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DATE: Sunday, April 7
SITE: Martinsville Speedway (1947) -- Martinsville, Va.
TRACK: 0.526-mile oval - 800 feet (Frontstretch); 800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 61,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 58th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 5/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ryan Newman
RUNNER-UP: A.J. Allmendinger
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 38)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 263
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (98.083 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1996 (82.223 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ryan Newman56Denny Hamlin3
2A.J. Allmendinger277Tony Stewart15
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.148Aric Almirola19
4Matt Kenseth219Brad Keselowski7
5Martin Truex Jr.1310Clint Bowyer4
2012 STP Gas Booster 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 78.823 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 12 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.342 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 56 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (97.128 mph)
Past STP Gas Booster 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Ryan Newman (5) -- Chevrolet -- 78.823 mph
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (9) -- Chevrolet -- 74.195 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (19) -- Toyota -- 73.180 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 75.938 mph
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (2) -- Toyota -- 73.163 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (20) -- Chevrolet -- 70.258 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Chevrolet -- 72.741 mph
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (16) -- Chevrolet -- 72.099 mph
2004 -- Rusty Wallace (17) -- Dodge -- 68.169 mph
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 75.557 mph
2002 -- Bobby Labonte (15) -- Pontiac -- 73.951 mph
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (13) -- Ford -- 70.799 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (21) -- Ford -- 71.161 mph
1999 -- John Andretti (21) -- Pontiac -- 75.653 mph
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton (1) -- Chevrolet -- 70.709 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (4) -- Chevrolet -- 70.347 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 81.410 mph
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (15) -- Ford -- 72.145 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Ford -- 76.700 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 79.078 mph
1992 -- Mark Martin (12) -- Ford -- 78.086 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- 75.139 mph
1990 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 77.423 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (10) -- Chevrolet -- 79.025 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (14) -- Chevrolet -- 74.740 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 72.808 mph
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (4) -- Ford -- 76.882 mph
1985 -- Harry Gant (13) -- Chevrolet -- 73.072 mph
1984 -- Geoff Bodine (6) -- Chevrolet -- 73.264 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 66.460 mph
1982 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Buick -- 75.073 mph
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd (12) -- Pontiac -- 75.019 mph
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Chevrolet -- 69.049 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Chevrolet -- 76.562 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 77.971 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (5) -- Chevrolet -- 77.405 mph
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 71.759 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Dodge -- 69.282 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 69.936 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 70.251 mph
1972 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 72.657 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 77.707 mph
1970 -- Bobby Isaac (2) -- Dodge -- 68.512 mph.
1969 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Ford -- 64.405 mph
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Mercury -- 66.686 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Plymouth -- 67.446 mph.
1966 -- Jim Paschal (1) -- Plymouth -- 69.156 mph
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (2) -- Ford -- 66.765 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 70.098 mph
1963 -- Richard Petty (8) -- Plymouth -- 64.823 mph
1962 -- Richard Petty (7) -- Plymouth -- 66.430 mph
1961 -- Junior Johnson (17) -- Pontiac -- 66.280 mph
1960 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Plymouth -- 63.940 mph
1959 -- Lee Petty (24) -- Oldsmobile -- 59.440 mph
1958 -- Bob Welborn (20) -- Chevrolet -- 61.160 mph
1957 -- Buck Baker (14) -- Chevrolet -- 63.025 mph
1956 -- Buck Baker (1) -- Dodge -- 60.950 mph
 
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), Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500
(2009-12).
 
Past STP Gas Booster 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 38
2011 -- Jamie McMurray -- 7
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2005 -- Scott Riggs -- 21
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 12
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 10
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 20
1998 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6
1996 -- Ricky Craven -- 12
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 10
1994 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1993 -- Geoff Bodine -- 6
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 29
1990 -- Geoff Bodine -- 1
1989 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16
1988 -- Ricky Rudd -- 18
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 17
1986 -- Tom Richmond -- 20
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 23
1984 -- Joe Ruttman -- 6
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 20
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1978 -- Lennie Ponds -- 18
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 12
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 21
1975 -- Bennie Parsons -- 6
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 15
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough -- 26
1969 -- Bobby Allison -- 3
1968 -- David Pearson -- 2
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 36
1966 -- Jim Paschal -- 1
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 22
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1963 -- Rex White -- 11
1962 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 4
1961 -- Rex White -- 2
1960 -- Glen Wood -- 3
1959 -- Bobby Johns -- 29
1958 -- Buck Baker -- 35
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 7
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Auto Club 400 (March 24)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
MILES: 400
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Carl Edwards
FIFTH: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 25)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 19 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 135.351 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 35 laps
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin - pole; M. Kenseth 1-10; Kyle Busch 11-30; T. Kvapil
31; Kyle Busch 32-43; J. Logano 44-67; Kyle Busch 68; K. Harvick
69; T. Stewart 70-75; Kyle Busch 76-92; D. Hamlin 93-95; Kyle
Busch 96-121; J. Logano 122-132; D. Ragan 133; T. Stewart
134-145; Kyle Busch 146-193; J. Logano 194-199; Kyle Busch 200.
STP Gas Booster 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Novo Nordisk
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/RK Motors
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Racing
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39 *Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Jani-King/STP
44Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/TBA
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Guy Roofing
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Jet Edge
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Maddie's Place
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Surrender The Sponsor
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Ryan Newman541814196420Won
A.J. Allmendinger---------38---938142
Dale Earnhardt Jr31345681523
Matt Kenseth811241030231864
Martin Truex Jr------192921295405
Tony Stewart1426Won75326347
Brad Keselowski------------------12199
Clint Bowyer------22111057910
Carl Edwards---38161792681811
Jimmie Johnson483Won4Won91112
Greg Biffle352931322028102113
Jeff Gordon6Won22243514
Brian Vickers13358---233361718
Kevin Harvick832741121135Won19
Joey Logano---------------3221323
Paul Menard------------1625143826
Kyle Busch---3954382422336
Kasey Kahne21235251719173938
 
Mover of the Week
Paul Menard - started 27 and finished 8
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 12
 
NOTES:
The STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the sixth race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Martinsville Speedway opened in September 1947 and was originally a dirt track. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at this track occurred on July 4, 1948. The track was paved in 1955, and concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976. There are 12 degrees of banking in all four turns.

There have been 128 Sprint Cup races held at Martinsville. Red Byron won the inaugural Cup event there on Sept. 25, 1949. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1950.

Richard Petty holds the record for most wins at Martinsville with 15. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with seven victories each there.

Hendrick Motorsports and Petty Enterprises have the most car owner wins at Martinsville with 19 each.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most pole wins at Martinsville with eight. Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles there.

The race winner at Martinsville has started from the pole 20 times, the most productive starting position. Johnson started first and won at this track last October.

Ryan Newman won last year's spring race at Martinsville. Newman bounced back from a pit-road speeding penalty in the early going and then benefited from a crash involving Johnson and Gordon after the restart for the first green- white-checkered finish attempt. Johnson and Gordon dominated the race by leading a combined 440 laps. Newman held off A.J. Allmendinger during the second overtime finish to claim his 16th career Sprint Cup victory. He has not won a race since then.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Martinsville occurred on April 1, 2007 when Johnson beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.065 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Martinsville is 36th. Kurt Busch did it in the fall of 2002.

Four drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race made their first career Cup starts at Martinsville: Mike Bliss (September 1998), Travis Kvapil (October 2004), Michael McDowell (March 2008) and Scott Speed (October 2008).

Two drivers who are entered for this event claimed their maiden poles at Martinsville: Tony Stewart (April 1999) and Scott Riggs (April 2005).

No active driver has scored his or her first Cup win at Martinsville.

Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Martinsville. Petty took the checkered flag there on April 10, 1960 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 8 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 8 months and 12 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on September 22, 1991.

The next race is the April 13 NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle won last year's event there.

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