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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. going into the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on Oct. 27. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
 
MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.2
2013 Rundown
·        Five wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 11.5
·        Led 20 races for 1,606 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Eight wins, 16 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 5.3 in 23 races
·        Series-best Average Running Position of 5.9
·        Series-best Driver Rating of 123.8
·        889 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·        Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 91.569 mph
·        Series-high 7,849 Laps in the Top 15 (92.0%)
·        596 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most
2 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.2
2013 Rundown
·        Seven wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 12.7
·        Led 23 races for 1,434 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Three top fives, eight top 10s
·        Average finish of 15.8 in 27 races
·        Average Running Position of 16.9, 16th-best
·        Driver Rating of 80.5, 15th-best
·        904 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·        4,049 Laps in the Top 15 (47.4%), 13th-most
3 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.8
2013 Rundown
·        Four wins, 16 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 13.0
·        Led 18 races for 1,213 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Eight top fives, nine top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.1 in 17 races
·        Average Running Position of 13.5, seventh-best
·        Driver Rating of 96.6, sixth-best
·        378 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 91.215 mph, fourth-fastest
·        5,845 Laps in the Top 15 (68.5%), sixth-most
·        513 Quality Passes, fourth-most
4 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3
2013 Rundown
·        Three wins, eight top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 11.8
·        Led 10 races for 191 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.6 in 24 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
·        Driver Rating of 92.6, seventh-best
·        209 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·        5,502 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), seventh-most
·        439 Quality Passes, ninth-most
5 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.5
2013 Rundown
·        Seven top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.2
·        Led 15 races for 307 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Seven wins, 26 top fives, 33 top 10s; seven poles
·        Average finish of 7.0 in 41 races
·        Average Running Position of 6.2, second-best
·        Driver Rating of 120.7, second-best
·        Series-high 968 Fastest Laps Run
·        782 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 91.556 mph, second-fastest
·        7,699 Laps in the Top 15 (90.2%), second-most
·        Series-high 600 Quality Passes
6 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.8
2013 Rundown
·        Seven top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 13.7
·        Led 13 races for 312 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        10 top fives, 14 top 10s
·        Average finish of 13.4 in 27 races
·        Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best
·        Driver Rating of 98.8, fourth-best
·        448 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·        Series-high 960 Green Flag Passes
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 91.211 mph, fifth-fastest
·        6,533 Laps in the Top 15 (76.6%), third-most
·        555 Quality Passes, third-most
7 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.3
2013 Rundown
·        One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
·        Average finish of 14.4
·        Led 5 races for 122 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Four top 10s
·        Average finish of 20.8 in 21 races
·        Average Running Position of 21.2, 21st-best
·        Driver Rating of 69.2, 23rd-best
·        879 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
8 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.9
2013 Rundown
·        Eight top fives, 16 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.3
·        Led 10 races for 294 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Three top fives, nine top 10s
·        Average finish of 13.2 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 13.0, sixth-best
·        Driver Rating of 91.9, eighth-best
·        197 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 91.069 mph, seventh-fastest
·        5,306 Laps in the Top 15 (70.4%), eighth-most
·        464 Quality Passes, seventh-most
9 – Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.5
2013 Rundown
·        10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 14.6
·        Led 14 races for 444 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 21.7 in 26 races
·        Average Running Position of 18.8, 19th-best
·        Driver Rating of 77.1, 19th-best
·        832 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
10 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Geek Squad Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 12.7
·        Led 14 races for 450 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        One top five, five top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.1 in 18 races
·        Average Running Position of 16.1, 14th-best
·        Driver Rating of 80.6, 14th-best
·        899 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·        4,603 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 11th-most
·        478 Quality Passes, sixth-most
11 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 State Water Heaters Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.8
2013 Rundown
·        One win, six top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 15.7
·        Led 14 races for 95 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 14.3 in 23 races
·        Average Running Position of 14.8, 10th-best
·        Driver Rating of 88.5, ninth-best
·        140 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·        897 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 90.878 mph, 13th-fastest
·        4,910 Laps in the Top 15 (57.5%), 10th-most
·        457 Quality Passes, eighth-most
12 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.8
2013 Rundown
·        One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.8
·        Led 13 races for 289 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        One top five, two top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.1 in nine races
·        Average Running Position of 17.8, 18th-best
·        Driver Rating of 77.1, 20th-best
13 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.3
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.7
·        Led 9 races for 636 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·        Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 19.8 in 19 races
·        Average Running Position of 20.1, 20th-best
·        Driver Rating of 78.1, 18th-best
·        229 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 13
Following Race 32 of 36 / Chase Race #6
                                                                          Rank    Season
                                                                          Last      Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 2,254 5 2 2 108.2
2. Matt Kenseth 2,250 7 2 1 110.2
3. Kyle Busch 2,228 4 3 5 101.8
4. Kevin Harvick 2,228 3 1 3 93.3
5. Jeff Gordon 2,220 0 2 4 91.5
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,202 0 2 9 96.8
7. Greg Biffle 2,201 1 0 6 83.3
8. Clint Bowyer 2,197 0 0 8 92.9
9. Kurt Busch 2,193 0 1 7 94.5
10. Carl Edwards 2,186 2 1 10 93.3
11. Ryan Newman 2,182 1 2 12 81.8
12. Joey Logano 2,179 1 2 11 90.8
13. Kasey Kahne 2,153 2 0 13 96.3

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
14. Jamie McMurray 919 34. A.J. Allmendinger 402
15. Brad Keselowski 889 35. Bobby Labonte 374
16. Paul Menard 865 36. David Stremme 362
17. Martin Truex Jr. 864 37. Michael McDowell 177
18. Aric Almirola 819 38. Timmy Hill 177
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 814 39. Michael Waltrip 114
20. Jeff Burton 804 40. Scott Speed 99
21. Marcos Ambrose 788 41. Ken Schrader 92
22. Juan Pablo Montoya 775 42. Terry Labonte 87
23. Casey Mears 652 43. Boris Said 48
24. Denny Hamlin 614 44. Ron Fellows 31
25. David Ragan 604 45. Alex Kennedy 21
26. Tony Stewart 594 46. Justin Marks 14
27. David Gilliland 571 47. Scott Riggs 11
28. Danica Patrick 565 48. Victor Gonzalez Jr 10
29. Mark Martin 554 49. Brian Keselowski 9
30. Dave Blaney 492 50. Tomy Drissi 8
31. Travis Kvapil 454 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
32. David Reutimann 424 52. Jason Leffler 1
33. JJ Yeley 417

 

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. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 13 at Martinsville Speedway

 

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 23 3 8 16 20 1 5.3 123.8
2 Matt Kenseth 27 0 0 3 8 2 15.8 80.5
3 Kyle Busch 17 0 0 8 9 1 16.1 96.6
4 Kevin Harvick 24 0 1 3 10 1 16.6 92.6
5 Jeff Gordon 41 7 7 26 33 0 7.0 120.7
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 0 0 10 14 2 13.4 98.8
7 Greg Biffle 21 0 0 0 4 0 20.8 69.2
8 Clint Bowyer 15 0 0 3 9 1 13.2 91.9
9 Kurt Busch 26 1 1 2 4 2 21.7 77.1
10 Carl Edwards 18 0 0 1 5 0 16.1 80.6
11 Ryan Newman 23 3 1 7 11 2 14.3 88.5
12 Joey Logano 9 0 0 1 2 0 16.1 77.1
13 Kasey Kahne 19 1 0 3 4 4 19.8 78.1

 

* – Based on last 17 races at Martinsville Speedway (2005-2013).
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.
Martinsville Speedway Data
Season Race #: 33 of 36 (10-27-13)
Chase Race #: 7
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
Top 13 Driver Rating at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 123.8
Jeff Gordon………………………… 120.7
Denny Hamlin……………………… 111.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 98.8
Tony Stewart………………………… 98.5
Kyle Busch…………………………… 96.6
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 92.6
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 91.9
Ryan Newman………………………. 88.5
Brad Keselowski……………………. 87.4
Jeff Burton…………………………… 87.3
Mark Martin………………………….. 85.8
Jamie McMurray…………………… 84.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 97.598 mph, 19.402 secs. 10-26-12
 
2012 race winner: Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 77.677 mph, (03:23:09), 10-28-12
 
Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 98.083 mph, 19.306 secs. 10-21-05
 
Track race record: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 82.223 mph, (3:11:55), 09-22-96
Notebook
·        There have been 129 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.
·        591 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville; 372 in more than one.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville with 67 starts; Terry Labonte has the most among active drivers with 53.
·        Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
·        57 drivers have Coors Light poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
·        12 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway. Four of the 12 have won three consecutive poles at Martinsville: 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).
·        Youngest Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (4/26/1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
·        Oldest Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (4/26/1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
·        47 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers with eight wins.
·        23 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins:  Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (seven), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Mark Martin (two).
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 20.   
·        21 of 129 races (16.2%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; seven of those 21 wins came from active drivers: Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (2003 twice), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012, spring 2013) and Denny Hamlin (2010).
·        The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville producing more wins (21) than any other starting position in the field.
·        36 of the 129 (27.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
·        94 of the 129 (72.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Five of the 129 (3.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
·        Youngest Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (4/10/1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
·        Oldest Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (9/22/1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four, followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson with three.
·        Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 16.
·        Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 33, followed by Terry Labonte (27) and Mark Martin (26).
·        Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.195. Ryan Newman is the only other active driver with an average starting position at Martinsville in the top 10 (9.087).
·        Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson(5.348), Jeff Gordon (6.976) and Denny Hamlin (8.200).
·        There have been five NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Martinsville Speedway: fall 2007 (500/506), fall 2008 (500/504), fall 2009 (500/501), spring 2010 (500/508), and spring 2012 (500/515).
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions eight times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was the fall race of 2011.
·        Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (41).
·        Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.
·        Mike Bliss (9/27/1998), Travis Kvapil (10/24/2004), Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) and Scott Speed(10/19/2008) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.
·        12 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway. Fred Lorenzen won four NSCS races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965.  
·        All 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who have won at Martinsville Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Martinsville with the fewest previous appearances (three).
·        Ryan Newman competed at Martinsville Speedway 20 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
·        Four drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Mark Martin (12);Bobby Labonte (18), Kevin Harvick (19) and Ryan Newman (20).
·        Terry Labonte leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 53.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the 4/1/2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
32
12
4/7/2013
·        Seven car numbers have produced five or more Martinsville Speedway NSCS wins:Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o   No. 43  – Richard Petty (1960, ’62, ’63, ’67 sweep, ’68, ’69 sweep, ’70, ’71, ’72 sweep, ’73, ’75 and ’79); John Andretti (1999)
o   No. 11 – Cale Yarborough (1974, ’76, ’77 sweep, ‘78); Darrell Waltrip (1981, ’82, ’83, ’84); Geoff Bodine (1990 sweep); Denny Hamlin (2008, ’09, ’10 sweep)
o   No. 28 – Fred Lorenzen (1961, ’63, ’64 sweep, ‘65 and ‘66); Buddy Baker (1979); Ernie Irvan (1993).
o   No. 2 – Dale Earnhardt (1980); Rusty Wallace (1993, ‘94 sweep, ’95, ’96 and ‘04)
o   No. 48 – Jimmie Johnson (2004, ’06, ’07 sweep, ’08, ’09, ’12, ‘13)
o   No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1996, ’97, ’99, ’03 sweep and ’05 sweep)
o   No. 3 – Ricky Rudd (1983); Dale Earnhardt (1985, ’87, ’88, ’91, ’95)
NASCAR in Virginia
·        There have been 281 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among nine in Virginia.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville
129
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond
115
South Boston Speedway
South Boston
10
Langley Field Speedway
Hampton
9
Old Dominion Speedway
Manassas
7
Southside Speedway
Richmond
4
Starkey Speedway
Roanoke
4
Norfolk Speedway
Norfolk
2
Princess Anne Speedway
Norfolk
1
·        169 drivers in NASCAR national series history 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 Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Joe Weatherly
25
0
0
Ricky Rudd
23
1
0
Denny Hamlin
22
11
2
Jeff Burton
21
27
0
Curtis Turner
17
0
0
Ward Burton
5
4
0
Glen Wood
4
0
0
Elliott Sadler
3
9
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
Jeb Burton
0
0
1
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Martinsville Speedway
·        Martinsville Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff’s inception in 2004.
·        The winner of the Martinsville Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship four times: Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2008) and Tony Stewart (2011).
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Martinsville with five (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012).
·        The worst finish by the eventual series champion at Martinsville Speedway is sixth, by Brad Keselowski in 2012. Keselowski was second in the standings following the 2012 Martinsville Chase race.
·        Chase Contenders have won all nine previous Chase races at Martinsville Speedway.    
·        Two of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Martinsville Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (five) and Jeff Gordon (one).
·        The average finish by the eventual series champion at Martinsville Speedway is 2.7. Only once has the eventual champion finished outside the top five in the Chase race at Martinsville – Keselowski (sixth, 2012).
·        Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Martinsville with seven; followed by Toyota with two.
·        The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Martinsville Speedway is Jimmie Johnson’s victory in 2008. He posted a Driver Rating of 149.1 and led 339 of the 504 laps (67.2% of his laps completed) – most by a Chase race winner at Martinsville.
Eventual champion’s points position and point deficit to the standings leader following the sixth Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race:
Season
Champion
Points Back From Leader
Points Position Following Sixth Chase Race
2004
Kurt Busch
0
1st
2005
Tony Stewart
0
1st
2006
Jimmie Johnson
-41
3rd
2007
Jimmie Johnson
-53
2nd
2008
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2009
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2010
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2011
Tony Stewart
-19
4th
2012
Brad Keselowski
0
1st
Note: 2011 and 2012 are under the current points per finish system.

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