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By the Numbers: Lot of history at venerable Martinsville

April 01, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: Lot of history at venerable Martinsville

Martinsville Speedway is a .526-mile oval with 12 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch and backstretch are each 800 feet with 0 degrees banking.

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0 -- Victories in 14 starts for Todd Bodine, who is winless on all short tracks. He is the only series driver with 10 or more victories who has not won on a short track.

3 -- Victories in the past four races for Kevin Harvick Inc.: Kevin Harvick (2), Ron Hornaday (1). In both of Harvick's wins (the past two spring races), Hornaday finished second.

6 -- Consecutive top-10 finishes at Martinsville for Matt Crafton, the longest current streak. Crafton has finished in the top 10 in the past 19 series races (the record is 24 by Jack Sprague).

6 -- Times in the past seven races the winner has led only once. It's happened in 16 of the 24 races held at the track.

Very Interesting

30 -- Tracks on which Ron Hornaday has won following his victory last year at Martinsville. No other driver has even 30 wins in the series.

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0 -- Laps led in 13 races by Carl Edwards, the only oval track on which he has never led. However, he's finished on the lead lap in all but three races and has four top-10s in his past six starts, including his only top-five and a pair of eighth-place finishes last year. In his seven races prior his best finish was 11th.

10 -- Top-fives in the past 11 races for Jimmie Johnson, the only blemish a ninth-place finish last March. He has posted 17 consecutive top-10s following a DNF (vibration) in his track debut in 2002.

13 -- Consecutive races won by either Hendrick Motorsports (8) or Joe Gibbs Racing (5). To break it down further, those two teams have combined to win 16 of the past 18 races at the track. Driver wins during that stretch, beginning in the spring of 2002: Jimmie Johnson (6), Jeff Gordon (4), Denny Hamlin (4), Bobby Labonte (1), Tony Stewart (1).

714 -- Laps led in the past four races by Denny Hamlin, nearly 200 more than the combined total of Jimmie Johnson (206) and Jeff Gordon (148) during that span. Hamlin has finished in the top six in his past nine races -- an average finish of 2.44 during that span -- with a DNF (accident) in the spring of 2006 has only non-top-10 in his 11 starts at the track.

Very Interesting

• Richard Petty did not race at Martinsville in the spring of 1970, then returned to win the next two and four of the next five at the track.
• Cale Yarborough finished 16th in the spring of 1978 in a race won by Darrell Waltrip; Yarborough won again in the fall of that year.
• Darrell Waltrip finished fourth in the spring of 1990; he never won again at Martinsville.
• Rusty Wallace finished third in the fall of 1995; Wallace won again in the spring of 1996.
• Jimmie Johnson finished fourth in the spring of 2008 in a race won by Denny Hamlin; Johnson then won the next two at the track.

1 -- Drivers who have won four races in a row at Martinsville: Fred Lorenzen (1963-65). Five drivers have since had the opportunity. Richard Petty won three in a row in 1968-69, Cale Yarborough (1976-77), Darrell Waltrip (1988-89), Rusty Wallace (1994-95) and Jimmie Johnson (2006-07). Denny Hamlin is on a current three-race winning streak.

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1 -- Current tracks which were part of the first Cup season of eight races in 1949: Martinsville. Martinsville is one of three tracks (OPR and Phoenix) at which the Truck Series has competed in all of its 17 seasons.

3 -- Drivers who have won both a Cup and Truck race: Ricky Craven, Bobby Hamilton, Bobby Labonte. For Craven, it was his first wins in both series. Labonte is the only driver with a win at the track in all three national series.

9 -- Truck races in which both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have competed, since the beginning of 2009. This past fall's race at Martinsville was the first time neither won.

50 -- Career Truck Series poles for Mike Skinner, the last coming at Martinsville in the fall of 2009. Martinsville is where Skinner made his first Cup start in the spring of 1986; he finished 22nd.

Very Interesting

0 -- Wins at Martinsville for Kyle Busch. He has finished a personal-best fourth four times in 12 Cup starts, most recently this past fall. He has led only four laps in the past six races at the track. Busch has made seven Truck starts, the most at any one track without a win. He finished second last year, and has three top-fives and four top-10s overall.

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5 -- Times Mark Martin finished second in the final championship point standings: 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2009.

7 -- Drivers who have eclipsed the 800-start barrier: Richard Petty (1,185), Ricky Rudd (906), Dave Marcis (883), Terry Labonte (870), Kyle Petty (829), Bill Elliott (825), Darrell Waltrip (809).

40 -- Career wins for Mark Martin, 16th on the all-time list.

46 -- Starts at Martinsville, tied for fifth-most in his career and ninth all time at the track. He has two wins (spring 1992, spring 2000), 12 top-fives and 24 top-10s.

Very Interesting

1 On April 5, 1981, Martin made his first series start at North Wilkesboro, finishing 27th. Martin made five starts in 1981, scoring two top-10s and two poles.
6 In his first Daytona 500, on Feb. 14, 1982, Martin finished 30th.
58 On Feb. 14, 1988, in the Daytona 500, Martin made his first start with owner Jack Roush. Together, they started 617 races, winning 35 of them.
100 On June 25, 1989, at Michigan, Martin made milestone start No. 100. He finished 12th.
113 On Oct. 22, 1989, at Rockingham, Martin led 101 laps en route to his first career win.
200On Oct. 25, 1992, at Rockingham, Martin made milestone start No. 200. He finished 30th.
223 Martin reached double digits in wins with a victory at Bristol on Aug. 28, 1993. The win was the third of four consecutive victories for Martin, the longest win streak of his career.
300 On March 31, 1996, at Bristol, Martin made milestone start No. 300. He finished third.
326 Martin finished seventh in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 16, 1997, his 16th consecutive top-10, dating to the previous season. That is tied for the 16th-longest streak in series history.
383In a victory at Dover on Sept. 20, 1998, Martin led 379 laps, the most of his career.
400 On May 2, 1999, at Fontana, Martin made milestone start No. 400. He finished 38th.
500 Martin reached career milestone start No. 500 on March 24, 2002, at Bristol. He finished 11th.
506 Martin won NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, at Charlotte on May 26, 2002.
600On Nov. 7, 2004, at Phoenix, Martin made milestone start No. 600. He finished 15th.
700On Feb. 25, 2008, at Fontana, Martin made milestone start No. 700. He finished 16th.
723On Feb. 15, 2009, at the Daytona 500, Martin made his first start for Hendrick Motorsports, finishing 16th.
730At the age of 50 years, 3 months and 9 days, Martin won at Phoenix on April 18, 2009, to join Harry Gant, Morgan Shepherd and Bobby Allison as the fourth over-50 driver to win a Cup race.
733 Martin won one of NASCAR's crown jewels, the Southern 500 at Darlington, on May 9, 2009.

264 -- Career top-five finishes, seventh on the all-time list. Martinsville was the site of Martin's first top-five, a third-place run on Sept. 27, 1981.