Driver Handicaps: Martinsville

Martinsville Driver Handicaps

Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have combined for 17 wins at Martinsville. (Photo: Getty Images)

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This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, MotorRacingNetwork.com brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 500-lap event.

Who's HOT at Martinsville
• Six-time winner Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with a 5.6 average finish.
• Denny Hamlin has four wins and an average finish of 3.4 in his last 10 starts.
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in wins (7), top fives (24) and laps led (2,981). 
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has led 414 laps and posted six top 10s in the nine races with the COT.
• Kevin Harvick scored his second consecutive top five with a win in April.
• Kyle Busch has a 3.5 average finish in his last two starts.
• Mark Martin has finished in the top 10 in four of his last five starts.

Keep an Eye on at Martinsville 
• Series points leader Carl Edwards finished in the top 10 in both Martinsville races in 2010.
• Clint Bowyer (13.0) and Jeff Burton (13.4) each rank in the top 10 in average finish among all drivers that have competed in all nine races wih the COT at Martinsville.
• Joey Logano has posted a 7.0 average finish in his last three Martinsville starts.
• Tony Stewart has the fourth-best driver rating in the last 13 races.
• Ryan Newman has finished in the top 10 in three of his five Martinsville starts with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Matt Kenseth is coming off his first top 10 (sixth) at Martinsville since this event in 2008.
• Juan Pablo Montoya is coming off his second top five in his last four Martinsville starts.

Martinsville Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 7
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.0
Pole - 19 times
2. Mark Martin - 3
2. Ryan Newman - 8.7
Top Five - 65 times
Ryan Newman - 3
3. Denny Hamlin - 12.0
Top 10 - 90 times
Tony Stewart - 3
4. Jimmie Johnson - 12.2
Top 15 - 105 times
3. Denny Hamlin - 2
5. Tony Stewart - 13.5
Worst - 36th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.

*Best Average Finish at Martinsville  

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Kevin Harvick
2.0 
Four Races
Denny Hamlin
3.8
Six Races
Denny Hamlin
3.7
Eight Races
Denny Hamlin
3.6
10 Races
Denny Hamlin
3.4

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Martinsville Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2011)  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jimmie Johnson - 6.4
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Jeff Gordon - 6.6 
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin - 9.1
4. Tony Stewart
4. Mark Martin
4. Tony Stewart - 10.1
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Tony Stewart
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.6
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 5950
1. Jimmie Johnson - 468
1. Jimmie Johnson - 121.9
2. Jeff Gordon - 5851
2. Jeff Gordon - 428
2. Jeff Gordon - 119.7
3. Tony Stewart - 4905
3. Kyle Busch - 406
3. Denny Hamlin - 113.0
4. Denny Hamlin - 4853
4. Carl Edwards - 390
4. Tony Stewart - 102.4
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4785
5. Denny Hamlin - 377
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 98.9

*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.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Martinsville view the Goody's Fast Relief 500 pre-race ebook.

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch - 10.1
2. Carl Edwards
2. Jimmie Johnson 
2. Jimmie Johnson - 11.8
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards
3. Kurt Busch - 12.1
4. Kurt Busch 
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Matt Kenseth - 12.4
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Carl Edwards - 12.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 7457
1. Kyle Busch - 2105
1. Kyle Busch - 105.8
2. Carl Edwards - 6862
2. Kurt Busch - 2002
2. Jimmie Johnson - 99.8
3. Jimmie Johnson - 6704
3. Clint Bowyer - 1937
3. Carl Edwards - 99.1
4. Matt Kenseth - 6377
4. Paul Menard - 1877
4. Matt Kenseth - 98.2
5. Kevin Harvick - 6238 
5. Ryan Newman - 1770
5. Kurt Busch - 96.6

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Denny Hamlin
Pete Pistone: Kevin Harvick
Craig Moore: Kevin Harvick
Steve Blevins: Jeff Burton
John Singler: Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Hamber: Jimmie Johnson

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Martinsville unless noted)

1. Carl Edwards: 18th-place finish in the spring snapped streak of two consecutive top 10s; Led first laps (3) in 14 starts in April; 13.3 average finish in the nine races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 791) in the Tums Fast Relief 500.

2. Matt Kenseth: Coming off first top 10 (sixth) since this event in 2008; 15.8 average finish in 23 starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 790) in the Tums Fast Relief 500.

3. Brad Keselowski: Best finish came in this event last year in 10th; 13.7 average finish in three starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 803) in the Tums Fast Relief 500.

4. Tony Stewart: Posted finishes outside the top 20 in last three starts; Two top 10s and a 15.5 average finish in five starts with Stewart-Haas; Posted 11 top 10s and two wins in previous 20 starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 587) that he last finished seventh with at Richmond International Raceway.

5. Kevin Harvick: Coming off first win in 20 starts; Win was third top 10 in last four starts; 16.5 average finish; Seventh in laps led (160) in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 332) that he scored wins at Martinsville and Richmond International Raceway with.

6. Kyle Busch: Coming off third top five in seven starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Previous four top 10s came with Hendrick Motorsports; Led 151 laps in the spring; Sixth in laps led (271) in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 315) that he won with at Michigan International Speedway in August and last finished 11th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

7. Jimmie Johnson: Six-time winner; Has won five of the last 10 races; 5.6 average finish leads all drivers; Second among all drivers in average finish (3.9) and laps led (1005) in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 653) that he finished 11th with at Martinsville in the spring.

8. Kurt Busch: 21.8 average finish in 11 starts with Penske Racing; Four top 10s, including one win, came in previous 11 starts with Roush Racing; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 755) that teammate Brad Keselowski scored a sixth-place finish with at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Coming off second runner-up finish and fifth top 10 in seven starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Has combined to lead 117 laps in last two races; Posted seven top 10s in previous 16 starts with Dale Earnhardt, Inc; Fourth among all drivers in average finish (10.8) and laps led (414) in the nine races with the COT.

10. Jeff Gordon: Leads active full-time drivers in wins (7), top fives (24), top 10s (30), laps led (2,981) and poles (7); 20th-place finish in this event last year is only outside the top 10 in last 17 races; Third among all drivers in average finish (5.3) and laps led (775) in the nine races with the COT.

11. Denny Hamlin: Winner of three of the last four races; Leads all drivers with a 3.6 average finish and 1010 laps led in the nine races with the COT.

12. Ryan Newman: Three top 10s in five starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Scored six top 10s in previous 14 starts with Penske Racing; Finished 20th in April; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 645) that he finished first and 25th, respectively, with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

13. Clint Bowyer: Coming off sixth top 10 (ninth) in 11 starts; Fifth among all drivers in average finish (13.0) in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 324) that he last finished 26th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after running out of gas with two laps-to-go.

14. Kasey Kahne: 26.5 average finish in two starts with Team Red Bull; Finished 39th in April after a crash; Two top 10s in 15 starts; 20.4 average finish.

15. Greg Biffle: Last of two top 10s in 17 starts came in the 2010 spring race; 20.9 average finish in the nine races with the COT.

16. AJ Allmendinger: Only top 10 in eight starts came in the 2009 spring race; Led six laps and finished 14th in April; Will return in the same car that he last finished 21st with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

17. Marcos Ambrose: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in five starts; Best finish came in the 2010 spring race in 11th; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 754) that he last finished ninth with at Dover International Speedway.

18. David Ragan: Coming off first top 10 (eighth) in 10 starts; Has yet to lead a lap; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 747) that he finished eighth with at Martinsville in the spring.

19. Mark Martin: 9.6 average finish in five starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Finished second in this event last year; Won the spring race in 1992 and 2000 with Roush Racing; 13.0 average finish in 47 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 651) that he finished 10th with at Martinsville in the spring.

20. Juan Pablo Montoya: Coming off second top five in nine starts; 13.9 average finish; Led 37 laps en route to a third-place finish in this event last fall; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1116) that he finished ninth with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

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