Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Martinsville

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 21st start this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.  McMurray has accumulated one pole, 10-top-10 finishes and one top-five.  He has an average starting position of 15.3 and an average finishing position of 17.  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 - Keselowski will make his 7th start this weekend at Martinsville. He has 3 top 10's at the track with a best finish of 6th in October of 2012. He has an average start of19.833, an average finish of 12.167 and has led 10 laps. 

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 18 Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Kahne has recorded two top-five finishes and three 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 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS scored the pole position at the half-mile oval in April 2012 and has qualified sixth or better six times at the Virginia short track. Most recently, Kahne led 12 laps and scored a third-place finish at Martinsville in October 2012.

#7- Dave Blaney - Blaney has an impressive 34 starts at Martinsville Speedway. His best finish came in 2005, when he took the checkers in 16th position. Dave has an average finish on 31.4.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has secured three top-15 finishes at the paper clip track in his eight career starts, including a 15th-place finish last spring. With his strong road course skills, Ambrose knows how to conserve his brake package to be able to drive aggressively at the end of the 500-lap race.

#10-Danica Patrick - The STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway will mark Danica Patrick’s 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first stock car start of any kind at Martinsville

#14-Tony Stewart - 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 28 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average start is 13.0, his average finish is 13.7 and he has a lap completion rate of 96.1 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  Bowyer will make his 15th NSCS start at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. In 14 previous starts, Bowyer has two top-fives (fifth in 2009-1, 2012-1) and eight top-10 finishes. His best starting position was third in 2009-1. Bowyer has an average starting position of 16th and finish of 14th. He has led 247 laps, including at least one lap in three of his last four starts at Martinsville.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville.  In those starts he has earned three top-10 finishes, including one last fall during the Chase.  The team is returning this weekend with that same chassis.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -  Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Stenhouse has never raced in any series at Martinsville. He is currently 12th in the point standings, 60 points behind the leader.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes, and has led a total of 397 laps in his 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. His average Martinsville finish is 16.8. 

#20- Matt Kenseth -  In 26 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 12,901 of 13,034 laps (99.0 percent).  Kenseth has led for a total of 73 laps and has earned three top-five and eight top-ten finishes at the half-mile track.   A runner-up finish is Kenseth’s career best finish at Martinsville (April 2002).

#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his 9th start this week at Martinsville. In 8 previous starts he has 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's, his best being a 2nd place finish in March of 2010. His average start is 16.250 with an average finish of 15.250.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 40 starts at Martinsville Speedway, Gordon has seven wins, 25 top-fives and 32 top-10′s. He has been running at the finish in all 40 events, and the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has led 3,515 laps on the 0.526-mile track. Cale Yarborough tops that list with 3,784, a difference of 269 laps. Gordon has led 269 or more laps at Martinsville three times, including pacing the field for 329 laps in this event last year. Along with seven wins, Gordon also has seven poles at Martinsville, one off the track record held by Darrell Waltrip. Gordon has posted 20 consecutive seasons (1993 – 2012) with a pole, tying him with David Pearson for the most all-time.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 11 starts at Martinsville Speedway. His best start of ninth came in 2010 and 2012 and best finish of 12th came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,279 of 5,534 laps attempted (95.4 percent) at the half-mile oval.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made 23 NSCS starts at Martinsville Speedway since 2001. During that time he has scored one win (April 2011), three top fives and 10 top-10 finishes. He has completed 97.4 percent of the laps run in those 21 races (11,236 of 11,534) and led a total of 363 laps at the short track. Harvick holds an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finish of 16.7 at Martinsville.

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

#36- J J Yeley - Yeley has a total of 9 starts at the 1/2 mile track in Virginia. His best finish came in 2006, when he ended the race in 20th position. Yeley’s average finish is 33.3.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Newman boasts one win, seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. Additionally, the 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., has led 194 laps of competition, has an average starting position of ninth, an average finish of 13.6 and has completed 96.7 percent of the laps he’s contested (10,673 of 11,034) at the paperclip-shaped oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya will make his 12th at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.  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 5,918  of 6,034 laps (98.1%).  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 has 8 starts at Martinsville, scoring 1 top 5, 2 top 10's with only 3 DNF's. His best finish was 4th place in October of 2012 and he has led 56 laps at the half mile paper clip shaped track.

#47- Bobby Labonte - Martinsville Speedway has held 128 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races where there have been 57 pole winners and 47 race winners. Bobby Labonte is one of those drivers that owns a pole (4/23/95) and a victory (4/14/02) and has six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at the .526-mile short track. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has led 320 laps at Martinsville. He also won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race (10/18/92) at the venue.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson’s Martinsville Quick Stats: Seven wins (October 2012, April 2009, October 2008, April and October 2007, October 2006, October 2004) in 22 starts. The total is a career best and ties Johnson’s total at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.  Johnson can move into sole possession of third place on the all-time Martinsville wins list with a win Sunday. He is currently tied with Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon with seven wins. Richard Petty is first with 15 wins, followed by Darrell Waltrip with 11.  Five of Johnson’s Martinsville victories occurred during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Two poles (October 2012 and April 2006).  15 top-five finishes (68.2 percent) and 19 top-10s (86.4 percent) in 22 starts. In 22 races, has finished outside the top-10 only three times (12th in April 2012; 11th in April 2011, 35th in April 2002). Average start is 11.9 and average finish is 5.5. One DNF (Did Not Finish) – April 2002. Has completed 10,980 of 11,034 laps (99.5 percent) and led 1,981.

#51- Regan Smith - Smith has eight Cup Series starts at the half-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. He’s finished inside the top 20 three times and scored top-15s in two events. His best finish is 13th place, which he achieved in 2011.

#55- Brian Vickers -  Vickers owns 15 starts at Martinsville Speedway. He has three top-10 finishes and had led 27 laps of competition.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - This weekend’s race will mark Earnhardt’s 475th start in a sanctioned Sprint Cup points-paying event and his 600th overall in NASCAR competition. He also has tallied 125 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  In 26 Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway, Earnhardt has scored 10 top-five finishes, 14 top-10s and has 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 17 starts at the 0.526-mile track, Edwards has one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.1, and his average finish is 16.1.  Edwards has completed 97.9 percent (8351 of 8534) of laps in Cup competition attempted at Martinsville Speedway.  

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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