Driver Handicaps: Martinsville

This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the Subway 500. To help you make your Dale Jr. Reality Cup Racing fantasy picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 500-lap event.

Who's Hot at Martinsville
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in wins (7), top fives (17) and laps led (2,298).
Jimmie Johnson holds the best finishing average (6.6) among active drivers.
Denny Hamlin has an average finish of 2.5 in his last two races.
Tony Stewart has finished seventh or better in his last four starts, including a win in 2006.


Keep an Eye On at Martinsville
Besides Gordon, Johnson and Stewart, Kurt Busch is the only other active driver that has won at Martinsville in the last 10 races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished in the top five in seven of the last 11 Martinsville races.
Carl Edwards has led 357 laps with the Car of Tomorrow.
Jeff Burton has the second best finishing average (12.6) among drivers that have competed in every event since 1998.
If his shoulder is feeling fine, Ricky Rudd will be shooting for his 21st top 10 at Martinsville.
Ryan Newman has qualified within the top 10 in all 10 of his 11 Martinsville starts.


COT Performers
Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in finishing average (5.4) among the drivers that have competed in all 14 Car of Tomorrow races. His most recent win at Talladega put him in a tie with his teammate Jimmie Johnson for the most wins with the new car with three. Denny Hamlin has also been strong in COT competition by winning one race (New Hampshire), leading an impressive 730 laps and posting an average finish of 10.6. Among drivers with seven or more starts - Carl Edwards (Ford), Ryan Newman (Dodge) and David Reutimann (Toyota) hold the best average finish among their manufacturers at 12.1, 14.7 and 27.1, respectively. David Gilliland has the worst average finish among all the drivers that have made every COT start at 31.7. COT Driver Averages | COT Lap Leaders


Martinsville Rookie Report
David Ragan was the top finishing Raybestos Rookie in the spring at Martinsville Speedway after finishing 15th. The finish made up for his first career start at the track when he was involved in many on track incidents with the most memorable coming with Ken Schrader. Juan Pablo Montoya finished right behind Ragan in 16th. David Reutimann and AJ Allmendinger also qualified for the race, finishing 33rd and 38th, respectively. Paul Menard, who finished 12th in the Busch race at Martinsville in 2006, failed to qualify for his first Cup start at the track in March. Rookie Standings


Qualifying Tidbits
There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the past 10 events at Martinsville Speedway. Jeff Gordon, who leads all active drivers with five poles, captured three of them in that span, including three-straight. Ryan Newman is the only other multiple pole winner since 2002. Denny Hamlin is the latest pole winner at Martinsville. Tony Stewart set the current qualifying record of 98.083 mph in the 2005 fall event, for his third pole at the track. Out of the 117 races run at Martinsville, 17 have been won from the pole, and 84 were won from within the top 10. Past Pole Winners | Starting Positions of Martinsville Winners


Martinsville Loop Data Leaders (2005-2007)
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Tony Stewart
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Tony Stewart - 4.4
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Tony Stewart
2. Jeff Gordon - 7.4
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jimmie Johnson - 7.9
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Kyle Busch
4. Ricky Rudd - 11.1
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Jeff Burton
5. Kurt Busch - 11.3
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Tony Stewart - 2401
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 123
1. Tony Stewart - 125.5
2. Jeff Gordon - 2172
2. Kyle Busch - 117
2. Jeff Gordon - 123.8
3. Jimmie Johnson - 2093
3. Jeff Gordon - 116
3. Jimmie Johnson - 117.2
4. Kyle Busch - 1941
4. Jimmie Johnson - 111
4. Denny Hamlin - 98.0
5. Kurt Busch - 1906
5. Ku Busch/T Stewart - 90
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 96.4
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average, Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led, Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


Dale Jr. Reality Cup Tiebreakers
Last Five # of Lead Changes
Last Five # of Caution Laps
2007 - 14
2007 - 93
2006 - 12
2006 - 87
2006 - 16
2006 - 107
2005 - 17
2005 - 91
2005 - 15
2005 - 113
Average: 14.8
Average: 98.2


Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Jeff Gordon
Pete Pistone: David Ragan
Rachael West: Dave Blaney
Note:
Drivers can be selected only one time per season. Race points will be added up each week. This is the 28th race of the season for this section of the handicaps. Standings


Top 20 Driver Notes - Based on Current Standings
1. Jeff Gordon (Points: 5880): Gordon notched his second Martinsville Speedway sweep in 2005 after starting 16th and 15th, respectively. His last sweep at the track came in 2003, winning both races that year from the pole. In his most recent track start, Gordon finished second for his ninth consecutive finish of ninth or better. In total, he has seven wins, five poles, 17 top fives, 23 top 10s and has led in 21 races for a total of 2,298 laps. Gordon's 7.3 average finish is second among active drivers, just shy of his teammate Jimmie Johnson's mark of 6.6.
2. Jimmie Johnson (Points Behind: -68): Johnson has won the last two events at Martinsville Speedway after leading a combined 358 laps. It was his second and third career wins at the track making Martinsville one of four tracks where Johnson has won more than three times at. His wins have come in a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes. Johnson, who won the pole for the 2006 April race, has led 724 laps at the .526-mile speedway.
3. Clint Bowyer (Points Behind: - 78): Bowyer lowered his Martinsville finishing average to 18.7 with an 11th-place finish in the spring. He won the pole for the Martinsville Busch race and went on to lead 58 laps en route to a second-place finish. Bowyer also led 84 laps in the 2006 truck race last October on his way to a seventh-place finish. This weekend he will be in a new car (chassis No. 207) when he makes his fourth career Cup start at Martinsville.
4. Tony Stewart (Points Behind: - 198): Stewart finally got his second Martinsville Speedway win in the 2006 spring race after dominating three consecutive events, leading a combined 818 laps. Last year in this event, Stewart did not lead any laps for the first time since 2004, but did go on to capture a fourth-place finish. This past April he notched his 10th top 10 in his 17th track start with a seventh-place finish.
5. Carl Edwards (Points Behind: - 240): Edwards has yet to finish inside the top 10 in six career starts at Martinsville Speedway. Edwards, who finished 17th in April, saw his best track performance come in the Craftsman Truck Series race in 2003 when he finished second. This weekend Edwards will be racing the same chassis (No. RK-505) that was competitive at Richmond up until the engine let go.
6. Kyle Busch (Points Behind: - 280): In the last four races at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch has finished ninth, fifth, 18th and fourth, respectively. His first track start in 2005 resulted in a 39th-place finish after mechanical problems took him out of contention. Busch also has two top 10s in the Truck Series at Martinsville and will make another start in the series on Saturday. In the Cup race Busch will be driving the same car (chassis No. 423) that finished 20th last month at Richmond.
7. Kurt Busch (Points Behind: - 315): Busch has competed in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway posting four top-10 finishes, including a win in the 2000 fall race. His lone victory came from the 36th starting position, the farthest back a race winner has started at Martinsville by 12 positions. Busch finished 11th, 27th and 12th, respectively, in his three track starts with Penske Racing. He also won the pole for this event last year with the team. This weekend Busch will pilot the same car (chassis No. PSC-524) that was competitive last month at New Hampshire up until the carburetor broke.
8. Kevin Harvick (Points Behind: - 328): Harvick has four top-10 finishes in 12 career starts at Martinsville Speedway with his best finish of seventh coming in the 2003 fall and 2006 spring race. He last was out front at Martinsville in the fall of 2004 when he led 104 of his track total of 147 laps. This weekend Harvick will be driving a new chassis (No. 223) in the Subway 500.
9. Denny Hamlin (Points Behind: - 349): Noted as one of the toughest tracks to conquer as a rookie, Hamlin went out and finished eighth in the fall event at Martinsville Speedway in just his third career NEXTEL Cup start. In the 2006 spring race, Hamlin never recovered from a bad qualifying run and went on to score his only DNF of that season. He made up for his spring run in the next two attempts, finishing second and third, respectively. Prior to Cup racing, Hamlin competed in the late model races at Martinsville where he posted three top 10s. This weekend Hamlin will be driving the same car (chassis No, 154) that posted top fives at Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season.
10. Jeff Burton (Points Behind: - 366): Jeff Burton has competed in six races at Martinsville Speedway with Richard Childress Racing. His sixth-place finish this past April was his second top 10 with the team. His lone Martinsville win came in this event in 1997. The victory was one of the 11 top 10s he recorded with Roush Racing. At 574, Burton is ranked sixth in laps led (all coming with Roush) among active drivers.
11. Martin Truex Jr. (Points Behind: - 378): Truex Jr's best finish (19th) in three starts at Martinsville Speedway came in his first attempt in 2006. This spring he led one lap for the first time on his way to a 29th-place finish.
12. Matt Kenseth (Points Behind: - 442): Kenseth has finished outside of the top 15 twice in the last eight events at Martinsville Speedway. His worst finish in that span was a 24th-place finish when a crash took him out of contention. This past April he finished 10th for his fourth top 10 in 15 starts. This weekend Kenseth will pilot the same chassis (RK-451) that has finished in the top 10 in five starts this season.
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Points: 3527): Earnhardt Jr. has finished in the top five in seven of the last 11 races at Martinsville Speedway. A pair of third-place finishes in the spring races in 2003 and 2004 mark Junior's best performances in 15 starts at the half-mile track.
14. Casey Mears (Points Behind 13th: -122): In nine career NEXTEL Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Mears has one top-10 finish and an average finishing position of 25.9. In April he finished 42nd in his first track start with Hendrick Motorsports. Mears, who has yet to post a top-five finish on a short track in his career, will be racing the same car (chassis No. 462) that finished 17th last month at Richmond.
15. Ryan Newman (Points Behind 14th: -15): With the exception of this year's spring race, Newman has qualified within the top 10 in all of his starts at Martinsville Speedway. Two of the starts have come from the pole, both in the fall events (2002, 2004). Overall, Newman has posted an average finish of 15.1 and has led 83 laps. This weekend Newman will be driving the same car (chassis No. PRS-509) that finished ninth last month at New Hampshire.
16. Greg Biffle (Points Behind 15th: -5): In nine starts, Biffle has never finished in the top 15 at Martinsville Speedway. He scored his best finish of 17th in the 2004 fall race. Although Biffle has yet to perform well at the Virginia track in the Cup Series, he has posted one pole and two top 10s in three Craftsman Truck Series starts. The chassis (No. RK-476) Biffle will race in the Subway 500 is the same one that finished 13th at New Hampshire last month.
17. Bobby Labonte (Points Behind 16th: -323): Labonte has made 29 starts at Martinsville Speedway, capturing one win and one pole. His last six of 13 top 10s at Martinsville have all been finishes of fourth or better. Labonte has made three track starts with Petty Enterprises with his best finish (third) coming in this event in 2006.
18. J.J. Yeley (Points Behind 17th: -4): Yeley's best finish in three starts at Martinsville Speedway is a 20th-place finish in his first of three track starts. His best track finish came in the Busch Series when he started 10th and finished ninth. This weekend Yeley will be driving the same car (chassis No. 169) that started 36th and finished 10th last month at Richmond.
19. Jamie McMurray (Points Behind 18th: -12): McMurray has made three starts with Roush Fenway Racing, finishing ninth after starting second on two occasions. His best finish (second) came with Chip Ganassi racing in the 2004 fall race when he led 43 of his 49 career laps at the track. On Sunday McMurray will be shooting for his seventh Martinsville top 10 driving the same car (chassis No. RK-463) that finished 11th last month at New Hampshire.
20. Kasey Kahne (Points Behind 19th: -61): Last year in this event, Kahne captured his second career top 10 at Martinsville Speedway with a seventh-place. His worst finish, and only DNF, in seven track starts came in the 2006 spring race after engine problems relegated him to a 35th-place finish.

Photos

  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review
  • 2014 Paint Scheme Review

Advertisement

  • © 2014 MRN. All Rights Reserved

    FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

    ISC Track Sites