STP 500 at Martinsville SpeedwayHistory
· Opened in September of 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.
· The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was Sept. 25, 1949.
· The track was paved in 1955.
· The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.
· Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.
· There have been 140 NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

2018 pole winner:
Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota
No Time Trials, start position set by owner points (due to snow)

2018 race winner:
Clint Bowyer, Ford
81.663 mph, (03:13:14), 03-26-18

Starts
· A total of 626 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway; 402 have competed in more than one.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Martinsville Speedway with 67; followed by Dave Marcis and Ricky Rudd with 55 each.
· Kurt Busch leads the series in starts among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with 37; followed by Kevin Harvick (35) and Jimmie Johnson (34).
· In total, 62 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
· Gray Gaulding (10/30/2016), Chase Elliott (03/29/2015) and Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) are the active drivers who have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville Speedway.
· Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
· Ryan Blaney (six starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.833.

Poles
· In total 61 different drivers have won poles at Martinsville Speedway; seven of the 61 pole winners are active this weekend.
· 28 of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville pole winners have won multiple poles.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the NASCAR Cup in poles at Martinsville Speedway with eight Busch Pole Awards (1979, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1992).
· Curtis Turner won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
· Joey Logano leads the series among active drivers with the most poles at Martinsville with four – 2015 sweep, spring 2016 and fall 2017.
· A total of 13 different drivers have won two or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Joey Logano who won three consecutive poles at Martinsville from 2015-2016.
· Five drivers have won three or more consecutive poles at Martinsville Speedway in the Monster Energy Series:
Glen Wood (fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep
Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980)
Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep)
Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004)
Joey Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring)
· Youngest series Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (April 26, 1981 – 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
· Oldest series Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (April 26, 1987 – 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
· A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway.
· A total of 11 different manufacturers have won at least one NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway.
· Chevrolet leads the series in poles at Martinsville with 53; followed by Ford with 34 and Toyota with five.

Wins
· A total of 52 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway. Nine of the 52 different winners are active this weekend.
· 25 of the 52 different NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville Speedway have won multiple times.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 15 victories (1960, 1962, 1963, 1967 sweep, 1968, 1969 sweep, 1970, 1971, 1972 sweep, 1973, 1975, 1979).
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with nine victories (2004, 2006, 2007 sweep, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016)
· A total of nine active drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway.
· A total of 12 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
Fred Lorenzen won four NASCAR Cup races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965.
Jimmie Johnson is the most recent driver to win consecutive races (2012 Playoff race / spring of 2013) at Martinsville.
· A total of 12 different drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
· In total 39 different car owners have won at Martinsville Speedway.
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 24 wins – Jeff Gordon (nine), Jimmie Johnson (nine), Darrell Waltrip (four), Geoffrey Bodine (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one).
· 20 of the 140 NASCAR Cup Series races (14.3%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Busch pole. Three of those 20 wins came from active drivers:
Jimmie Johnson (2012 and Spring of 2013)
Denny Hamlin (2010)
Note: Johnson won from the first starting position in 2008, but qualifying was not held due to weather. A total of 21 wins have come from the first starting position.
· The first starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville, producing more wins (21 victories - a winning percentage of 15.44%) than any other starting position.
· 36 of the 140 (25.8%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the first starting position and 15 from the second starting position.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.
· Youngest series Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (April 10, 1960 – 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
· Oldest series Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (September 22, 1991 – 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
· Clint Bowyer competed at Martinsville Speedway 24 times before winning earlier this season; the longest span of any the nine active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
· Five active winners have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Clint Bowyer (24), Kyle Busch (21) Ryan Newman (20), Kevin Harvick (19), Brad Keselowski (14).
· Jimmie Johnson can become the third driver in series history to record 10 or more wins at more than one track with a win this weekend; joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson currently has nine series wins at Martinsville.

Additional Finishing Positions
· A total of 66 series drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with seven runner-up finishes.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four runner-up finishes at Martinsville; followed by Kyle Busch with three.
· A total of 152 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top five at Martinsville Speedway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; followed by Jeff Gordon with 29.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19 top fives at Martinsville, followed by Kyle Busch with 15 top-five finishes.
· A total of 260 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top 10 at Martinsville Speedway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 38 top 10s; followed by Richard Petty with 37.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 24; followed by Denny Hamlin with 19.
· Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.8 average finish.
· Jimmie Johnson (34 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average finishing positions at Martinsville Speedway with a 8.0; followed by Denny Hamlin with a 9.8 (26 starts).

Track Event Specific Stats
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions 10 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Series at Martinsville Speedway:
· Eight NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather:
· Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the April 1, 2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second over second-place Jeff Gordon.

Top Five Closest NASCAR Cup Series Margins of Victory at Martinsville Speedway

Margin of Victory
Date
Race Winner
Runner-Up
0.065
4/1/2007
Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon
0.107
10/28/2018
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
0.141
10/29/2017
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
0.141
10/15/2001
Ricky Craven
Dale Jarrett
0.170
10/30/2011
Tony Stewart
Jimmie Johnson

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