NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 1st
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Virginia
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 61,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 57th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 1:13 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (Finished 7th)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 263
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (98.083 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,897,916 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $200,786; 2nd Place - $118,200; 3rd Place - $150,416
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick96Matt Kenseth24
2Dale Earnhardt Jr267Jamie McMurray1
3Kyle Busch118David Ragan14
4Juan Pablo Montoya279Clint Bowyer15
5Jeff Gordon2110Mark Martin12
2011 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 74.195 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 41 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.727 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 72 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 31 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (96.509 m.p.h.)
Past Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.195 m.p.h.
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (19th) -- Toyota -- 73.180 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.938 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (2nd) -- Toyota -- 73.163 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.258 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.741 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.099 m.p.h.
2004 -- Rusty Wallace (17th) -- Dodge -- 68.169 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 75.557 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bobby Labonte (15th) -- Pontiac -- 73.951 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (13th) -- Ford -- 70.799 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mark Martin (21st) -- Ford -- 71.161 m.p.h.
1999 -- John Andretti (21st) -- Pontiac -- 75.653 m.p.h.
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 70.709 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.347 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 81.410 m.p.h.
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (15th) -- Ford -- 72.145 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Ford -- 76.700 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 79.078 m.p.h.
1992 -- Mark Martin (12th) -- Ford -- 78.086 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.139 m.p.h.
1990 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1st) -- Ford -- 77.423 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.025 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.740 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.808 m.p.h.
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (4th) -- Ford -- 76.882 m.p.h.
1985 -- Harry Gant (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.072 m.p.h.
1984 -- Geoff Bodine (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.264 m.p.h.
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.460 m.p.h.
1982 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Buick -- 75.073 m.p.h.
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd (12th) -- Pontiac -- 75.019 m.p.h.
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 69.049 m.p.h.
1979 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.562 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 77.971 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.405 m.p.h.
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 71.759 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Dodge -- 69.282 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 69.936 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 70.251 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 72.657 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 77.707 m.p.h.
1970 -- Bobby Isaac (2nd) -- Dodge -- 68.512 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Ford -- 64.405 m.p.h.
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Mercury -- 66.686 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 67.446 m.p.h.
1966 -- Jim Paschal (1st) -- Plymouth -- 69.156 m.p.h.
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (2nd) -- Ford -- 66.765 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (1st) -- Ford -- 70.098 m.p.h.
1963 -- Richard Petty (8th) -- Plymouth -- 64.823 m.p.h.
1962 -- Richard Petty (7th) -- Plymouth -- 66.430 m.p.h.
1961 -- Junior Johnson (17th) -- Pontiac -- 66.280 m.p.h.
1960 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Plymouth -- 63.940 m.p.h.
1959 -- Lee Petty (24th) -- Oldsmobile -- 59.440 m.p.h.
1958 -- Bob Welborn (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 61.160 m.p.h.
1957 -- Buck Baker (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 63.025 m.p.h.
1956 -- Buck Baker (1st) -- Dodge -- 60.950 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Virginia 500 (1956-1981, 2002-03), Virginia National
Bank 500 (1983), Sovran Bank 500 (1984-1987), Pannill 500 (1988-1989),
Hanes 500 (1990-1995), Goody's 500 (1996-2000), Martinsville 500 (2001),
Virginia 500 (2002-03), Advance Auto Parts 500 (2004-05), DirecTV 500
(2006), Goody's Cool Orange 500 (2007-08).
 
Past Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Jamie McMurray -- 7th
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2nd
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3rd
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2005 -- Scott Riggs -- 21st
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23rd
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 12th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 10th
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 20th
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1st
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6th
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 12th
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 10th
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1993 -- Geoff Bodine -- 6th
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 29th
1990 -- Geoff Bodine -- 1st
1989 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16th
1988 -- Ricky Rudd -- 18th
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 17th
1986 -- Tom Richmond -- 20th
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 23rd
1984 -- Joe Ruttman -- 6th
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5th
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 20th
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3rd
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1978 -- Lennie Ponds -- 18th
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 12th
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 21st
1975 -- Bennie Parsons -- 6th
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 15th
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough -- 26th
1969 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1968 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 36th
1966 -- Jim Paschal -- 1st
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 22nd
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1963 -- Rex White -- 11th
1962 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 4th
1961 -- Rex White -- 2nd
1960 -- Glen Wood -- 3rd
1959 -- Bobby Johns -- 29th
1958 -- Buck Baker -- 35th
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 7th
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Auto Club 400 (March 25th)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, California
MILES: 258 (rain-shortened)
LAPS: 129
WINNER: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (Finished 11th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 160.166 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 1 for 5 laps
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1; Kyle Busch 2-67; D. Hamlin 68; J. Gordon 69; J.
Johnson 70; Kyle Busch 71-84; T. Stewart 85-104; J. Johnson 105;
J. Gordon 106-107; T. Stewart 108-129.
Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Belkin
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Hendrickcars.com
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Stephen Siller Tunnel
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Dodge/ Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Morristown Driver's Service
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Libman
29 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Food Country USA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/BB&T
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/poynt.com
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield Helping Hungry
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/JPO Absorbents
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
74Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kevin Harvick7th8th32nd7th41st12th11th35thWon
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd3rd13th4th5th6th8th15th2nd
Kyle Busch------39th5th4th38th24th22nd3rd
Juan Pablo Montoya------------16th13th12th36th4th
Jeff GordonWon6thWon2nd2nd2nd4th3rd5th
Matt Kenseth22nd8th11th24th10th30th23rd18th6th
Jamie McMurray39th7th25th9th9th8th10th30th7th
Clint Bowyer---------22nd11th10th5th7th9th
Jimmie Johnson9th4th8th3rdWon4thWon9th11th
Denny Hamlin---------37th3rdWon2ndWon12th
Joey Logano------------------32nd2nd13th
A.J. Allmendinger------------38th---9th38th14th
Kurt Busch28th11th19th11th12th33rd18th23rd16th
Brian Vickers---13th35th8th---23rd33rd6th17th
Carl Edwards------38th16th17th9th26th8th18th
Brad Keselowski---------------------12th19th
Ryan Newman38th5th4th18th14th19th6th4th20th
Greg Biffle18th35th29th31st32nd20th28th10th21st
Jeff Burton4th25th16th33rd6th3rd15th20th24th
Marcos Ambrose------------------14th11th29th
Tony Stewart6th14th26thWon7th5th3rd26th34th
Paul Menard---------------16th25th14th38th
Kasey Kahne---21st2nd35th25th17th19th17th39th
Martin Truex Jr---------19th29th21st29th5th40th
 
Mover of the Week
Kurt Busch - Started in the 23rd position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Dale Earnhardt Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Greg Biffle) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Kevin Harvick will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Rusty Wallace ran off four straight from 1993-96, as he defends his title this week at Martinsville Speedway.

Last season, Harvick posted his second straight Sprint Cup win, first winning at his home track in California and then preventing Dale Earnhardt Jr an opportunity to end his winless streak that dates back to June 2008 at Michigan.

Earnhardt Jr passed Kyle Busch for the lead with 21 laps remaining in the 500- lap affair at the flat, half-mile Virginia track. But Harvick took over the top position with four laps to go when Earnhardt Jr. got loose, allowing Harvick to squeak by him. He crossed the finish line 0.7 seconds ahead of Earnhardt Jr to become the first repeat winner in the series this season. The victory also snapped Denny Hamlin's streak of three consecutive wins at Martinsville, as he placed 12th.

Back in 2010, Hamlin won for the third straight time at Martinsville and fourth time in the past six races at the Virginia track, as he captured the rain- delayed race. Hamlin led a race-high 172 laps, but gave up the top position to Jeff Gordon when he opted to pit for new tires during a caution with less than 10 laps remaining. The pit strategy paid off at the end.

An accident involving Kyle Busch and Paul Menard set up a green-white- checkered finish. After the final restart, second-place runner-up Matt Kenseth dove underneath Gordon to take the lead, but Gordon shoved Kenseth up the track and into the wall. Hamlin moved past Ryan Newman and then darted ahead of Gordon and Kenseth to take the lead for good with one and a half laps remaining.

In 19 career NASCAR starts at Martinsville, Hamlin has five wins and 15 top-10 finishes. His average Sprint Cup finish is 6.462, having finished out of the top-10 just twice in 13 starts.

With 16 laps remaining in 2009, Jimmie Johnson overtook Hamlin and held on for his 41st career Sprint Cup title, defeating Hamlin by 0.774 of a second. Johnson grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 430, when he beat Hamlin off of pit road during a caution for an incident involving Jeremy Mayfield. He held the top spot until a restart on lap 456, when Hamlin passed him after the green flag waved. Hamlin held off Johnson for two more restarts, but the four- time Sprint Cup Series champion drove underneath Hamlin and moved him up the track while making the winning pass. Johnson's win total now stands at 55.

Johnson has fared well at Martinsville Speedway, winning five of the last 10e races and had posted a top-10 finish in 17 straight at the track, until last spring's 11th-place result. Overall, Johnson has six wins, three runner-up finishes, two thirds and two fourth-place finishes at the Virginia oval. His average finish in 20 trips is 5.450.

Back in 2008, Hamlin reclaimed the lead on lap 427 of the 500-lap race and took the checkered flag in front of Jeff Gordon for his then fourth career Sprint Cup title. Starting on the front row next to pole-sitter Gordon, Hamlin led on three separate occasions for 82 laps, while Gordon led for 90 laps. Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr dominated most of the race, each leading five times, Johnson for 135 laps and Earnhardt Jr for 146 laps. The two drivers finished fourth and sixth respectively. Hamlin's win over Gordon was by .398 of a second.

In 2006, Tony Stewart outraced Gordon to the finish line, clipping "Speed Racer" by just over a second for his 25th career Sprint Cup title. Gordon, who is a seven-time winner on this track, had dominated at Martinsville this past decade, posting four wins, three seconds and three thirds since 2003. Stewart reclaimed the lead on lap 474 of the 500-lap event to clip Gordon by 1.083 seconds. Stewart led the race on five separate occasions for a race-high 288 laps, while pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, who placed third, led four times for 195 laps.

Darrell Waltrip, an 11-time winner at Martinsville, is the all-time pole- winner with eight poles at the Virginia track. Richard Petty had registered 15 of his 200 career wins at this track. In fact, nine of those wins were at this race. Lee Petty holds the record for the driver that started the farthest back and won this race, when he captured the 1959 Virginia 500 from the 24th position.

The pole sitter has won at Martinsville 19 times in 126 races, the most recent in this race in 2003 when Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag. Hamlin won the fall race in 2010 from the pole. The top-10 positions have accounted for 91 wins. Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville Speedway, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating racing facilities in the United States. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 25, 1949.

Actor Gary Sinise, who stars in CSI: NY, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the race and will command the drivers to start their engines.

The Sprint Cup Series takes its first week off during the season before resuming its schedule on April 14 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner.

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