THE RACE: First Data 500
TRACK: Martinsville Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #33 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #7 of 10
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Martinsville, VA
Title Sponsor: First Data
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:13 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et
Saturday, October 28, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBC Sports App;
Saturday, October 28, 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Sunday, October 29 at 12:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, October 30 at 12:00 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, October 27
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Saturday, October 28
9:00 AM-8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:20 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM-8:30 PM MENCS FAN FEST
Sunday, October 29
6:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (500 LAPS, 263 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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
Stages: 1 ends lap 130, 2 at lap 260, race finish is lap 500 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Frank Bisignano, the Chairman and CEO of First Data
Command to start engines: Frank Bisignano
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Amy Earnhardt
Color Guard: Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Regimental Color Guard
Invocation: Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
National Anthem: Gaither Vocal Group
Flyover: Bandit Flight Team
a look at news, notes and story lines for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Martinsville
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Martinsville, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Martinsville page
Kyle Busch wins wild race at Martinsville The sun went down, the new lights came on, and all hell broke loose at Martinsville Speedway. In a wild overtime finish that took Sunday's First Data 500 to 505 laps at the .526-mile short track, Kyle Busch beat Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. to the stripe by .141 seconds to take the checkered flag and earn a spot in the Nov. 19 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Busch crossed the finish line, a multi-car wreck behind him scrambled the running order and left a parking lot of mangled cars on the frontstretch. But that was simply the final act in a drama that saw a succession of Playoff contenders lose excellent chances to win the first event in the Round of 8. Chase Elliott held the lead with three laps left in regulation distance when Denny Hamlin dumped Elliott's #24 Chevrolet in Turn 3, causing the 11th caution and sending the race into overtime. Ten laps earlier, Brad Keselowski appeared headed for victory and a guaranteed ticket to Homestead before Joey Logano developed a severe tire rub after contact from Busch's #18 Toyota in Turn 1. Logano spun off Ryan Blaney's front bumper when the tire went flat in Turn 2, and Elliott grabbed the lead after the restart on Lap 497, with Hamlin following. Hamlin punted Elliott a lap later, and hard feelings continued after the race, with Elliott running Hamlin's Toyota into the outside wall on the cool-down lap. Elliott's wreck set the stage for Busch to win for the second time at Martinsville, the fifth time this season and the 43rd time in his career. After Hamlin cleared Busch on the overtime restart, Busch cut to the inside and wheel-hopped into Hamlin's Camry, forcing his JGR teammate up the track. Hamlin fell to seventh at the finish behind Clint Bowyer in third, Keselowski in fourth, Kevin Harvick in fifth and Trevor Bayne in sixth.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](10-29-2017)
#18-Kyle Busch won the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in NASCAR Overtime for his 5th win of 2017, 2nd win at Martinsville and 43rd career win.
After #11-Hamlin wrecked then leader #24-Elliott going for the lead, the race ended in NASCAR Overtime, adding five extra laps.
#11-Hamlin took the lead with #18-Busch 2nd, Busch was able to take the lead, #11 fell back and just before the checkered flag, #21-Blaney made contact with #11-Hamlin.
The #11 spun collecting a bunch of cars including: 11 21 41 6 19 48 31 4 20 17
The win assures that Kyle Busch will run for the championship at Homestead.
#78-Truex Jr. finished 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #6-Bayne, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #20-Kenseth and #17-Stenhouse Jr.
Pole winner, #22-Logano led 59 laps and finished 24th after wrecking late while running up in top-five.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points over #18-Busch by 17 points
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 4th
Stage 2 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 4th
There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers and 11 cautions for 74 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 70.902mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Martinsville
Kyle Busch (P) won the 69th Annual First Data 500, his 43rd victory in 459 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 23rd top-10 finish in 2017.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 17 points over Kyle Busch (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-29-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Finish Positions at Martinsville
[by standings before Martinsville (started)]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (2) 2nd
2) #18-Kyle Busch (14) WIN
3) #2-Brad Keselowski (7) 4th
4) #4-Kevin Harvick (13) 5th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson (24) 12th
6) #11-Denny Hamlin (6) 7th
7) #21-Ryan Blaney (4) 8th
8) #24-Chase Elliott (3) 27th
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Martinsville, race 32 of 36 for the season, 7 of 10 in Playoffs, 1 of 3 in Round of 8]
1) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 WIN(A)
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr., +69
3) #2-Brad Keselowski, +29
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, +3
these drivers would not advance to the Championship Round
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, -3
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, -6
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, -8
8) #24-Chase Elliott, -26
(A) automatically advances to Championship Round
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 260) of the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 260/500):
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 130) of the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (lap 130/500):
#78-Truex Jr., 6pts
#3-Dillon, 2 pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #34-Cassill, 23rd
Caution 2: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 10th
Caution 3: #95-McDowell, 19th
Caution 4: #15-Sorenson, 32nd
Caution 5: #3-Dillon, 13th
Caution 6: #5-Kahne, 16th
Caution 7: #31-Newman, 14th
Caution 8: none, #34-Cassill was in position but was the cause of caution
Caution 9: #48-Johnson, 12th
Caution 10: #37-Buscher, 21st
Caution 11: #34-Cassill(2), 23rd
See the starting lineup for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #48-Johnson, #27-Menard, #3-Dillon (all unapproved changes)
Martinsville Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 29 (eastern time)
12:05pm: Qualifying (3 rounds)
1:30pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:20pm: Driver Introductions
3:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Regimental Color Guard
3:00:20pm: Invocation by Mike Hatfield, Chatham Heights Baptist Church
3:01pm: National Anthem by Gaither Vocal Band
3:02:30pm: Flyover: The Bandit Flight Team
3:07:30pm: Command to start engines by Frank Bisignano, First Data CEO/Chairman
3:13pm: Green Flag
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
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 First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
Due to qualifying being held on Sunday, pit selections were based on qualifying at Kansas.
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.
Kansas pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Martinsville pole sitter #18-Busch is in pit stall 13
Kansas outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 22, with an opening in front of it.
Martinsville outside pole sitter #78-Truex Jr. is in pit stall 1
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 16th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-28-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
#22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 96.504mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 4th at Martinsville and 19th of his career. Logano has won 3 times from the 18 previous poles.
#78-Truex Jr. will start 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #21-Blaney, #14-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #11-Haml;in, #2-Keselowski, #77-Jones, #42-Larson, #43-Almirola, #41-Busch and #5-Kahne.
#22-Logano was fastest in the second round with a speed of 96.755mph, will start 1st
#22-Logano was fastest in the first round with a speed of 96.460mph, will start 1st
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-29-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Martinsville
[using current playoff standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 2nd
2) #18-Kyle Busch 14th
3) #2-Brad Keselowski 7th
4) #4-Kevin Harvick 13th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 24th
6) #11-Denny Hamlin 6th
7) #21-Ryan Blaney 4th
8) #24-Chase Elliott 3rd
Martinsville Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 69th Annual First Data 500 with a lap of 19.622 seconds, 96.504 mph.
This is his 19th pole in 324 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 19th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his fourth pole in 18 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his 26th top-10 start of 2017 and his seventh in 24 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Chase Elliott (P) (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 18th in 33 races this season.
Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 11 78 2 21 43 27 5
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 4 18 19 1 20 31 27 95 88 17 10 48
First Round of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 42 2 19 18 1 31 88 21 14 78 27 10 4 48 24 77 14 41 11
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 3 13 47 32 37 72 38 15 34 6 83 23 23 33 51 66 7
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:05pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 12:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
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 First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #32-DiBenedetto.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #23-LaJoie.
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).(10-27-2017)
Happy Hour (final) practice for the First Data 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. 94.289
slowest: #66-Long 89.148 & #7-HSadler 90.642
best 10 consecutive lap ave #18-Busch 93.186
most laps run: #22-Logano 85; #43-Almiola 77
notes: #77-Jones wrecked midway thru the session and will go to a backup cars for qualifying and the race.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (10-28-2017)
Inspection holds for final practice, all 15 minutes except noted:
#18-Busch, #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, #10-Patrick, #20-Kenseth, #37-Buescher, #13-Dillon(30 minutes)
all penalized due to inspection failures at Kansas last weekend
the driver must sit in the car on pit road for the length of the penalty
First practice for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#11 Hamlin 95.415
#42 Larson 95.299
#31 Newman 95.156
#21 Blaney 95.036
#18 Busch 95.003
slowest: #66-Long 89.502 & #51-Weatherman 89.274
most laps run: #1-Hamlin, 71; #17-Stenhouse, 54
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #18-Busch 94.460mph
no speed: #77-Jones (steering problem, team repaired)
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(10-28-2017)
Entry List for the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 40 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: #7-Yeley*, #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Kyle Weatherman*, #66-Long*, #83-Moffitt*
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Kansas, race 32 of 36 for the season, 6 of 10 in Playoffs, 3 of 3 in Round of 12]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4069
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 4042, -27
3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 4026, -43
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 4017, -52
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4017, -52
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4014, -55
7) #21-Ryan Blaney, 4009, -60
8) #24-Chase Elliott, 4006, -63
These drivers did not advance to the Round of 8:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
See full standings on 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).
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 Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race #33 - First Data 500
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Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) - Martinsville, Va.
Fast Facts for October 27-29, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 8 sets for race;
Truck: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4588; Right-side -- D-4722
Tire Circumference: 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 - Multiple Challenges Packed Into Short Track at Martinsville: The tire set-up at Martinsville Speedway is a prime example of Goodyear's testing program and how the tiremaker keeps up with tracks. Because of the time of year the NASCAR Cup circuit races at Martinsville, cool temperatures usually prevail. With that, and the added challenge of laying rubber down on the smooth, concrete corners of the half-mile oval, Goodyear tested at Martinsville in advance of the 2017 season and brought a new right-side tire to the track for the spring race. The results were spot on as the tire set-up laid down rubber, making for multiple racing grooves and better racing on what was already one of the most exciting tracks on the schedule. In addition to the tread compound being important, the tire construction brought to Martinsville is equally so, handling the harsh demands of acceleration, deceleration and cornering required on the long straightaways and tight, flat turns.
"Goodyear will bring the same tire set-up to Martinsville for the October race that was debuted in the spring," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "This combination was developed specifically for Martinsville, and its unique, flat, concrete corners. The package features a right side tread compound formulated to lay rubber quickly on this tricky surface, which leads to multiple racing grooves. During the spring race, the tire did exactly that, turning the light-colored concrete corners to black, and opening up the outside groove which made for great side-by-side racing all afternoon."
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Martinsville this weekend . . . this is the same tire set-up teams in these two series ran at this track in April . . . this left-side tire code (D-4588) has been run at this track since April 2013, while this right-side tire code (D-4722) debuted this spring . . . 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 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship