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as of Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:10 PM.



NASCAR - Sprint Cup - STP 500 Preview

Date: Sunday, March 30

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.

Track: 0.526-mile oval

Laps: 500

Miles: 263

Capacity: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 65th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 mph)

Qualifying record: Denny Hamlin, 2013 (99.595 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson

Runner up: Clint Bowyer

Pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (98.400 mph)

Top 10:

1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 1)

2. Clint Bowyer (15)

3. Jeff Gordon (6)

4. Kasey Kahne (5)

5. Kyle Busch (11)

6. Brad Keselowski (7)

7. Jamie McMurray (13)

8. Marcos Ambrose (2)

9. Greg Biffle (22)

10. Mark Martin (35)

Average speed: 72.066 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 38 mins., 58 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.627 secs.

Caution flags: 12 for 85 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 72.066 mph

2012 Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 78.823 mph

2011 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 74.195 mph

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 73.180 mph

2009 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 75.938 mph

2008 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 73.163 mph

2007 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 70.258 mph

2006 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 72.741 mph

2005 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 72.099 mph

2004 Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 68.169 mph

2003 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 75.557 mph

2002 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 73.951 mph

2001 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 70.799 mph

2000 Mark Martin, Ford, 71.161 mph

1999 John Andretti, Pontiac, 75.653 mph

1998 Bobby Hamilton, Chevrolet, 70.709 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 70.347 mph

1996 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 81.410 mph

1995 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 72.145 mph

1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 76.700 mph

1993 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 79.078 mph

1992 Mark Martin, Ford, 78.086 mph

1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 75.139 mph

1990 Geoffrey Bodine, Ford, 77.423 mph

1989 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 79.025 mph

1988 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 74.740 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 72.808 mph

1986 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 76.882 mph

1985 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 73.072 mph

1984 Geoff Bodine, Chevrolet, 73.264 mph

1983 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 66.460 mph

1982 Harry Gant, Buick, 75.073 mph

1981 Morgan Shepherd, Pontiac, 75.019 mph

1980 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 69.049 mph

1979 Richard Petty, Chevrolet, 76.562 mph

1978 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 77.971 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 77.405 mph

1976 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 71.759 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 69.282 mph

1974 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 69.936 mph

1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 70.251 mph

1972 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 72.657 mph

1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 77.707 mph

1970 Bobby Isaac, Dodge, 68.512 mph.

1969 Richard Petty, Ford, 64.405 mph

1968 Cale Yarborough, Mercury, 66.686 mph

1967 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 67.446 mph.

1966 Jim Paschal, Plymouth, 69.156 mph

1965 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 66.765 mph

1964 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 70.098 mph

1963 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 64.823 mph

1962 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 66.430 mph

1961 Junior Johnson, Pontiac, 66.280 mph

1960 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 63.940 mph

1959 Lee Petty, Oldsmobile, 59.440 mph

1958 Bob Welborn, Chevrolet, 61.160 mph

1957 Buck Baker, Chevrolet, 63.025 mph

1956 Buck Baker, Dodge, 60.950 mph

1955 Tim Flock, Chrysler, 52.554 mph

1954 Jim Paschal, Oldsmobile, 46.153 mph

1953 Lee Petty, Dodge, average speed n/a

1952 Dick Rathmann, Hudson, 42.862 mph

1951 Curtis Turner, Oldsmobile, average speed n/a

1950 Curtis Turner, Oldsmobile, average speed n/a

1949 Red Byron, Oldsmobile, average speed n/a

Last race

Race: Auto Club 400 (March 23)

Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.

Miles: 412

Laps: 206

Finish line order: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 5 mins., 53 secs.

Average speed: 132.987 mph

Margin of victory: 0.214 secs.

Caution flags: 9 for 42 laps

Lead changes:

Lap leaders: Kenseth-pole, Keselowski 1-9, Bowyer 10, Keselowski 11-20, Ragan Kenseth-pole, Keselowski 1-9, Bowyer 10, Keselowski 11-20, Ragan 21, Keselowski 22, Ky. Busch 23-26, Keselowski 27-43, Gilliland 44, Cassill 45, Johnson 46, Vickers 47, Johnson 48-57, Bowyer 58, Keselowski 59, Johnson 60-70, Newman 71-73, Kenseth 74-83, Johnson 84-86, Kenseth 87, Nemechek 88, Kenseth 89-90, Johnson 91-105, J. Gordon 106-119, Sorenson 120, Kenseth 121-126, Johnson 127-142, J. Gordon 143, Reutimann 144, Johnson 145-167, J. Gordon 168, Johnson 169-193, J. Gordon 194-200, Cassill 201-203, Ku. Busch 204-205, Ky. Busch 206.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Code 3 Assoc./Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/TBA

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Keen Parts/SK Tools

#33 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#35 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/STP

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans

#48 * Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Triangle Office Equipment

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Jimmie Johnson 8 3 Won 4 Won 9 11 12 Won
Clint Bowyer --- 22 11 10 5 7 9 10 2
Jeff Gordon Won 2 2 2 4 3 5 14 3
Kasey Kahne 2 35 25 17 19 17 39 38 4
Kyle Busch 39 5 4 38 24 22 3 36 5
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- --- 12 19 9 6
Jamie McMurray 25 9 9 8 10 30 7 20 7
Greg Biffle 29 31 32 20 28 10 21 13 9
Brian Vickers 35 8 --- 23 33 6 17 18 11
Kevin Harvick 32 7 41 12 11 35 Won 19 13
Matt Kenseth 11 24 10 30 23 18 6 4 14
Carl Edwards 38 16 17 9 26 8 18 11 15
Tony Stewart 26 Won 7 5 3 26 34 7 17
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 32 2 13 23 23
Dale Earnhardt Jr 13 4 5 6 8 15 2 3 24
Ryan Newman 4 18 14 19 6 4 20 Won 31
Kurt Busch 19 11 12 33 18 23 16 33 37

Notes

The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the sixth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Martinsville Speedway opened in September 1947 and was originally a dirt track. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at this track occurred on July 4, 1948. The track was paved in 1955, and concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976. There are 12 degrees of banking in all four turns. The lengths of the frontstretch and backstretch are 800 feet.

There have been 130 Sprint Cup races held at Martinsville. Red Byron won the inaugural event there on Sept. 25, 1949. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1950.

Richard Petty holds the record for most wins at Martinsville with 15. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with eight victories there. Johnson won at this track one year ago, and Gordon took the checkered flag last October.

Petty has more starts at Martinsville than any other driver with 67. Gordon's 42 starts there is tops among those drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race.

Hendrick Motorsports has the most car owner wins at Martinsville with 21, followed by Petty Enterprises with 19.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most pole wins at Martinsville with eight. Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles there.

The race winner at Martinsville has started from the pole 21 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it in last year's spring race.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Martinsville occurred on April 1, 2007 when Johnson beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.065 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Martinsville is 36th. Kurt Busch did it in the fall of 2002.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Martinsville: Travis Kvapil (fall of 2004) and Michael McDowell (spring of 2008).

Tony Stewart is the only driver on the entry list that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Martinsville (spring of 1999).

No driver entered has scored his or her first Cup win at Martinsville.

Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Martinsville. Petty took the checkered flag there on April 10, 1960 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 8 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 8 months and 12 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on September 22, 1991.

The next race is the April 6 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.



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