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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing TUMS Fast Relief 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia going into the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Oct. 28.
MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.9
2012 Rundown
·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.4
·         Led 18 races for 642 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Two top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.4 in five races
·         Average Running Position of 15.2, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 82.3, 14th-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 90.792 mph, 13th-fastest
2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.1
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.4
·         Led 23 races for 1,358 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Six wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 5.8 in 21 races
·         Average Running Position of 6.4, second-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 121.4
·         742 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         685 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 91.456 mph
·         Series-high 6,854 Laps in the Top 15 (91.0%)
·         Series-high 542 Quality Passes
3 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.6
2012 Rundown
·         Five wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.9
·         Led 22 races for 1,168 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 6.4 in 14 races
·         Average Running Position of 8.5, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 113.4, third-best
·         495 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         683 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.289 mph, third-fastest
·         5,844 Laps in the Top 15 (83.1%), third-most
·         457 Quality Passes, fourth-most
4 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Benefiting Avon Foundation for Women Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.6
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, eight top fives, 20 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.0
·         Led 12 races for 234 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         One top five, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.7 in 13 races
·         Average Running Position of 14.0, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.9, 10th-best
·         127 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 90.903 mph, ninth-fastest
·         4,397 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), 10th-most
·         370 Quality Passes, ninth-most
5 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.5
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Led 10 races for 263 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         One top five, two top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 21.7 in 17 races
·         Average Running Position of 21.8, 22nd-best
·         Driver Rating of 73.5, 21st-best
·         162 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
6 – Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.1
2012 Rundown
·         Seven top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.0
·         Led 11 races for 423 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Two top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 21.4 in 13 races
·         Average Running Position of 22.1, 25th-best
·         Driver Rating of 68.4, 24th-best
7 – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.5
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.2
·         Led 14 races for 420 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Three wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 13.2 in 27 races
·         Average Running Position of 10.3, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.5, fourth-best
·         375 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.104 mph, fifth-fastest
·         5,680 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), fifth-most
·         358 Quality Passes, 11th-most
8 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi MAX Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.8
2012 Rundown
·         One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 14.3
·         Led 21 races for 462 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Seven wins, 25 top fives, 31 top 10s; seven poles
·         Average finish of 7.1 in 39 races
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.4
·         Driver Rating of 120.8, second-best
·         Series-high 826 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.447 mph, second-fastest
·         6,775 Laps in the Top 15 (89.9%), second-most
·         486 Quality Passes, second-most
9 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.5
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.0
·         Led 20 races for 476 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Three top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.0 in 25 races
·         Average Running Position of 17.5, 17th-best
·         Driver Rating of 79.1, 17th-best
·         764 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         3,500 Laps in the Top 15 (46.5%), 13th-most
10 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.5
2012 Rundown
·         Four top fives, 11 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Led 8 races for 241 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.0 in 22 races
·         Average Running Position of 14.2, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.9, seventh-best
·         186 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 90.911 mph, eighth-fastest
·         4,773 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), seventh-most
·         363 Quality Passes, 10th-most
11 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.1
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 10.5
·         Led 16 races for 721 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         Two top 10s
·         Average finish of 21.9 in 19 races
·         Average Running Position of 21.8, 24th-best
·         Driver Rating of 67.6, 26th-best
·         709 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
12 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.6
2012 Rundown
·         One win, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Led 13 races for 358 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
·         10 top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.6 in 25 races
·         Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.1, fifth-best
·         435 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Series-high 841 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.133 mph, fourth-fastest
·         5,710 Laps in the Top 15 (75.8%), fourth-most
·         474 Quality Passes, third-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 32 of 36
Rank        Season
Last          Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Brad Keselowski 2,250 5 0 1 97.9
2. Jimmie Johnson 2,243 3 2 2 109.1
3. Denny Hamlin 2,230 5 3 3 102.6
4. Clint Bowyer 2,225 3 0 4 94.6
5. Kasey Kahne 2,220 2 4 5 95.5
6. Martin Truex Jr. 2,207 0 1 7 97.1
7. Tony Stewart 2,203 3 1 8 87.5
8. Jeff Gordon 2,199 1 2 9 96.8
9. Matt Kenseth 2,195 3 1 11 101.5
10. Kevin Harvick 2,191 0 0 10 91.5
11. Greg Biffle 2,188 2 3 6 101.1
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,128 1 1 12 97.6
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Kyle Busch 964 36. Brian Vickers 213
14. Carl Edwards 911 37. Michael McDowell 167
15. Ryan Newman 903 38. J.J. Yeley 155
16. Paul Menard 889 39. Josh Wise 123
17. Marcos Ambrose 860 40. Ken Schrader 111
18. Joey Logano 857 41. Stephen Leicht 107
19. Jeff Burton 780 42. Scott Speed 103
20. Jamie McMurray 770 43. Michael Waltrip 94
21. Aric Almirola 734 44. Terry Labonte 94
22. Juan Pablo Montoya 728 45. Tony Raines 71
23. Regan Smith 713 46. Scott Riggs 52
24. Bobby Labonte 678 47. Brendan Gaughan 50
25. Mark Martin 623 48. Boris Said 34
26. Kurt Busch 599 49. Bill Elliott 14
27. David Ragan 564 50. Hermie Sadler III 13
28. David Gilliland 563 51. Mike Olsen 11
29. Travis Kvapil 559 52. Robby Gordon 11
30. Casey Mears 533 53. Mike Skinner 10
31. Landon Cassill 519 54. Kelly Bires 9
32. AJ Allmendinger 429 55. Tomy Drissi 6
33. Dave Blaney 373 56. Stacy Compton 5
34. David Reutimann 351 57. David Mayhew 4
35. David Stremme 216 58. Patrick Long 2
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 2012 Top 12 at Martinsville Speedway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Brad Keselowski 5 0 0 0 2 0 13.4 82.3
2 Jimmie Johnson 21 1 6 14 18 1 5.8 121.4
3 Denny Hamlin 14 2 4 9 12 1 6.4 113.4
4 Clint Bowyer 13 0 0 1 7 1 14.7 87.9
5 Kasey Kahne 17 1 0 1 2 4 21.7 73.5
6 Martin Truex Jr. 13 0 0 2 4 1 21.4 68.4
7 Tony Stewart 27 3 3 9 15 1 13.2 101.5
8 Jeff Gordon 39 7 7 25 31 0 7.1 120.8
9 Matt Kenseth 25 0 0 3 8 2 16.0 79.1
10 Kevin Harvick 22 0 1 3 10 0 16.0 93.9
11 Greg Biffle 19 0 0 0 2 0 21.9 67.6
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 25 0 0 10 14 2 12.6 100.1
* – Based on last 15 races at Martinsville Speedway.
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 127 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.
·         57 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.
·         47 different drivers have won, led by Richard Petty’s 15.
·         Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven wins. Jimmie Johnson hassixand 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 (5.7), Denny Hamlin (6.4) and Jeff Gordon (7.0).
·         Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martinsville Speedway winner: Richard Petty (4/10/1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days). Oldest NSCS Martinsville Speedway winner: Harry Gant (9/22/1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
·         Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martinsville Speedway pole winner: Ricky Rudd (4/26/1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days). Oldest NSCS Martinsville Speedway pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (04/26/1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
Martinsville Speedway Data
Chase Race #: 7 of 10
Season Race #: 33 of 36 (10-28-12)
Track Size: 0.562-mile
Banking/Turns: 12 degrees
Banking/Straights: 0 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 800 feet
Backstretch Length: 800 feet
Race Length: 500 laps / 263 miles
Top 12 Driver Rating at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 121.4
Jeff Gordon………………………… 120.8
Denny Hamlin…………………….. 113.4
Tony Stewart……………………… 101.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………… 100.1
Kyle Busch…………………………. 94.4
Kevin Harvick………………………. 93.9
Ryan Newman…………………….. 90.1
Jeff Burton………………………….. 88.9
Clint Bowyer……………………….. 87.9
Jamie McMurray………………….. 83.2
Brad Keselowski………………….. 82.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway
Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner: None Due To Weather
 
2011 race winner: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 68.648 mph, (3:49:52), 10-30-11
 
Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 98.083 mph, 19.306 sec., 10-21-05
 
Track race record: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 82.223 mph, (3:11:55), 9-22-96
NASCAR in Virginia
·         There have been 277 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville
127
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond
113
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
·         165 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
Denny Hamlin
22
11
1
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

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