Chase Elliott

16.6

7

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions 10 times in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway:

Date of Race

Drivers That Started First Due To Qualifying Cancelled

1

Sunday, May 17, 1953

Joe Eubanks

2

Sunday, May 16, 1954

Ralph Liguori

3

Sunday, October 16, 1955

Gwyn Staley

4

Sunday, September 24, 1995

Jeff Gordon

5

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jimmie Johnson – only one to win

6

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jeff Gordon

7

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kevin Harvick

8

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carl Edwards

9

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kyle Larson

10

Monday, March 26, 2018

Martin Truex Jr

  • Eight NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

No. of Fewer Laps

Race Winner

Runner-up

4/23/1995

500

356

144

Rusty Wallace

Ted Musgrave

4/24/1977

500

384

116

Cale Yarborough

Benny Parsons

9/26/1976

500

340

160

Cale Yarborough

Darrell Waltrip

9/30/1973

500

480

20

Richard Petty

Cale Yarborough

5/31/1970

500

377

123

Bobby Isaac

Bobby Allison

4/9/1961

500

149

351

Fred Lorenzen

Rex White

10/12/1958

500

350

150

Fireball Roberts

Speedy Thompson

10/17/1954

200

165

35

Lee Petty

Hershel McGriff

  • There have been six series races that have ended in NASCAR Overtime at Martinsville Speedway:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Race Winner

Runner-up

10/29/2017

500

505

5

Kyle Busch

Martin Truex Jr.

4/1/2012

500

515

15

Ryan Newman

AJ Allmendinger

3/29/2010

500

508

8

Denny Hamlin

Joey Logano

10/25/2009

500

501

1

Denny Hamlin

Jimmie Johnson

10/19/2008

500

504

4

Jimmie Johnson

Dale Earnhardt Jr

10/21/2007

500

506

6

Jimmie Johnson

Ryan Newman

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second over second-place Jeff Gordon.

Top Five Closest NASCAR Cup Series Margins of Victory at Martinsville Speedway

Margin of Victory

Date

Race Winner

Runner-Up

0.065

4/1/2007

Jimmie Johnson

Jeff Gordon

0.107

10/28/2018

Joey Logano

Denny Hamlin

0.141

10/29/2017

Kyle Busch

Martin Truex Jr

0.141

10/15/2001

Ricky Craven

Dale Jarrett

0.170

10/30/2011

Tony Stewart

Jimmie Johnson

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 152 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Martinsville.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 3,851 laps led (28.8%) in 31 starts.

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Races

Laps Led

Completed

% Led

1

Cale Yarborough

31

3,851

13,392

28.8%

2

Jeff Gordon

47

3,779

23,269

16.2%

3

Rusty Wallace

44

3,632

19,829

18.3%

4

Darrell Waltrip

52

3,617

23,727

15.2%

5

Richard Petty

67

2,964

27,891

10.6%

6

Jimmie Johnson

37

2,862

17,770

16.1%

7

Fred Lorenzen

17

2,731

6,638

41.1%

8

Bobby Allison

44

1,986

18,271

10.9%

9

Dale Earnhardt

44

1,947

18,907

10.3%

10

Ricky Rudd

55

1,570

24,887

6.3%

  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in series in laps led at Martinsville with 2,862 (16.1%) in 37 starts.

Rank

Active Drivers

Races

Laps Led

Completed

% Led

1

Jimmie Johnson

37

2,862

17,770

16.1%

2

Denny Hamlin

29

1,566

13,526

11.6%

3

Kyle Busch

30

1,424

14,189

10.0%

4

Brad Keselowski

21

883

9,957

8.9%

5

Joey Logano

23

830

10,976

7.6%

6

Martin Truex Jr

29

726

13,493

5.4%

7

Matt Kenseth

38

641

18,348

3.5%

8

Kevin Harvick

38

628

18,196

3.5%

9

Clint Bowyer

29

572

13,519

4.2%

10

Kurt Busch

40

464

18,883

2.5%

  • The most laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was 493 laps led of the scheduled 500 (98.6%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen on Sept. 27, 1964; he started from the pole.
  • The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series driver that did not win the race at Martinsville Speedway was 432 laps led of the scheduled 500 (86.4%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison on Sept. 24, 1972; he started from the pole, but finished second.
  • The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Martinsville Speedway was four laps  of the scheduled 500 by John Andretti on April 18, 1999; he started the race 21st.
  • Jimmie Johnson needs to lead 138 laps or more at Martinsville Speedway to become just the fifth driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at multiple tracks; joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Cale Yarbrough (five tracks with 3,000 or more laps led), Richard Petty (four tracks), Rusty Wallace (three tracks) and Darrell Waltrip (two tracks).
  • Below are the seven drivers in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track:

Driver

Tracks With 3,000 Or More Laps Led

Cale Yarborough

Bristol (4,305), Martinsville (3,851), Rockingham (3,732), Nashville Fgds (3,632), Atlanta (3,283)

Richard Petty

North Wilkesboro (5,308), Richmond (5,136), Nashville Fgds (3,957), Rockingham (3,130)

Rusty Wallace

Bristol (3,743), Martinsville (3,632), Richmond (3,024)

Darrell Waltrip

Martinsville (3,617), Bristol (3,436)

Jeff Gordon

Martinsville (3,779)

Dale Earnhardt

Bristol (3,751)

Jimmie Johnson

Dover (3,105)

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Below are Patrick’s stats at Martinsville.  

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Driver Rating

Danica Patrick

23

17

10/29/2017

61.7

Danica Patrick

29

23

4/2/2017

54.2

Danica Patrick

24

24

10/30/2016

53.2

Danica Patrick

28

16

4/3/2016

69.2

Danica Patrick

16

40

11/1/2015

49.8

Danica Patrick

16

7

3/29/2015

86.9

Danica Patrick

30

34

10/26/2014

61.3

Danica Patrick

10

32

3/30/2014

52.4

Danica Patrick

41

17

10/27/2013

64.7

Danica Patrick

32

12

4/7/2013

72.6

Averages

24.9

22.2

 

62.6

NASCAR IN VIRGINIA

  • There have been 524 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
  • Martinsville Speedway hosted the very first NASCAR national series race in the state of Virginia on Sept. 25, 1949 –  the NASCAR Cup Series event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).

Tracks in Virginia

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total Races

Years

1

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville

142

34

42

219

1949

2

Richmond Raceway

Richmond

127

72

11

212

1953

3

South Boston Speedway

South Boston

10

35

3

48

1969

4

Langley Field Speedway

Hampton

9

14

0

23

1964

5

Old Dominion Speedway

Manassas

7

0

0

7

1958

6

New River Valley Speedway

Dublin

0

4

0

4

1989

7

Southside Speedway

Richmond

4

0

0

4

1961

8

Starkey Speedway

Roanoke

4

0

0

4

1958

9

Norfolk Speedway

Norfolk

2

0

0

2

1956

10

Princess Anne Speedway

Norfolk

1

0

0

1

1953

TOTALS

306

159

56

524

VIRGINIA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 181 different drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Virginia.
  • 19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. 11 of the 19 Virginia native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • In total the drivers from Virginia have won 257 NASCAR national series races combined.

Winning Drivers From Virginia

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

1

Denny Hamlin

39

17

2

58

2

Joe Weatherly

25

0

0

25

3

Ricky Rudd

23

1

0

24

4

Jeff Burton

21

27

0

48

5

Curtis Turner

17

0

0

17

6

Ward Burton

5

4

0

9

7

Glen Wood

4

0

0

4

8

Elliott Sadler

3

13

1

17

9

Emanuel Zervakis

2

0

0

2

10

Lennie Pond

1

0

0

1

11

Wendell Scott

1

0

0

1

12

Tommy Ellis

0

22

0

22

13

Jimmy Hensley

0

9

2

11

14

Rick Mast

0

9

0

9

15

Hermie Sadler

0

2

0

2

16

Elton Sawyer

0

2

0

2

17

Stacy Compton

0

0

2

2

18

Jon Wood

0

0

2

2

19

Jeb Burton

0

0

1

1

TOTALS

141

106

10

257

— NASCAR Media

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