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Records
Date Series Driver Speed

9/22/96 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Gordon 82.00
10/23/05 Sprint Cup Qualifying Tony Stewart 98.083
7/22/06 Nationwide Race Kevin Harvick 61.00
7/22/06 Nationwide Qualifying Clint Bowyer 95.951
10/18/03 Camping World Truck Race Jon Wood 72.00
3/29/08 Camping World Truck Qualifying Jack Sprague 96.327




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Kroger 200
Martinsville Speedway



Race Capsule
Martinsville Speedway

What: Race 23 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VA
When: October 29, 2011 2:16 pm EDT
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.526 miles
Race Length: 105.00 miles


Camping World Truck
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
4/2/11 Kroger 250 Johnny Sauter Johnny Sauter Chevrolet $481,493
10/23/10 Kroger 200 Kyle Busch Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $437,674
3/27/10 Kroger 250 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $485,807
3/30/09 Kroger 250 Rick Crawford Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $498,018
10/24/09 Kroger 200 Mike Skinner Timothy Peters Toyota $449,885
10/18/08 Kroger 200 Ron Hornaday Jr. Johnny Benson Toyota $472,004
3/29/08 Kroger 250 Jack Sprague Dennis Setzer Dodge $520,137
10/20/07 Kroger 200 Jack Sprague Mike Skinner Toyota $451,204
3/31/07 Kroger 250 Mike Skinner Mike Skinner Toyota $504,661



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TUMS Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway


Race Capsule
Martinsville Speedway

What: Race 33 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VA
When: October 30, 2011 1:43 pm EDT
Laps: 500
Track Length: 0.526 miles
Race Length: 263.00 miles



Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
4/3/11 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Jamie McMurray Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $4,897,916
3/29/10 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin Toyota $4,935,846
10/24/10 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota $4,886,673
3/29/09 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,066,999
10/25/09 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Ryan Newman Denny Hamlin Toyota $5,012,362
3/30/08 Goody's Cool Orange 500 Jeff Gordon Denny Hamlin Toyota $5,027,520
10/19/08 TUMS QuikPak 500 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $4,972,883
4/1/07 Goody's Cool Orange 500 Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $4,929,787
10/21/07 Subway 500 Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $4,872,371

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Martinsville 2
Published on October 25, 2011 by Official Release
Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes

NSCS Race Advance

TUMS Fast Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011


DODGE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has 10 wins at Martinsville including three sweeps (1953, 1956 and 1975).

· Rusty Wallace posted the last Dodge win at Martinsville. It came in the 2004 spring event, one of seven victories for Wallace at the .526-mile track.

· Kurt Busch (No. 2 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge) won at Martinsville in 2002 prior to joining the Dodge family.

· Busch is the only current Dodge driver to earn a pole at Martinsville Speedway (October 2006).

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has one top-10 finish in three starts at Martinsville (10th – October 2010).

THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 212 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge has five victories this season, three by Brad Keselowski (Kansas, Pocono and Bristol) and two by Kurt Busch (Infineon, Dover). Dodge’s most recent win came at Dover. Busch led five times for 90 of the 400 laps.

· Dodge teams have recorded 52 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

CHASE FAST FACTS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski qualified 16th and finished fourth at Talladega last weekend. He is third in the Chase standings, 18 points behind the leader.

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch qualified 14th and finished 36th at Talladega. He dropped one position in the standings to eighth, 52 points behind the leader.

· The last time two Penske Racing Dodges qualified for the Chase was 2005 (Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman).

· Dodge has not won a championship since the Chase format was introduced in 2004. Kurt Busch won the 2004 title before moving to Penske Racing in 2006.

· Dodge drivers have won four Sprint Cup championships: David Pearson (1966), Bobby Isaac (1970), Richard Petty (1974, 1975).

2011 CHASE to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings

(After 32 of 36 Events) 1. Carl Edwards 2237 7. Jimmie Johnson -50 2. Matt Kenseth -14 8. Kurt Busch -52 3. Brad Keselowski -18 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -74 4. Tony Stewart -19 10. Jeff Gordon -82 5. Kevin Harvick -26 11. Denny Hamlin -84 6. Kyle Busch -40 12. Ryan Newman -88

DODGE IN THE CHASE: MARTINSVILLE

· 2004: Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield represented Dodge in the Chase. Newman claimed the pole and led nine laps en route to a third-place finish. Mayfield qualified 11th and finished sixth.

· 2005: Dodge drivers making the elite 10 were Ryan Newman Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty Wallace. Newman finished 10th, Wallace 19th and Mayfield 28th.

· 2006: Kasey Kahne was the only Dodge driver to make the Chase. He started 32nd and finished seventh.

· 2007: Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative in the Chase. Busch started 11th and finished 31st.

· 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.

· 2009: Kurt Busch, the lone Dodge entry in the Chase, started 37th and finished 17th.

· 2010: Kurt Busch was the only Dodge driver to make the Chase. He started 29th and finished 16th.

FROM THE DODGE ENGINEER: “This week, we’re going from the biggest track in Sprint Cup competition to the smallest. If Talladega had big engineering challenges to overcome, Martinsville has bigger. Engineers, worried about 250-degree engine temperatures at Talladega last week, have to worry about 1400-degree brake temperatures at Martinsville. Some easy math will convince even the most casual observer that dealing with components that get to 1400 degrees will be an important part of any team’s success at Martinsville.” Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas1, Pocono1 & Michigan1) Finish: 1st (Infineon, Dover2)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte1) Finish: 1st (Kansas1, Pocono2, Bristol2)

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona1) Finish: 16th (Daytona1)

MARTINSVILLE STATS OF THE WEEK

· Brad Keselowski has one top 10 finish at Martinsville (Fall 2010). He has an average finish of 13.7 in three races at the paper clip-shaped track.

· Kurt Busch’s win at Martinsville in 2002 came from the 36th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.

· Dodge’s best finish at Martinsville in the spring was a 16th by Kurt Busch. Brad Keselowski finished 19th and Robby Gordon 23rd.

· There have been 125 Sprint Cup races at Martinsville; the first in 1949 was won by Red Byron.

· Just 19 races have been won from the pole.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Heading back to Martinsville for the second time, I don’t feel like we were that bad the first race. We had a tire failure that put us behind, so going back we feel that we have some new ideas that will make our cars a little faster. We’re bringing a new chassis to the race track this weekend. Hopefully, we can keep this roll going. We’re all excited on this Miller Lite Dodge Charger team. We’ve worked really hard all year to put ourselves in position these final few races to have a shot at the championship and it’s ‘go’ time to try and make it happen.” Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

DODGE QUOTES

“This weekend’s race at Martinsville is one that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. There is no part or piece of equipment that can substitute for just getting a bunch of laps under your belt there. I’ve learned a lot in my three races, and I know Paul (Wolfe) has as well. This is a race where I think we can really pick up some points on Carl (Edwards) and Matt (Kenseth).

” Martinsville will always be a track that is hard on brakes. Yes, the braking systems have come a long way over the last 10 years or so. But if you give us more brakes or better brakes, we are going to use more brakes to the point that we will damage the sidewall of the tire. Overheating the brakes is something that is easy to do because you are going so hard every lap as passing is difficult at Martinsville. Managing your brakes is part of being a successful short-track racer.” Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“Everyone on this team feels really good about going to Martinsville this weekend, especially since we were able to take part in the Goodyear tire test there last month. The good thing about Martinsville is that you don’t have to worry about aerodynamics. It’s the shortest track we visit and it’s all about mechanical grip. In the short time Brad has been at Martinsville, he has shown a great ability to get around the place. Hopefully we can get qualifying in – which is never a guarantee during this weekend – so that we can get a good starting spot. Then, if we can maintain forward bite off the corners, I believe we can gain more points on the Chase leaders to really make this thing interesting heading into the final three weeks.” Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

“We’ve run very well there through the years, but you wouldn’t know that by just looking at the statistics. The biggest thing is that it’s been seldom that we’ve been able to put together a whole race at Martinsville. We’d start out strong and not be able to get the good finishes we needed. Many times we’ve been strong enough to win a 400-lap race there, but the problem is that Martinsville races are 500-lappers, not 400.

“We’re coming back into Martinsville with a lot of confidence and a really positive attitude about racing there this weekend. I’ll be the first to admit that the Martinsville races have always been so challenging to me and that goes all the way back through my career. But ever since Steve Addington came aboard as our crew chief, things have really begun to turn for the better.

“It’s just a tough parking-lot-style of racing. You’re racing on a flat surface on the straightaways and all the way through the corners. You just stay so hard on the brakes into the corners that you don’t know when you’re gonna slide over that edge of how you need to be running. I seem to almost always heat up my front brakes too much there and they lose the grip we need towards the end of the race. Most of the time, we still have plenty of rear brake left as the race concludes and that really tends to create a loose handling situation. You’re all on top of one another for the whole race, with cars behind you and in front of you ramming and jamming and beating and banging. It’s so tough on the drivers and the teams. You can have one slow pit stop and find yourself falling from the top-five all the way back to 25th. You get mired up in the traffic and it’s so difficult to pass. You can do a complete tire run and maybe only make up half the positions that you lost earlier. Everyone has to be on top of their game just about for the entire race in order to excel there.” Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

“The biggest thing I’ve tried to stress to Kurt about racing at Martinsville is to keep his cool, stay focused and hang in there and keep plugging away. “It’s a 500-lap race and you have to be running at the finish to have a shot at the win or a solid finish up front. It’s a place that puts a premium on patience like no other track we race on. The way our season has gone, you just never know. One thing for sure is that there’s still a full month of racing left and we’ll be out there scratching and clawing for everything we can get.” Steve Addington, crew chief, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

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THE NUMBERS for the TUMS FAST RELIEF 500

Martinsville Speedway (All 125 Sprint Cup races)

1 – fewest cautions (three times, most recent 4/25/71)

1 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (27 times, most recent 4/27/86)

2 – fewest leaders (11 times, most recent 9/26/76)

3 – fewest caution laps (4/25/71)

4 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

11 – cautions in spring race

14 – most leaders (10/15/01)

15 – most wins by driver (Richard Petty)

19 – races won from the pole

21 – most cautions for a race (10/21/07)

26 – most cars on the lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 10/22/06)

28 – cautions for two Sprint Cup races at Martinsville last year; 13 for Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 and 15 for TUMS Fast Relief 500

90 – minutes, amount of time it takes to dry the .526-mile track after a significant rainfall.

125 – Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway since 1949

127 – most caution laps (10/21/07)

2011 Caution Update

7 – number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011

3 – fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire, 9/25/11)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona 500)

239 – number of cautions in the first 32 races of 2011; includes 115 for accidents, 57 for debris and 30 for spins

1,145 of 9,137 – number of laps under caution in 2011

1,614.199 of 12,760.238 – miles under caution in the first 32 races

BONUS: Nine Virginia tracks have hosted 273 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (does not include convertible events). Two tracks remain on the schedule – Martinsville (125) and Richmond (111). Of the seven tracks that are no longer on the Sprint Cup calendar, Boston Speedway hosted 10 events, Langley Field Speedway nine and Old Dominion Speedway seven. The other four tracks had a total of 11 races.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

NASCAR: Reed Sorenson in the MacDonald Motorsports #82 for the rest of 2011



MOORESVILLE, NC - MacDonald Motorsports is proud to announce that Reed Sorenson will remain in the No. 82 Dodge Challenger for the final 3 races of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season. After leaving Turner Motorsports three weeks ago, Sorenson joined MacDonald Motorsports at Kansas and also the following week at Charlotte. The team however is seeking out more sponsorship to help finish off the season.

“I’m really happy to have Reed in the No. 82 for the final 3 races,” explained Randy MacDonald. “He’s a great racer and I want to try and help him finish the season out. If we can get some more sponsorship on the car for these last few races it would be a big help though.”

Following Reed’s arrival at MacDonald Motorsports 3 weeks ago, the media was buzzing in his garage stall. A top-5 driver in points changing teams with 5 races remaining in the season in virtually unheard of. MacDonald Motorsports jumped at the chance of having a top driver in their car and helping Reed finish of his season on the right foot.

Two weeks ago at NASCAR’s home track in Charlotte, NC, Sorenson drove the Crusader Staffing/THINK PINK No. 82 Dodge. The car was very quick in practice and he finished the final session 11th on the board out of 50 cars. Sorenson followed that up by earning the team their best starting position of the season with a 15th place qualifying result. He was strong in the race as well, running much of the time inside the top-15.

Reed has had a stellar season thus far with 1 win, 7 top-5’s, and 18 top-10s. He currently sits 5th in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. Over his 8 year career in NASCAR, Sorenson has racked up 5 Sprint Cup Series top-5’s, 4 Nationwide Series wins, and 38 Nationwide Series top-5 finishes.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Sorenson and the MacDonald Motorsports No. 82 for the final three races of the year. The next event takes place November 5th at Texas Motor Speedway while the following two take place in Phoenix, AZ and Homestead, FL. Interested parties can contact MacDonald Motorsports at any time for more information.

About MacDonald Motorsports: The MacDonald family name has been in the racing circles since owner, Randy MacDonald, started his own driving career in the 1980’s. The provisions made by Randy’s father, Merril “Doc” MacDonald, and mother Pat helped Randy start racing professionally and establish his own company. Randy’s father Doc helped him create business relationships and carry out other important functions of the team until finishing his own race in March of 2007. Despite his death, Doc’s impact on the team will not end, as MacDonald Motorsports continues on in his honor and memory.

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There's plenty of motorsports action this weekend as the NASCAR "Chase for the Sprint Cup" continues at Martinsville Speedway, along with the Camping World Truck Series. Plus, there's the NHRA races in Las Vegas. Pete Misiak offers a preview of the action.

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RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY — Rain washed out both rounds of NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday afternoon, a state of affairs few were happy with. NASCAR has scheduled a 90-minute practice session beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday morning. Rain is forecast to end mid-morning at the track and if early showers wash out the morning session, NASCAR will scrap qualifying, which is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., and practice before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

SPEED will televise both NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and qualifying tomorrow, as well as qualifying and race coverage from the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

If Sprint Cup qualifying is cancelled, the top 35 drivers will line up by owner points, which will put Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwardsand Matt Kenseth on the front row, a significant advantage for the two points leaders. Especially since Kenseth has an average start of 23.261 at Martinsville and Edwards has an average start of 18.214. Not to mention that they’ll get the first two


LINK: NASCAR - CUP: Friday Martinsville Notebook

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Last Updated: Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 10:15 am, EDT
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Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed


Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than rain washing out qualifying for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

1 Carl Edwards (99) Ford -
2 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford -
3 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge -
4 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet -
5 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet -
6 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota -
7 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet -
8 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge -
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet -
10 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet -
11 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota -
12 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet -
13 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet -
14 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota -
15 Greg Biffle (16) Ford -
16 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford -
17 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford -
18 David Ragan (6) Ford -
19 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet -
20 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet -
21 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet -
22 Joey Logano (20) Toyota -
23 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet -
24 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota -
25 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota -
26 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet -
27 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet -
28 David Reutimann (00) Toyota -
29 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota -
30 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet -
31 David Gilliland (34) Ford -
32 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet -
33 Casey Mears (13) Toyota -
34 Ken Schrader (32) Ford -
35 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford -
36 Hermie Sadler (71) Ford -
37 Reed Sorenson (7) Dodge -
38 Mike Skinner (37) Ford -
39 Scott Speed (46) Ford -
40 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota -
41 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota -
42 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet -
43 J.J. Yeley (55) Ford -
44 Dennis Setzer (192) DNQ -
45 Derrike Cope (175) DNQ

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Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Denny Hamlin (18) Toyota 48/5 200 68 $31,350
2 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 43/1 200 31 $22,300
3 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 42/1 200 45 $16,850
4 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 41/1 200 37 $17,075
5 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 39/0 200 0 $12,925
6 Kevin Harvick (2) Chevrolet 39/1 200 2 $8,175
7 Cale Gale (121) Chevrolet 37/0 200 0 $8,025
8 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 36/0 200 0 $11,625
9 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 35/0 200 0 $11,475
10 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 34/0 200 0 $11,075
11 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 34/1 200 1 $11,450
12 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 33/1 200 11 $14,250
13 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 31/0 200 0 $9,900
14 Jeff Agnew (170) Chevrolet 30/0 200 0 $7,600
15 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 29/0 200 0 $10,875
16 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 28/0 200 0 $9,875
17 Justin Lofton (6) Chevrolet 27/0 200 0 $9,625
18 Max Papis (9) Toyota 26/0 200 0 $9,575
19 Elliott Sadler (124) Chevrolet 26/1 200 5 $7,275
20 Grant Enfinger (136) Dodge 24/0 200 0 $7,950
21 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 23/0 200 0 $9,450

22 David Starr (81) Toyota 22/0 200 0 $9,425
23 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 21/0 200 0 $9,400
24 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 20/0 199 0 $9,375
25 Max Gresham (66) Chevrolet 19/0 198 0 $8,225
26 Bryan Silas (109) Ford 18/0 198 0 $7,050
27 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 17/0 197 0 $8,325
28 Josh Richards (151) Toyota 16/0 197 0 $6,950
29 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 15/0 197 0 $6,900
30 Tyler Tanner (265) Ford 14/0 195 0 $7,375
31 Matt Lofton (197) Toyota 13/0 195 0 $6,425
32 Blake Feese (32) Chevrolet 12/0 182 0 $6,400
33 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 11/0 166 0 $6,375
34 T.J. Duke (07) Toyota 10/0 159 0 $6,325
35 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 9/0 37 0 $6,300
36 Mike Garvey (93) Chevrolet 8/0 8 0 $6,267

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Rank Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 Austin Dillon 811 Leader 23 5 2 9 14 2 $410,690
2 James Buescher 800 11 22 2 0 10 19 1 $378,165
3 Ron Hornaday Jr. 796 15 23 1 4 13 17 1 $492,090
3 Johnny Sauter 796 15 23 2 1 10 14 1 $391,680
5 Timothy Peters 763 48 23 1 1 7 11 2 $354,690
6 Todd Bodine 744 67 23 0 0 5 11 3 $329,860
7 Matt Crafton 720 91 23 2 1 4 12 4 $319,440
8 Joey Coulter 719 92 23 0 0 4 11 0 $277,385
9 Cole Whitt 715 96 23 1 0 2 11 2 $294,035
10 Parker Kligerman 682 129 23 0 0 4 8 4 $319,440
11 Brendan Gaughan 675 136 23 0 0 1 8 1 $268,760
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. 672 139 23 0 0 4 8 5 $295,690
13 David Starr 648 163 23 0 0 2 8 5 $266,030
14 Justin Lofton 626 185 23 0 0 0 2 2 $250,660
15 Jason White 615 196 23 0 0 2 4 3 $257,835
16 Ricky Carmichael 612 199 23 1 0 1 6 5 $262,370
17 Miguel Paludo 604 207 23 0 0 3 6 5 $276,270
18 Max Papis 590 221 23 0 0 0 2 3 $239,490
19 Ryan Sieg 514 297 23 0 0 0 1 6 $236,790
20 Clay Rogers 391 420 15 0 0 1 1 1 $176,350
21 Johanna Long 321 490 16 0 0 0 0 5 $156,442
22 Norm Benning 308 503 18 0 0 0 0 5 $164,380
23 Justin Marks 292 519 13 1 0 0 2 2 $135,685
24 Travis Kvapil 252 559 10 0 0 0 2 2 $104,304
25 Shane Sieg 233 578 12 0 0 0 0 5 $110,430
26 Craig Goess 218 593 9 0 0 0 1 1 $96,950
27 Blake Feese 215 596 8 0 0 1 1 0 $91,115
28 Brad Sweet 193 618 8 0 0 0 2 3 $80,741
29 Josh Richards 166 645 8 0 0 0 0 2 $64,755
30 Mike Garvey 160 651 17 0 0 0 0 17 $132,866
31 Dakoda Armstrong 152 659 6 0 0 0 1 1 $57,050
32 Steve Arpin 144 667 5 1 0 0 0 0 $58,325
33 David Mayhew 135 676 5 1 0 2 3 1 $73,300
34 Chris Fontaine 124 687 7 0 0 0 0 4 $65,470
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt 106 705 5 0 0 0 1 2 $56,450
36 Cale Gale 105 706 4 0 0 0 1 1 $38,375
37 Jack Smith 96 715 5 0 0 0 0 1 $44,840
38 B.J. McLeod 89 722 6 0 0 0 0 5 $50,050
39 Justin Johnson 88 723 4 0 0 0 1 1 $38,130
40 Brian Ickler 86 725 4 0 0 2 2 1 $61,975
40 Jamie Dick 86 725 5 0 0 0 0 2 $40,350
42 Ross Chastain 81 730 3 0 0 0 1 0 $31,850
43 Wes Burton 73 738 4 0 0 0 0 1 $31,975
44 Chase Mattioli 68 743 5 0 0 0 0 1 $40,300
45 Caleb Roark 67 744 3 0 0 0 0 0 $31,325
46 Jeff Agnew 63 748 3 0 0 0 0 2 $22,975
47 Butch Miller 62 749 4 0 0 0 0 4 $33,255
48 Dusty Davis 60 751 3 0 0 0 0 0 $29,275
48 Colin Braun 60 751 2 0 0 0 1 0 $17,310
50 Chris Jones 57 754 8 0 0 0 0 8 $67,935
51 Grant Enfinger 56 755 2 0 0 0 0 0 $19,325
52 Brent Raymer 53 758 5 0 0 0 0 5 $38,744
53 John King 46 765 3 0 0 0 0 3 $23,875
54 Max Gresham 38 773 2 0 0 0 0 1 $16,175
55 Brian Johnson Jr. 35 776 2 0 0 0 0 0 $19,100
55 Charles Vest 35 776 2 0 0 0 0 1 $17,410
55 Peyton Sellers 35 776 2 0 0 0 0 1 $15,240
58 Nick Hoffman 29 782 2 0 0 0 0 1 $17,600
59 German Quiroga 28 783 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,925
60 Chad McCumbee 27 784 2 0 0 0 0 2 $16,495
61 Ty Dillon 26 785 1 0 0 0 0 0 $8,500
61 Todd Peck 26 785 3 0 0 0 0 2 $21,920
63 Ryan Hackett 22 789 1 0 0 0 0 0 $10,350
63 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 22 789 1 0 0 0 0 0 $9,400
65 Chris Cockrum 20 791 1 0 0 0 0 0 $10,335
65 Mike Skinner 20 791 1 0 0 0 0 0 $8,850
67 A.J. Russell 18 793 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,300
68 Greg Pursley 16 795 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,425
69 Tayler Malsam 15 796 1 0 0 0 0 1 $8,375
70 Clay Greenfield 14 797 3 0 0 0 0 2 $23,815
70 Ricky Moxley 14 797 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,810
70 Tyler Tanner 14 797 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,375
73 Matt Lofton 13 798 2 0 0 0 0 0 $14,800
74 Lance Fenton 12 799 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,600
74 Stephan McCurley 12 799 1 0 0 0 0 1 $8,245
76 Tommy Joe Martins 11 800 1 0 0 0 0 0 $7,275
77 T.J. Duke 10 801 1 0 0 0 0 0 $6,325
77 Brad Queen 10 801 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,245
79 Chris Lafferty 8 803 4 0 0 0 0 4 $30,126
80 Kyle Busch 0 811 15 2 6 11 13 2 $387,540
80 Kevin Harvick 0 811 8 1 3 7 8 0 $182,675
80 Clint Bowyer 0 811 4 1 1 4 4 0 $113,140
80 Kasey Kahne 0 811 1 0 1 1 1 0 $36,725
80 Mike Wallace 0 811 1 0 1 1 1 0 $50,600
80 Denny Hamlin 0 811 1 0 1 1 1 0 $31,350
80 Michael Waltrip 0 811 1 0 1 1 1 0 $73,275
80 Greg Seevers 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,000
80 Casey Roderick 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $8,100
80 Mike Harmon 0 811 5 0 0 0 0 5 $39,001
80 Johnny Chapman 0 811 6 0 0 0 0 5 $47,590
80 John Borneman III 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,555
80 J.J. Yeley 0 811 6 0 0 0 0 6 $53,659
80 Jennifer Jo Cobb 0 811 10 0 0 0 1 3 $95,820
80 Kimi Raikkonen 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 0 $9,500
80 David Stremme 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $10,750
80 Wayne Edwards 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,625
80 Scott Riggs 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $10,446
80 Donnie Neuenberger 0 811 2 0 0 0 0 2 $19,025
80 James Hylton 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,300
80 T.J. Bell 0 811 3 0 0 0 0 2 $23,675
80 Aric Almirola 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $12,975
80 Josh Wise 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,225
80 Tim Andrews 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 0 $9,375
80 Carl Long 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $9,275
80 Elliott Sadler 0 811 8 1 0 1 5 0 $105,125
80 Dennis Setzer 0 811 2 0 0 0 0 2 $18,494
80 Ryan Newman 0 811 1 0 0 1 1 0 $14,715
80 Patrick Sheltra 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $9,130
80 J.R. Fitzpatrick 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $9,200
80 Bobby Santos 0 811 1 0 0 0 0 1 $7,140
80 Bryan Silas 0 811 5 0 0 0 0 0 $44,750
80 Mark Martin 0 811 2 0 0 0 1 0 $19,575
80 Jake Crum 0 811 2 0 0 0 0 1 $14,750

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Keys for Success: TUMS Fast Relief 500

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 29, 2011) – Each race weekend, selected Dodge Motorsports engineers, Penske Racing crew chiefs, engineers, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway and the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Track: Martinsville Speedway (Race 33 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)
Race: TUMS Fast Relief 500 Track Length: .526-mile (500 laps/263 miles)

Trivia Question: (Answer below) In addition to Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway, how many other Virginia tracks have hosted a NASCAR Sprint Cup event?

HOWARD COMSTOCK (Dodge Motorsports Engineering)

A New Tire: “We have a new tire for the race. In the past, I think we’ve seen some instances of people pitting more frequently than necessary. The tire was good enough and could have been run longer, but some teams had a different opinion. They made more pit stops than they probably needed to, giving up track position. I think it’s been proven over the years that track position wins more races here than tires.

“Now, the game has changed. We have a softer tire this year. Without a lot of practice, teams have to be careful to realize the lesson’s that they learned last year may not apply at this race. It’s a new game.”

Where They Start: “We’re this far into the Chase; it’s OK that we start this way (on points). It’s an important race for everybody; it’s really important for the top eight. I think it’s OK they start on points tomorrow. It’s a level playing field when we start. Let the best team win. At least somebody didn’t get a bad break, a bad lap, a bad start that is going to cause the Chase to be changed significantly because of one bad qualifying lap. Let the guys that have proved themselves during the year start up front and let’s just race 500 laps.”

Brakes – An Issue: “I don’t think brakes will be an issue. The brake technology has become good enough that teams understand it and know how to manage it. The top-line drivers clearly understand you can’t go flat out for 500 laps here or you will run out of brakes. It’s brake management. The teams understand the technology, the drivers understand the limitations. I don’t think we will see brakes an issue.”

Mother Nature: “With temperatures in the 50s and the soft tire, it should be some fast laps. It will be a competitive race. There are a lot of people that are close enough (in the Chase) still that coasting is not going to cut it; you’re going to have to do some racing. There are enough people close, enough people right on the fringe that could get back in this thing. We’ve seen several drivers that we’ve considered completely out of it come back into the mix. I think there are some of those guys on the fringe that will be pressing pretty hard tomorrow based on the fact we’ve seen comebacks this year.”










Answer to trivia question: (Seven). Nine Virginia tracks have hosted 273 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (does not include convertible events or Sunday’s race). Two tracks remain on the schedule – Martinsville (125) and Richmond (111). Of the seven tracks that are no longer on the Sprint Cup calendar, Boston Speedway hosted 10 events, Langley Field Speedway nine and Old Dominion Speedway seven. The other four tracks had a total of 11 races.

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