Nascar: Martinsville "Goody's Cool Orange 500" 3-30-08

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Martinsville

This will be the 61'st year of racing at Martinsville since its 1947 opening. Ten active drivers have an overall finishing average under 15 at this paperclip shaped track, Among the top are Jeff Gordon (7.2) and the current best; Jimmie Johnson (6.2). Seven of the active drivers have won on this track

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Past Results at Martinsville "Goody's Cool Orange 500"
(not including October "Subway 500" race)

Date............Race Name......................Pole Winner........Race Winner........Make

04/01/07......Goody's Cool Orange 500....Denny Hamlin......Jimmie Johnson....Chevrolet
04/02/06......DirecTV 500.....................Jimmie Johnson...Tony Stewart......Chevrolet
04/10/05......Advance Auto Parts 500.....Scott Riggs........Jeff Gordon.........Chevrolet
04/18/04......Advance Auto Parts 500.....Jeff Gordon........Rusty Wallace......Dodge
04/13/03......Virginia 500......................Jeff Gordon........Jeff Gordon.........Chevrolet
04/14/02......Virginia 500......................Jeff Gordon........Bobby Labonte.....Pontiac
04/08/01......Virginia 500......................Jeff Gordon........Dale Jarrett.........Ford
04/09/00......Goody's Body Pain 500........Rusty Wallace....Mark Martin.........Ford

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Martinsville By The Numbers

1..Victory by Dodge at Martinsville since 1976: Rusty Wallace (April 2004); his last career win.
1..Driver whose only career victory came at Martinsville: Earl Ross (1974, driving for Junior Johnson).
3..Consecutive DNFs at Martinsville for Robby Gordon, who has failed to finish a race there six times in 13 starts.
3..Drivers to finish in the top five in both Martinsville races in 2006: Jeff Gordon; Jimmie Johnson; Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick was the only other driver to finish in the top 10 in both events.
4..Consecutive top-five finishes at Martinsville by Jeff Gordon, the longest current streak.
4..Consecutive victories by one driver at Martinsville: Fred Lorenzen.
4.0..Average starting position by Ryan Newman in 10 starts at Martinsville, best of any active driver. He has started inside the top five in six consecutive races at Martinsville and has never started outside the top 10 there.
5..Drivers who have led more laps at Martinsville than Jeff Gordon: Cale Yarborough (3,733); Rusty Wallace (3,632); Darrell Waltrip (3,616); Richard Petty (2,823); Fred Lorenzen (2,731).
9..Consecutive top-10 finishes by Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville, the longest current streak.
10..Times Martinsville has been swept in a season: Fred Lorenzen (1964); Richard Petty (1967, 1969, 1972); Cale Yarborough (1977); Darrell Waltrip (1989); Geoffrey Bodine (1990); Rusty Wallace (1994); Jeff Gordon (2003, 2005).
14..Victories at Martinsville for team owner Rick Hendrick: Jeff Gordon (7); Darrell Waltrip (4); Jimmie Johnson (2); Geoffrey Bodine (1).
14.5..Average finish for Jamie McMurray in eight career starts at Martinsville, the best of any current Roush driver.
17..Races won at Martinsville from the pole. More races have been won from the pole at Martinsville than any other starting position.
27..Times when the winner was the only driver on the lead lap at Martinsville.
36..Starting position of Kurt Busch in October 2002, the farthest back of any winner on record at Martinsville.
42..Place of finish after suffering a blown engine in the October 2006 race at Martinsville for Jeff Burton, who went from 45 points ahead to 48 behind in the Chase.
116..Races held at Martinsville Speedway, second only to Daytona International Speedway (120).
129.4..Driver rating for Tony Stewart in the past four races at Martinsville, best of any driver.
2,192..Laps led at Martinsville by Bobby Allison, most of any non-winner. Allison's 44 starts at Martinsville are his most at any track without a victory
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Kyle Busch is currently leading the points race, 30 ahead of Greg Biffle who is in second followed closely by Kevin Harvick in third. This weeks race 6 of 36 at Martinsville has been previously dominated in recent years by Hendricks Motorsports, pulling in over 10 wins just between Gordon and Johnson alone! What do you guys foresee in 2008? Another win for Hendricks or a surprise winner in Martinsville?

information gathered at nascar.com

I dunno how you guys are about nascar but I already write this column for another forum. Figured it couldn't hurt to stick it in here.
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Hendrick Motorsports flexed its muscles Sunday, but Denny Hamlin's team made the right call in the pits, propelling the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory in the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Taking fuel only to pole-sitter Jeff Gordon's four tires and fuel on the final pit stop for both drivers on Lap 388, Hamlin beat Gordon out of the pits for a restart on Lap 394, after Ken Schrader's Toyota spread oil on the track to bring out the 18th and final caution of the race.
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Always nice to see a the hometown boy in Victory lane, Denny Hamlin and his Crew definitely worked together to come through with a pleasing victory for his fans in Virginia.

Points leader Jeff Burton had some heated words for the new driver in the 00 Car;
"I thought we were going to be in pretty good shape, but that kid in the double zero car (McDowell), he needs to learn some manners or he is going to get taught, He can choose to do it the way he wants to -- the hard way or the easy way. But one way or another, he'll get taught."
....Burton FTW ;)

Pos. Driver
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Jeff Burton
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Tony Stewart
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Casey Mears
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Carl Edwards
10. Clint Bowyer
Official Results
*Some things to Note
-Kyle Busch finished 38th thus Burton takes over the top spot in the standings by 39 points over teammate Kevin Harvick
-Gordon (ninth) and Johnson (10th) climbed back into the top 12 in points as did Hamlin, who moved up seven spots to eighth.

*Rookie Update

-Franchitti holds onto a short lead followed closely by Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr. who are tied at second only 1 point behind the rookie points leader. Villenueve is in last place, 49 points behind the leader, 20 points behind Carpentier who is 4th place in the rookie race.



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