Thursday, October 25, 2012

Martinsville Driver Statistics

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 has made 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway.  In those 19 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has accumulated one top-five, 10 top-10’s and 11 top-15’s. McMurray has completed 8,878 out of a possible 9,534 laps (93%) with a total of 117 laps led.  He has an average start and finish position of 14.8 and 16.9, respectively.  His best start at the half-mile oval was first in 2011.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 17 Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, 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 scored the pole position at the half-mile oval in April and has qualified sixth or better six times at the Virginia short track.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose will be making his eighth career start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The Australian native’s best start (second) and best finish (11th) at the Virginia track came in 2010. Ambrose sits in 17th-place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings heading into this weekend’s 500-mile race.

#14-Tony Stewart - The TUMS Fast Relief 500 will mark Stewart’s 497th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 28th Sprint Cup start at Martinsville 
Speedway. Stewart will make his 500th career Sprint Cup start in the season finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart has three wins, three poles, seven top-threes, nine top-fives, 15 top-10s and has led a total of 1,208 laps in his 27 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average start is 13.2, his average finish is 13.2 and he has a lap completion rate of 96.0 percent.

#17- Matt Kenseth -  In 25 Cup starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 12,401 of 12,534 laps (98.9 percent) and led for 72 laps.  Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.3 and an average finishing position of 16.0 at Martinsville.  Kenseth has achieved three top-five and eight top-10 finishes at Martinsville in the Cup series.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has six top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has led a total of 397 laps in his 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average Martinsville finish is 17.7. Sunday will marks Kyle's 290th Cup start.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - In six prior Cup starts during the 2008-2010 seasons at Martinsville Speedway, Hornish has a 30.3 average start and a 28.3 average finish. He made solid steps forward and posted his best start and best result to date during his last two trips there. Entering this weekend's return, Hornish's best finish, a 13th, came in the spring race of 2010. His best start, a 24th, came in the fall race there that season. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Gordon has seven victories, seven pole positions, 25 top-five finishes, 31 top-10s and 3,423 laps led - all tops among active drivers at the 0.526-mile track.

#27- Paul Menard -  In 10 previous starts at Martinsville Speedway, Menard has completed 94.9 percent of his laps (4,779 of 5,034), has an average starting position of 23.4 and a 23rd-place average finishing position. 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 make his 427th career Sprint Cup Series start and 23rd appearance at the concrete oval. In his first 22 showings, the Bakersfield, Calif., native has earned one win (March 2011), one pole award (March 2010), three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick maintains an average starting position of 13.4, along with a 16th-place average finishing position, is credited with 363 laps led and has completed 97.5 percent (10,763 of 11,034) of the laps contested.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton grew up an hour away from Martinsville in South Boston, Va. Sunday’s event marks Burton’s 37th start at the half-mile facility and 651st-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, led 940 laps and made one trip to Victory Lane in 1997.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman has one win (April 2012), three poles, seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 21 starts at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya looks to make his 12th start this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.  In his previous 11 starts he has led 46 laps and earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes.  Montoya has completed 5,418 out of a possible 5,534 (97.9%). His best start was fifth in 2010; and he earned his best finish of third in 2009. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 22.2 and an average finishing position of 15.3 at the half-mile oval.

#43- Aric Almirola - With seven Sprint Cup starts at the .526-mile track, Almirola's best result was his eighth-place finish earlier this season in the same Ford Fusion that he will pilot this weekend.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Six wins (October 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and April 2007, 2009). One pole (October 2008). 14 top-five finishes (66.7 percent) and 18 top-10s (85.7 percent) in 21 starts. One DNF (did not finish- April 2002). Average start of 12.4 and average finish of 5.8.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 25 Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville, Earnhardt has scored 10 top-five finishes, 14 top-10s and led 868 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 - In 16 starts at the 0.526-mile track, Edwards has one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 17.8, and his average finish is 16.0. Edwards has completed 97.7 percent of his laps in Cup competition attempted there.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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