THE RACE: STP 500
TRACK: Martinsville Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #6 of 36
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Martinsville, VA
Title Sponsor: STP
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:13pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 2:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 3 at 9:30am/et on FS2;
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 am/et on FS1
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)
EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED
Event Schedule times are local to the track
Thursday, March 30
5:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 31
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, April 1
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 - 11:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:30 - 2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, April 2
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM TRACK WALK
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)
Friday, March 31, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV=FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 1, 1:30 - 2:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 31 at 5:05 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, April 1 at 9:00am/et on FS1
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Size: 0.526 Mile
Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
Straights: 800 feet
Backstretch: 800 feet
Grandstand Seating: 55,000
Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
Speed Limits: Pit Road, 30 mph; Pace Car, 35 mph
Grand Marshal: Actor Rockmond Dunbar
Command to start engines: Rockmond Dunbar
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Local Law Enforcement and Public Safety Honor Guard
Invocation: Martinsville Speedway Track Chaplin, Mike Hatfield
National Anthem: Martinsville, Bassett and Magna Vista High School Bands
Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team
March 2016: see the Martinsville Race Info page
October 2016: see the Martinsville Race Info page
April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 80.088mph, started 7th
October 2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 78.540mph, started 3rd
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/1991
Youngest Race Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/1960
April 2016 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 97.043mph, finished 11th
October 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 98.206mph, finished 7th
Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, March 28, 2014, 100.201mph, set in first round of qualifying
Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987
Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kurt Busch, Oct 2002, started 36th
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Martinsville
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Martinsville Speedway
For news, stats, links, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Martinsville Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links
Race Recap: Brad Keselowski ends Ford drought with Martinsville victory: In Sunday's STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, everything worked - but nothing more than Brad Keselowski's race-winning No. 2 Ford. Yes, that's right, a Ford. The car maker found Victory Lane at the .526-mile short track for the first time since Oct. 20, 2002, when Kurt Busch won at NASCAR's oldest and smallest premier series track in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Keselowski and runner-up Kyle Busch swapped the lead during the final 64-lap green-flag run, with Busch taking the point on Lap 444 of 500, and Keselowski powering back past Busch's No. 18 Toyota on Lap 458. From that point, Keselowski pulled away to win by 1.806 seconds, as Busch lost the long-run speed he had demonstrated for most of the afternoon.[More](4-2-2017)
Keselowski wins at Martinsville: #2-Brad Keselowski won the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Martinsville, and 23rd career win.
Keselowski led 120 of the 500 laps. He and #18-Busch swapped the lead back and for throughout the final 100 laps, but Keselowski pulled away at the end to win by 1.8 seconds.
#18-Busch held on for second, followed by #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Dillon, #47-Allmendinger, #14-Bowyer, #31-Newman, #20-Kenseth, and #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
Pole sitter #42-Larson led the first 23 laps, but fell back into the pack, lost a lap, got the free pass and settled for a 17th place finish.
#24-Elliott led at the end of stage 2 and held on for 3rd place.
#78-Truex, Jr. led at the end of the first stage, but finished 16th after a spin.
There were 19 lead changes among 6 drivers and 14 cautions for 95 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 70.139mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, April 3 at 9:30am/et on FS2; Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 am/et on FS1
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-2-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Martinsville:
Brad Keselowski won the 68th Annual STP 500, his 23rd victory in 275 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2017.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
Erik Jones (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 4 points over Chase Elliott.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-2-2017)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 260) of the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 260/500):
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., 5pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 130) of the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 130/500):
#78-Truex, Jr, 10pts
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 268
2) #24-Chase Elliott, 264, -4
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1 win], 236, -32
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 234, -34
5) #22-Joey Logano, 207, -61
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 199, -80
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, 179, -89
8) #14-Clint Bowyer, 174, -94
9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 163, -105
10) #4-Kevin Harvick, 154, -114
11) #31-Ryan Newman [1 win], 152, -116
12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 146, -122
13) #77-Erik Jones, 144, -124
14) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 141, -127
15) #6-Trevor Bayne,140, -128
16) #11-Denny Hamlin, 139, 129
19) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 119, -149
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #13-Dillon, 22nd
Caution 2: #72-Whitt, 21st
Caution 3: #10-Patrick, 23rd
Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 10th
Caution 5: #37-Buescher, 11th
Caution 6: #42-Larson, 17th
Caution 7: #10-Patrick (2), 23rd
Caution 8: #43-Almirola, 18th
Caution 9: #22-Logano, 4th
Caution 10: #27-Menard, 19th
Caution 11: #5-Kahne, 14th
Caution 12: #4-Harvick, 20th
Caution 13: #77-Jones, 12th
Caution 14: #72-Whitt (2), 21st
See the starting lineup for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on the Martinsville Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #19-Suarez (backup car)
Martinsville Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, April 2: (eastern time)
1:20pm: Driver Introductions
2:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: Local Law Enforcement and Public Safety Honor Guard
2:00pm: Invocation by: Martinsville Speedway Track Chaplin, Mike Hatfield
2:01pm: National Anthem by: Martinsville, Bassett and Magna Vista High School Marching Bands
2:02pm: Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team
2:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: From Hit FOX TV Show "Prison Break," Rockmond Dunbar
2:13pm: Start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 (500 laps, 263 miles), FS1, MRN
Race Coverage of the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Television (TV): FS1 at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et on FS1; green flag approx. 2:13pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Monday, April 3 at 9:30am/et on FS2;
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 am/et on FS1
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (21,30,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #24-Elliott, Jr. took the second pit stall.
#78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 11th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-1-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
First Saturday Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Happy Hour (final) practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #51-Hill 90.820 & #33-JEarnhardt 89.765
best 10 consecutive lap average: #18-Busch 92.976
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-1-2017)
First Saturday practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 93.835
slowest: #51-Hill 91.798 & #33-JEarnhardt 90.646
best 10 consecutive lap average: #21-Blaney 92.533mph
notes: no accidents or incidents.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Saturday first practice speeds page (pdf) (4-1-2017)
Rain forces cancellation of Martinsville qualifying; Larson on pole: #42-Kyle Larson will start from the pole for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying was cancelled. The starting lineup was set by the rule book (owner points).
#24-Elliott starts second, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #21-Blaney, #14-Bowyer, #4-Harvick, and #18-Busch.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots.
See the qualifying results (how the field was set) on the qualifying results page and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-31-2017)
Qualifying rainout puts Larson on the pole at Martinsville: For the second straight week, Kyle Larson will start on the pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. He can only hope the result of the race is the same, too. Last week, Larson won the pole at Auto Club Speedway and went on to win last Sunday's race at the two-mile track. On Friday, when rain washed out time trials at Martinsville Speedway, Larson earned the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 500 (2 p.m. ET on FS1) on the basis of owner points. However, Larson will have to overcome his own history at the .526-mile track.9More](3-31-2017)
Coverage of Qualifying for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:05pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 1 at 9:00am/et on FS1
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #3-Dillon.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #47-Allmendinger.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-31-2017)
Friday practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 45 minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #51-Hill 91.647 & #33-JEarnhardt 90.283
most laps run: #24-Elliott, 30 laps
Top 10 consecutive laps: #22-Logano 94.749
#19-Suarez wrecked and will have to go to a backup car.
The session started about 45 minutes late after morning rain push the schedule back.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Martinsville Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(3-31-2017)
Entry List for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #51-Hill*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
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TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 8 sets for race;
Truck: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4722
Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 10 psi; Left Rear -- 10 psi;
Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi
Storyline - New right-side tire to debut at Martinsville: Goodyear will bring a new tire recommendation to Martinsville for 2017, featuring a new right-side tread compound that was developed to help "rubber-in" the track. Martinsville's concrete corners behave differently than asphalt, with the density of the surface making it more challenging for the rubber to continuously adhere to the track. This new right-side compound is married to a proven construction combination, which works well to optimize the acceleration, deceleration and cornering required for Martinsville's unique configuration of long straightaways and tight, flat turns. And one other note that may play into the strategy of this Sunday's race is the fact that Cup teams will have two less race sets than last year at Martinsville.
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Martinsville this weekend . . . this left-side tire code (D-4588) has been run at this track since April 2013 . . . this is a brand new right-side tire code (D-4722), which came out of a Goodyear tire test at Martinsville last October 4-5 . . . teams participating in that test were the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, Furniture Row Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard and Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle . . . compared to what was run at Martinsville last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to help lay more rubber on the track . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.
RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
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