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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the First Data 500

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson........................ 114.6
Denny Hamlin........................... 106.3
Kyle Busch............................... 103.5
Brad Keselowski......................... 96.6
Kevin Harvick............................. 94.2
Joey Logano............................... 92.4
Clint Bowyer............................... 91.3
Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.2
Ryan Blaney............................... 89.2
Ryan Newman............................ 85.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (27 total) among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville Speedway:

History

· Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville, 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 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 139 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

Starts

· 626 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville; 397 in more than one.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Martinsville with 67.
· Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth lead the series in starts among active drivers at Martinsville with 36 each.
· Fonty Flock (nine starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.125.
· Joey Logano (19 starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with an 8.368.
· Joey Logano (8.4), Ryan Blaney (8.6), Denny Hamlin (9.4) and Ryan Newman (9.7) each have an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top 10.
· In total, 62 drivers have made their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Martinsville.
· 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Martinsville Speedway.

Poles

· Curtis Turner won the inaugural MENCS Busch Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.
· 61 different drivers have won poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight Busch Pole Awards.
· Joey Logano leads the series among active drivers with the most poles at Martinsville with four - 2015 sweep, spring 2016 and fall 2017.
· 27 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have multiple poles at Martinsville; only five are active - Joey Logano (four), Denny Hamlin (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Ryan Newman (three) and Jamie McMurray (two).
· 13 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 consecutive poles at Martinsville: 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) and Joey Logano (2015 sweep, 2016 spring).
· Youngest Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (4/26/1981 - 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).
· Oldest Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (4/26/1987 - 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).
· 12 drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway; the two most recent are Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) and Tony Stewart (4/18/1999).

Wins

· A total of 51 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15 victories.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers with nine wins at Martinsville; followed by Denny Hamlin with five. Eight active drivers have won at Martinsville.
· 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.
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the Monster Energy 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 139 races (14.4%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Busch pole; three of those 20 wins came from active drivers: Jimmie Johnson (2012, spring 2013) and 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) than any other starting position.
· 36 of the 139 (25.8%) Monster Energy 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 Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (04/10/1960 - 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).
· Oldest Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (09/22/1991 - 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).
· A total of 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway.
· Fred Lorenzen won four MENCS 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.
· Clint Bowyer competed at Martinsville Speedway 24 times before winning earlier this season; the longest span of any the eight active Monster Energy 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).
· 11 drivers posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was Ricky Craven (10/15/2001).
· A total of 11 manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville; led by Chevrolet with 56 victories, followed by Ford (28), Plymouth (12), Dodge (10), Oldsmobile (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (7), Buick (3), Chrysler (3), Hudson (2) and Mercury (2).

Additional Finishing Positions

· A total of 66 series drivers have finished runner-up at Martinsville Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt 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 series drivers have finished in the top-five at Martinsville Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 30 top-five finishes.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19 top fives at Martinsville, followed by Kyle Busch with 14.
· A total of 259 different series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Martinsville, led by Jeff Gordon with 38 top-10 finishes.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top 10s at Martinsville with 24; followed by Denny Hamlin with 18.
· Dick Hutcherson (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Martinsville Speedway with a 3.800.
· Jimmie Johnson (33 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average finish at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.909; followed by Denny Hamlin 10.08 (25 starts).

Track Event Specific Stats

· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions 12 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Series at Martinsville Speedway: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1970, 1989, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018.
· Eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been shortened due to weather.
· There have been six Monster Energy Series races that have ended in NASCAR Overtime at Martinsville Speedway.
· Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy 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.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 3,851 laps led. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 2,862 laps led.
· Jimmie Johnson currently leads all active drivers in laps led at Martinsville Speedway with 2,862. Johnson needs to lead 138 laps or more to become just the fifth driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at multiple tracks joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Cale Yarbrough (five tracks with 3,000 or more laps led), Richard Petty (four tracks), Rusty Wallace (three tracks) and Darrell Waltrip (two tracks).

Female Competitor Stats

· Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Below are Patrick's stats at Martinsville.

NASCAR In Virginia

· There have been 511 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
· Martinsville Speedway hosted the very first NASCAR national series race in the state of Virginia on Sept. 25, 1949 - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).

Virginia in NASCAR

· 180 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Virginia.
· 19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series. 11 of the 19 Virginia native NASCAR winners have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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