Driver Handicaps: Martinsville

Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in average finish (4.5) and wins (4) in the last 10 races at Martinsville. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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To assist in making your fantasy racing picks, MRN.com's Jeff Wackerlin breaks down all the stats and information to help steer you toward Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway.

Who's HOT at Martinsville
Jimmie Johnson, who is coming off his eighth win, leads all drivers with a 5.3 average finish.
• Seven-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in top 10s (33) and laps led (3,515).
Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne each have posted a 3.5 average finish in the last two races.
• Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in the last three races.
• After missing the spring race due to injury, Denny Hamlin will look to turn his season around at a track where he's finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 13 races, including four wins.

Kurt BuschWho to Keep an Eye On at Martinsville
• Mark Martin - making first track start with Stewart-Haas Racing - has finished in the top 10 in five of his last seven starts at Martinsville. 
• Richard Childress Racing (Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard), Roush Fenway Racing
(Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), Penske Racing (Keselowski and Joey Logano), Front Row Motorsports (David Ragan) and Furniture Row Racing (Kurt Busch) each tested at Martinsville earlier this month.
• Harvick has posted one win and an average finish of 13.8 in his last five Martinsville starts.
• Biffle has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts.
Matt Kenseth led 96 laps in his first Martinsville start with Joe Gibbs Racing in the spring.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted seven top 10s, including two runner-up finishes, in 11 starts at Martinsville with Hendrick Motorsports.
Ryan Newman has scored five top 10s, including one win, in nine starts at Martinsville with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Elliott Sadler will be in Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota this weekend and Kyle Larson (tested at Martinsville) will make his first track start and the second of his Sprint Cup career.
• Aric Almirola has posted a 10.7 average finish in his last three starts at Martinsville.
• Jamie McMurray (seventh) and Marcos Ambrose (eighth) were among the top-10 finishers in the first race at Martinsville with the Gen-6 car in the spring.
• Danica Patrick finished 12th in the spring at Martinsville - her best career finish on a non-
restrictor-plate track.  Patrick will return in the same car she drove in April from the rear of
the field after an engine change.

Chase drivers in bold.

Note: Sprint Cup teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires that they ran at Martinsville in the spring.  Jimmie Johnson won after leading a race-high 346 laps.

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Martinsville Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
Jeff Gordon - 7
1. Jeff Gordon - 7.2
Pole - 21 times
Ryan Newman - 3
2. Ryan Newman - 9.1
Top Five - 69 times
Mark Martin - 3
3. Denny Hamlin - 10.9
Top 10 - 94 times
Jimmie Johnson - 3 4. Jimmie Johnson - 11.4
Top 15 - 109 times
Denny Hamlin - 2 5. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch - 13.7
Worst - 36th, one time

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

*Best Average Finish at Martinsville

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jimmie Johnson
1.0
Four Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.0
Six Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.3
Eight Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.4
10 Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.5

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

Gen-6 Car Performers (32 Races)

Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
Matt Kenseth - 7
Kyle Busch - 16
Jimmie Johnson - 20
Jimmie Johnson - 5
Jimmie Johnson - 13
Kyle Busch - 20
Kyle Busch - 4
Kurt Busch - 10
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 18
Kevin Harvick - 3
Joey Logano - 10
Kevin Harvick - 17
Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne - 2
C. Edwards, M. Kenseth, K. Kahne - 9
Matt Kenseth - 17
Laps Led
Average Finish
Poles
Jimmie Johnson - 1,606
Jimmie Johnson - 11.5
Denny Hamlin - 4
Matt Kenseth - 1,434
Kevin Harvick - 11.8
Kyle Busch - 3
Kyle Busch - 1,213
Clint Bowyer - 12.2
M. Kenseth, R. Newman 
Kasey Kahne - 636
Matt Kenseth - 12.7
J. Logano, J. Johnson,
Carl Edwards - 450
Carl Edwards - 12.7
J. Gordon, D. Earnhardt Jr. - 2

Chase Drivers at Martinsville (by standings)

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

*Based off last 17 races.

Martinsville Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2013, 17 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jimmie Johnson - 5.9
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Jeff Gordon - 6.2
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Denny Hamlin - 8.9
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.0
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Kyle Busch
5. Clint Bowyer - 12.9
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7849
1. Jeff Gordon - 600
1. Jimmie Johnson - 123.8
2. Jeff Gordon - 7699
2. Jimmie Johnson - 596
2. Jeff Gordon - 120.7
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 6533
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 555
3. Denny Hamlin - 111.6
4. Denny Hamlin - 6160 
4. Kyle Busch - 513
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 98.8
5. Kyle Busch - 5845
5. Denny Hamlin - 512
5. Kyle Busch - 96.6

*Must be entered in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during 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 Headache Relief Shot 500 Pre-Race Loop Data eBook (pdf)

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Matt Kenseth - 8.5
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Jimmie Johnson - 9.9
3. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Busch - 11.5
4. Kasey Kahne
4. Brad Keselowski
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.8
5. Brad Keselowski
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Carl Edwards - 12.5
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth - 7924
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 1830
1. Matt Kenseth - 110.2
2. Kevin Harvick - 7154
2. Kurt Busch - 1805
2. Jimmie Johnson - 108.2
3. Jimmie Johnson - 7051
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1754
3. Kyle Busch - 101.8
4. Kyle Busch - 6957
4. Jimmie Johnson - 1747
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 96.8
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 6858
5. Matt Kenseth - 1688
5. Kasey Kahne - 96.3

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Early In a Run: *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.


MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kevin Harvick
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Dustin Long: Denny Hamlin
John Singler: Jamie McMurray

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

Jimmie Johnson: Led a race-high 346 laps in the spring en route to his eighth win; Best average finish (4.5) in the last 10 races; Best driver rating (122.8) in the last 17 races; Second among all drivers in laps led (2,327); Will return in the chassis (No. 749) that he won the last two Martinsville races with and combined to lead 539 laps.

Matt Kenseth: Led 96 laps and finished 14th in the spring in first track start with Joe Gibbs Racing; Posted an average finish of 15.9 in previous 26 starts with Roush Fenway Racing; Last of eight top 10s came in the 2012 spring race, fourth place.

Kyle Busch: Has finished in the top five in his last two starts; Second-place finish in this event last year is best in 17 overall starts; Combined to lead 277 laps in both races in 2011; Fifth-best driver rating in the last 17 races among drivers entered in the race.

Kevin Harvick: Win in the 2011 spring race came in a streak of three consecutive top fives; Finished 13th this spring; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 420) that he raced in the spring at Martinsville and scored the win with in the May race at Richmond International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon: Last of seven wins came in the 2005 fall race; Leads all drivers in laps led (3,515); Coming off 33rd top 10 (third-place finish) in 41 starts; Led 92 laps in this event last year; Second-best average finish (6.8) among all drivers in the last 10 races.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Finished 21st and 24th, respectively, in last two starts - snapping a streak of four consecutive finishes of seventh or better; Has posted two runner-up finishes (seven top 10s) in 11 starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Third-best average finish (11.8) among all drivers that have competed in all of the last 10 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 789) that he finished 24th with in the spring at Martinsville.

Greg Biffle: Has finished in the top 10 in last two starts; Has failed to lead a lap in last seven starts; 11.8 average finish in last four races; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 856) that he last finished 12th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Clint Bowyer: Finished second in the spring; Led 154 laps in this event last year; Hast yet to finish outside the top 10 in three track starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Posted six top 10s in previous 12 starts with Richard Childress Racing; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 786) in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

Kurt Busch: Finished 15th in this event last year for best finish in two starts with Furniture Row Racing; Last of four top 10s in 25 starts came in 2005 with Roush Racing - a team he also won the 2002 fall race with; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month.

Carl Edwards: Finished 15th in the spring; Last of five top 10s (ninth) came in this event in 2011; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 857) that he scored the win with at Richmond International Raceway.

Ryan Newman: 31st-place finish in the spring snapped streak of three consecutive finishes of 11th or better, which includes a win in the 2010 spring race; Has posted five top 10s in nine track starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 790) that he finished 15th with at Richmond International Raceway in May.

Joey Logano: Finished 23rd in the spring in first track start with Penske Racing; Posted two top 10s in previous eight starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 836) that he finished seventh with at Watkins Glen International.

Kasey Kahne: Has finished in the top five in his last two starts; Those represent two of four top 10s in 19 overall starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 787) that he raced in the spring at Martinsville.

Jamie McMurray: Coming off second top 10 (seventh) in seven starts in an Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet; 16.5 average finish and 117 laps led in 21 overall starts.

Brad Keselowski: Equaled best finish (sixth) in seven starts in the spring; Finish was third consecutive top 10; 11.3 average finish in seven overall starts; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 834) that he finished second with at Watkins Glen International.

Paul Menard: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in 12 starts; Finished 19th in the spring; 21.8 average finish; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 419) that he last finished fifth with at Richmond International Raceway.

Martin Truex Jr.: Has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 21.4 in seven starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Best finish is fifth, coming in the spring race in 2010 and 2012.

Aric Almirola: Finished in the top 10 in both races last season; Finished 20th in the spring; Will have Greg Ebert (car chief) as interim crew chief starting this weekend.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Finished 25th in first track start in April; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 858) that he last finished 10th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Jeff Burton: 16.8 average finish in the last 10 races; Last of 16 top 10s came in this event in 2011, sixth place; Tested at Martinsville earlier this month; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 435) in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

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Untitled Document Martinsville Driver Stats
Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish *Driver Rating
Jimmie Johnson 23 11.4 5.3 123.8
Jeff Gordon 41 7.2 7.0 120.7
Denny Hamlin 15 10.9 8.2 111.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 13.8 13.4 98.8
Kyle Busch 17 13.7 16.1 96.6
Kevin Harvick 24 13.7 16.6 92.6
Clint Bowyer 15 16.3 13.2 91.9
Ryan Newman 23 9.1 14.3 88.5
Brad Keselowski 7 18.0 11.3 87.4
Jeff Burton 38 17.4 15.1 87.3
Mark Martin 49 14.4 13.3 85.8
Jamie McMurray 21 15.2 16.5 84.1
Carl Edwards 18 17.6 16.1 80.6
Matt Kenseth 27 21.2 15.8 80.5
Juan Montoya 13 21.8 16.5 79.9
Kasey Kahne 19 18.5 19.8 78.1
Kurt Busch 26 19.8 21.7 77.1
Joey Logano 9 14.9 16.1 77.1
Danica Patrick 1 32.0 12.0 72.6
Martin Truex Jr. 15 16.9 22.7 69.7
Greg Biffle 21 20.3 20.8 69.2
David Ragan 14 21.3 20.9 67.2
Bobby Labonte 41 18.9 18.4 66.2
Marcos Ambrose 9 19.3 21.2 65.7
Elliott Sadler 24 28.3 24.9 64.9
Casey Mears 20 25.5 23.0 64.8
David Reutimann 13 21.9 26.8 64.4
Aric Almirola 9 24.1 26.2 61.0
Paul Menard 12 21.6 21.8 60.2
Tony Raines 9 25.2 23.7 57.9
Ken Schrader 53 18.5 18.7 56.2
Reed Sorenson 11 28.5 30.9 53.5
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 20.0 25.0 53.3
Travis Kvapil 15 26.4 29.0 50.1
Dave Blaney 25 27.4 31.3 45.9
J.J. Yeley 10 29.7 32.7 45.5
David Gilliland 14 32.0 30.9 42.8
Joe Nemechek 36 24.6 28.6 42.7
Landon Cassill 6 32.5 31.8 39.2
Michael McDowell 8 32.9 37.9 35.0
Josh Wise 3 34.3 38.0 32.5
Kyle Larson 0 - - -
Cole Whitt 0 - - -

*Last 17 Races

Coast to Coast
Martinsville Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last 17 races at Kansas.

Rank Driver Green Flag Passes
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 960
2 Juan Pablo Montoya 907
3 Matt Kenseth 904
4 Carl Edwards 899
5 Ryan Newman 897
6 Greg Biffle 879
6 Jeff Burton 879
8 David Ragan 860
9 Kurt Busch 832
10 Kyle Busch 805
11 Brian Vickers 793
12 Jeff Gordon 782
13 Tony Stewart 778
14 Denny Hamlin 776
15 Kevin Harvick 774
16 Jamie McMurray 768
17 Jimmie Johnson 760
18 Casey Mears 747
19 Kasey Kahne 740
19 Martin Truex Jr. 740
21 Bobby Labonte 731
22 Clint Bowyer 694
23 Paul Menard 671
24 Joey Logano 657
25 A J Allmendinger 609
26 David Reutimann 522
27 Mark Martin 507
28 Brad Keselowski 495
29 Marcos Ambrose 490
30 Travis Kvapil 487
31 Reed Sorenson 455
32 Aric Almirola 451
33 Ken Schrader 450
34 Elliott Sadler 442
35 Dave Blaney 415
36 Regan Smith 406
37 Scott Riggs 401
38 David Gilliland 386
39 David Stremme 368
40 Sam Hornish Jr. 343
41 Michael Waltrip 282
42 Joe Nemechek 211
43 Scott Speed 210
43 J.J. Yeley 210
45 Tony Raines 197
46 Landon Cassill 152
47 Michael McDowell 120
48 Mike Bliss 109
49 Johnny Sauter 72
50 Danica Patrick 51
51 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 48
52 Josh Wise 36
53 Trevor Bayne 25
54 Kenny Wallace 14
55 Max Papis 5
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