Driver Handicaps: Martinsville

Martinsville Speedway

Denny Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the top three drivers, respectively, in average finish in the last 10 races at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Who's HOT at Martinsville
• Six-time winner Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with a 5.8 average finish.
• Denny Hamlin has four wins and an average finish of 4.0 in his last 10 starts. 
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in wins (7), top 10s (31) and laps led (3,423).
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted a 4.8 average finish in his last four starts. 
• Tony Stewart, who is the defending race winner, has posted four top 10s in seven starts with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Ryan Newman won in the spring for his fifth top 10 in seven starts with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Kevin Harvick has finished in the top five in three of the last four races.

Keep an Eye On at Martinsville
• Series points leader Brad Keselowski has posted a 13.4 average finish in five starts at Martinsville.
• Clint Bowyer has finished in the top 10 in seven of his last 10 starts at Martinsville.
• Martin Truex Jr. has finished eighth or better in his last two starts at Martinsville.
• Carl Edwards has posted a 10.8 average finish in his last five races at Martinsville.
• Kasey Kahne will return in the same car that he won the pole with at Martinsville in the spring.
• Jeff Burton has finished in the top 10 in the last two fall Martinsville races.
• Kyle Busch has combined to lead 277 laps in two of the last three races at Martinsville.

Martinsville Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 7
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.1
Pole - 19 times
2. Tony Stewart - 3
2. Ryan Newman 8.7
Top Five - 67 times
3. Ryan Newman - 3
3. Denny Hamlin - 11.3
Top 10 - 92 times
4. Denny Hamlin - 2 4. Jimmie Johnson - 12.4
Top 15 - 107 times
5. Seven drivers with 1 5. Tony Stewart - 13.2
Worst - 36th one time

* - Must be entered in the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

*Best Average Finish at Martinsville

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Tony Stewart
4.0
Four Races
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4.8
Six Races
Denny Hamlin
4.3
Eight Races
Denny Hamlin
4.1
10 Races
Denny Hamlin
4.0

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

Martinsville Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2012)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jeff Gordon - 6.4
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson - 6.4
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin - 8.5
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Mark Martin
4. Tony Stewart - 10.3
5. Tony Stewart
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.1
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 6854
1. Jimmie Johnson - 542
1. Jimmie Johnson - 121.4
2. Jeff Gordon - 6775
2. Jeff Gordon - 486
2. Jeff Gordon - 120.8
3. Denny Hamlin - 5844
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 474
3. Denny Hamlin - 113.4
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 5710
4. Denny Hamlin - 457
4. Tony Stewart - 101.5
5. Tony Stewart - 5680
5. Kyle Busch - 441
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 100.1

*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 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Pre-Race eBook (pdf).

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 9.2
2. Denny Hamlin
2. Kasey Kahne
2. Greg Biffle - 9.6
3. Kyle Busch
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Matt Kenseth - 10.0
4. Mark Martin
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.4
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.0
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7586
1. Brad Keselowski - 2001
1. Jimmie Johnson - 109.1
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 7244
2. Kyle Busch - 1841
2. Denny Hamlin - 102.6
3. Matt Kenseth - 7166
3. Greg Biffle - 1786
3. Matt Kenseth - 101.5
4. Greg Biffle - 7060
4. Matt Kenseth - 1769
4. Greg Biffle - 101.1
5. Brad Keselowski - 6874
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1766
5. Kyle Busch - 98.0

*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: Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Hamber: Kevin Harvick
John Singler: Tony Stewart

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

Brad Keselowski: Ninth-place finish in the spring is best finish, and second top 10, in five starts; 13.4 average finish; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 831) in the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Jimmie Johnson: Six-time winner; Second-best average finish (4.8) in the last 10 races; Best driver rating (121.4) in the last 15 races; Second among all drivers in laps led (1,788); Will debut a new car (chassis No. 749) in the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Denny Hamlin: Four-time winner; Leads all drivers with a 4.0 average finish in the last 10 races; Has combined to lead 892 laps in last seven races; Third-best driver rating in the last 15 races.

Clint Bowyer: Finished 10th in first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing in April; Finish was seventh top 10 in 13 starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 743) in the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Kasey Kahne: Won the pole and finished 38th after an engine issue in the spring; 21.7 average finish in 17 starts; Last of two top 10s came in this event in 2006; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 651) that he raced in April at Martinsville.

Martin Truex Jr: Coming off second consecutive top 10; 17.4 average finish in five starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Has yet to lead a lap in last 10 starts.

Tony Stewart: Defending race winner; Win was third in 27 starts; Finished seventh for fourth top 10 in seven starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Fourth-best driver rating in the last 15 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 710) that he last finished fourth with at Richmond International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon: Leads all drivers in wins (7) and laps led (3,423); Third-best average finish (6.3) in the last 10 races; Second-best driver rating in the last 15 races; Led 329 laps in the spring; Finished third in this event last year.

Matt Kenseth: Finished fourth in the spring for third top five in 25 starts; 16.0 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 806) that he last finished 14th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Kevin Harvick: Winner of the 2011 spring race; Has finished fourth or better in three of the last four races; Fifth-best average finish (11.2) in the last 10 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 400) that he last finished 11th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Greg Biffle: 21.9 average finish in 19 starts; Last of two top 10s came in the 2010 spring race; Finished 13th in April; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 822) that he last finished 18th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Has finished seventh or better in last four starts; Fourth-best average finish (10.2) in the last 10 races; Fifth-best driver rating in the last 15 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 654) that he posted a 4.0 average finish in the last three races at Martinsville.

Kyle Busch: Has finished fourth or better in two of the last four races; Has combined to lead 277 laps in two of the last three races; 20.8 average finish in nine starts with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Carl Edwards: Finished ninth in this event last year; Finish is fifth top 10 in 16 starts; Seventh-best average finish (12.3) in the last 10 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 815) that he last finished 19th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Ryan Newman: Winner of the spring race; 11.1 average finish in seven starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Sixth-best average finish (12.2) in the last 10 races; Will be reunited with crew chief Matt Borland.

Paul Menard: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in 10 starts; Best finish (13th) came in this event in 2010; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 349) that he last finished 12th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Marcos Ambrose: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in seven starts; 22.7 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 728) that he last finished 24th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

Joey Logano: 15.1 average finish in seven starts; Finished second and sixth, respectively, in 2010.

Jeff Burton: Has finished in the top 10 in the last two fall races; Led 134 laps in this event in 2010; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 329) that he finished 22nd with at Martinsville in the spring after suffering electrical issues.

Jamie McMurray: 16.9 average finish in 19 starts; Won the pole and finished seventh in the 2011 spring race; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 1222) in the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Pay the Fan
Martinsville Driver Stats

Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish Driver Rating
AJ Allmendinger 10 22.1 20.8 69.6
Aric Almirola 7 24.7 30.3 57.5
Bobby Labonte 39 18.6 18.6 65.8
Brad Keselowski 5 17.4 13.4 82.3
Brian Vickers 14 22.2 20.4 75.5
Carl Edwards 16 17.8 16.0 80.5
Casey Mears 18 24.8 23.2 65.2
Clint Bowyer 13 17.0 14.7 87.9
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 25 13.4 12.6 100.1
Dave Blaney 23 26.4 31.3 46.5
David Gilliland 12 31.9 31.2 42.0
David Ragan 12 21.6 19.8 69.9
David Reutimann 11 19.6 24.9 67.8
David Stremme 9 29.8 31.7 48.9
Denny Hamlin 14 11.3 6.4 113.4
Greg Biffle 19 19.7 21.9 67.6
J.J. Yeley 9 28.9 33.3 46.0
Jamie McMurray 19 14.8 16.9 83.2
Jeff Burton 36 17.5 14.8 88.9
Jeff Gordon 39 7.1 7.1 120.8
Jimmie Johnson 21 12.4 5.8 121.4
Joe Nemechek 34 23.6 28.1 44.6
Joey Logano 7 16.6 15.1 77.0
Josh Wise 1 30.0 41.0 29.0
Juan Montoya 11 22.2 15.3 82.3
Kasey Kahne 17 19.5 21.7 73.5
Ken Schrader 51 18.0 18.3 59.6
Kevin Harvick 22 13.4 16.0 93.9
Kurt Busch 24 19.9 21.3 77.2
Kyle Busch 15 14.6 17.7 94.4
Landon Cassill 4 32.0 34.8 35.2
Marcos Ambrose 7 19.9 22.7 64.5
Martin Truex Jr. 13 17.7 21.4 68.4
Matt Kenseth 25 22.3 16.0 79.1
Michael McDowell 6 35.8 36.8 36.6
Mike Bliss 10 29.2 30.5 45.4
Paul Menard 10 23.4 23.0 57.7
Reed Sorenson 10 27.4 29.7 56.2
Ryan Newman 21 8.7 13.7 90.1
Sam Hornish Jr. 6 30.3 28.3 49.3
Scott Riggs 12 22.8 24.8 53.1
Scott Speed 6 26.7 32.2 42.3
Tony Stewart 27 13.2 13.2 101.5
Travis Kvapil 13 25.4 28.1 51.2
Martinsville Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last 15 races at Martinsville.

Driver Green Flag Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 841
Carl Edwards 765
Matt Kenseth 764
Ryan Newman 754
Juan Pablo Montoya 753
David Ragan 730
Jeff Burton 728
Greg Biffle 709
Kurt Busch 703
Kyle Busch 699
Jimmie Johnson 685
Denny Hamlin 683
Brian Vickers 674
Kevin Harvick 645
Tony Stewart 637
Jeff Gordon 631
Martin Truex Jr. 625
Kasey Kahne 597
Jamie McMurray 591
Clint Bowyer 590
Casey Mears 581
Bobby Labonte 575
Paul Menard 542
A J Allmendinger 512
Joey Logano 507
David Reutimann 472
Reed Sorenson 455
Mark Martin 446
Elliott Sadler 442
Ken Schrader 398
Scott Riggs 387
Marcos Ambrose 379
Dave Blaney 376
Travis Kvapil 363
Brad Keselowski 355
Regan Smith 347
David Gilliland 344
David Stremme 315
Robby Gordon 304
Michael Waltrip 282
Sam Hornish Jr. 262
Aric Almirola 256
Tony Raines 197
Scott Speed 195
Joe Nemechek 192
Jeff Green 181
J.J. Yeley 171
Mike Bliss 109
Hermie Sadler 109
Michael McDowell 107
Bill Elliott 79
Mike Skinner 66
Landon Cassill 60
Jason Leffler 42
Mike Wallace 31
Trevor Bayne 25
Kenny Wallace 14
Josh Wise 6

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