Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Martinsville Driver Previews

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - McMurray will make his 19th start this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray has accumulated 10-top-10 finishes, which is nearly 56% of the races he has run at the track. He has an average starting position of 14.6 and an average finishing position of 16.8. McMurray’s best finish at the track came in the fall race of 2004, when he came to the checkered in second.

#2- Brad Keselowski - In four Cup starts at Martinsville, Brad has scored one top 10 finish, 2010.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Kasey Kahne has one top-five finish and two top-10s. He scored his best result at the short track in April 2005 when he rallied from a 35th-place starting spot to finish second. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet has become a strong qualifier in the track’s spring races, starting from an average position of 9.5 during the last four events.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Marcos Ambrose has made six career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville. Ambrose enters the weekend in 24th place in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. Ambrose’s best start (second) at the half-mile track came in 2010 which was also the year he had his best finish of 11th.

#14- Tony Stewart - Stewart has three wins, three poles, seven top-threes, nine top-fives, 14 top-10s and has led a total of 1,208 laps in his 26 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average start is 13.2, his average finish is 13.4 and he has a lap completion rate of 95.9 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  Bowyer will make his 13th career NSCS start at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. In 12 previous starts, he has one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best fifth in the spring 2009 race. Last spring he led 91 laps and finished ninth. On average he starts 18th and finishes 15th. Bowyer has four straight top-10 finishes in the spring race at Martinsville. He averages an 11th place finish in the spring compared to a 20th place finish in the fall.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle is currently leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings; seven points ahead second. Biffle has 18 starts at Martinsville and has scored 2 top 10's

#17- Matt Kenseth - In 24 Cup starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 11,886 of 12,019 laps (98.9 percent) and led for 71 laps. Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.4 and an average finishing position of 16.5 at Martinsville. Kenseth has achieved two top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Martinsville in the Cup series. This weekend at Martinsville, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford Fusion. Entering the weekend at Martinsville, Kenseth is currently sixth in the NSCS driver point standings.

 #18- Kyle Busch - Busch has no wins, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes, and has led a total of 397 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average Martinsville finish is 16.4.

#22- A J Allmendinger - In nine career starts on the tight little .526-mile paper clip-shaped track, Allmendinger has posted one top-10 finish (a ninth in the 2009 edition of this race). He has a 21.6 average start and 22.9 average finish at Martinsville. He has an 89.5 percent lap completion average (4,046 of 4,519 laps) and has led a total of 25 laps. He has been running at the finish in all but one of the races and has finished on the lead lap three times.

#27- Paul Menard - In nine previous starts at Martinsville Speedway, Menard has completed 94.5 percent of his laps (4,269 of 4,519), has an average starting position of 24.8 and an average finishing position of 22.7. His best finish of 13th came in the October 2010 event and his best start at the 0.526-mile speedway came in March 2010 when he took the green flag in the ninth position.

#29- Kevin Harvick -Harvick will mark a milestone in his NSCS career this weekend as he makes his 400th start in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Since his first NSCS start on Feb. 25, 2001, at Rockingham Speedway, Harvick has earned 18 wins, 88 top-five finishes, 177 top-10 finishes and five pole awards. Harvick has made 21 NSCS starts at Martinsville Speedway since 2001. During that time he has scored one win (April 2011), three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has completed 97.44 percent of the laps run in those 21 races (10,250 of 10,519) and he’s led a total of 342 laps at the short track. Harvick holds an average starting position of 13.9 and an average finishing position of 15.9 at Martinsville.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton is now 15th in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, just 13 points out of the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup spot. Burton has One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10sand an Average finish of 14.6 at Martinsville.

#39- Ryan Newman - The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 will mark Newman’s 374th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 21st Sprint Cup start at Martinsville Speedway. Newman has three poles, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s in 20 starts at Martinsville.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya will make his 11th start this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. In his NSCS career Montoya has earned two top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes and has led 46 laps at the track. Montoya has zero DNF’s (did not finish) and has completed 4,906 of 5,019 laps (97.7%). Montoya’s highest starting position is fifth in the 2010 fall race and his highest finish is third in the 2009 fall race.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola and the No. 43 team moved up to 21st in championship points after California.Almirola stayed out in California after the race this week. He spent time visiting family in the area before returning to his home in North Carolina on Thursday.Aric has 6 starts at Martinsville with a best finish of 20th in 2008

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Quick Stats: Six wins in 20 starts. One pole (April 2006) at the short track. 14 top-five (70 percent) and 18 top-10 finishes (90 percent) in 20 starts. An average start of 11.9 and an average finish of 5.4. One DNF (did not finish) that occurred in his first race at the track in April 2002.

#51- Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch has scored one win, two top-five finishes, four top 10s and led 377 laps led in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. Busch’s average Martinsville finish is 20.8.

#55- Brian Vickers - Vickers has 13 career cup starts at Martinsville. He owns top-12 finishes in three of the last six Martinsville races. Sunday marks his 257th career Sprint Cup start.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Earnhardt is currently 3rd in Sprint Cup points. In 24 Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Earnhardt has scored nine top-five finishes, 13 top-10s and led 865 laps. He recorded a career-best runner-up finish at the Virginia short track behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet in October 2008 and again in April 2011.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards enters Martinsville 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, trailing leader Greg Biffle by 49 points. He has earned two top-five, three top-10 finishes and one pole this season. In 15 starts at the 0.526-mile track, Edwards has one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 17.1, and his average finish is 16.3. Edwards has completed 97.6 percent (7336 of 7519) of laps in Cup competition attempted at Martinsville Speedway

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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